A blissful summer weekend ahead on Gran Canaria with some pretty amazing events to go and see. Top picks for the coming weekend include the maritime processions both up in La Isleta, in the capital, and down along the coast of Mogán, in honour of Virgen del Carmen, the patron protector of sailors and fisherfolk, the Canarias Jazz Festival comes to a head and world class performances at the Temudas festival, both in Las Palmas, the Maspalomas Trumpet Festival performs free brass, there is a water festival in the mountains of Teror, and dog rescue charity weekend at the Market Puerto Rico.
The sun is expected shine across the south with temperatures climbing to around 30º in the shade. To the north some cloud is forecast, but temperatures will still be in the high 20ºs. As always with weather on a subtropical island, we may just have to wait and see, chances are it’s going to be marvellous.
Every Friday the normally sleepy, picturesque resort of Playa and Puerto de Mogán get a busy with their weekly market.
It becomes a bustling place to visit on Fridays and a good opportunity to enjoy a relaxed but a busy market atmosphere as well as the shops, cafes and restaurants in the area. Friday is market day in Playa de Mogán!
The Heineken International Canarias Jazz & more Festival comes to an end with a few concerts to go and see on Friday and Saturday in the Capital and on both nights at aroudn 20:30 and in Plaza de Santa Ana.
On Friday: Carita Boronska Quartet, Ytri Honing Quartet and Barreiro Project at Plaza de Santa Ana at 20:30
The 23nd edition of the International theatre, music and dance festival is on until 2 August in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. During the festival there are a wide range of extraordinary free outdoor performances and concerts. A magnificent spectacle for people of all ages, a month of world class performance mainly in the outdoors and totally free to attend.
Circus and theatre merge into a poetic scenic proposal that starts from the power of dreams. Delicate, subtle and fun, Oníricus presents two characters that seek the complicity of the public to achieve their dream.
Mesmerising and otherworldly “La danseuse / The dancer is a play of machines, a theatre gestated from the object in motion that starts from the fusion between technique and art.”
The Maspalomas Trumpet festival blows its own horn about having become one of the most important such gatherings in Europe, every year bringing together the teachers, masters and pupils of this instruments in the south of Gran Canaria. This year the festival is held 14-20 July and besides the various masterclasses, groups and competitions, there are also free concerts for the audience to enjoy. Highlights for the weekend…
On Thursday, a trumpet jazz quartet at The 19th Hole
On Friday, a gala concert for young interpreters at 20:30 at Expomeloneras
On Saturday , at 12:30 student concert at Expomeloneras and the closing concert at 20:30 with Gran Canaria Big Band with the soloist Andrea Tofanelli.
Gáldar are celebrating their main fiesta for the town, in honour of their patron saint, the Fiesta de Santiago de los Caballeros between 28 June – 27 July 2019.
Thursday 25th July is also a local bank holiday in the municipality.
On this Saturday, the main Romeria Ofrenda, a pilgrimage offering to Santiago in which the different districts of the municipality take part, replete with floats from other municipalities of the island, with the offering of typical Gran Canaria produce to Santiago Apóstol (Saint James the Apostle). The traditional pilgrimage offering, Romeria, starts at 18:00 and travels through the historic centre of Gáldar to plaza de Santiago.
The Market Puerto Rico is hosting a charitable event for dogs througout Saturday and Sunday, both days from 13:00-21:00. Stands, children activities, presentations, training and care tips, shows, consciousness-raising, adoptions and local animal charities and much more. A TASTING MENU for 2 persons will be RAFFLED among all visitors that donate dog feed to selected, legitimate animal protection organisations. Enjoy the atmosphere and bring a donation to help.
There are a few different National, worldwide, International Day for dogs but in Spain and many other countries #DiaMundialdelPerro is celebrated on 21 July. ( every day is a dog appreciation day )
on Saturday in Playa de Mogán its Water party time with “Fiesta del Agua” in the barranco, at the beginning of the ravine. Starting at 15:00, there will be animation, a foam party, a “holi powder” throwing event and all enlivened with music. Later in the evening at Plaza de Las Gañanias at 21:00 its Spanish humour followed by music performances. On Sunday, children’s catwalk at 21:00 Plaza de Las Gañanias.
On Sunday in Arguineguin, is the last major festivity day for the Virgen del Carmen celebrations. At 09:00 Eucharist at the church followed by the pilgrimage promenade to the harbour for the epic Maritime procession to start. From there all will depart at 10:00 along with a fleet of boats to the bay of El Pajar where the offering will be made. Then the tour will go to Playa de Mogán to meet its counterpart .
It is the last weekend of Water Festival in Teror.
Saturday 20 July Traditional Romería, a pilgrimage offering in honour of San Isidro Labrador. From el Castañero Gordo to Plaza de Sintes, starting at 18:00. after the romería traditional Taifa dancing “Baile de Taifas del agua” with folkloric groups at Plaza de Sintes. And later, an after party, Verbena del Agua at Alameda Pío XII. at 22:00.
Sunday 21 July Cattle Fair at Terrenos Yánez Matos (next to the bus station) From 8:00 to 14:00. Mass in honour of San Isidro Labrador at Basílica del Pino. at 13:00. After, around 14:00 a cattle parade at Calle Real and Plaza Ntra. Sra del Pino.
The old fishermen’s quarter, La Isleta, situated on a small peninsula in the capital is celebrating Fiestas del Carmen 6-30 July.
On this Saturday Romeria-ofrenda, the pilgrimage offering after the eucharist that starts at 18:00. Romeria route is by esplanade of Sebadal, through the streets: Roque Nublo, Palmar, Andamana, Tecén, Tanausú, Tamarán, Benecharo, Faycanes, Artemi Semidán, Palmar, and Benartemi. At 22.00, the celebration of the traditional Canary Islands La Rama accompanied by the Banda de Agaete through the streets: Umiaga, Tamarán, Benecharo, Faycanes, Artemi Semidán, Palmar, Alcorac, Tirma, Roque Nublo and Porto Pi football field.
Sunday is the “Dia del Hombre del Mar”. Day includes an eucharist at 16:00 and then at 17:00 image is carried through the streets Benartemi, Juan Rejón to port at. Maritime procession starts 19:00 and afterwards image is taken back to the church.
19-21 JULY, POZO IZQUIERDO – GRAN CANARIA WIND & WAVES FESTIVAL