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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.


Canary Islands Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week

The Canary Islands are preparing for a change in the weather next week, as a significant increase in cloud is expected bringing higher probability of rain. The effects of a powerful storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to extend to the Canary Islands as well as neighbouring Madeira and The Azores.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 June 2023

June is here and that means that summer is just around the corner. The Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Juan de Bautista and San Antonio de Padua are just getting started on Gran Canaria, and in Pueblo de Mogán the main Romería pilgrimage for San Antonio El Chico is this first Saturday of June, as well as the start of the build up to those in Arucas, Santa Brígida and Moya. This weekend also brings the biggest outlet fair shopping experience back to INFECAR and a collectables fair in Gáldar.
OPERATION KILO is this weekend, at all participating supermarkets, asking you to add a few non-perishable food items to the Food Bank collection boxes to help families in need.

Vox Enters Canarian Politics, Stage Right: Anti-Migrant, Anti-Feminist, Anti-Green, Anti-Autonomy, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Multiculturalism, Pro-Franco politics find a foothold on The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were unable to avoid the rise of the far right on Sunday, unlike in 2019, writes Natalia G. Vargas in Canarias Ahora. Vox, which previously had no representation on the islands, managed to make its presence felt in several municipalities and councils this May 28. They also secured seats in the Canary Islands’ regional parliament, securing four deputies. “Defending what is ours, our own, and fighting against insecurity” were the slogans that underpinned Vox’s campaign in The Canary Islands, along with “family, employment, and freedom.” This rhetoric, coupled with an electoral program that was repeated across all local elections in Spain, proved sufficient. Dozens of cities and towns on the islands welcomed their first far right candidates of the modern democratic era into Canarian politics, with urban areas serving as their main strongholds.

La Alcaldesa Bueno Secures Incredible Majority in Mogán

Mogán, May 29, 2023 – The often controversial incumbent, O Bueno, La Alcaldesa, has achieved an unprecedented and resounding victory once more in Mogán. The candidate who switched her party’s name, for these elections, to “Juntos por Mogán”, a local ally of the regionalist conservatives “Coalición Canaria” (CC), will once again assume the role of mayor. Her party has clinched a rather noteworthy 17 out of the 21 seats in the Municipal Council of this popular tourism destination located on the sunny southwest of Gran Canaria.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 1-3 July 2022

Hello July and Hello Summer!
The summer months of July to September witness some of the most popular celebrations and the biggest traditional festivities and ‘romería’ pilgrimage offerings, on Gran Canaria.
In July, we have the Virgen del Carmen festivities in multiple locations, patron saint festivities in the name of Santiago Apóstol in Gáldar and San Bartolomé de Tirajana (This is also the Holy Year of ‘the Way of St. James’ on Gran Canaria ) and then there’s the Maspalomas Soul Festival towards the end of the month.
La Rama is in Agaete during August. The Fiestas del Pino, for the patron saint of Gran Canaria and the Fiesta del Charco, in La Aldea, in September, just to name a few of the biggest. Not forgetting all the other music festivals and concerts, bringing some most famous artists to the island including March Anthony and Pet Shop Boys.

This weekend will see history being made as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria celebrates its Carnival festivities in the summer season, for the first time. It’s the main Fataga Apricot festivalv weekend, just 20 minutes from the beaches of Maspalomas; experience a traditional Farmers’ Feast in San Mateo, as well as commercial street fair in the town of Ingenio, together with their Patron Saint San Pedro’s festivities coming to an end at the same time. Don’t forget to check The Canary Guide calendar for other events and festivities.

Upcoming local bank holidays: Saturday 16 July, Mogán- Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen.Monday 25 July,   Gáldar and San Bartolomé de Tirajana – patron saint festivities in honour of Santiago Apóstol, Saint James the ApostleTuesday 26 July, Gáldar – Festivities Santa Ana
Upcoming events for July: Fiestas del Carmen Arguineguín 8-17 July540th Fiestas Mayores de Santiago in Gáldar 8-27 JulyPet Shop Boys – Concert 16 July – Gran Canaria ArenaRomeria, Virgen del Carmen La Isleta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) 23 JulyMaspalomas Soul Festival 29-31 July


Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, forecast a weekend of warm weather and sunshine and some possible morning clouds in the southern resorts of Mogán and Maspalomas. With a UV index of around 11 and temperatures in the shade staying around the upper 20s, sea breezes from the south will put next week in to the low 30s and climbing.
It is good to remember that the weather can occasionally be quite changeable, and hard to predict, even just a short distance inland from the usually sunnier coastal weather on the south, other things can happen.

Throughout the weekend in the south, day time should have clear skies, according to the weather forecast, and the north of the island will experience more prominent cloud cover, and the possibility of rain.
*** Check the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar on The Canary Guide website***



• 1-3 July, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria• Summer Carnival 2022
Three days of intense celebrations, concerts, and parades as the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria takes place in the summer season, for the first time in history. This is the second part of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2022 carnival celebrations, this weekend. The theme this year is “La Tierra”, The Earth.
On Friday-The Winner’s parade at 19:00A parade of all the gala winners; the Queen, the drag queen, and all the Carnival groups from Castillo de La Luz (Castle of Light) to the commercial area of Mesa y Lòpez.-Music by Kilian Viera, Toni Bob and Línea DJ on stage at Plaza de España at 21:30 and-Latin Carnival at 22:00 on stage at Estadio InsularOn Saturday, The Grand Parade, La Gran Cabalgata at 17:00The Carnival Parade from Castillo de La Luz to Parque de San TelmoOn Sunday,-Batucarnival at 12:00. A lively street parade with rhythmic groups and the beat of sambas percussive style touring the boulevards of Mesa y López.-Day Time Carnival 13:00-20:00, ‘Carnival de día‘ with four stages set up in the city offering music in different formats, and styles, from 13:00 to 20:00. Plaza de España, Parque Santa Catalina (the main carnival stage), Plaza de la Musica (next to the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium) and Estadio Insular.
-The Burial of the Sardine at 20:00 and fireworks at 21:30. The burial procession for the Sardine, from Parque Santa Catalina to Playa de Las Canteras.
“Carnival celebrations also mean road closures, in the capital, during the whole weekend”

• 2-3 July, Fataga• Fiestas del Albaricoque 2022

The picturesque village of Fataga in the municipality of San Bartolome de Tirajana is just 25 minutes drive inland from Maspalomas. They have been celebrating their apricot festival since last weekend and festivities come to an end this Sunday.

On Saturday evening, the Gran Romería pilgrimage offering processes through the streets of this most beautiful little mountain village. Starting at 19:00 from the cemetery, heading towards Plaza de Fataga, with Canarian folk dancing and music, traditional costumes, and carts full of offerings. In the main church square, a Verbena, street party into the early hours of Sunday morning.

On Sunday, enjoy ‘Taste of Fataga’ with tapas, a traditional market, and live music from 14:00.


