What an interesting last weekend of May ahead. Weather predictions are showing some rain showers are likely across Gran Canaria. This extended #WeekendTips covers up to Tuesday, when all things Canarian are celebrated on the Día de Canarias. There’ll be some gorgeous Patron Saints’ festivities happening in San Fernando de Maspalomas as well as in Valleseco.

Fun Fact:

Valleseco literally means “dry valley” in Spanish, but is actually one of the wettest municipalities Gran Canaria. Nestling between the famous fresh water sources of Firgas & Teror, half way up the island’s mountainous northern slopes, this area is well known for its apple growers, cider and its weekly market

Tuesday, 30th May
Diá de Canarias

Canary Islands Day is an annual bank holiday throughout the archipelago. It’s good to remember that government offices, banks, and many local shops etc. will be closed.

On the 30th of May 1983 The Canary Islands officially became an Autonomous National Region of Spain when The Government of The Canary Islands Parliament sat for the first time.  The day has been marked ever since by all municipal town halls, on all 8 islands, in each of the two provinces that make up the archipelago, as the official day for celebration of all things Canarian.

You can expect nearly every town or village to have some sort of public event happening on Tuesday, some including Monday, with locals dressed in traditional post-conquest clothing and performing folk dances as well as tastings of local produce among other attractions. You might have already seen the shopping centres and shops having loads of Canarian products to sell. 

Of course, as tourism has long been the main focus of the economy here you’ll also find representations of traditional foodstuffs like gofio, potatoes, cheeses, mangoes, avocados, ropa vieja, almonds, wines, rum, honey rum, mojos rojo and verde and many items besides on display in hotels and tourist information centres


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Upcoming events:
3 June | The 8th Collectables Fair in Gáldar

4 June | STING concert in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
9-11 June | La Guancha Festival in Gáldar (El Agujero)
10-11 June | Km.0 Fair Gran Canaria in Arucas
16-18 June | FIMAR, The International Sea Fair in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 23 June | Fiesta de San Juan, Saint John’s Eve
24 June | Main Day of the Foundational festivities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
30 June-23 July | Canarias Jazz & Más International Festival

Upcoming bank holidays:
Tuesday, May 30 – Public Holiday in the Canary Islands, Día de Canarias

Monday, 12 June – Local bank holiday in Mogán: Víspera de San Antonio
Tuesday 13 June – Local bank holiday in Mogán: Festividad de San Antonio
Local bank holiday in Santa Brígida: Festividad de San Antonio de Padua
Friday 16 June – Local bank holiday in Teror: Festividad del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús
Monday 19 JuneLocal bank holiday in Moy: Festividad de San Antonio de Padua

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Not our usually sunny prediction this weekend, though we are sure the sunshine will show through from time time time.  Predictions are ranging from a little to a lot of rain, cloud cover, sunshine, all possible scenarios for the upcoming weekend on Gran Canaria.

The weather can be unpredictable sometimes, even here in the subtropics, so best prepare for anything these next few days, or just wait and see. Always good to remember that any adverse weather conditions might affect outdoor events and festivities. 




#WeekendTips 26-30 May 2023
& Canary Islands’ Day (Día de Canarias)


Fiestas Maspalomas, The Patron Festivities of San Fernando | 25 May - 4 June

The Maspalomas neighbourhood of San Fernando, once a simple village of tomato growers, and sharecroppers, enjoys their patron saint’s celebrations from 25 May – 4 June 2023.

The eve-popular Romería pilgrimage for their patron saint, San Fernando, takes place this Saturday, where attendees will be dressed in traditional costumes and processing through the streets and around the church of this old rural population.  San Fernando has officially been a parish since 1961, just before tourism discovered Maspalomas, so this is a real link to the past and the time before.

There is a funfair that has been set up in San Fernando during the festivities.

