We are well into November and winter is finally attempting to catch up with Gran Canaria, some fast winds this week bringing a few clouds in off the Atlantic with stormy weather out mid-ocean the north of the island can expect occasional downpours. As ever a little brighter and breezier on the south and south west.
AEMET, the Spanish meteorological Agency, predict “cool in the air”. Temperatures to the south around 24ºCin the shade with some cloud cover, and even a small possibility of rain. Temperatures will be higher along the coastlines. The summits of Gran Canaria will see a big shift in temperatures with predictions of around 15ºC and blustery clouds and rain. There is even a chance of snow above 1800 meters on Friday and 1900 meters on Saturday so with a little bit of luck, the island’s highest point could even receive a frosted topping.
The wonderful events planned for you to go and experience this weekend include the return of WOMAD Las Palmas, bringing the World of Music, Arts & Dance to the capital, Winter Pride event in Maspalomas with a series of glamorous free shows in the evenings at shopping centre Yumbo, a Manga festival in INFECAR and a Beer Festival in Gáldar to mention just a few.
11 NOVEMBER, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria
Witness the Transit of Mercury with Astrotrek
On Monday 11th November there will be a rare astronomical event as the planet Mercury transits between the Earth and the Sun, an event that will be clearly visible but the next time this happens will not be until 2032.
Star Guides and Lens Lovers, Astrotrek, will have telescopes set up at The Market Shopping Centre in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria to observe the event which starts at half past midday and will continue to be visible till sunset.
So, if you would like to watch this rare event as Mercury transits across the face of our nearest star, then The Market Puerto Rico is the place to go.
For more details visit the Astrotrek Facebook Page
7-10 NOVEMBER, LAS PALMAS
WOMAD de LAS PALMAS de GRAN CANARIA
WOMAD returns to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. From this weekend in the main Parque Santa Catalina.
WOMAD – World of Music, Arts & Dance – is a project originally conceived by Peter Gabriel, the first WOMAD was held in the fields of Shepton Mallet in England, 1982. Since then, WOMAD has celebrated festivals in over 30 countries, allowing a collective audience that counts millions who have enjoyed the eclectic experience including in Santa Catalina park, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Market, music, workshops, activities and much more …
On Thursday 18:00-23:50,
On Friday 10:30-02:00,
On Saturday 11:00-02:00 and on Sunday 11:00-20:00
8-10 NOVEMBER, LAS PALMAS X FESTIVAL DEL MANGA COMIC-CAN DE LAS PALMAS
The 10th edition of the Las Palmas Comic Can & Manga festival is on all weekend at INFECAR in Las Palmas. A large two-storey pavilion, focused on Japanese anime, manga and associated culture. Contests, tournaments, stands, workshops, karaoke and of course cosplay.
In addition, this year Comic-Can hosts a new pavilion, where lovers of the world of graphic novels, and comics, can get autographs, see exhibitions, talks, screenings and many more surprises. Over 100 Stands, Shops, workshops, artisans, illustrators, associations, activities, Cosplay groups, and Body painting …
We wonder if Angelina Jolie or any of the cast of The Eternals might make a guest appearance, as the new Marvel production is being shot on neighbouring Fuerteventura at the moment…
This tenth edition of the Manga / Comic-Can Festival is to be dedicated to terror, a genre that has always enjoyed great popularity among the otaku community. Expect lots of young people in Lycra with impossibly windswept colourful hair.
Entry fee : €6/ 1 Day , €12/3 Days , €35/ VIP
On Friday 10:00-21:00 On Saturday 10:00-21:30 and on Sunday 10:00-20:00
FIESTAS DE SAN GREGORIO TAUMATURGO
The ancient city of Telde celebrate their festivities in the name of San Gregorio Taumaturgo, in whose honour one of the two main post conquest communities, from Telde grew, is named, the other being of course San Juan.
(Saint Gregory the Miracle-Worker c. 213 – 270, is also known as Gregory of Neocaesarea, and was a Christian bishop of the 3rd century. He has been canonised as a saint in both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches).
The fiesta celebrations are scheduled 8-17 November
On Friday, the opening ceremony at 21:00 in the Plaza de San Gregorio, is followed by a concert at 21:30.
On Saturday, a children’s party at Plaza de San Gregorio at 10:00 am and a clown show at 12:00.
A real life horse race starts at 16:30 on Avenida del Cabildo and later in the evening some folk music and dancing can be enjoyed around Plaza de San Gregorio from 20:30.
Followed by an evening to enjoy the Latin sounds of Ramblas Pedro Lezano starting at 21:00.
On Sunday, a spectacle for children at 17:30 at Plaza de San Gregorio.
WINTER PRIDE Event MASPALOMAS 2019
A series of free live stage, music and light shows, in the style of a Pride event, takes over shopping centre Yumbo in Playa del Inglés once again.