• 2-3 July, Vega de San Mateo• Fiesta del Agricultor y Feria de Artesania
This is a very traditional “Farmer’s Feast” and Artisan Craft Fair in Vega de San Mateo at the Plaza del Mercado, Plaza de la Solidaridad (the new square) on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00.
Enjoy an authentic experience in this authentic rural mountain market town, where you will find tastings of traditional produce, folkloric performances, demonstrations of traditional activities, alongside the usual weekly market etc., for all those who want to experience this very traditional festival in San Mateo.
Artisanal craft Fair, Feria de Artesania on Saturday 10:00-20:00 and on Sunday 10:00-16:00

• 2-3 July, Santa Brigida• Recreación Histórica de la Batalla de El Batán de 1599
The 4th edition of the Historical Reenactment of the Battle of El Batán is to be held at the Finca El Galeón, the infrastructure for public use in the municipality of Santa Brígida. El Batán in 1599, witnessed the population of the island, including natives and colonial settlers, supported by a handful of militiamen, fighting alongside the military authorities of the time, managing to repel an attack on the island by the Dutch fleet, commanded by Vice-Admiral Pieter Van der Does, known more as a pirate around these parts.
A festive atmosphere with a show around what life was like at the end of the 16th century on Gran Canaria.anyone can participate, either as a spectator or as an extra, wearing costumes, and demonstrating livelihoods and music of time.
members of the public can visit the camp on Saturday from 10:30-13:00, where an exhibition of historical clothes, renaissance dancing and micro scenes will be there to educate and surprise.
At 12:00 there is a finger puppet show.
Afternoon visits to the camp 16:00-19:00, with workshops and renaissance dancing
Camp visits continue on Sunday 1o:30-13:30 and at 11:30 there is a talk by Alex Hansen a scholar of the geographic environment of Gran Canaria at the time of the invasion. 
12:30 recital.
13:00 finger puppet show
“On June 25, 1599, a Dutch fleet attacked Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, taking it on the third day. Its people had to take refuge inland, and Santa Brígida was the capital of the island for a few days. Until a few brave and resourceful men made the invaders retreat. Come see a sample of life at the time, and eat something to recover”

• 2-3 July, Ingenio• La Feria de Comercios
The Trade Fair of Ingenio is held this Saturday and Sunday in the Plaza de la Candelaria. Street shopping, children’s activities, live music and many other surprises. An event for all audiences that will help local businesses to go out on the street and that, in addition, offers animation and activities for children.
Saturday 10:00-21:00 and on Sunday 10:00-14:00
A perfect festive time to visit Ingenio as they celebrate the Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Pedro and San Pablo, continuing until this Sunday 3 July 2022

• Saturday 2 July, Artenara• 3º Aniversario del nombramiento del Paisaje Cultural Risco Cáido y Montañas Sagradas por la UNESCO
The 3rd Anniversary celebration in Artenara this Saturday when Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A day filled with tradition, culture, musical performances, children’s activities, artisans, gastronomy and much more.Starting at 12:00 on Plaza de San Matias.
In July 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape to its List of World Heritage Sites in recognition of the ancient society of the Canary Islands, the roots of which stem from the population of North Africa and which managed to develop its own culture in complete isolation for more than 1,500 years.
The archaeological sites contained within the Risco Caído landscape reflect the culture of the ancient peoples of the island, a unique process of evolution undergone by the Amazigh people from North Africa who lived in isolation until they were conquered by the Crown of Castile in the 15th Century. The volcanic crater of Caldera de Tejeda watches over this area, which exists within the municipalities of Artenara, Tejeda, Agaete and Galdar.

• 2-3 July, San Isidro de Teror• Fiestas patronales en honor a San Isidro Labrador y Santa Mª de la Cabeza.
The neighbourhood of San Isidro in the municipality of Teror is celebrating their patron saint festivities from June 25 to July 10 in honour of San Isidro Labrador and Santa Mª de la Cabeza.
The main days of the festivities take place this weekend.
On Saturday Romería, the pilgrimage offering at 19:00. After the pilgrimage traditional music and dancing in front of the hermitage. At 22:00 more modern festive mood with Leyenda Joven and DJ Promaster and then fireworks at midnight.
Sunday is the main day of festivitiesCattle Fair at 10:00. There is also a church service at 12:00, followed by a religious procession with the images of the saint


• Saturday 2 July, Telde• 46º Rallye Ciudad de Telde
The 46th edition of City of Telde Rally is on this Saturday.  It will have a 3 x 3 (three timed sections, to be repeated three times) with a total of 66.3km against the clock. The test is valid for the BP Las Palmas Asphalt Rally Championship. The Arnao area (Avda. del Cabildo) will be the epicenter of the event on Saturday.
Stages: Cruz de Jerez – Malfú (8.3 km. ) / Ingenio – La Pasadilla (8.4 km.) / Cazadores – Los Picos (10.3 km.)
“When there is a rally going on it will also mean road closures during the stages”

• Saturday 2 July, Mogán• La Traiña Trail Costa Mogán
It is going to be a busy Saturday in Arguineguín.
La Traiña Trail Costa Mogán returns to the calendar of sporting events, in the southern municipality, this Saturday and does so with new features.
The seventh edition of this event, organised by the Club Veredas Atauro will feature a 9-kilometre race, which can be run in the conventional manner and, for the first time, in a ‘family’ format, that is, as a pair made up of an adult and a minor between 10 and 14 years old. There will also be distances of 15, 27 and 42 kilometres, into which a hiking route is incorporated.
The Traiña Trail Costa Mogán registered more than 1,000 participants in 2019 and, after a two-year break, the nighttime running competition is back with all its modalities, including new ones such as the 9 kilometres ‘Traiña Trail Familiar’  and the ‘Traiña Trail Senderismo’, consisting of 8 kilometres. The shortest distance race, increases to 9 kilometres (from 8), then there will be a 15 kilometre race, and a 27 kilometre distance (up from 24km).
The start line is from the Plaza Negra (market/parking area) in Arguineguín and, for the first time, the finish line will be at the Plaza Pérez Galdós, in front of the church. The 42-kilometre marathon, changes its itinerary to start from Las Marañuelas beach. The participants in which will leave at 17:30.


• Saturday 2 July, La Aldea de San Nícolas• Mercadillo y muestra de artesanía y complementos
La Aldea market is a lovely local market to visit in the westernmost municipality of the island, with local produce, artisans and music every first Saturday of each month.
On Saturday, 2 July from 09:00 to 14:00 you can enjoy various activities and an interesting day out on the west of the island.
Children’s entertainment will be from 11:00 with various activities.
The living museums of the Community Development Project will be open to the public, which has guided tours, people interested in enjoying them must register in advance on 928 89 06 91.
The market will be enlivened by ambient music.

Friday is always market day in Playa de Mogán in the morning. This popular market is in one of the prettiest fishing harbour towns on Gran Canaria, very popular with tourists.
On Saturday San Fernando de Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet d‘art and other articles, outside the Municipal Market, located on Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, with bargains for bargain hunters. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán;El Mercadillo de Maspalomas, the main ‘Maspalomas market’  is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.
On Saturday in Arguineguín, a second-hand market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range preloved treasures to be found and discovered.
On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, is on from 08:00 to 14:00 in the main carpark of the Municipal Market, in San Fernando.


Saturday 2 July, VecindarioMercado Agrícola de Vecindario

The biweekly Saturday Agricultural Market in Vecindario still takes place on the main street at the Plaza de Los Algodoneros (next to the Hotel Avenida de Canarias ) ????????????????????  Get the best seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, flowers and much more, straight from the local farmers and producers.
From 08:30 – 13:30 Plaza de Los Algodoneros
“It is also the perfect opportunity to explore the kilometres-long main street of this neighbourhood, Avenida de Canarias.”


1-3 July, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaCanteras Street Market
“Canteras Street Market” trade fair between 26 June – 17 July 2022 on Avenida de las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from calle Tenerife up to calle Padre Cueto.The fair is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00 with a total of 70 stalls and where you will find fashion, accessories, literature, decoration, food, cosmetics, perfumes, crafts, toys, jewelry, antiques, swimwear, sportswear and much more.
The Puerto Canteras Open Commercial Zone (ZCA) puts on offer the natural attractions of the area, enhanced by various items sold in a pleasant environment. This forms part of a revitalisation plan, within the commercial area marking the start of a street sales campaign.




