It’s the first weekend of 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.
This weekend has so much to offer when it comes to places to visit and a multitude of festivities and events to explore.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates of the year each country and in Spain 2019, it is this Sunday, 5th of May.
The Canary Islands are a starlight destination and the eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak on 6-7 May, so do take a moment to enjoy this beautiful sight.
A total of 115 teams will be competing on the island including the current leaders of the FIA European Rally Championship. This is the biggest rally event on the Islands and it will also cause some major road closures for the duration of the stages around various parts of the north of Gran Canaria. Road closures start 1,5 h before the beginning of each leg. Check for more info at the bottom of this article.
The main hub of the race will be in Las Palmas, Parque Santa Catalina, and from Thursday at 20:30 the ceremonial start kicks things off with the the qualifying stages having been held earlier in the day around Valsequillo, Lomo Magullo. On Friday, the race stages take in Valsequillo, San Mateo, Tejeda, be prepared for road closures. On Saturday, Arucas, Moya, Galdar, Valleseco will see all the action.
“Only a safe rally is a good rally, so pay attention to the warnings.”
Throughout the weekend, street theatre to be enjoyed in the Pedestrian area of Avenida de Canarias in Vecindario.
On Friday from 19.30 a street parade launches the festival (from the north end to Plaza de Los Algodoneros) with La Charanguita ‘Los Amigos’
On Saturday, “La Calle de La Risa“, “The Street of Laughter” between 11:00-13:00 with Rafaelillo Clown, Chan Chan Pimienta, Kaleido Zirkus on the pedestrian area of Avda Canarias.
At 13:00 Karcocha clown spectacle.
Between 17:30-20:00 Multi Adventures, including bouncy castles, face painting and music.
At 18:00 A lively little Street parade and animation.
At 18:45 Music at Plaza de Los Algodoneros
19:00 “Laughter, Music and Rock&Roll”-show.
At 21:00 Street Theater spectacle -“The Power of Time” Plaza de los Algodoneros followed by a concert at 22:00
On Sunday, a lively little street parade at 11:00 and at 12:00 Clin Clon Clown show and at 13:00 “La Jungla show by Clown Rafaelillo.
“SummerLand” combines swimwear and beachwear fashion catwalks from Gran Canaria Moda Cálida with the rhythm of live music at Las Canteras, a score of designers will exhibit and sell their creations and there will also be a gastronomic area throughout the weekend.
On Friday, Live the Summer starts at 12:00 with the opening of the commercial and gastronomic area , while a parade sponsored by Heineken will move to the rhythm of the music played by Mario Vaquerizo.
Later, in the evening at 20:30, the creations of 14 signature designers of Gran Canaria Moda Cálida will make a hot fashion show.
On Saturday at 12:30, the children’s catwalk sponsored by the Siete Palmas Shopping Centre with LadyBug’s Cris, Teen Store of El Corte Ingles and Koku Kids , and at 18.30 there will be a fashion show of other local companies of beach accessories .
The fashion market will be open on Friday and Saturday from 12:00-20:30 and Sunday until 18:00 The gastronomic area is open from 12:00-00:00 and on Sunday until 18:00.
Every night free shows and galas at the famous Shopping centre Yumbo, in the heart of Playa del Inglés and up on the stage of the main square . Starting from 22:00 every night.
On Friday, the opening Gala.
On Saturday it’s “Tributes Night” and on Sunday ” Made in Canarias Gala”.
All events are free. The organisers claim a quarter of a million people are expected to attend over the next week!…
The highest village on the island and also one of the oldest are showcasing their best, with the 3rd edition of “Discover Artenara 2019” a fair that will take place on Saturday and Sunday. It will be a meeting point between crafts, traditions, gastronomy, farm animals, pottery workshops, live music, wine tastings, cheese making and everything that Artenara has to offer. A perfect day for the whole family.
On Saturday 11:00-21:00 and on Sunday 10:00-16:00
“This charming village sits right in the heart of the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve with majestic views of Gran Canaria, so just the drive up and down alone is worth the pleasure.”
Teror is celebrating the Feast of Saint Joseph and the Holy Cross and this weekend, the main festivities.
On Saturday, the “carpenters’ festival” centres around the Burning of the Boat and the Castle, a show in Plaza de Sintes, which recalls the pirate attacks on the island of the past.
This tradition has been maintained for almost a century from generation to generation thanks to the family of Benjamín Dávila.
