Its mid May and already feels like Midsummer! By Sunday the forecasters are telling us that hot winds blowing in off the Sahara are likely to raise temperatures to 31ºC in the shade.
UV rating of 11 or more:
A UV Index reading of 11 or more means extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.
Take all precautions because unprotected skin and eyes can burn in minutes.
- Try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- If outdoors, seek shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
- Watch out for bright surfaces, like sand, water and snow, which reflect UV and increase exposure.
The Shadow Rule
An easy way to tell how much UV exposure you are getting is to look for your shadow:
- If your shadow is taller than you are (in the early morning and late afternoon), your UV exposure is likely to be lower.
- If your shadow is shorter than you are (around midday), you are being exposed to higher levels of UV radiation. Seek shade and protect your skin and eyes.
There are many exciting events this weekend, including FIMAR, Ecofair, The Maspalomas Pride Parade, and pilgrimage festivities in El Tablero and many more. Here are just some of our hand picked events for this coming weekend on sunny Gran Canaria.
The International Fair of the Sea in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, FIMAR, is on down near the main cruise ship port at the Plaza de Canarias next to the El Muelle shopping centre, and surrounding areas from Friday to Sunday. This is now the 9th edition of a fair that has firmly established itself as the primary professional, sports and leisure event for the nautical and marine-maritime sector here in the Canary Islands.
The event will pay tribute to the Vela Latina Canaria, coinciding with the 115th anniversary of the first sailing regatta held in the bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 1904.
The weekend includes, among many other things; free guided tours, which can be done either by the main tourist bus, City Sightseeing, or on the Blue-Bird boat, visits to ships and vessels in the port, music concerts, show cooking and 75 exhibitors in 139 tents.
10-12 May, El Tablero, San Bartolomé de Tirajana Fiestas Patronales en honor a la Santísima Trinidad
The summer fiesta season is now in full swing with this very lovely local patron saint celebration in honour of the Holy Trinity in the residential neighborhood of El Tablero, on the other side of the GC-1 from Sonnenland, continuing until 19 May 2019. This is a popular local fiesta with up to 10,000 expected to attend.
This Friday, the inaugural parade, starts at 18:00 with papahuevos (big papier mache dolls), batucada music and various childrens cartoon characters. It starts from the school IES Tablero, travelling through the main streets of El Tablero before arriving at the plaza.
At 20:30 the Gala Campensina infantil, the traditional election of a girl and a boy to represent this years Peasant Child of the Fields, recalling this areas long agricultural traditions. And later at 23:00 Music : Discoclub – “Ochentur” in the Plaza de El Tablero ( in front of the church ), followed by a night of DJ’s at midnight.
On Saturday, there is a children foam party from 12:00 at Plaza de El Tablero. Later that day from 18:00 a Romeria, pilgrimage offering, with all the people dressed in traditional Canarian outfits with carts and various vehicles, full of offerings to their patron saint, being brought down to the church with a mixture of solemn ceremony, traditional music and much honey rum! The route starts from the sports centre in El Tablero. Later there will be entertainment and music until the wee small hours of the night.
On Sunday, Starting at 11:00 the 5th “Animal meeting” event at the Plaza. The V Encuentro de Mascotas will include a horse exhibition, an exhibition of native dog breeds and a canine competition. The event will also have a charitable nature, collecting food for dogs and cats that are being cared for in the municipality. Later from 17:00 children’s activities including bouncy castles and workshops. And at 19:00 the VII Dance and Sports Encounter with the various schools and academies of El Tablero all taking their place in the Plaza, organized by the Daysan Club.
Free outdoor shows around the main stage in the middle of Yumbo commercial centre in Playa del Inglés and this Saturday the big gay parade.
On Friday,a Live Gala on the main stage this year being dubbed the Pride Park (Yumbo Square), starting from 22:00
Hosted by Fruela. Performers : Fruela (Spain), The Rainbow Gospel Choir (Spain), Ballet Flamenco Fuego (Spain), Nadine Coyle (UK). Followed by loud boom boom beep beep music until the early hours.