Live music starts at 21:00
On Friday, Queen Tribute by MiracleOn Saturday, Rock Classic Night, by Crossfire 

2-3 July, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Traditional music and dance 

This Saturday and Sunday, traditional Canarian music and dancing on Plaza de España and in Pueblo Canario.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria once again offers folk performances in the open air every weekend. These performances will continue to take place every weekend throughout the year (subject to bank holidays).
On Saturday on Plaza de España at 11:00, group ‘Folklórica Cultural Guanache’

On Sunday in Pueblo Canario group ‘Roque Nublo’ at 11:00




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On Friday at Mulligan’s at 21:30

On Sunday at Barbacoa in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria →  Rock N Roll Show & Through The Decades’ Show at 22:00



The astounding US Rock sensation, now a local star on Gran Canaria, playing out to an international audience and live across the airwaves.
On Friday at Nirvana Bar in Arguineguín, Ancora Centre at 21:00On Saturday at  Rockabella – Playa del Inglés 18:00-21:00 and later at the Shamrock at 22:30On Sunday at The Shamrock in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30


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The Canary Guide “May Day” Weekend Tips 29 April – 1 May 2022

An exhilarating May Day weekend ahead, with a multitude of events, markets and festivities to enjoy around Gran Canaria. Sunday, May 1 is also when Spain celebrates Mothers’ Day and there is a special Mothers’ Day edition of the monthly Tejeda market among others. The biggest fair dedicated to the produce of this island ‘Gran Canaria Me Gusta’ is at INFECAR again this weekend as well as music and dance shows happening around the capital. Montaña Alta in Guía celebrates the second of this year’s Cheese fairs up in the mountains. A spring festival to enjoy in Vecindario. The biweekly, San Fernando farmers’ market is celebrating it’s 13th anniversary this Sunday with live music and raffles. Here are just some of our top picks for the weekend ahead and there are plenty more to check from The Canary Guide Calendar.
“May, the month of growing, named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility. Gardens are blooming, birds chirping and Summer is truly just around the corner.”
Upcoming events: 
3 May, Miss Grand Spain 2022 : Final show in Parque Sur de Maspalomas5-15 May, Maspalomas Pride 20226-8 May, LPA Motown7-15 May, Fiestas San Isidro de Labrador in Carrizal, Ingenio9-21 May, Jazz Festival – Puerto de Mogán

Sunday 1 May, Puerto RicoMay Day in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria

Puerto Rico Walk with Leo on Sunday to raise much needed funds to help little Leo. Walking from Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria to Amadores and back. First walkers start from The Pub at 10:00, to be joined by more people at The Warriors Shop  at 10:30 with the aim to meet by 12 midday at the furthest end of the Playa de Amadores beach carpark, overlooking Tauro for the big picture
Fancy Dress MAY DAY & Fabulousness!!!
Official Route: shorturl.at/ktyFV
Starts 10am from THE PUB (Crawlers!)10:15 – Wet Your Starting Whistle10:30 – Join We Are Warriors Shop– Head to Puerto Rico Beach (Map Attached Here) & Sports Marina (Muelle Deportivo)– Up Steps to Coastal Walk– Ministry of Funny Walks & Wigglers11:15 – Playa de Amadores11:30 – Past Amadores Beach Club– Keep To The Sea Front11:45 – Arrive at Cueva Bufadero de Tauro: Midway point– (Furthest end of Parking, overlooking Tauro)
THE BIG PICTURE!! (photo op)12:00 Midday Gather Inside Circle
#PuertoRicoWalk in a giant HEART SHAPE

The “We are Warriors”- shop 1ª Anniversary party starts at 13:00 and goes til 18:00.  Shop, donate and join the fun. A lovely afternoon with some party food, sangria, Buck’s Fizz, soft drinks and much more.

The Pub in Puerto Rico are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the very first Puerto Rico Walk
The Canary Awards,  The awards ceremony will take place overlooking Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria as the sun goes down over the west hill. It will be broadcasted live.



Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, forecast a gorgeous weekend with sunshine prevailing throughout the days to come in the southern municipality of Mogán. Average temperatures close to 30º celsius, in the shade, so it’s perfect weather to welcome the month of May. Bear in mind that in direct sunshine, it’s going to be hot hot hot!
The whole weekend looks so good around the island, so it is a really great weekend for any kind of activity, adventure, festivity or just pure relaxation. All in all average daytime temperatures should stay comfortably above 22ºC in the shade pretty much everywhere.  The longer-range prediction shows some possible rain in some places, but that’s not until next week. There is a fabulous weekend to enjoy first.

*** Check the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***


29 April – 1 May, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria‘Gran Canaria Me Gusta’- Fair
The 9th edition of the “Gran Canaria Me Gusta” -fair between 29 April – 1 May 2022 at INFECAR  in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. “#GranCanaria I like” – fair, this year under the slogan “The island’s biodiversity is savoured”  features exhibitions, tastings and the sale of agricultural produce, livestock and fisheries, ecological organic produce, traditional crafts, culture, folklore, sports, activities and of course tourism. A wide variety of wonderful things that Gran Canaria has to offer and much more…
You can get your ticket in advance through the website www.feriagrancanariamegusta.es .The entrance is €1.50 and the opening hours to the #FeriaGranCanariaMeGusta will be 09:30-20:00 on Friday, 09:30-16:00 on Saturday, and 09:30-16:00 on Sunday, the 1st May.

Friday 29 April, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaDía Internacional de la Danza

More than 40 dancers celebrate International Dance Day in the Plaza de España this Friday at 18:00. This renovated capital space will host choreographies performed by professionals from Natalia Medina’s company and students from her school. The City Council, through the Promotion of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, organises, with Qué Tal Está Producciones, a day of celebration, observed by UNESCO for the last 40 years.An urban dance show in the Plaza de España, classical dance as well as contemporary with free entry

In 1982, the International Dance Committee of UNESCO chose April 29 – the date of birth of the dancer and choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre, considered the creator of modern ballet – for the celebration and expression of this discipline throughout the world. Natalia Medina is the director of the Across Hip-Hop pedagogical and cultural project of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as well as of MASDANZA, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the Canary Islands that, since 2021, hosts the capital of Gran Canaria.

29-30 April, VecindarioFestival Primavera
The Spring Festival, el Festival Primavera, will fill the Open Commercial area of Vecindario with flowers, storytelling, parades, and concerts this Friday and Saturday. The festival will have more than 20 exhibitors and multiple free activities during the two days. A concert by the group ‘Los 600’ will close the fair on Saturday night. The event will be inaugurated with a flower exhibition on the Avenida de Canarias de Vecindario. In addition to the 20 stalls selling flowers, there will be exhibitions of the work with flowers and gardening carried out by municipal Public Services workers.
On Friday, at 17:00 a children concert and at 18:00 there will be a concert for Young Talents from the Canary Islands. At 18:30, there will be a parade and the first day will end at 19:30 with the Revival Gospel Mlou concert. All events on the pedestrian area.
On Saturday, the reopening of the stalls will be animated at 11:30 in the morning with a Zumba exhibition. At 12:00 there will be storytelling ( in spanish). In the afternoon a parade is scheduled at 18:00. Half an hour later will be the performance of the Zenday Quartet. At 19.30 there will be a concert by the Chelys Odalys Choir at plaza de Los Algodoneros. The Spring Festival will end with the performance of Los 600 at Plaza de San Rafael.