On Friday:
at 18:00 Family spectacle by clown ‘Totó El Payaso’ on Avenida de Gáldar (in front of the Eurospar)
at 21:00 Canarian party ‘Masparranda’  in the old town of San Fernando.
at 23:00 A night with music and DJ’s 

On Saturday:
at 18:30 Romería, the pilgrimage-offering
Route: Plaza de Timanfaya, Calle San Mateo, Avda de Gáldar up to height of Eurospar, Calle Hernández González and Avda de Tejeda to Parque de San Fernando.
at 19:30 eucharist is at the church and once finished to the image of San Fernando is taken to the front of the church to receive the offerings.
at 21:30  Verbena, a party enlivened by Armonía Show, Star Music and Dj Promaster at Plaza de San Fernando.

On Sunday:
at 08:30 Farmers’ market
at 11:00 Foam party at Plaza de San Fernando
at 21:00 the gala for the election of the children’s and youth queens at 21:00 at the plaza. 

On Monday: 
at 18:00 A Big Birthday party for all the children at plaza de San Fernando.
at 20:15 a performance of the municipal choir in the church.
at 21:30 Tribute concert to Michael Jackson by Gus Jackson at the plaza.
at 23:00 the eve night fiesta with orchestras at the plaza 

On Tuesday: The Canary Islands’ Day and the main feast Day of San Fernando
at 11:30 church service, followed by a religious procession with the image of San Fernando and Nstra Señora del Carmen. Route: Avenida de Tejeda- sports centre San Fernando – San Fernando population – Calle Lanzarote and returning back to the temple.

at 14:00 The traditional fish barbecue will be organized on the patron saint’s day on the plot of the school (Colegio Maspalomas I) enlivened by music. 
at 20:00 on the occasion of the Día de Canarias, the Festival of the Day of the Canary Islands will be held in the Plaza de San Fernando, with a concert performance by the Agrupación Folklorica Umiaya and the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Ico Arrocha.



Patron Festivities of Fiestas San Vicente Ferrer in Valleseco | until 4 JUNE

Like a drop of cider?

The municipality of Valleseco, in the main apple growing area of Gran Canaria, celebrate their Patron Saint’s Festivities in honour of San Vicente Ferrer between 20 May – 4 June 2023. The main feast Day is next Monday, with a Livestock Fair that will take place from 10:00, where hundreds of cattle will gather sheep, goats and horses before the main religious acts. 


On Friday:
at 18:00 Children’s Fiesta with bouncy castles and workshops at Plaza Municipal

at 21:00 Concerts by the popular groups Maldita EGB and Los Lolas 

The 1st Regional Canarian Cider Fair “Sidra de Canarias’  between 10:00-13:00 at the plaza municipal with sale, tastings, music and then some

at 11:00 Children’s sport activities and at 16:00 horse race in the recreational area of La Laguna.
at 17:00 a Fun and lively Holi powder party at the municipal plaza, followed by a parade at 18:00 from the plaza to the school and back to the plaza.
at 21:30 Tribute concert to Elvis Crespo and an after party at 23:00 with different orchestras.

at 10:00 artisan market commences
at 11:00 Fiesta del Huevo Duro, literally a ‘hard-boiled egg party’ where 1500 eggs are handed out accompanied by a cider shot and all is enlivened by music.
at 12:00 Children’s Fiesta with bouncy castles and workshops at Plaza Municipal
at 13:00 concert by Los Salvapantallas
at 20:00 concert at the plaza by multiple performances. 

On Monday: Main Feast Day 
at 10:00 livestock fair,
at 10:30 artisan market opens
at 12:00 religious church funcion
at 13:30 cattle parade
at 14:00 grilled pork and cider at 14:30 concert by “Karma”.
at 17:30 performance by a local dance school
In the evening, some Canarian humour at 20:00, party with music at 21:30 and fireworks at 23:30.

The 27th Wool Festival in Caideros de Gáldar | 30 May

Where the wool comes from

The 27th traditional ‘Fiesta de la Lana’, Wool Festival, in the neighbourhood of Caideros in the municipality of Gáldar is on Tuesday 30 May, Canary Islands’ Day.
This has got to be one of the most authentic events you can visit on Día de Canarias.  The northern municipality of Gáldar celebrates its traditional ‘Fiesta de La Lana’ in Caideros every Canary Islands Day.

