This weekend’s entertainment in Tenerife

This weekend’s entertainment in Tenerife

Photo: Turismo Tenerife.

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 taking full advantage of the late opening hours for Christmas presents. And in the south, Playa Paraiso will be buzzing with the official grand opening of the Hard Rock Hotel.

Also on Saturday, the ever-popular Adeje Christmas market will be held in Calle Grande between 5pm and 1am, with bouncy castles, story-telling, workshops, music, theatre, all adding to the stalls to create a fabulous Christmas atmosphere. There is also a gospel concert in the town’s Plaza de España (by the town hall) at 9.30pm.

And then, on Sunday, the annual Walk for Life in support of breast cancer sufferers and in memory of its victims, as well as in aid of breast cancer charities, will start from Playa de las Américas and head to the Magma Centre. Have a great weekend whatever you’re doing.

Updated 24 November: This weekend starts early, with Quantum Ensemble’s concert dedicated to British composers this evening in the Santa Cruz auditorium, and the beginning of the now famous Guía de Isora tapas route Tapeando Isora.

Tomorrow, Friday, sees Valle San Lorenzo host its San Andrés chestnut night, and on Saturday evening in south Tenerife, the Dire Straits Experience will be performing in the Magma Centre, and there is a charity gala to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Adeje’s volunteer firemen being held in the Mare Nostrum Resort in Playa de las Américas,

Again on Saturday, but in the north, La Laguna will be open all night for music, food, wine, street theatre, entertainment and much more in the town’s annual Noche en Blanco, and on Saturday and Sunday, the Santa Cruz Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre will host the first edition of Despacio Museo Market (Slow Museum Market), a chance to get Christmas shopping underway quietly with some individual artisanry as gifts.

For those who prefer the full-on Christmas shopping experience, Santa Cruz is again the place to be, with the final days of Canarias Shopping Cool sounding the starting pistol for the festive season’s buying spree. And finally, both today and Saturday, there are free open-air concerts in the Plaza de la Pescadora on Los Cristianos promenade to honour the patron saint of music, St Cecilia. Whatever you’re doing over this increasingly festive period, have a great weekend !

Updated 19 November: A busy couple of weekends ahead in the build up to Christmas, with today seeing the opening of the Magma Centre Christmas Ice Rink. This will be open for the whole of Christmas and New Year, with skating available until 15 January. Tonight in north Tenerife La Laguna will be home to a Soul and Funk Night, with Amy Lives, a recreation of Amy Winehouse’s music with members of her original band, while throughout today there’ll be a Christmas Showroom in Las Galletas and an Adeje event for Universal Children’s Day.

Updated 28 October: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has reminded drivers that the TF463 Playa San Juan to Guía de Isora road will be closed tomorrow and Sunday between 6am and 8pm for the VII Subida a Guía de Isora mountain racing rally. For those who would like to see the race, marshalls will be available to guide spectators to the best parking and viewing areas. Traffic in Playa San Juan itself will also be affected by the race organization.

Tomorrow also sees the start of the Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía which is taking place in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz until 6 November, and on Sunday there is a Charity Country Gospel Concert in aid of Adeje Foodbank and Noah’s Ark homeless association.

This weekend is likely to be a long weekend for many with Tuesday 1 November being a public holiday throughout the Canaries, which means that some will make a puente of it by taking Monday off as well, and it’s on Monday that Los Cristianos will be home to the Third Charity Drag Gala in aid of breast cancer association Amate.

And finally, of course, the clocks go back an hour overnight Saturday-Sunday. Winter is coming …

Updated 7 October: This weekend starts today with the Feboda wedding fair in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz. The fair takes place over the whole weekend, and is a must for wedding celebrants or anyone thinking of getting married here. Also taking place over this whole weekend is the Costa Adeje Oktoberfest  in the plaza next to CC Salytien.

Tonight, do remember to take a moment to look up at the evening sky because it’s the peak of the Draconid meteor shower, and there’s the IBF Mediterranean title fight in Los Cristianos for boxing fans. Again in Los Cristianos, Elvis returns to the Auditorio Infanta Leonor on Sunday.

Adeje this weekend is in the middle of its fiestas patronales, On Saturday from 1.30pm there is a music concert in Calle Grande with the band of the Canarian Command and the Military Brass Band Nº2 Brylcan XVI, and in the evening, from 8.30pm the traditional parade will take place with floats from the different parts of the municipality. Following the parade there will be a street party in the Plaza de España with music from the Maracaibo and Maquinaria bands.

On Sunday, the fiestas celebrate the Virgin of the Incarnation, and after the raising of the municipal flag and a religious mass at 6.30pm, there will be an official procession through the main street of the town and a light and sound show.  From 10pm there will be a performance by Isabel González, ‘Así soy yo’, and then a street party from midnight until very late.

Please note that in Adeje, Monday is one of the municipality’s two local public holidays, so schools, banks, and some businesses will be closed. There’ll be lots for children to do during the day, with a play zone with bouncy castles, workshops and different events as well as a conviviality zone from 11am at the municipal sports pavilion (opposite the football ground).  At 12 noon there will be a concert by the El Cardón group in the Calle Grande, and at 6.30 a mass in the Santa Úrsula church will be followed by a procession and a fireworks display.  The evening ends with a one man show by Canarian comedian Manolo Vieira.