Sunday, 1 May, Santa Maria de GuíaFiesta del Queso- Montaña Alta
This Sunday, the second edition of Santa Maria de Guía’s Cheese Fair 2022. Santa Maria de Guía celebrates this year the 45th anniversary of their Cheese Festival. This second takes place in the district of Montaña Alta every first Sunday of May.
The cheese fair starts at 10:00 and will feature tastings of cheese, farmers’ market, and traditional food as well musical performances at 11:00 and a concert at 13:00

Sunday 1 May, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaMercadillo Inglés
The English Market, ‘Mercadillo Inglés’ in the magic garden of plants and pots shop at the British club in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria “La casa de las Semillas”, on Sunday, 1st of May 2022.Between 11:00-19:00, there is a commercial area, garden market, gastronomy, art, and flowers, lots of flowers.Free entry

Sunday 1 May, TejedaMercadillo de Tejeda

Tejeda celebrates their monthly market every first Sunday of the month. A really wonderful opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, located in the mountainous central part of island and more than 1000 meters above sea level.
This Sunday is a very special date, as it’s Spanish Mother’s Day at the Tejeda Market. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, 22 stalls  and music performances by Travesía Saxophone Quartet between 11:15-12:00 and a concert by Patricia Muñoz “Con M de Mujer” at 13:00
As always there will be craft stalls, accessories, tastings, children’s entertainment, and surprises. The market is held from 10:00 to 15:00 at Plaza Nuestra Señora del Socorro.

Sunday – Monday, MaspalomasThe Ethnographic Centre of Faro de Maspalomas
The Permanent Exhibition Rooms in the Faro de Maspalomas Ethnographic Centre re-opened last week. The Ethnographic centre has several exhibition halls located on the upper floor of the building.It is a cultural experience through the historical heritage of the traditional culture and crafts of Gran Canaria. The Lighthouse is open from Monday to Sunday, from 10:30 to 17:00.
“There is also a lovely souvenir shop just next to the entrance and don’t forget to visit the terrace floor and check out the gorgeous views”. 

29 April – 1 May, GáldarCultura Gáldar
Gáldar offers wonderful cultural proposals for this weekend. One gorgeous time to visit this ancient pre-hispanic Gran Canarian Royal city.
On Friday, Gáldar celebrates the International Dance Day 2022 in the Plaza de Santiago with the dance groups of the municipality at 19:00On Saturday, the Agáldar Museum continues with the celebration of Dance Day with several performances in the main courtyard of the Casa Capitán Quesada at 19:00 and 20:00 ( limited capacity, free entry from entradas.galdar.es )On Sunday, Gáldar is celebrating Mother’s Day with an emotional concert on the front of the Matriz Temple of Santiago starting at 20:00Throughout the weekend the Gáldar Theater becomes a great fashion ShowRoom with the Gáldar Fashion Weekend organized by Fomento de Gáldar. And in addition to all this, in the neigbourghood of San Isidro, the Main Festivities begin in honour of San Isidro Labrador 2022 with the proclamation and different acts.

Check also:
Arucas Carnival 2022
Fiestas de San José Obrero 2022 – Cruce de Arinaga, Agüimes Sunday 1 May, Cattle Exhibition Fair at 09:00 on Calle Gofio
Fiesta de San José y la Santa Cruz 2022 – TerorSaturday 7 May, The pyrotechnic show of the Quema del Barco y el Castillo , The ‘Burning of the Ship and the Castle’ is an artisanal pyrotechnic exhibition of fire, colour and noise unique to the Canary Islands, which has been maintained for several generations through the Dávila family, recalling the pirate attacks on the island and the Defence of the Cross


30 April – 1 MayIII Clásica Car Home Services ‘Trofeo Villa de Santa Brígida
This is a regularity event for historic vehicles ( of 25 years old and more ) and a scoring round of the XIV Classic Cup Gran Canaria 2022. It is organised by Club 4 Latas.
The test will be held in two stages and the first stage will begin at 16:00 on Saturday from the Alisios Shopping Center to travel 100 km, divided into 11 sections that make up the first stage.
Sunday, May 1 will begin at 08:00 with all the participants sharing breakfast in the town of Santa Brígida, from where the second stage will start at 10:00, which will be somewhat longer than in previous editions, with 159 km. Divided into 7 sections that will take the drivers back to Sebadal ( Car Home Services in the El Sebadal Industrial Estate) around 12:50 to finish with the award ceremony at 13:30.
The itinerary will take place along roads in the central and northern areas of the island of Gran Canaria.
Trophies are established for the first three of the general, as well as in the different categories. The tourist category is also established for those participants who only wish to do the first stage.



Friday is always market day in Playa de Mogán in the morning. This popular market is in one of the prettiest fishing harbour towns on Gran Canaria, very popular with tourists.
On Saturday San Fernando de Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet d‘art and other articles, outside the Municipal Market, located on Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, with bargains for bargain hunters. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán;El Mercadillo de Maspalomas, the main ‘Maspalomas market’  is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.
On Saturday in Arguineguín, a second-hand market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range preloved treasures to be found and discovered.
On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, is on from 08:00 to 14:00 in the main carpark of the Municipal Market, in San Fernando.
This Sunday, El Mercado Agrícola de San Fernando de Maspalomas, the Farmers Market of San Fernando de Maspalomas is celebrating XIII Anniversary and there will be a festive atmosphere with live music and various raffles. The biweekly farmers market is held in the urban center of the area from which it receives the name, just where there is a large esplanade between three unmistakable points; the Municipal Stadium, the Center and the current Municipal Offices of Maspalomas. 08:00 – 13:30


Saturday 2 April, ArucasMercado Agrícola de Arucas
This popular farmers’ market takes place every fortnight in the facilities of the Cabildo’s Agricultural (Experimental) Farm, located next to the turn off to Arucas from the main GC-2, on the north coast of Gran Canaria. […Click here for the map location…]  The market of exhibitors (farmers and ranchers) who sell their produce direct to the consumer aim to lower  costs and more directly benefit the producer. From 09:00-13:30
The Arucas Agricultural and Livestock Market began in June 2008, on the initiative of COAG (Coordinator of Organisations of Farmers and Cattle Ranchers) and the Federation of Cattlemen of Gran Canaria (FedeGran), later moving to the Cabildo de Gran Canaria who now promote the current market.
“It is the perfect day to visit more than one place in the north of the island with ENORTE and The Institutional Fair of the Canary Islands Products of the Land happening this weekend.”



On Sunday, May 1, at Doramas Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, there is a jazz marathon to celebrate #LPAInternationalJazzDay.This is the program that Fábrica La Isleta has prepared for all to enjoy and with free entry. 
at 16:00 Gino Marcelli Tríoat 17:00 Tribute to Wayne Shorterat 18:00 Élia Bastida and Joan Chamorro Trío

at 19:00 Joven Borondón Big Band + invited guests



Jaz Alice is our most talented and versatile young singer, born in England, she has become a local star performer here on Gran Canaria

Friday at Tipsy Hammock from 14:00-16:00 and later in Papi’s Grill in Playa de Inglés at 20:30 – 23:00
Saturday at Tipsy Hammock from 14:00-16:00 and later at Altamadores Hotel at 21:30
On Sunday attending the Canary Awards as a nominee and entertainer


The astounding US Rock sensation, now a local star on Gran Canaria, playing out to an international audience and live across the airwaves.
Friday  Nirvana Bar in Arguineguín, Ancora Centre at 21:00 Saturday  Rockabella – Playa del Inglés 18:00-21:00 and later at the Shamrock at 22:30 Sunday The Shamrock in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30 

Champions League games before live music. The kitchen is open from 11:30 am till 11:30 p.m. if you want to eat something with fantastic views over Meloneras walkway and all sports show on tv. Live music at 22:00
Friday Dan and Tess, rock,pop and rock’n’rollSaturday Christ Mooney, rock showSunday Gary Lithgow, rock’n’roll, blues



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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 22-24 April 2022

A wonderfully interesting April weekend ahead. 
Weather predictions are showing some sunshine, clouds, and a big possibility of some rain on Gran Canaria this weekend (April, eh?). With masks coming off across Spain (psst… it’s still ok to wear one if you want to…) there will be many, many events this weekend, definitely worth visiting, like the Cheese Festival taking place in Santa Maria de Guía. There are also Carnival celebrations happening in Agaete and some traditional neighbourhood patron saints’ festivities and fiestas in El Pajar and Cruce de Arinaga. And of course, there are always weekly markets on Gran Canaria, every day, and especially on weekends.
Check out the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website.

