Photo: Turismo Tenerife.
Updated 20 July: A varied few days in store this weekend, with the Craft beer festival in La Laguna today and tomorrow, and the start today of the two-weekend Canarias Surf Film Festival. Tomorrow there are the spectacles of the La Caleta Bay Swim and of a Boxing night in Adeje, and on Sunday, there’s something completely different with the RFB Ballet de Moscú’s Don Quijote being performed in Los Cristianos. Finally, on Saturday and Sunday, inexplicably and without notice moved from the initially announced date of last weekend, there is the Indian Ratha Yatra festival in Playa de las Américas and the ongoing summer-long Sansofe cultural programme in El Médano and Los Abrigos. Whatever you’re doing, have a lovely weekend!
Updated 6 July: The taste of traditional Tenerife summer this weekend, with the Chirche Day of traditions from today until Sunday, and the start of Sansofé 2018 in El Médano and Los Abrigos. Tomorrow, Saturday, anyone in the Santiago del Teide coast area can enjoy the spectacle of the Travesía a nado – bay swim – between Playa La Arena and Puerto Santiago, and also involving the sea, though not this actual weekend, no-one should miss the Embarcación de la Virgen in Puerto de la Cruz’s Virgen del Carmen fiesta next Tuesday, 10 July. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy the first real weekend of Tenerife’s summer season!
Updated 28 June: Again the weekend starts early, with a three day cultural event – Feeling Groovy in Adeje – starting today, and ending on Saturday with a music festival. Also a three day event, the Santa Blues de Tenerife starts tomorrow, Friday 29th, shared between north and south Tenerife. Also tomorrow there’s the ever-popular Sensaciones ‘Más que Mar’ in Los Abrigos, and then on Saturday, the mountain race Carrera Montaña Aripe. The less strenuously athletic, however, might prefer the Puerto Street Market takes over Puerto de la Cruz, also on Saturday. Whatever you’re doing, have a great weekend!
Updated 21 June: The weekend starts here, and it’s a particularly magical one! This evening, at Güímar, the ethnographic park throws open its doors from 6.40pm for the public to celebrate the Summer Solstice from the perspective of the alignment of the pyramids with the double sunset. The less Druidic, but equally mystic, may prefer to go along to Puerto de la Cruz’s free yoga session to celebrate World Yoga Day.
The weekend, though, belongs to San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist), whose fiesta will see burning bonfires throughout Tenerife on Saturday Night, the Noche de San Juan. It’s midsummer, and the pagan roots of the Christian festival are clear for all to see as the braver ones on the beaches leap over their bonfires three times to purify themselves – a human version of the literal “scapegoats” who will be cleansed in the spectacular bathing in the sea on Sunday morning, the Día de San Juan itself .
Also on Saturday, there is a FACT fundraiser in Playa de las Américas and on Sunday Stars in the making produce Beauty and the Beast in Adeje. Whatever you’re doing and however you spend it, have a great weekend!
Updated 7 June: Another busy weekend and again starting early with the La Orotava Corpus Christi sand carpet display today. Then from tomorrow Friday 8 until Sunday 10 the TF463 between Playa San Juan and Guía de Isora town will be taken over by the Subida a Guía de Isora rally so motor enthusiasts will be thrilled and others will at least know to avoid the area! On Saturday 9 the CajaMar Tenerife Bluetrail 2018 will see some 1,600 runners from 28 countries run up, over, and around Mt Teide, perhaps more a spectator event for those who aren’t “extreme sports” participants!
A far more leisurely event takes place over Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 when the emblematic and beautiful internal patios of the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre will host the Despacio Museo Market – Tenerife museum arts and crafts shopping “in the slow lane”, with arts and crafts from certified artisans on the theme of the plant world. That is a gentle, relaxed and beautiful excuse for those in the south to go to Santa Cruz and see the marvellous museum as well as the market, but for those staying in the south, Adeje holds 11th edition of diversity theatre on Monday 11 June, so an ideal example that it’s not just Britain’s Got Talent that champions disabled performers!