Exalting the customs and traditions of this land, still preserved in this inland area of ​​the north. Livestock from nearby farmhouses will be brought for shearing and subsequent milking, which is one of the most anticipated moments of the day, along with popular Canarian music in the square and the crafts show. Demonstrations of native sports and recognition of the people of this place complete the program of events for this festive event.

At 10:00 at the Football field;, the shepherds will start with the ‘shearing’, offering one of the most iconic images of this day that recalls the traditional meetings of shepherds to shear the flocks of sheep at the gates of summer. In this edition, there will also be a tribute to the people of the place with the recognition of the couple formed by Francisca Rosa Rodríguez García and Luciano Ramos González, which will take place at 13:30 in the Plaza de San José de Caideros.

In addition to the traditional shearing demonstrations, you will be able to enjoy (in Spanish language) workshops on the process for the treatment and preparation of the wool, a Silbo whistled language show, cheese-making workshops, an exhibition of native sports and threshing with horses, in addition to dog exhibitions, conservation guides of the cave and traditional houses, cattle brands or cowbells as well as the travelling exhibition and workshop of Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve and Gran Canaria Recycles.

The Casa de Lana (House of Wool) opens at 11:00

At 11:30 a craft exhibition will begin in the Plaza and at the same time the traditional folkloric gathering will take place, which on this occasion has one of the main novelties of this edition with the presence of Los Sabandeños (at 12:00). Later, at 13:30 Los Cantadores will perform, at 14:30 the Asociación Cultural Arraigo, at 15:30 Yeray Rodríguez and at 17:00 dance groups from different countries.

There will also be a traditional tasting, starting at 13:00 Canarian sancocho with gofio and mojo, bananas, and tortillas with honey.

The Canary Islands' Day festivities in Mogan Mall, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria |26-28 May

The TRENDerete event is back at the southern Mogan Mall shopping centre in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria between 26-28 May  👒 🍷
Tradition and trends come together in a market that represents the essence of the land, where you can buy artisanal products and taste Canarian produce

Opening hours:
On Friday from 17:00-21:00,
on Saturday from 11:00-21:00
on Sunday from 11:00-14:00 

Performance by timplist David Díaz on Saturday at 18:00

A special Canaries Day Fountain show is on at 21:00 between 26-30 May 

Market Mesa y López in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | 25-27 May

From Thursday to Saturday, the streets of Las Ramblas in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will be filled with stalls where you can find:

🛍 Fashion ✨ Services 💄 Beauty 🏡 Home 💚 Health

In addition, there will be musical performances to enjoy in a big way and, for the little ones, fun activities to experience 

Opening hours: Friday from 10:00-21:30 and on Saturday from 10:00-20:30

Agicultural market of Arucas | 27 May

This lovely market, Mercado Agrícola de Arucas, takes place every fortnight in the facilities of the Cabildo’s Experimental Agricultural Farm, located just off the exit to Arucas from the GC-2, on the north coast of Gran Canaria.

Click here to the map location.

The market comprises some 65 exhibitors (farmers and ranchers) who market their products directly to the consumer, with the aim of lowering the costs.

From 09:00-13:00.

Markets in the south of Gran Canaria

• Friday is always market day in Playa de Mogán in the morning. This popular market is in one of the prettiest fishing harbour towns on Gran Canaria, very popular with tourists.

• On Saturday, the Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet dart and other articles, located now in a new venue at Parque Europeo in Playa del Inglés, while the municipal market is being re-built. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán;
El Mercadillo de Maspalomas is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.

• On Saturday in Arguineguín, a small second-hand market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range pre-loved treasures.

• On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, ****The second-hand market now takes place in the Ciudad deportiva de Maspalomas, next to football field 2 and close to Pepe Chiringo and Parque Sur de Maspalomas.

• This Sunday, the very popular biweekly farmers’ Market, ‘Mercado Agrícola y ganadero de San Fernando‘ will be held in the parking area next to the football Stadium and the municipal offices from 08:00 – 14:00. A chance to purchase fresh, locally-grown food and value-added produce directly from growers or producers —  an authentic retail experience.