On Saturday its the big day for all those celebrating this years upcoming 50th anniversary of the stonewall riots. There will be road closures and traffic restrictions throughout the Playa del Inglés area. The parade starts in front of the Riu Palace Maspalomas hotel and travels the up main road Avenida Tirajana all the way to the intersection with Avda de Gran Canaria from where it turns right to Avda de España, on the other side of the yumbo, where route ends.
On Sunday, the Closing gala at 22:00 with Hosts Fruela & Roberto Herrera and with Funny Boys Show (Spain), Sharone (Spain), 5West (USA) and Conchita Wurst (Austria)
The Holiday Fair by Viajes El Corte Inglés in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria returns one more year under the theme Summer of Cinema
Get ready to enjoy a weekend full of tourism oriented activities, music, contests and shows for the whole family in Parque Santa Catalina. On Friday 16:30-20:30 | On Saturday 10:30-20:30 | On Sunday 10:30-16:00
A Nice opportunity to spend a pleasant day and inform yourself of possibilities for your next vacation with promotions and discounts combined with FIMAR, The International Sea Fair, just round the corner.
11-12 May, Arucas
Feria de Ecologia y Sostenibilidad
The Ecology and Sustainability Fair taking place at the Experimental farm (Granja Experimental) run by the island’s Cabildo de Gran Canaria, located on the Arucas coast in the north, during Saturday and Sunday. The fair has a multitude of companies presenting many sectors, all kinds of ecology companies and those promoting organic policies including food, crafts, mobility, cosmetics, agriculture, recycling, workshops / talks mindfulness, yoga, Pilates, NGOs, renewable energies and more.
Visitors can also enjoy food stalls that will serve delicious organic meals, smoothies galore, fresh juices, sweets and cakes, vegan burgers and all with organic packaging because no plastic is allowed!
Saturday 09:30-19:30 and on Sunday 09:30-17:00
Enjoy a Saturday with music, shopping and gastronomy in the oldest shopping area of Las Palmas, Triana.
the Triana High Street is in the original historic district that ran between the old quarter Vageta and the original port at San Telmo, and is these days completely pedestrianised. From the fabulous Pérez Galdós theatre to San Telmo park, this wide shopping street is home to a many of the main street fashion and jewellery brands on the island, with cafes, bars and restaurants as well as upmarket boutiques.
The April fair, organised by the main restaurants and cafes of San Gregorio, in the open comercial area, with the collaboration of the Town Council of Telde, offers music and live singing by Laura Doreste and Yuniel Rascon.
There will be also dancing from the students of the Rocío Pozo Dance School, anyone who wants to can join in some Flamenco Y Sevillanas and enjoy a fantastic day in the heart of one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Telde. The establishments will have food and drink typical of Andalusia, they are recommending attendees go dressed for the occasion.
Starting at 12:00 in the Plaza de San Gregorio
#Musicando on Saturday night returns with a very special event that aims to take the audience to the sounds of Cuba through music thanks to the talent of renowned singer Diamela del Pozo.
Diamela’s rumba and changüí, are joined by the Totó Noriega orchestra to create a concert “La noche de Cuba” The Cuban Night, Saturday, at 21:00 at Doramas Park.
Free admission until full capacity is reached.
Other Events :
11-12 May, la Feria de Eventos, Imagen y Celebraciones in Ateneo Santa Lucia.
With more than 50 business participating offering decorations, catering, hotels, pyrotechnics, beauty salons, cocktails, furniture, household goods, travel, and merchandising from the world of events, image and celebrations. The fair will also have children’s activities, music performances, food, a shopping area and much more. On Saturday 10:00-22:00 and on Sunday 10:00-15:00.
Saturday 11 May, Romeria in honour of San Isidro de Labrador, La Pardilla ( Telde ).
The neighbourhood of La Pardilla in Telde is celebrating their Patron Saint festivities and on Saturday, Romeria, a traditional pilgrimage offering at 19:00, following the religious mass held at the church at 18:00 .