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Maspalomas International Carnival 2022 set for a summertime return, June 9 – 19

Maspalomas International Carnival is to be held during the summertime, from June 9 to 19 following a meeting this Wednesday morning at the Town Hall. Mayor Concepción Narváez, the Councilor for Events and Celebrations, Francisca Quintana, the president of the Las Palmas Federation of Hospitality Entrepreneurs and Tourism (FEHT), José María Mañaricua alongside the president of the Association of Tourist Accommodation Entrepreneurs (AEAT), Tom Smulders, and Vice President of the FEHT, via videoconference.


The event planned for March 8 to 26 was suspended a few weeks ago due to the complicated rise in infections across the Canary Islands following the arrival of the Ómicron strain. “After health indicators have improved, the Town Council have decided to move the start of the 2022 Carnival events to June 9, with the support of the highest representatives of tourism businessmen” said the mayor.
The Department for Events and Celebrations will now set in motion the follow through on the main point of this morning’s meeting, which was to find balance between the economy and the health of visitors and residents “because it is the responsibility of this institution to offer maximum health guarantees in each event as well as the economic revitalisation of the municipality ” the mayor emphasised.
Narváez indicated that they “wanted to announce the carnival calendar today to inform tour operators, hoteliers and other sectors in advance. As of today I know that they will get to work to promote our 2022 International Carnival around the world. With this, we will all be able to strengthen and continue betting on the resurgence of the economy of the municipality, and of Gran Canaria”.
Regarding why they chose the month of June, the mayor highlighted her “intention to give impetus to and de-seasonalise the month of June, a month qualified as low season for tourism, in order to create dynamics in all economic areas”. The southern town hall, in collaboration with the FEHT and the AEAT, are committed to guaranteeing health security to those who actively participate in the festivities and to visitors so that they can enjoy these ten days of celebration.
The International Carnival of Maspalomas will be held between 9-19 June 2022 and the theme for this year is “La Magia”, Magic 


The Canary Guide: The Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria suspends the celebration of the official festival program until 2022

The Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have suspended the official celebration of the festival program until 2022. This was communicated by the councillor Inmaculada Medina to the different representatives of the groups involved, after having spoken with each sector throughout the summer.
“The uncertainty generated by the evolution of the pandemic is incompatible with the forecast and previous work required for an event of the magnitude of Carnival,” explained Medina, who pointed out that it will not generate false expectations in the face of an uncertain reality. To the difficulties that groups and collectives are facing due to not being able to meet or find sponsorships are added various inconveniences derived from general concern and measures taken to stop the advance of the social health crisis, making it impossible to allow sufficient margins of time to gain the necessary permits that guarantee the holding of events.
Without losing sight of the fact that the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a fundamental part of the identity of the the island capital, a socio-cultural phenomenon, an outstanding tourist attraction and an economic engine in its own right, the councillor announced that although there is no Carnival, from now on the the work team will focus on the design of a series of events that, as long as the evolution of the pandemic allows, will keep the essence of the party alive throughout 2021, and will create opportunities for Carnival agents.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival is one of the oldest, most deeply rooted and unique festivals in the Canary Islands. For over five centuries the city has celebrated with masquerading, tomfoolery… and flesh. Its origins go back practically to the dawn of the city’s history. The Gran Canaria capital, founded on June 24, 1478, soon became well known for its ability to bring together cultures, with the presence of settlers of various origins. In his Historia de Canarias (the ‘History of the Canary Islands’), José de Viera y Clavijo, recounting the arrival of Field Marshal Íñigo de Brizuela on the islands in February 1635, reveals: “a great dinner was served that night, and three banquets on the days of Shrovetide…” In addition, by the 16th century, various documents of the time allude to the presence of Italians in the city and their fondness for masked balls.


The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 6-8 March 2020

It’s International Women’s Day weekend with official celebrations happening this Sunday, 8th of March. AEMET, the Spanish state meteorological agency is predicting unpredictable weather for Friday on the north of the island and at the summits, with a high possibility of some rain but  improving everywhere as we reach Sunday, which is looking to be a beautiful winters day.
We have a super busy weekend ahead with local and European cheeses on offer in the northern highlands of Valleseco. Loads of Carnival festivities happening around the island including the start of the Maspalomas carnival celebrations. There are some big sporting events taking place, a quick painting contest in Puerto de Mogán and so much more. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend to be on #GranCanaria and here are our top picks for the days ahead.

The southern tourist hotspot of Maspalomas celebrates their 2020 international carnival this 5-15 March. The theme this year is “Musicals”, selected for the first time by popular vote. All shows are to be held on the main stage in the shopping centre Yumbo.
Thursday, the opening of the carnival show at 20:00. This is followed by a pre-selection event for the upcoming, and ever popular, Drag Queen Gala, starting at 20:45
On Friday, election of the Great Lady (Gran Damaa) senior Carnival Queen at 20:00 and then a Mogollón ‘caveman’ “streetparty” from 23:00
On Saturday, Children’s Carnival this year includes a parade at 17:00. One of the main novelties this year is , for the first time in the municipality,  a children’s parade. This will be a cavalcade through the streets, starring invited floats for the little ones to enjoy a Carnival suitable for all the family to enjoy together. The organization has limited the style of music and advertisements related to alcoholic beverages, restricting consumption, so that minors can enjoy this Carnival in a manner appropriate to their age. The parade starts from calle Timple, just behind Hotel Riu Don Miguel via Avenida de Gran Canaria and Estados Unidos to finish up at the Yumbo. The party continues in the main square until at 19:00 the contest for the Carnival Children’s Queen begins. Another Mogollón “party” follows at 23:00 to end the festivities for Saturday.
On Sunday, One of the highlights of the year, the Election of the Carnival Queen 2020, starts at 21:00. Everybody is welcome to turn up and join in the show, which can also be followed when shown by on national television broadcaster TVE)

The 6th bodypainting contest in the Shopping Centre Bellavista in San Fernando de Maspalomas.The contest starts at 11:00 am and the competing artists having until 16:30 to finish their work. Passers by can watch live as the artwork is painted directly onto naked skin.At 17:00 there is a gala event, where each of the works will be presented to the jury.  Each performance accompanied by a musical performance (up to a max 3 minutes long) .At 18:00 the awards

The main Carnival celebrations in the municipality of Mogán are happening between 17-22 March, but there are some “Carnival in the neighbourhood” festivities starting this weekend to get you in the mood
On Friday in the little original community of Motor Grande, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, the plaza Don Agustín López Álamo will be filled with music, colour and glitter from 17:00 with a children’s costume party at which there will be chocolate and carnival tortillas, makeup workshops, animation activities and a carnival fashion catwalk.
On Saturday, El Horno (GC-505, near Cercado Espino) will have a children’s evening of costumes that will be followed at 21:00 with a concert from the local moganero singer Pedro Manuel Afonso and a verbena “street party” with Paco Guedes.
Carnival season will also be felt in the historic centre of Mogán this Saturday from 21:30 with a parade that will depart from the Valle de Mogán Sports Complex to the rhythm of the Samba Isleña Batucada. The tour route will end in Plaza Sarmiento y Coto where you can enjoy music performances in to the night.
On Sunday, the little ones in the family can enjoy a costume party at 17:00 in parque Nicolás Quesada (casco de Mogán).