However you spend your weekend, have a lovely time!
Updated 30 May: This is a long and busy weekend! It starts today, Wednesday 30 May, because this is a Canaries-wide public holiday for Día de Canarias: some places will already have started celebrations and many more will continue through the whole weekend, often with a traditional dance, the Baile de Magos. Yesterday the ARN Culture Pride festival in Playa de las Américas started and will also go through the whole weekend.
Tomorrow Thursday sees the start of the VI International Jazz Week in La Laguna which goes until Saturday 9 June, and on Friday and Saturday there is the Orvecame rally throughout north Tenerife. On Saturday and Sunday in Las Galletas the harbour will be home to the ever-popular Fenautica 2018, and throughout the south people will be preparing Corpus Christi sand carpets.
Something for everyone, whether on water, on the roads, in plazas or churches! Whatever you’re doing and however you spend it, I hope you have a great weekend!
Updated 24 May: Lots going on this weekend, including today, Thursday! The Tenerife Walking Festival 2018 is in full flow, coming to an end this Saturday in Puerto de la Cruz where a closing party is thrown open to all, not just walkers! Also partying on Saturday will be Los Gigantes with the resort’s first ever craft beer festival and Playa San Juan with a free music concert on the promenade.
Tomorrow 25 May sees the start of FICMEC 2018 in Garachico an international environmental film festival that will run for just over a week until 3 June. Finally, today 24 May is the last day of the Santa Cruz food fair – Salon Gastronómico de Canarias 2018: doors are open until 8.30pm tonight so there’s still time to go. However you spend this weekend, I hope you have a great time.
Updated 10 May: This weekend has two major events and starts early with the first of them, namely the Festival Mueca in Puerto de la Cruz starting today and lasting until Sunday 13 May. In the south, there’s something rather different with the Adeje motor rally tomorrow Friday 11th and Saturday 12th, with the event this year seeking to add to its status as one of the classification rallies for the Spanish national championship by being additionally incorporated into a classification rally for the European Championship. The stages and timetables are HERE. On Saturday evening, too, there is the ever-popular Burka Teatro bringing its new drama “Cosas del XVI” to Guía de Isora town centre from 7.30pm. Whether you’re partying in the north, or watching racing or drama in the south, have a great weekend wherever you are!
Updated 19 April: This weekend starts early, today, with the Festival Jazz Roja 2018 in Los Cristianos until Saturday. Tomorrow, there’s the XVI Feria del Libro de Adeje 2018 until Sunday, with a “meet the English authors” session on Saturday. Also on Saturday is The Camino del Hermano Pedro – an annual walk from Vilaflor to the saint’s cave near El Médano. And finally, on Sunday night, there’s the peak of the Lyrids meteor shower. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, have a lovely time!
Updated 12 April: This weekend sees one of the most popular devotional events in Tenerife take place. On Sunday, 15 April, the annual Rogativa de la Virgen de la Encarnación takes place in Adeje with thousands walk with the statue of the Virgin Mary along the old path from the top of Adeje town to La Caleta to fulfil a promise made generations ago. It is a sight to behold, as well as an incredible event to take part in.
Before Sunday, though, there’s the XXIX Feria del Libro Arona 2018 in Los Cristianos between Thursday and Saturday, 12-14 April, and the Classic Villa de Tegueste rally in the Arico area on Friday and Saturday, 13 and 14 April. And then on Saturday 14 April itself the Gran Melía annual cross solidario charity run part of Guía de Isora Sports Fair takes place in Alcalá. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.
Updated 6 April: This weekend is one of the more famous ones in Tenerife, with the Las Galletas Half Marathon on Sunday 8 April. Those going to watch, or anyone just needing to go to the area on Sunday, should allow extra time and assume diversions will be in place for the duration of the race. Before that, however, on Saturday 7 April there’s a car show in San Isidro – Expomotor 2018 – an event being promoted as Tenerife’s largest motor show, and on the same day, the Atogo rally sprint.