Live music this weekend


One of the consolidated names in the program, Germán López, will perform this Saturday. On this occasion, the timplist will share his latest work: «Alma». A dialogue between the timple and musicians from different latitudes, recorded between the Canary Islands, Madrid, London, Los Angeles, Miami, and Lisbon. Produced by the multi-award-winning North American musician Gregg Field, the album is a meeting of cultures in which the trade winds blend with flamenco, African, Portuguese or Cuban music.

The concert starts at 21:00 in the heart of “Musicando”, the José Antonio Ramos Auditorium in Doramas Park.
Free entry until full capacity is reached, so it would be good to go early. 




Bar & Grill in the shopping centre Varadero in Meloneras that show all kind of sports.

Live Music every night from 22:00 

On Friday: Hits 4 Life 
On Saturday:Dan & Tess
On Sunday: Gary Lithgow


The astounding US Rock sensation, now a local star on Gran Canaria, playing out to an international audience and live across the airwaves.

On Saturday at ROCKABELLA in Playa del Inglés at 18:00-21:00 and later at THE SHAMROCK BAR in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30
On Sunday at THE SHAMROCK BAR in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30




Drinks, Food, Children’s play area, piano bar, sports, and much more. and not forgetting the Sunday Roast Dinner from 1pm to 6pm.
Open every day from 08:00-02:00.

Entertainment from 21:00

On Friday Hostess Kezza Bell & Leo The Hypnotist
On Saturday: Hostess AndriAna & Tom Jones Tribute
On Sunday: Hostess Andriana & MISSEE, The Drag Comedian and singer 



Barbacoa Piano Bar & Cocktail Lounge Alex Buta from 21:00,  Friday to Sunday


Día de Canarias – Canary Islands’ Day festivities


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 29-30 May

Monday 19 May: ‘CANARIONA’ 

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria celebrate Canarian Day in Parque Santa Catalina with an evening full of music between 19:30 – 00:15.
Canarian Folk music
, rock, pop and rap.


19:30 – 20:00 Víctor Lemes
20:00 – 20:30 Delia Santana
20:30 – 22:00 José Vélez
22:00 – 22:15 DJ Wanda Fuentes
22:15 – 22:45 Tabaiba Project
22:45 – 22:55 DJ Wanda Fuentes
22:55 – 23:25 Arube
23:25 – 23:35 DJ Wanda Fuentes
23:35 – 0:05 Tabaiba
0:05 – 0:15 DJ Wanda Fuentes
0:15 – 1:05 Ptazeta

Tuesday 30 May: PASEO ROMERO

The traditional Paseo Romero, organised by Real Club Victoria and is part of the commemorative acts of Canary Islands’ Day. The carts and accompanying groups will leave as every year from the Santa Catalina Park at 12:00, touring the surroundings of the Parque de Santa Catalina and Las Canteras beach, to value the traditions and popular culture of the islands in a playful and festive atmosphere

Paseo Romero from Santa Catalina Park will continue along Luis Morote, General Vives, and Sagasta streets and will end on Tenerife street, next to Las Canteras beach promenade

Arguineguín in Mogán | 30 May

The municipality of Mogán will showcase a day of Canarian folk music in Arguineguín. The Artistic Schools (EEAA) of Mogán has organised an exhibition in the Plaza Pérez Galdós in which groups and parrandas from the municipality also participate. Previously there will be a parade in the town that will culminate in the square.

The celebration will begin around 11:00 with a parade led by students from schools in the municipality who participate in the municipal project called ‘Tradition’, through which monitors from the Mogán Artistic Schools take timple and dance classes to the classrooms. traditional of the archipelago. With this group of schoolchildren, students from the EEAA and components of folkloric groups from the municipality will also participate.

At 12:00, the folklore exhibition begins in the tent of the Plaza Pérez Galdós square, in which students of the Folklore Classroom of the EEAA of Mogán, both music and dance, will delight those present with a varied repertoire with airs from the different Canary Islands. They will also be accompanied by members of the various groups and the parrandas. 

