It’s mid September already and the weather predictions for the weekend ahead is looking great. There are so many wonderful events happening around Gran Canaria throughout what promises to be a blissful weekend.
AEMET, the Spanish meteorological Agency are predicting highs of around 30ºC in the south and probably a few degrees lower in the north. We might see few clouds too during the days ahead.
The Canary Guide to your weekend ahead, September 13-15 2019
Posted by The Canary Guide on Thursday, September 12, 2019
The Gran Canaria’s Patron Saint festivities in honour of Our Lady of the Pine continues in Teror after last weekend’s main fiesta days. You can see the full program for the Pine here.
Saturday & Sunday, the III Gran Canaria Island potato fair is being held in the Episcopal Palace, just behind the church in Teror, with an exhibition and tasting of potato based dishes, a staple of Canarian Cuisine. Celebrating the humble potato, papas, which arrived in the Canary Islands, from the New World, in the early 1560s, long before it ever reached the rest of Europe.
On Saturday, 11:00-15:00 and 17:00-20:00
On Sunday, 10:00-14:00
On Saturday, a children’s party is being put on between 11:00-14:00 at the main parking area of Los Perales. Bouncy Castles, workshops, face painting, animation and much more. Later in the evening XXXI Encuentro Teresa de Bolívar at Plaza de Sintes at 21:00 and Night continues with DJ Abían Reyes at midnight.
On Sunday, “Día de las Marías”. Eucharist at Basílica del Pino at 09:30, an Solemn eucharist at 13:00,
Verbena del Solajero, with DJ Promaster, Plaza de Sintes at 14:00.
Later at 18:30, the Holy Rosary, Novena and concelebration of the Eucharist at Basílica del Pino is followed by a religious procession with the image of our lady of the pine along Calle Real. The main procession is to be enlivened with a fireworks show at Muro Nuevo
The Mariana invocation in the municipality of Santa María de Guía dates back to at least the 16th century, when the conqueror Sancho de Vargas built a chapel dedicated to the cult of the Virgin Mary. The Fiesta de las Marías is one of the most popular and beloved traditions among locals and visitors to the area.
This festivity commemorates the tradition of “voto de Vergara”, or devotion of de Vargara, which is an event which occurred in 1811 due to a plaque of locusts, during which the local peasant farmers made a promise to go every year to worship the Virgin in Guía, travelling from the highland areas of this northern community, in gratitude; the story tells of how they had gathered and stopped at the Mountain of Vergara on their way to the city, while they were making their prayers, they saw a huge rain cloud arrive whcih with immense force quickly ended the plague. The farmers attributed this fact to a miracle of the Virgin and proclaimed their devotion, which today, 208 years later, “Guienses” continue to observe.
The fiesta is held every year on the third weekend of September and consists of two main events: the “Lowering of the Branch”, the so-called Bajada de La Rama, brought to Guía from the surrounding rural communities, and on Saturday a Procession and Romeria Pilgrimage on Sunday at noon. During the celebration of these two acts highlights the sound of conch shells or bucios and drums (in allegory of the elements used to scare away the plague). As for the pilgrimage, it is said that it is one of the purest, most beautiful and traditional events in the Canary Islands.
On Saturday, the Bajada de la Rama starts at 17:00 from Montaña alta Vergara, where people gather from early in the morning. They will make their way down to the Plaza Grande, gathering more people with them whilst ascending until they reach the church where they give repeat thier devotion promise and dance. This year, because of the Gran Canaria fires there will be no branches to carry but people are asked to bring green ribbons. At 21:00 traditional dancing and music at Plaza Grande.
On Sunday, a pilgrim’s mass at 09:00 at the church and at 10:30 paseo, a walk with animals participating in the romeria, through the streets to the esplanade of the church. A solemn eucharist follows at 11:00 and then a Romería, the pilgrimage offering starts at 12:00
Did you know
The Rama de las Marías is the almost certianly the oldest such Christian observance on Gran Canaria, since the historical records do not have previous references for other Ramas. In this sense, “La Rama” de Guía can be said to be the first in Gran Canaria.