The 21st edition of this ultimate sporting event, billed as one of the toughest mountain running races in the world, the “Transgrancanaria” is on this weekend until 8 March 2020. Gran Canaria will once again be the scene for this gruelling trial to which we welcome some of the world’s very best mountain runners.The Maspalomas Lighthouse will host the spectacular finish line by the beach for the main races. During Saturday you can expect large numbers of people in the area with the first arrivals coming in from the mountain around 09:30 and with athletes continuing to finish until early afternoon. Later, (from 19:00) there is to be entertainment and music throughout the evening at the famous Café del Mar.
 Friday, 6 March– Transgrancanaria kids on Playa de Las Canteras in the morning. Race and activities-Transgrancanaria: 128 km, start at 23:00 from Playa de Canteras, Plaza de Saulo Tóron. The event is enlivened with music from the iconic Los Gofiones.
 Saturday, 7 March– Promo/Youth & Family Trans: 17 km. Departure from Playa del Águila (on the south east, near San Agustín at 08:00– Starter: 30 km. Departure from Presa de Chira at 08:30– Maratón: 42 km Departure from El Garañón at 09:30-Advanced: 64 km. Departure from Artenara at 09:00
On Sunday, the awards ceremony will be at 11:00 and 12:00 at the Faro de Maspalomas finish line.

After resounding success achieved at the two previous editions, held in Moya and Artenara, this year 2020, is the third edition of the European Cheese Fair and will be held in the northern agricultural highlands of Valleseco. The aim is to turn this sector into a strategic axis of local and regional economic development, closely linked to the tourism sector.
Cheeses from across Europe will once again be the stars of this Fair held on March 7 and 8, 2020, organized by the Commonwealth of the North and the Town of Valleseco, in collaboration with the European Cheese Route Association.
On Saturday 10:00-19:00 and on Sunday 10:00-15:00. Cheese, wine, craft beers, music, exhibitions and various  activities designed to put on display one of the most important and thriving traditional rural industries in a competitive setting of deep cultural significance.

The historic mountain market town of Teror celebrates its Carnival dedicated to the ‘Great Chinese Empire’ this weekend.
On Friday, the Grand Carnival Gala is at 21:00 inside the main tent situated on the Plaza de Sintes, with the participation of the satirical singing murgas ‘Los Cernícalos del Risco’ , ‘Los Desiguales del Álamo’ and ‘Taradas dan por saco’, as well as offerings from various collectives from around the municipality.
On Saturday, family carnival and the burning of the sardine At 11:30 the parade of The Great Chinese Empire and opening of the Family Carnival from the Parque del Puente del Pino to the Plaza de SintesAt 12:00 a performance from La Trova with their show La Trova at Carnival, accompanied by singer Marieme (main tent on Plaza de Sintes )At 14:00 Carnival dance with the Harmony Show orchestra (the tent on Plaza de Sintes)Between 15:30  – 18:30 there will be carnival play area with inflatables, a mechanical bull and roscas stalls at Plazade SintesAt 18:30 the 4th  High Heel Race along Calle Real and Plaza del PinoAt 20:30 Carnival Drag Queen Gala ( the tent on Plaza de Sintes ). Free entry. ** This is a novelty ***At 22:30 Traditional Burning of the Sardine and FireworksAt 23:00 Concert of the group Los 600At 00:30 Party of the Burial of the Sardine with Dj Promaster.

The popular seaside tourist neighbourhood of Playa de Mogán will once more fill the streets this Saturday, March 7 with brushes and easels and artists competing in the 10th edition of their rapid painting contest organised by the town hall of Mogán. The event brings together artists of various nationalities who must carry out a singular work, in only a short period of time, free style in techniques, depicting the Mogañero landscape, monuments and people in this sunny south-western Gran Canaria enclave.
The contest is open for anyone to join on the day of the contest from 08:00 in the morning. Each participant must pay €5 and be over 16 years of age. Children under this age may also participate but will not be  included in the final contest. Each artist must come with all the materials necessary for the realisation of their work and an easel for later exhibition. Each canvas should be within a minimum size of 50 cm and a maximum of 120 cm on any of its sides, it should be white and without textures on its surface. Any previously used canvases will not be accepted, while those that use watercolour paper or similar should come mounted in a frame or rigid support.
At 9:00 the painters start and have limited time until 15:00 to finish and then they are placed on exhibition. These works may be of any style and technique, but will have to be focused on the landscape, monuments or people of this town. At 18:00, the jury’s decision will be announced.
The organisers will award the main prizes – the first will be 1,300 euros, the second 500 euros. And seven runners-up valued at 300 euros each will be given directly by the sponsors.

Carnival celebrations in Santa Lucia come to an end this Saturday in Vecindario with the main parade and burning of the Sardine. The theme for this year is Africa.
Saturday, the big Day, Mogollón del Carnaval, will witness a carnival parade starting at 18:30, from Balos to El Doctoral. The day will end with the reading of the last will and testament, the funeral, then cremation of the Sardine followed by music performances from Son del Caney and Star Music. The fun starts at 22:30 at the back of the teatro Victor Jara.

The municipality of Moya have been celebrating their carnival with the theme “Carnaval Te Quiero” this year. Festivities come to an end this weekend with a carnival parade and a big party on Saturday.
On Saturday, “encuentro de Murgas” ( popular cultural manifestation of musical theatre with a political influence) at 12:00 in parque Pico Lomito (in front of the tourism office)
At 17:00 the parade starts in front of the church Nuestra Señora Candelaria via calle Miguel Hernández and all the way to parque Pico Lomito. After, starting at 18:00, there are to be concerts at the park until late.

This popular running  race takes place one more year in the neighbourhood of Arguineguín and has circuits for all the family of 5 and 10 km in a totally urban layout. Runners competing the distance of 5 km will make a single lap to the circuit, while those who choose the 10k will travel the route twice. The start and finishing line will be on calle Miguel Marrero Rodríguez along the Avenida del Muelle.
The test, which will begin at 10:00, and must be completed in a maximum period of one and a half hours and will be run under IAAF racing regulations. There will also be children’s races held from 9:30 and until the departure of the main categories, in addition to a solidarity walk at 11:30.
Remember that when there is a sporting event happening, it will cause traffic and parking restrictions in the area


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The Maspalomas International Carnival 2020