Vecindario in Santa Lucía de Tirajana | 29-30 May

Craft products, traditional children’s games such as petanque, tunera and pita, carts, petanque, bowling and local sports and the music of Non Trubada and Guagua Band will be the stars of the events organized by the Santa Lucía City Council de Tirajana to celebrate, on May 29 and 30, the Day of the Canary Islands in the pedestrian area of Avenida de Canarias in Vecindario.

On Monday 29 May:
10:00-21:00 Artisan crafts fair
10:00-13:00 and 17:00-20:00 Traditional children’s games
at 21:00 ‘Bejeque’ will represent their show ‘Origin and Tradition’ in Plaza de Los Algodoneros

On Tuesday 30 May:
10:00-21:00 Artisan crafts fair
10:00-13:00 and 17:00-20:00 Traditional children’s games
10:00-14:00 Exhibition of Indigenous games and sports
at 19:00 Concert by Non Trubada
at 21:00 performance of Guagua Band


and more town hall festivities around Gran Canaria


Teror celebrates the Day of the Canary Islands with a program of musical performances, traditional exhibitions and activities for the family.

from 11:30 to  – 14:00  At Alameda Pío XII
Performances of the Parranda of the EMM Candito Teror and Los Labradores de Valleseco.
Exhibitions of threshing, sheep shearing, donkey rides, and animation.



TELDE 30 May 

Canarian Day celebrations on Plaza de San Juan, starting at 10:00. Artisans and products of the land, Traditional Canarian music groups, children’s workshops, and traditional games, Concert by Araguaney.




The popular music group Los Gofiones will offer on Tuesday, May 30 in the Plaza de San Juan, starting at 12:00, with free admission until full capacity is reached, a concert to celebrate The Canary Islands Day.

Los Gofiones de Gran Canaria, recognized as one of the most outstanding groups of traditional Canarian music, continue to be ambassadors of the culture and folklore of the Canary Islands throughout the world. With more than four decades of experience, Los Gofiones have become a symbol of identity for Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands in general.



Recinto Ferial de Agüimes in Cruce de Arinaga
11:00- 14:00, an exhibition of traditional games, bouncy castles, and children’s animation
At 12:00 Concert by Besay Pérez
At 13:30 concert by Taburiente 

30 May at Plaza del Rosario in Agüimes casco
At 10:00 traditional Canarian Folk groups, tasting of typical local products, stick fighting exhibition, traditional games, play area for children 




La Villa de Ingenio invites you to immerse yourself in Canarian culture and traditions with a varied program, full of activities for the whole family.  Enjoy music, dance and much more in these festive days dedicated to celebrating the Canarian identity.

On Monday:
At 20:00 the projection, in the Parque del Buen Suceso, of ‘La Caja de los Recuerdos’, a documentary made by the Guayadeque Folkloric and Cultural Association and the Municipal Board of Communication Media that will make us travel to the past to remember old trades and Canarian traditions.
At 21:30 the Los Cochineros Popular Music Group will also offer a show in the Park.

On Tuesday:
A festive day with activities that will take place from 10:00 both in the Park and in Plaza del Buen Suceso and surroundings such as a shearing, Canarian Day (in the petanque field), workshops to learn and experience the Canarian traditions first hand and bouncy castles for the enjoyment of the little ones. Between 10:30 and 11:30, attendees will be able to see exhibitions of Canarian whistle language, Canarian wrestling, and garrote wrestling, to later give way to the “Manolito Sánchez” Folklore School.

The climax will come at 12:00 noon with the traditional hoisting of the flag. Next, at 12:30 the Parrandas of the Municipality of Ingenio will take the stage to delight everyone with their music and joy. To culminate this festive day, at 13:30, there will be a popular barbecue.

The celebration of the Day of the Canary Islands in Villa de Ingenio promises to be a convivial event full of music and customs that reflect the Canarian identity, hoping to have the participation of a large number of neighbors who love our traditions.