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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Summer Carnival In Puerto de la Cruz

Summer Carnival Poster
Thanks to Jack Montgomery for the head's up on this brand new event taking place in Puerto de la Cruz this year over the weekend of 16th, 17th and 18th September 2016: the Carnaval de Verano (Summer Carnival).

The idea behind the event is to provide a taster to tourists, visitors and folk from other parts of the islands, so they can discover what they would see even more of if they come to the carnival proper next  February.

Summer Carnival Programme of events:

Friday, 16th September 2016:

Inauguration of the event takes place at the Loro Parque at mid-day, along with the selection of the poster for the 2017 Carnival. At 4pm, there will be an exhibition of carnival costumes in the hotels Tenerife Playa, Valle Mar and Las Vegas, together with a carnival procession. The day will be completed with dancing in the Plaza de Europa from 9pm. 

Saturday, 17th September 2016:

From 11am in the area of San Telmo and the Avenida Colón, will be workshops in salsa and carnival make-up, accompanied by an orchestra and a DJ. At 6pm in the Martiánez area there will be performances by the choreographed dance troops. From 8pm there will be a sampling of the now infamous Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon) from the Avenida Colón to the Plaza de Europa. And from 10pm there will be a Fiesta del Flotador, which is a completely new event that's going to be a total surprise.

Sunday, 18th September 2016:

For the last day of this Summer Carnival, from 11am there will be kiddies activities in the
Avenida Colón, which will be complimented by a DJ performance in the Plaza de Europa. From 4pm is the trademark Carnaval Cavalcade leaving from the Avenida Colón and terminating in the Plaza de Europa, where, from 8pm, is La Chalana in concert.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in September 2016

Plaza del Adelantado. San Cristobal de La Laguna. Tenerife Image: Miguel Ángel García.

There are no national public holidays in September, but the following Municipal Public Holidays occur in the month where offices and shops close in the individual districts:

  • 5 September: Fiesta of the municipality's patron in La Victoria de Acentejo.
  • 7 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Socorro in Güímar.
  • 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Los Silos.
  • 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Abona in Arico.
  • 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Tegueste. 
  • 12 September: Fiesta of San José in San Juan de la Rambla.
  • 14 September: Fiesta of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna in San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
  • 19 September: Celebration of the Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte in Guía de Isora.

Among the numerous celebrations taking place during the month are the Fiestas del Cristo and the Festival del Drago in Icod de los Vinos; on 7th September there's the Romería Bajada del Socorro in Güímar; the Fiestas patronales en honor a la Virgen de La Luz de la Villa de Los Silos the biggest day of which is on 8th September; whilst on 17th September there's the Romería en Honor a San José in San Juan de La Rambla.

Meanwhile the annual in the village and valley of El Palmar in Buenavista Del Norte take place between 16th and 25th September, the final Sunday being the Day of Traditions with la trilla (threshing). Before that, from around 8pm on Saturday, 17th September, is the Baile de Las Libreas - a very curious satirical piece involving cross dressing, sarcastic gestures and Dusty Bin's Canarian Cousin showering the crowd with fireworks attached to his back. Honestly, unmissable.



Baile De Las Libreas - El Palmar - Buenavista Del Norte

But the biggest events of the month are the Fiestas in Honour of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna (Holy Christ of La Laguna) in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, which begin on September 1st. There are many religious events, classical music concerts, Canarian folklore and much more to enjoy, but some I'd pick to go to are:

From around 8pm on Tuesday, 13th September from the Plaza de la Concepción, is the Caballitos de Fuegos y pandorgas (chariots of fire parade with giants and floats), followed, from around 9:30pm, by a Noche de las Tradiciones (Night of Traditions) in the Plaza del Cristo, culminating in fireworks from the Montaña de San Roque at midnight.

On Wednesday, 14th September from 11pm there are the now famous fuegos del Risco y la traca - traditional noisy firework display and the arrival of the image of the Holy Christ to the square after a procession through the streets of the city.

Friday, 16th September in the Plaza del Cristo - FESTIVAL CANARIAS REGGAE.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

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