The International Carnival of Maspalomas 2020 starts tomorrow, running from March 5 to 15, dedicated this year to the theme of ‘Musicals’.
Once again it will be focused on the main public square at the Yumbo Shopping Centre, in Playa del Inglés, with some events in various new locations around this popular southern tourist heartland of Gran Canaria.
Carnival in the south starts this Thursday, March 05, at 20:00 with an Inaugural Gala and a Drag Queen pre-selection event, where candidates will gather, after the opening ceremony, on the first day of Carnival, hoping to be selected to compete in one of the most popular, outrageous and entertaining features of the carnival season. 14 contestants will be selected  for the Grand Gala, which is to be held on Thursday 12 March and will be broadcast live on the main national television channel TVE.
This Friday 06 of March, plays host to the Great Lady Gala.Dedicated to seductive silver surfers, grannies-with-go, elder states-ladies and creaking-hot-mamas-with-attitude; this lovely event celebrates women of substance and standing in the local community who have been nominated for their representative kindness and lingering beauty.
 A children’s parade for the little ones to enjoy adds a new dimension to carnival this year providing an environment in which they can enjoy the true spirit of the season, safely, in an event meant to put families and family members of all ages at ease, while they discover the joys of irreverent costume and fantasy fuelled entertainment of the people. It is a Carnival appropriate for all ages.  The parade starts from calle Timple, just behind Hotel Riu Don Miguel via Avenida de Gran Canaria and Estados Unidos to finish up in Yumbo. The party continues at the main square until at 19:00 with the election of the Carnival child Queen.Mogollón “party” starts at 23:00 to end the festivities for Saturday.
This year’s Carnival Queen Gala is on Sunday 8, at 21:00 and will be live on TVE. The contest features much of the glamour, colour and magic of Carnival. Candidates compete in extravagant costume hoping to be selected as this years Carnival Queen.
On Monday, the ‘Canine Carnival’ (at 18:00) will see participants, and their companions, showing off the originality of their fantasy costumes followed by the ‘Body Painting’ competition (at 20:00) where techniques of disguising nudity using just colour and imagination will be rewarded, there will be prizes for the winners, along with a lifetime of kudos to follow.
The Gala without barriers is on Tuesday 10 March, presented on stage by local TV star Roberto Herrera featuring various well known performers from 7:00 p.m., with the participation of 8 local occupational centres from around the Island.
The Drag Queen Gala is on Thursday 12, at 21:00.14 participants compete with dizzying choreography and costume, all hoping to gain the title of Drag Queen for Maspalomas Costa Canaria 2020. After the gala, dance music will fill the Yumbo Shopping Centre public square with a traditional ‘Mogollón’ “caveman party” from midnight.
Carnival Friday sees a traditional celebration of ‘Day Carnival’. The event on Friday the 13th, starts at 11:00 from the Maspalomas Oasis (Charca de Maspalomas). The ‘Rescue of the Sardine’ travels towards Playa del Inglés to the rhythm of batucada music inviting tourists and residents to join in the procession toward the Annexo II.From 13:00 the “Fiesta del Solajero” Sun fiesta is to be held by the 40 Principal performers, where ‘Operation Sardine’ will take place. The music and the party will continue until 20:00 and then change stage, to the public square of the Yumbo, which will host the Tourist Gala from 21:00, where all the winners of the Queen’s galas will be present; Carnival Queen, Children’s Queen, Great Lady and Drag Queen, in addition to various other groups and many more participants of Carnival 2020. Starting at 22:30 the ‘Salsa Night’ will take place where different dance schools on the Island exhibit their rhythm and pizzazz while they encourage the public to dance. The night will close with a mogollón from midnight.
The Great Cavalcade Carnival Parade will take place on Saturday 14, starting at 17:00 from the main entrance road to Playa del Inglés, through El Veril,  the route will cross Avenida Italia and Avenida de Gran Canaria and will be broadcast on TVE and Radio Televisión Canaria ending with the Grand Mogollón at the Yumbo and dance music into the night from various DJs.


The final touch to this years spring festivities will be on Sunday 15 March, with the ‘Cremation of the Sardine’ procession that will leave from the Avenida de España travelling down Alféreces Provisionales in the direction of the Playa del Inglés Anexo II. There the Testament of the carnival sardine will be read, before the burning of the Sardine, with a pyrotechnics show, lights and music to close the International Carnival of Maspalomas 2020.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13THAt 11:00 RESCUE OF THE SARDINE. From Charca de Maspalomas to Playa del Inglés and continues to Anexo IIAt 13:30 “FIESTA DEL SOLAJERO” Sun fiesta at Anexo II – 40 PRINCIPALES CONCERTAt 21:00  TOURISTS SHOW (YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)At 22:30  “SALSA NIGHT”At 00:00  “MOGOLLÓN” PARTY
SATURDAY, MARCH 14THAt 17:00 CARNIVAL PARADE ( broadcasted by TVE and Radio Televisión Canaria )Starts at El Veril in Playa del Inglés, crosses through Avda. de Italia,Avda. de Gran Canaria and ends Avda. Turoperador Tui.(YUMBO PUBLIC SQUARE)At 22:00 “MOGOLLÓN” PARTY
SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH(SHOPPING CENTRE ANEXO II – PLAYA DEL INGLÉS)At 19:00  SARDINE PARADEStarts at the Avda. Estados Unidos, Avda. de España, Avda. Alféreces Provisionales and ends in C.C. Anexo II.At 20:00  READING OF THE SARDINES’ LAST WILLAt 20:30  BURIAL OF THE SARDINE with a show of pyrotechnics, lights and music


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Events: The Canary Guide to Carnival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


The island and provincial capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, starts Carnival season 2019 this Friday, 15th of February, the biggest of all the carnival celebrations on the island, lasting a whole until the 10th of March.
Each year the public take part in an open competition, usually during the preceding summer, to choose a theme on which to base the celebrations for the following end of winter series of events, which together form Carnival. For 2019 the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival is dedicated to “a Night in Rio“: so the Santa Catalina main stage will be turned into an elaborate tribute to the “Carioca Carnival”, and those taking part will be resplendent in a range of amazing costumes which evoke this most famous Brazilian fiesta which has been alive since early colonial times, and may well have been originally modelled on the first Las Palmas carnivals of the 16th century, which many travellers to the new world are likely to have witnessed before their voyage across the ocean.
The first night, February 15th, will see Plaza de Santa Ana host the proclamation speech, the Pregón, declaring the Carnival open: entry is free, and this historic area of the original old quarter suddenly comes to life, with musical groups parading through the streets great ambience in a setting where bars and restaurants all join in with the annual celebration…  this historic area is of outstanding: it is here that the foundations of the city were first laid, in 1478 and where the original genoese merchants who inhabited the early Atlantic City, set up home on the opposite bank of the Guiniguada ravine, to create Triana, the old merchant quarter, where they first celebrated carnival behind the protective city walls.
The first full week of celebration is devoted to group competitions (“murgas” – carnival satire street bands and “comparsas” – carnival dance stage shows) in Parque Santa Catalina, near the Puerto de la Luz which becomes the focus of attention for fans of these hotly disputed competitions; those taking part do so with great passion and explore some of the most burning questions and topics of the day.

Friday 15.2
20:00 Parade to announce the starting of the CarnivalHalf an hour before the official beginning, a street parade will pass from Triana to Vegueta areas, from Cairasco to Santa Ana square. Carnival Parades display all the magic, colour, and joy of these traditional celebrations marking the end of winter and the imminent arrival of Spring…
20:30 Pregón, opening ceremony at Plaza de Santa Ana The official opening of the carnival festivities, a spectacle in which the crowd are both the masters of ceremonies and the protagonists of an event that sets the tone for the rest of the celebrations. Murgas and comparsas and the candidates for Carnival Queen all take part in the opening ceremony. The event is preceded by a parade that livens up the streets with festival batucadas and carnival rhythms.

Saturday 16.2
19:00 Contest of children’s troupesChildren are the future of the Carnival. This contest is some of the evidence. Children put on a broad display of rhythm and choreography, and also add energy and enthusiasm, as they present the acts they have worked on for a whole year. Parque Santa Catalina. Free admission until capacity is reached.