Sardina Viva 2019 Festival takes place on the coast of the municipality of Gáldar. The festival, celebrates “End of Summer”- and is also part of the local patron festivities, starting at 12:00 on both days and is held on Avenida Antonio Rosas de Sardina.
At Midday on Saturday, the party will begin with the traditional ‘La Vará del Pescao’ in which traditional fishing takes places off the coast of Gáldar, the catch from which will later be grilled for the enjoyment of the attendees.
Hours of live music with some of the most popular local groups of the Canary Islands, including Aseres 16:00-17:30 and Los Lolas 18:00-19:30.
There is a market on both days from 12:00-20:00.
On Sunday, for the little ones, there is also workshops and aquatic inflatables.
The third edition of the Island Pride Bully Fest where the best American bully dogs will exhibit their characteristics and many qualities. Many American bully dogs from the Canary Islands and from the rest of Spain will be present at the event which is organised by the Agaete Town hall, the National ACCAM Canine Association and the ABW Alianz Bullies Worldwide Spain.
On Saturday, visitors will also have the chance to see native dog breeds more closely, an Herreño wolf, a breed that until recently was in danger of extinction and is now the focus of recovery breeding programs.
This is a free event and will feature the participation of international judges such as Félix Villalba, Diego Uceta and Toni Herrerías. At Parque Popular on Saturday 10:00-20:00 and on Sunday 10:00-14:00
The XIV Classic Villa de Teror, regular event for historical vehicles, is scoring test for the XVI edition of the Classic Canary Islands Rally and for the XII edition of the Gran Canaria Classic Cup 2019.
As in the previous editions, the Classic Villa de Teror will be part of the festive activities of the municipality. A single day event that will take place between 9:45 and 15:30 on Saturday.
At 9:45 the vehicles parked at Plaza del Pino, just next to the church, will leave for the linear 195 km test.
There is a stop at 12 at Los Llano de la Pez, after finishing 86km of driving with six sections and after the stop drivers will face 109 km comprised of another six sections. Stopping at 15:30 at Balcon de Zamora.
A new edition of the OPEN WATER MASPALOMAS, a swimming competition, takes place Saturday and is included in the Open Water Series 2019 that consists of open water swimming contests of different distances along the spectacular beaches of Maspalomas in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The Faro de Maspalomas is the nerve centre for the competition.
The main categories are for the long distance of 7400 meter leaving from Playa del Pajar at 12:30. the 2 km distance leaving from Meloneras beach at 12:50 and the popular 1000 meter at 14:20 from beach of Playa del Ingles . At 16:00 Awards and live music You can see the full maps for the distances here
Acequia Sonora is a collective, cultural and independent festival, taking place this Saturday in Firgas from 12:00-00:00. In this first edition at Plaza del Pueblo you can enjoy:
– Live music throughout the day
– Exhibitions of Canarian culture and traditions
– A Market
– Activities for all audiences.
– Workshops to learn and share.
La Finca Isa, in the municipality of Tejeda, is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday with money raised donated to Foundation Foresta to help to plant trees. The entrance fee is €10
At 12:00 the doors open and you’re welcome to enjoy all the onsite facilities, enjoy the stunning views, there is bar service and food. During the day there will be music, talks and information and of course the BIG RAFFLE at 20:00 with over €2000 in prices. Tickets only €2. Later the evening is enlivened by a DJ and sunset
There might be still accommodation available at €20 or bring a tent for €10. To make a reservation send a message +34 603 48 27 67 / Tom
The Puerto Rico Farmer’s and handicrafts market return from the summer break starting from 1st of September. Every fortnight, on a Sunday, in an ideal setting surrounded by palm trees and to the sound of typical Canarian music, early in the morning there is a farmers and crafts market. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheese, sweets and so much more. The market is open from 08:30-14:30.