Away from roads, however, one for foodies is the VIII Feria del Queso de Canarias in Pinolere ethnographic museum village on both Saturday and Sunday. Pinolere is worth a visit in its own right, and when combined with one of Tenerife’s most famous and celebrated products, will be very worth going to at some point over this weekend. However you spend it, I hope yours is a good one!
Updated 17 March 2018: Thanks to the Christmas programmes and a month or so of carnivals throughout Tenerife, there haven’t been many “busy weekends” lately. Until now! Today, of course, is St Patrick’s Day, and there will be parties throughout Tenerife, especially in the south and especially in the tourist areas. Virtually every bar will be an honorary Irish establishment today, and even Adeje Ayuntamiento has joined the Green Wave of greening! Wherever you look today, I would say, you will see something going on with an Irish theme!
Also this evening there is the Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan, a now very popular annual event with wine and tapas in the main harbour area of the town, and also the first Dynamite Domínguez Boxing Evening in Adeje in support of bullying victims. The other side of Tenerife, in Arafo, there’s an artisan fair on today and tomorrow in the Plaza de San Juan Degollado, and tomorrow, Sunday 18 March, back in the south and west, there is a “water route” in Adeje, an event explaining and celebrating the importance of water in local society’s evolution, and an almond route walk in Guía de Isora taking place alongside the borough’s wine competition.
However you spend the weekend, have a lovely time!
Updated 14 December 2017: The last weekend before Christmas weekend is a very busy one with events building up to the main celebrations, and it starts today in Los Cristianos with another of the cultural events in the Canarias Folk Fest. Last week’s was cancelled because of the weather, but today’s is going ahead with typical Canarian foods, arts and crafts all on display, music, dancing, etc, in the Plaza de La Pescadora on the harbour promenade from around 4pm. Alternatively, head to Adeje’s Plaza de España this evening for a Christmas concert with ever-popular military band music!
Tomorrow, Friday 15th, there are Christmas carols around the Apolo Centre with refreshments courtesy of the South Tenerife Christian Fellowship, a Christmas concert with the Tony Washington Gospel Singers in Los Cristianos auditorium, and a Christmas market in Guía de Isora Church Square from 6pm.
There is a Christmas market too on Saturday 16th in Playa san Juan, which is followed by a charity night run aimed at ensuring that all children in the borough have at least one gift to wake up to on Reyes. Also on Saturday, another market is being held in the Golf del Sur with handmade crafts and Christmas Carols at Winter Gardens.
Sunday, 17 December, is a major day in south Tenerife with the annual Walk for Life starting from 11am at the Magma Centre. As a reward, why not end the day with mince pies at the Apolo Centre for the South Tenerife Christian Fellowship Christmas carol service from 6pm?
Whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time and start to feel really festive!
Updated 24 November: Arona and Adeje have both advised that municipal activities have been suspended this weekend due to the weather forecasts. Please be aware that any event could be subject to postponement or even cancellation, and try to check before going out whether the event you’re attending is still actually being held.
Updated 23 November: It’s starting to feel a little bit festive and that feeling will be fully realized in Santa Cruz tonight when the official city Christmas lights are switched on in a two-hour spectacle with live music. Also tonight is the second event of this season’s Canarias Folk Fest in Los Cristianos in the Plaza de La Pescadora on the harbour promenade: events start at 4pm and go on through the evening.
Foodies throughout Guía de Isora and beyond will be relishing the start of the now famous Ruta de Tapa which also starts today, and will run on Thursdays to Sundays between now and 10 December. Less “gastronomic” for some but equally tasty, Adeje and La Orotava are each holding a San Andrés chestnut night tomorrow, Friday, 24 November.