In recent years, with the collaboration of the Town Council of Teror the town have continued this spectacle. The Burning of the Boat and the Castle will be preceded by the concert of La Trova and their ’15 Anniversary’ show, starting at 21:00.
After a pyrotechnic display, the night will close with the concert of the very famous Cristina Ramos, at 23:00 and later a Verbena de La Cruz by the Furia Joven orchestra, at Alameda Pío XII, starting 00:30
On Sunday, the main day of the Feast of the Cross, with a Mass in the Basilica, at 12:00 and then the procession of San José and Santa Cruz, starting at 13:00.
The history of Gran Canaria is put on display in an extensive network of museums where the thousands of ingredients that made the island a conclave of diverse cultures are all mixed together.
Pre-hispanic mummies, ancient ships and contemporary art. Great writers, painters and musicians. Architecture, indigenous ceramics, sculpture and an ocean of history.
The Island Government Cabildo de Gran Canaria’s network of museums open their doors every first weekend of the month for FREE visits.
Casa de Colón in Las Palmas: Saturday 10:00-18.00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00 Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00 Casa-Museo Tomás Morales in Moya : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00 Casa-Museo León y Castillo in Telde : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00. Casa-Museo Antonio Padrón. Centro de Arte Indigenista, in Gáldar : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00 Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada in Gáldar : Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 11:00-18:00, last visit 16:30, limited spaces.
The 3rd edition of the Tomato Fair in La Aldea de San Nicolás on Calle Real and the surrounding areas.
About 1,500 kilos of tomato will be distributed among the visitors and used for the preparation of different food items. Between 9:00 to 14:00, Agricultural and Craft Market with the possibility of visiting the Live Museums network of the Cultural Community Development Project. Live music at 13:00 with Harmonía Show in Plaza la Alameda.
tastings, workshops, masterclass, live music, market …
If you are looking for some grooves on Saturday, then head to Tipsy Hammock , by the beach in Anexo II, who have been celebrating big this week.
On Saturday, the main fiesta, with their 3rd anniversary party. Starting at 21:30.
Remember, it’s not a bar…it’s Tipsy Hammock
The 7th Strawberry fair, probably the best strawberries grown in the Canary Island, this Sunday in Valsequillo. There will be 1000 kilos of strawberries collected just for tasting.
You will get to try and to buy strawberries straight from the local producers. Taste them in many different ways with cream, delicious juices, smoothies, ice cream.
There will be animation, children’s activities and live music to make the VII Feria de la Fresa de Valsequillo a day for the whole family.
From 10:00- 14:00
Didn’t get enough cheeses last weekend?
Don’t worry… The second Cheese Fair of Santa Maria de Guía takes place in the district of Montaña Alta, Piedra Molino (aim for the surroundings of the church).
Enjoy a day of delicious cheeses, market, artisans, live music and tastings of local delicacies.
Traditional gastronomy and artisan fair from 10:00-14:00.
More events :
On Friday 3 May, Santa Lucia – Vecindario
Activities and games for the family to celebrate Mother’s Day, in the Pedestrian Zone of the Avda. De Canarias-Vecindario from 17:00-21:00.
On Saturday 4 May, Maspalomas.
Its the XVIII Encuentro HDC, the meeting of the local Harley Davidson club, who will be cruising from shopping center El Tablero to Sioux City in the south.. Spot some of the best motorcycles that exist at the shopping centre before 10:00.
On Saturday 4 May, Las Palmas
“Musicando”, the free outdoor concerts series continues and this Saturday; Rocío Márquez, a contemporary flamenco singer from Huelva. Parque Doramas, at 21:00. Free entry until capacity full.
On Saturday 4 May, Las Palmas.
La Primavera de Catalina “The spring of Catalina”- event will take place on Saturday at Calle Luis Morote from 10:00 to 23:00. Artisan fair, Batucada samba show (18:00-19:00), workshop and exhibition of latin dance (19:00-20:00).
On Sunday 5 May, Telde
On going festivities in honour of Isidoro the Farm Labourer in the neighbourhood of La Pardilla. On Sunday, a Farmers’ and Artisan Market, Exhibition of old cars and live Canarian music. Starting at 09:00.
On Sunday 5 May, Las Palmas
The commercial area Triana, in the capital, celebrate another “open weekend”- event with activities and shops open.
Road closed during the rally