An engaging mid June weekend ahead with with midsummer solstice on the way and many delightful events to get involved with on Gran Canaria. Harvest fair arrives on the south in El Tablero, the humble Potato is celebrated up in the mountains of Tejeda, founding festivities in the capital as well as patron saint fiestas and romerias in Moya, Telde, Arucas and Mogán among many other events.
The weather forecast is a bit changeable across the island with showers possible on Friday afternoon, cloud likely on Saturday and temperatures just a touch lower than usual. AEMET are predicting 23-25ºC for the south with a chance a some cloud cover, particularly inland.
The neighbourhood of El Tablero celebrate their 22nd Harvest Fair this Friday and Saturday. The annual Harvest Fair is a cultural event honouring the memory of the pioneer residents who originally made up this little community and, also, remembering the importance of the agricultural work that they carried out to earn their livelihood.
On Friday, a photographic exhibition opens at 19:30 at the El Tablero Cultural Centre. After the exhibition, the centre will also host a book and the audiovisual documentary ‘Women Packaging Tomatoes, a story full of life, struggle and hope’ from 20:00. [Spanish language]
Saturday is the main day, starting from 18:00 at the main plaza there will be a sample of local handicrafts, children’s craft workshops, traditional Canarian games, exhibition and sale of gastronomic produce, exhibitions of native stick fighting and indigenous martial arts as well as the famous shepherd’s leap used for centuries by goat herders to cross this island’s mountainous terrain, there will also be separate workshops for chácaras and drums as well as various food stands with local produce. The fair will end with traditional Taifa dancing.
The La Guancha 2019 Musical Festival returns on June 14 and 15 to El Agujero. The Festival, through music, wants to highlight the extraordinary archaeological heritage of this ancient pre hispanic royal capital of the island. This is a free outdoor music festival in a privileged environment. The Archaeological Ensemble of La Guancha was declared a Historic Monument in 1949.
On Friday, bouncy castles 18:00-21:00, and at 21:00 a concert performed by La Trova, at 22:30 Salvapantallas and at midnight Tonny Tun Tun.
On Saturday, bouncy castles for the kids 18:00-21:00, at 19:00 a performance by Juancko that includes the holi powder party, fun with coloured powders, in which pigmented powders are thrown into the air offering an original spectacle, rooted in Hindu traditions, creating a visual feast without equal popular with the youth of the island. Later at 21:00 a tribute to Marc Anthony performance from rapper Don Patricio at 22:30, a Canarian artist who has become very popular, and who for weeks has been at the top of the Spotify ones to watch list.
The capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria celebrates its 541st birthday this year and does so in a big way with the Founding Festivities continuing until 24 June. This weekend it’s all about romantic boleros in the old town and rock music in the park all FREE admission.
On Friday, at 21:00 the 11th Nights of boleros event will be in the Plaza de Santo Domingo. And rock music will be on offer at Parque Doramas with Said Muti .
On Saturday, at 21:00 more romantic boleros in Plaza de Santo Domingo, and in Parque Doramas the José Antonio Ramos Auditorium will host Californian Rock & Roll 5-piece Robert Jon & The Wreck as well as a mix of pop, rock and electronic sounds from the French singer Morgane Ji .
The Gran Canaria Air Battle KiteBoarding Festival is the largest KiteSurf festival ever held on Gran Canaria. The event started last weekend and is centred around Playa de Vargas culminating on Sunday in the municipality of Agüimes.
This weekend, there will be 25 men and 9 women who will compete in the Big Air GK Freestyle World Cup 2019, celebrated for the first time in history on Gran Canaria and will take place from June 13 to 16.
This Sunday June 16 will see the awarding of prizes to the winners of the Freestyle-Big Air world championship
The mountain village Tejeda celebrates the food of empires, the humble potato, that came to these islands before arriving on mainland Europe. This Saturday, starting at 11:00 the Potato Fair at Plaza Nuestra Señora del Socorro will present an agricultural and artisanal market, an exhibition of agricultural machinery, live music performances and children’s activities.
At 14:00, in La Vaguada, servings of the ever popular Sancocho, a traditional soup/stew (a solidarity act for the benefit of “Doctors of the world”)
“Did you know that potatoes was brought to the Canary Islands by the Spaniards in the 16th century from the Peruvian Andies and from there spread throughout the rest of the European continent. Here on the islands they are still known by their original Perunian name “Papas” but when they arrived in mainland Spain the church authorities demanded they were renamed, so as not to offend the pope!”
The second hand “Rastro” flea market is held every Sunday at the Maspalomas municipal mercadillo, where everyone is welcome, and every type of item is on sale, from objet d’art to furniture, clothing to stereos, telescopes to cellos, militaria, precious stones, previously loved items including toys and books and hats and the occasional kitchen sink.
All the best stuff is snapped up early, but there is always a bargain to be made.
This Sunday, the farmers market too ( as it is every second Sunday ).
PATRON SAINT FESTIVITIES ON GRAN CANARIA
On Friday, traditional children’s and adult’s games (including a sack race, piñata, domino, card games and more) at Plaza Sarmiento y Coto and Club San Antonio starting at 18:00.
Later at 20:30 a music show for the whole family with “Super Abuelo” (Super Gran) in the Parque Nicolás Quesada. Late night entertainment from 22:30 with music from Armonia show and DJ Estrp at Plaza Sarmiento y Coto
On Saturday, Bajada de la Rama, the pre-hispanic Canarian tradition of “Lowering the Branch” in a procession accompanied by the Gran Canaria and Agaete music groups. Starting at 18:00 from the local sports complex (on Calle Mogán). At 22:00 traditional dancing and music in parque Nicolás Quesada and an after party with more music at 12:30 at Plaza Sarmiento y Coto.
On Sunday, a native Canarian dog breed “podenco” exhibition at 11:00 at the local sports court. (cancha municipal)
MOGÁNh20 Water festival is happening between 12:00-19:00 with Inflatables, foosball, slides, ramps and donuts, water tubes, a pool with boats, special foam parties at 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 all enlivened with music and animation. All this on Calle San José and Plaza Sarmiento y Coto.
Arucas is celebrating their patron saint festivities. This Saturday, they have a Romeria pilgrimage offering starting at 18:00. Route from Cruce de la Acequia Alta – La Cerera – church . At 21:00 canarian folk music groups performing in the historic centre of Arucas.
Moya, on the north of the island, celebrate their patron saint’s festivities, in honour of Saint Anthony of Padua.
On Saturday, starting at 19:00, a Romeria pilgrimage offering in honour of the saint through the streets followed by Baile de Taifas, which is traditional Canarian music and dancing just next to the church.
On Sunday, the 29th edition of Moyan cheese tasting event, starting at 09:00 at Plaza Tómas Morales. With 14 local cheeseries showcasing their products of all sort and tastes, it’s a win win situation for any cheese lovers to be present.
The little village of Tasarte, located in the far west of the island just off the GC-200 between Pueblo de Mogán and La Aldea, are celebrating their patron saint festivities for San Juan Bautista. On Saturday the main day with a Romeria pilgrimage offering staring at 19:00 followed by traditional Baile de Taifas.
A worthwhile extra drive at the same time is to go early and visit the lovely little beach of Tasarte. A locals beach about 11 km from the village, famous for the quality of the fresh fish there.