Back in Los Cristianos tomorrow, and again in the Plaza de la Pescadora, the first of the municipal Saint Cecilia concerts will be given by alumni of the music school from 5.30pm: the concerts carry on in various parts of the borough through the coming week. And finally, returning to La Orotava, sadly the Winter Festival which was scheduled for this weekend has been postoned until the weekend 9-10 December because of the weather forecast.
Have a great weekend, however you spend it.
Updated 16 November: The weekend starts today, with the first Canarias Folk Fest in Los Cristianos of this season. There’ll be more food on offer in another start of season event with Granadilla’s Mándate una tapa kicking off on Saturday, and tomorrow, Friday, there’s the start of Adeje’s tapas route, part of the degusta.me series of events. Also starting tomorrow are the three day National show jumping championship in Centro Hípico del Sur, Buzanada and the Adeje 2017 Fería Insular de Artesanía in Playa de las Américas. Whatever you’re doing, have a great weekend.
Updated 3 November: A busy Saturday this weekend, with Vino a Babor – Wine to port at Las Galletas’ Marina del Sur, the tribute fest concert in the Magma Centre featuring U2, Bruce Springsteen, and George Michael, the famous annual pre-Christmas Noche en Blanco in La Laguna, and the Alcalá ExpoComercio bargains fair.
Before then, however, the Adeje Festival of Theatre and Dance kicks off with tonight’s performance of the Morfema company’s comedy, “El buen Samaritano” (Good Samaritan). Keep an eye open too for any local chestnut events because the whole of November is dedicated to San Andrés fiestas and fairs. Also, just a reminder that next week is the biennial Agatha Christie Festival in Puerto de la Cruz. Whatever you end up doing, have a great weekend!
Updated 28 September: A couple of excellent causes behind charity events this weekend, with the World’s biggest coffee morning in Callao Salvaje in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at 10am tomorrow morning in Callao Salvaje, and the Adeje volunteer Bomberos hold charity fund-raising Oktoberfest all day on Saturday. A very different event takes place on Friday evening with a European Volcanoes Night in Puerto de la Cruz with what’s described as an “eruption of art, culture, music, gastronomy, school activities, geotourism, exhibitions and scientific debates”, and on Sunday there’s a Women’s self defence and awareness seminar in Las Chafiras. Have a great weekend, whatever you’re doing!
Updated 1 September: Another full weekend with a Fight Night in Guargacho’s Centro Hípico Xanadú tonight, and following the sporting theme, the Arona Cup tomorrow in the second Torneo de Golf Pitch and Putt in Los Palos and the rather more strenuous triathlon in Guía de Isora on Sunday, as well as the 62nd Cycling Tour of Tenerife. For the less sporty, the famous Pinolere arts and crafts fair will be taking place in La Orotava throughout the whole weekend, and those attending could easily pop down the hill to cool off and get refreshment at the Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz!
This weekend is the culmination of Los Cristianos’ Virgen del Carmen fiesta, and the town will be filled with music and activities. On Saturday there is entertainment throughout the day around the harbour, and there are events in the evening in Church Square. The main procession on Sunday will see the embarkation of the virgin followed by the traditional fireworks display in the bay and a party in the fairground. Another very popular event, but just starting, is that of the Fiestas de San Blas in Los Abrigos, which start this weekend on Saturday with the Noche de Taifa in the plaza followed by the Romería Barquera on Sunday: the fiesta’s main days are next weekend.
And finally, what a lovely way to wind up the weekend with the RFB Ballet de Moscú’s Don Quijote in Los Cristianos. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, have a great time!
Updated 25 August: This weekend is a full one starting today in Puertito de Güímar with the Fiesta de los Vinos, and both today and tomorrow in Los Cristianos with the Feria del Pescado in the harbour. Also starting today is a national show jumping championship in Buzanada which goes on throughout the weekend. On Sunday, Los Cristianos is again in focus with the start of the town’s week-long Virgen del Carmen festivities. In the north, the Corazones del Tejina fiesta will see the charming little town filled with the gigantic hearts and with music and celebrations of all kinds throughout the weekend. Finally, Vilaflor’s 27th consecutive arts and crafts fair will be held in the Plaza de San Pedro tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 6pm.