Sunday 17.2
11:00 Childrens’ costume Festival.The stage of Parque Santa Catalina is festooned in lights and colour for a day on which families and kids play the leading role. Ingenuity, fantasy and a great deal of imagination are the ingredients for an event open to all children who have previously enrolled. Free admission until capacity is reached.
20:00 Gala of the Grand DameGrand Dame Gala. All ages are represented on the throne of Carnival, the Grand Dame, or Great Lady, is chosen among the most senior of our citizens to be candidates for the crown. Free admission until capacity is reached. Parque Santa Catalina

Monday 18.2
20:30 Contest of Murgas 1st phaseMurgas (satirical Carnival choir groups) have thousands of followers. Their songs comment ironically and critically on the various social and political events of the year. These groups take part in the festival’s most high-profile events, in the main parade and street bands. The Carnival awards prizes to the best murgas in a competition held on the Parque Santa Catalina stage. Free admission until full capacity. Parque Santa Catalina

Tuesday 19.2
20:30 Contest of Murgas 2nd phase

Wednesday 20.2
20: 30 Murgas Competition 3rd phase

Thursday 21.2
21:00 Adult costume contestThis contest gives the chance to everyone to join to the party to show off on stage in a range of carnival designs. This is one of the funniest events of the program. Free admission until full capacity. Parque Santa Catalina

Friday 22.2
21:00 Contest of adult dance troupesFeathers and sequins to the rhythm of the batucadas are key components of the comparsas night. These groups reflect on stage the essence of the carnival, both with their astonishing high energy routines and their range risqué costumes

Saturday 23.2
12:00 Daytime Carnival in VeguetaFamily Carnival in Vegueta
20:30 Final round of MurgasTicketed event.

Sunday 24.2
12:00 Canine CarnivalOne of the most eagerly awaited events in recent years has been the Canine Carnival, a parade of pet dogs in costume accompanied by their owners, in which the imagination combined with a respect for animals and their wellbeing are the only limits. Free admission until full capacity. Parque Santa Catalina.
15:00 Day Carnival in Santa CatalinaFamily Carnival in Santa Catalina
19:00 Gala Reina InfantilThe children’s queen gala, designed especially for the little ones, includes performances from “comparsas” (carnival dance stage shows), “murgas” (carnival street choir bands) and various groups selected to suit its main mini audience. The selection of the Junior Queen or King is one of the most charming events in the carnival festivities. Free admission until full capacity. Parque Santa Catalina

Friday 1.3
21:00 Gala de la ReinaOne of the most popular images of the Carnival is provided every year by the elaborate designs worn by the candidates for Queen of the carnival. All of the dresses are created by renowned local designers and the quality of the fabrics used and the enormous size of the outfits, their colours and the originality of their designs, mean that this gala is one of the most eagerly awaited nights of the carnival festivities. Parque Santa Catalina. Ticketed event 
22:00 Carnival NightsCarnival Nights mean a meeting with fun and people in costume. From 22:00 – 03:00. Free Concerts and Live Music next to plaza de Canarias, parque de Santa Catalina.

Saturday 2.3
12:00 Daytime Carnival in TrianaThe oldest part of the city resumes the fiesta on Saturday 2nd, with daytime celebrations on Triana’s Calle Mayor in the main and oldest commercial area.
21:00 Preselection for Drag Queen Gala – get a preview of all the would-be contestants for this years Drag Gala –  Free to enter
22:00 Carnival NightsCarnival Nights mean fun and everyone in costume. From 22:00 – 03:00. Free Concerts and Live Music next to plaza de Canarias, parque de Santa Catalina.

Sunday 3.3
12:00 Daytime Carnival in Santa Catalina

Monday 4.3
19:00 Traditional carnivalThe Traditional Carnival in the evening, where everyone dresses in white and throws talcum powder at each other in recollection of the “Indianos”, emigrants who made their fortunes in the new world of the Americas during colonial times before returning home.  This is the traditional celebration in the old town, where carnival first began here in the city, and marks the eve of Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) otherwise known as Mardis Gras (fat tuesday)
21:00 Gala Drag QueenThe Drag Queen Gala is one of the Carnival’s most high-profile events of the annual festivities. There are so many candidates entering the competition, that every year a qualifying stage is held in order to decide which drag queens will take part in the final. One of the most exciting nights on the Parque de Santa Catalina stage sees live entertainment on big ‘platforms’ night. It is Carnival in its purest state. Gender transgression, audacity and a total lack of inhibition are combined on the stage in a display of new expressions. Ticketed event.
22:00 Carnival NightsCarnival Nights mean fun and everyone in costume. From 22:00 – 03:00. Free Concerts and Live Music next to plaza de Canarias, parque de Santa Catalina.

Tuesday 5.3
12:00 Carnival Tuesday. Daytime Carnival in Santa Catalina
If you fancy a February carnival in the sun, come to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to experience one of our biggest days of the year, Mardi Gras is a uniquely exciting celebration with live music, carnival parades, and a lot of rhythm, music and colour from 12.00 to 17.00 in and around Santa Catalina Park.
17:00  Children’s paradeThe kids also go out onto the streets in costume to dance and take part in one of the most popular events for families. The Children’s Parade is presided over by the Junior Queen and includes children’s groups (murgas and comparsas). Route : Castillo de la Luz to Parque Santa Catalina. Followed by a childrens party. 

Thursday 7.3
19:00 Integration GalaThe social integration gala is a great inclusive event which moves and motivates all those who attend it. It is organised by COMPSI (The Regional Coordinating Committee for Disability Resource Centres) and aims to provide an opportunity to express carnival spirit regardless of different abilities. Free admission until full capacity. Parque Santa Catalina

Friday 8.3
21:00 Body makeup contestOne of the most attractive shows of the Carnival. Each display of body art covers the naked skin of contestants with a temporary creation, painted using only an airbrush or a simple brush, that lasts for several hours, time enough to be exhibited with a choreography, music and rhythm on the main stage. Free admission until capacity is reached. Parque Santa Catalina
22:00 Carnival NightsCarnival Nights mean fun and everyone in costume. From 22:00 – 03:00. Free Concerts and Live Music next to plaza de Canarias, parque de Santa Catalina.

Saturday 9.3
18:00 Carnaval de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Grand ParadeThe city comes to a standstill and surrenders to the power of the masses. Over 200,000 masked revellers and a hundred or so festooned cars and floats accompany the Carnival Queen, the Drag Queen, the Great Lady and the Junior Queen to the rhythms of the music of the butacadas, comparsas and murgas. It is one of the most obvious displays of public participation, freedom, fun and wild abandon. From La Isleta to León y Castillo
22:00 Carnival NightsCarnival Nights mean fun and everyone in costume. From 22:00 – 03:00. Free Concerts and Live Music next to plaza de Canarias, parque de Santa Catalina.

Sunday 9.3
19:00 Burial of the SardineThe popular “Funeral of the Sardine” marks the end of this year’s festivities: the sacred glittering fish, which stays in the custody of the Carnival Queen and Drag Queen in a sombre wake and procession to the Playa de Las Canteras beach, where the figure of the fish is burned in the water.  And everyone bids farewell to a month of debauched celebration to mark the passing of winter
just a few short weeks to go before the arrival of Spring…

On Gran Canaria, it is at this point, the carnival party spirit then spreads to the rest of the island, down to Maspalomas and on to Mogán and throughout every major town until the celebrations finally give way to the flowers and new crops of Springtime…


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