On Friday Champions Live Show 20:00-03:00 …starring winners of the some of world’s most popular tv talent contests, including Cristina Ramos (winner of The Voice Spain, winner of The Voice Mexico and best singer of America´s Got Talent: Champions), Michael Rice (winner of All Together Now and UK candidate for Eurovision 2019), Shellyann (winner All Together Now 2019) and Celia Jimenez (winner Pride Stars 2018). The night will be finalised with an epic DJ session from Diva Mayday (NL) and Sharon O’Love (UK)!
On Saturday, what’s being dubbed “The Pride Walk” is on from 15:00-17:00 so except road closures in Playa del Inglés. Dany Party at the Yumbo 17:00-21:00 and the Love the 90s- show starts at 21:00 and continuing until 04:00.
Sunday Night Live Show starting at 20:00 at the stage in shopping centre Yumbo will finish the off events this year.
The 27th edition of ‘Viejas Glorias’ is the meeting point for the Canarian vintage motorcycling community is in Teror from Friday to Sunday.
The municipality will become the destination of many lovers of old style two wheeled vehicles with an extensive program of events bringing together some 3,000 bikers from all over the Canary Islands. The event, organised by Motoclub Las Palmas Roque Nublo, with the collaboration of the Town Council of Teror and Aguas de Teror, will offer various activities related to motorcycling, from exhibitions, concerts, rally, competitions, tributes, fairs and lots of entertainment.
There is a motorcycle rally on Saturday morning starting at 08:30. There will also be an old classic Motorcycle Fair, a vintage fair of antiques and a second hand market on Plaza de Sintes on Sunday. See the full program here.
8-9 NOVEMBER, TELDE BOTANICALSGFS 2019
As part of the Fiestas San Gregorio in Telde, there is also an event for all those interested in fashion. The free to entr Botanical San Gregorio Fashion Show will be in Parque Arnao in Telde on Friday and Saturday.
The Event is all about Commerce, Fashion, Gastronomy with areas devoted to Chill Out, Sustainability, Commercial Dynamics, Promotion of public spaces and more than 60 young amateur models will participate in this new edition with a 50 meter catwalk. More than 12 commercial clothing outlets will be showcasing the fashions on display so you can buy what you see.
On Friday 17:00-00:00 and on Saturday 16:00-00:00
You can see the full program at the end of this post.
The eighth edition of the Gáldar Beer Festival in the Plaza de Santiago. Various German and Canarian beers will be on offer between 12:30-22:30 with live music, both German and local, djs and performances of the Canarian pop rock groups Los Sarantontones and Rosario 8.
German white sausages will be onsale accompanied by sauerkraut and as a novelty in this years event there will be freshly made Bretzel, or Pretzel, or Kringle or whatever your country calls these salty baked knots of dough…..
There will also be different activities inspired by the rural festivals held in the the fields of Bavaria and Tirol.
SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER, LAS PALMAS ARC – ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS
Every November since 1986 the ARC Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has set sail from Las Palmas, westward bound across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Bringing together yachts from all over the world, the fleet gather in Las Palmas Marina in the heart of the city.
This Sunday 10 November, the first departures for this year ARC+.
ARC+ will depart Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday 10 November, sailing to Mindelo, Sao Vincente, Cape Verde for a 3 to 5 day stopover before the restart to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia on 21 November. A maximum of 75 yachts sail with the ARC+ route. Click here for full dates and route information
ARC+ St. Vincent will depart from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday 10 November after sharing a pre-departure programme with the ARC+ fleet. They sail to to Mindelo, Sao Vincente, Cape Verde for a 3 to 5 day stopover before crossing the Atlantic bound for Blue Lagoon Marina, St. Vincent restarting on 21 November 2019 Click here for full dates and route information
Still to come… The main departure for “The ARC fleet” of approximately 200 boats will start their Atlantic adventure on Sunday 24 November sailing directly to Saint Lucia, spending between 18 & 21 days, on average, at sea following the classic trade wind route and then a spectacular welcome in Rodney Bay.
SATURDAY 9 SATURDAY, SANTA LUCIA
MERCADO AGRÍCOLA Y GANADERO DE GRAN CANARIA
The Agricultural Market of Gran Canaria, this weekend in La Karpa, Vecindario offers an opportunity for you to purchase fresh produce directly from the primary sector (farmers) at an adjusted price.
Vegetables, fruits, honey, cheeses, oil, bread and sweets are just some of the produce that can be found, constituted to support the primary sector of the region. The freshest produce at your fingertips.
The Market is open from 08:30-13:30
SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER, MOGÁN
MERCADILLO AGRÍCOLA Y ARTESANAL DE PUERTO RICO
The main south western farmer’s market and handicrafts fair. Every fortnight, on a Sunday, in tranquil settings 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. This weekend also the new market season starts, so there are also tastings of typical Canarian delights.
The market is open from 08:30-14:30