Updated 10 August: The weekend starts today with Adeje’s outdoor summer cinema over the next three days, and between Friday and Sunday there’s the Canarias Surf Film Festival with much more besides in Playa de las Américas. Tomorrow, Friday 11th, there’s the fight night – Men of Honour – in Granadilla, and on Saturday 12th, there’s the Alcalá bay swim and the ever popular Los Abrigos Beer Festival. Have a lovely time whatever you’re doing this weekend!
Not only is this an early weekend, it’s a long one too, with many smaller businesses taking a puente (bridge holiday) on Monday in view of the public holiday on Tuesday. That public holiday is for Asunción, the Assumption into Heaven of the Virgin Mary, and it is in connection with her personification as the Virgen de Candelaria that there are major celebrations in Candelaria itself on Monday and Tuesday. There are celebrations in her honour in Alcalá too, where the famous fireworks display takes place on Tuesday 15th.
And of course, all weekend we will have a chance of spotting one or several shooting stars as we experience the famous Perseid meteor shower! Whatever you’re doing this weekend, have a great time!
Updated 4 August: This weekend will be full of music for those attending the Arona Summer Festival being held in a new venue in Amarilla Golf between today and Sunday. Some local disruption may be inevitable with the crowds and camping for the event. Tomorrow, Saturday, the La Caleta Bay Swim will take place, and there’s entertainment of a different kind as a range of treats are in store for those attending a charity event in Abades to raise funds for Spanish and British cancer associations. Tomorrow, too, and continuing on Sunday, the Indian Ratha Yatra festival will fill Playa de las Américas with the sights, sounds, and smells of the subcontinent’s Festival of the Chariots. Whatever you do this weekend, have a great time.
Updated 7 July: A very summery weekend this one, starting today with the second concert in the La Orotava Chamber Music Festival, a couple of films from the Arona outdoor July season and the same in Guía de Isora. Today and tomorrow there’s the 44th Subida al Mirador de Güímar rally for motor racing fans and some summer Sansofé events over the two days in El Médano and Los Abrigos.
Tomorrow on the west coast there’s the Travesía a nado – bay swim – between Playa La Arena and Puerto Santiago, and on Sunday, a different experience will be on offer in the hills with the Chirche Day of traditions looking back to a different time in what seems a different world.
Perhaps the biggest event of the weekend, however, will be tomorrow’s Aerosmith concert in Santa Cruz, the last European performance in their Aero-Vederci Baby tour. They’re already here, having arrived around 6.30pm yesterday evening. Have a great summer weekend, however you choose to spend it.
Updated 29 June: There’s quite a bit of cultural entertainment in store this weekend, with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music ensemble giving a free concert in Adeje tonight, and another in Garachico tomorrow night, Friday 30 June. Also tomorrow night but back in Adeje, the council is hosting a live transmission from Madrid of Tenerife’s own world class tenor starring in Madame Butterfly. In all of these, entry is free!
The OST will also be back in south Tenerife on Saturday, 1 July, to give a concert in Guía de Isora, and again entry is free. What won’t be free on Saturday, though, is shopping in Puerto Santiago where the “business boost” day will see all sorts of bargains and entertainment! It won’t be free, but there will be great savings and even the parking is at half price.
Finally, Granadilla municipality’s summer’s series of cultural events – Sansofé – kicks off on Saturday, 1 July, with a concert by Keith Dunn Blues Band and Beatriz Martín at 9pm in El Médano’s central plaza.
Updated 16 June: A great weekend’s entertainment is on offer over the next few days, starting today, Friday, with the annual Subida a Tamaimo mountain rally. It lasts until Sunday, and the TF454 Puerto Santiago-Tamaimo road will be closed to general traffic for the race. There’ll be all sorts of great motoring spectacle on view for the whole three days!