Updated 30 September: This weekend the TF454 Puerto Santiago-Tamaimo road will be closed for the annual Subida a Tamaimo mountain rally, with hundreds if not thousands expected to attend a race that will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, and will likely be reincorporated into the national mountain-racing championships for 2017. Also on both Saturday and Sunday is Adeje’s science weekend Reach for the Stars, with talks, stargazing on Saturday night, and a scientific fair with activities and stands on Sunday.

Starting on Saturday but lasting until 26 November is the Ten-Diez V International Art Event – Creative Art Awards with exhibitions of paintings, photographs and sculpture, short films and illustrations, and live music, workshops, prize draws and talks at the Baobab Suites in the El Duque area. And in the same general area, on Sunday, runners will take part in the Hotel Sheraton La Caleta Charity Race hoping to beat last year’s more than €3,000 for Unicef.

First, though, this evening, Puerto de la Cruz will be home to European Volcanoes Night, an event that the Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (Involcan) has called an “eruption” of art, culture, music, gastronomy, school activities, geotourism, exhibitions and scientific debates, to bring the public together with vulcanologists so that they can ask questions of the experts in a relaxed and welcoming setting for popular science.

And of course, Adeje’s Fiestas Patronales start tomorrow with the Mayantigo Fest’s traditional music and dancing in the Costa Adeje’s CC Salytien, so have a great weekend whatever you’re doing.

Updated 9 September:

Photo: Granadilla Ayuntamiento
Photo: Granadilla Ayuntamiento

This weekend is the main weekend for the Los Abrigos fiesta, with the procession of the religious statue from the church to the harbour and the fireworks afterwards tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30pm, and on Sunday, events include a procession and communal paella, with floral offerings in the sea followed by a dance. The full programme is HERE.

guiaisoraartesaniaIn Guía de Isora, the borough is celebrating its fiestas patronales, which go on until 25 September: the full programme can be viewed HERE. This weekend there is a boxing tournament tomorrow evening, starting at 9.30 in the town’s main plaza, and there will be professional bouts forming part of the Canarian Championship. After the boxing, there’ll be a dance in the square, and on Sunday there is an arts and crafts fair from 10am, and as usual this will be an extensive fair with a classic car display, racing pigeons, traditional food and drink, as well as all the local artisanry on show and for sale.

And of course there’s the Ricky Martin concert tomorrow, and whether you’re going or not, there will be traffic restrictions, diversions and inevitably congestion around the stadium area. Details are HERE, and I hope anyone going to the concert has a fantastic time.


Updated 2 September: Last weekend was busy with late-summer events, and again this weekend, with the official start of autumn, there will be three events of wide interest taking place. Los Cristianos’ Virgen del Carmen fiesta draws to a close with the fiesta queen’s selection tonight from 9pm in the fairground. It will be followed by a dance that will go on until dawn!

There’ll be another dance tomorrow evening from 11pm, and on Sunday, from 7pm, after the main mass is held in Church Square the full procession will take place. Its route will take it through a large part of central Los Cristianos, ending at the harbour for the embarkation of the statue of the Virgen del Carmen. Fireworks follow at 11pm in Los Cristianos bay, with a dance afterwards back in the fairground. Those who can’t be there in person will be able to follow the arrival and embarkation of the Virgen del Carmen, and the fiesta’s fireworks in the harbour, from Canary Live24’s Los Cristianos webcam HERE. Another dance on Monday evening will celebrate the end of the fiesta.

Also this weekend there is the cycling tour of Tenerife, so somewhere or other you should be able to see the race, and one of the biggest arts and crafts fairs is taking place in Pinolere, La Orotava. It starts today and lasts until Sunday: there is a lovely description of the place and its fair from Andy Montgomery HERE and the event has a Facebook page HERE, and a main website HERE. It’s also the first weekend of the Los Abrigos fiesta, with the Baile de Taifa tomorrow evening and a Romería Barquera on Sunday: the main weekend with the fireworks, though, is next weekend.

Original post 27 August: This is a busy weekend for entertainment, so wherever you are there is likely to be something going on. Just as a reminder, today there’s the Fish Fair in Los Cristianos and an Arts & Crafts Fair in Vilaflor. Tomorrow, Sunday, the Los Cristianos’ Virgen del Carmen fiesta has a Romería Barquera (boatmen romería) between midday and 6pm, with a procession from Church Square to the harbour, followed there in the Plaza de la Pescadora in the evening by a Fiesta de Blanco, where everyone will be wearing white.

In north Tenerife, today is the second day of the Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz, and both today and tomorrow there is the colourful cultural heritage fiesta of Los Corazones in Tejina. Back in the south, today and tomorrow are the last two days of the national show jumping championship  in Centro Hípico del Sur, Buzanada.

Just as a reminder, too, there is a What’s On Diary HERE and on the main tabs above for easy reference of any events I post about. Have a good weekend whatever you do.

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