Tomorrow, Saturday, brings entertainment of a different kind with the K9 fundraising boat trip with food and drink on offer as well as swimming and dolphin watching. For bargain hunters, the annual Arona en Colores will be going on all day in Las Galletas, and Puerto de la Cruz will be taken over completely by the Puerto Street Market.
On Saturday evening, the last of Guía de Isora’s Spring music concerts will be performed in Guía de Isora’s own town plaza, while in towns throughout south Tenerife alfombristas will be preparing salt carpets for Sunday’s Corpus Christi religious services and processions: they all say that the public is more than welcome if they would like to watch the carpets being prepared, indeed the support will be appreciated!
Finally, starting tomorrow and lasting most of next week, the Taucho Ethnographic Days will transport you to a different Tenerife altogether, and it will seem a different era as well, but this is a demonstration of living traditions in a rural Tenerife that is a million miles away from the sun, sea and sand of the usual tourism experience. Whatever you end up doing, have a great weekend,
Updated 8 June: There’s a great weekend for sports fans coming up, with the CajaMar Tenerife Bluetrail 2017 events starting today and continuing tomorrow before the race itself on Saturday. Organizers are delighted that nearly 3,000 will be taking part this year, a record entry. On Saturday, there’s a kickboxing Fight Night in Los Cristianos, and over Saturday and Sunday, the Subida a Guía de Isora rally takes over the TF463 between Playa San Juan and Guía de Isora town. The cars are all on display from tomorrow, and these Subidas really attract the crowds who love seeing the cars racing along Tenerife’s country roads. Have a great weekend, however you spend it!
Updated 30 March: This weekend is a busy one, with the Sensaciones ‘Más que Mar’ event starting with tapas and wine at 6pm tomorrow evening in Los Abrigos. On Saturday, 1 April, the Boat Show in Siam Mall will be no joke for sailing enthusiasts and lovers of all things nautical!
On Sunday the 2nd, runners and those who prefer to cheer them on will be gathering from around 9am for the Las Galletas Half Marathon … remember that road restrictions apply around the route! Also on Sunday, a competition of a very different kind will be providing brilliant entertainment from the stars of the future in Estrellas Has Got Talent, in Karting Las Américas from 2pm.
Whether you are a sports fan, a sea buff, or tapas lover, or just want to watch some top-notch entertainment, have a great weekend, however you spend it!
Updated 24 February: This weekend is quite a full one with something for all tastes, from tonight’s evening of boxing in Los Cristianos to La Laguna’s Night at the Museum. Also from tonight, and until next Thursday, there’s the Aqua Circus in Los Cristianos, and of course the Santa Cruz Carnaval has spilled onto the street now that the carnival queen has been chosen. For classical musical devotees, the first concert of FIMA 2017 takes place this evening in Los Cristianos’ Infanta Leonor auditorium, and for walkers, Guía de Isora’s almond blossom walk is being held at 9am tomorrow, Saturday.
Updated 8 February 2017: This weekend starts very early indeed, today, in fact, with the Los Cristianos Folk Fest today and tomorrow in the Plaza de la Pescadora on the harbour promenade. In the weekend proper, there are Gospel concerts on Saturday and Sunday in Callao Salvaje, Costa del Silencio and Playa de las Américas, and also on Sunday there’s a dog agility event at Accion del Sol for owners and pets, or those without a dog of their own who just want to take part with dogs in the refuge. Have a great weekend, however you spend it!
Updated 8 December 2016: This is another weekend with an early start, with Thursday being a bank holiday and the Christmas Nutcracker tonight at the Los Cristianos Infanta Leonor auditorium. Tomorrow, Friday, there’s entertainment of a very different kind with the fabulous Amy Winehouse tribute concert with original band members at the Magma Centre.
On Saturday, Puerto de la Cruz is celebrating its Noche en Blanco, rescheduled after being cancelled because of bad weather in October, so the town will be open all night, buzzing with a party atmosphere, and no doubt shoppers takin