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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Every Traditional Fiesta in Tenerife

Fiestas de Mayo in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

We've already covered Tenerife Carnival Dates, Easter Week Events, dates for the Corpus Christi Carpets in La Orotava, the Romerías, as well as Public Holidays and Municipal Holidays the dates of which give clues to the main fiestas that are celebrated in each district, but more events are included in the pages below.

This list covers various, mostly regular, events that happen in Tenerife, or, at least, the largest and most spectacular that offer you a great day or night (or both) out. Hopefully, these give you a chance to see something of the real Tenerife that you wouldn't have experienced in a resort and that you certainly won't find in the usual holiday brochures and guides either. Due to the climate, these events take place in the streets and open air and as such there is no entrance fee - they are free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Fiestas in Tenerife and the Canary Islands come in two varieties: winter and summer.

Winter festivals include everything in the Christmas season, plus the Carnival (which itself was renamed under the disguise of "Winter Festival" when Carnival was prohibited in the time of Franco). Summer ones include Corpus Cristi and the vast array of traditional folk festivals (Romerias) and fiestas to honour saints in every town and village and, which despite the seasonal categorisation, start taking place almost as soon as Christmas is over and run right through to the end of October.

Some events, such as annual celebrations for the Fiestas de la CruzSan Juan, or the Three Kings parade on January 5th, plus Christmas & New Year, of course, are held on set, numbered, dates every year, irrespective of what day of the week they fall on.

There are countless others which revolve around the "moveable feasts" of the Catholic church's calendar, like Easter, for example, which then allows us to work backwards to the dates for lent and for the Carnival. And there are others, like Corpus Cristi, where the main events to be seen occur so many days before or after the "religious" dates.

Many others are fiestas that pay homage to a particular saint, who's day is on a fixed date, but the celebrations are held in different places on different weekends near to the date, worked out by a complicated formula, such as 'the second Saturday, after the third Sunday, provided the wind is blowing from the east.' We may not always have advance warning of those. We're not sure even organisers always get the formula right!

The main fiestas each month are included in the following pages: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

Have we covered every single traditional fiesta in Tenerife? We still doubt it! We suspect that nobody really knows everything about all of them, nevertheless, we're having a good go at collating as much information on them as is humanly possible. Work is still very much in progress as we cross check all of the information and add any details we find, but here's what we have so far on fiestas in all thirty-one municipalities in Tenerife:

  • Fiestas in Adeje
  • Fiestas in Arafo
  • Fiestas in Arico
  • Fiestas in Arona
  • Fiestas in Buenavista del Norte
  • Fiestas in Candelaria
  • Fiestas in El Rosario
  • Fiestas in El Sauzal
  • Fiestas in El Tanque
  • Fiestas in Fasnia
  • Fiestas in Garachico
  • Fiestas in Granadilla de Abona
  • Fiestas in La Guancha
  • Fiestas in La Matanza de Acentejo
  • Fiestas in La Orotava

  • Fiestas in Guía de Isora
  • Fiestas in Güímar
  • Fiestas in Icod de los Vinos
  • Fiestas in La Victoria de Acentejo
  • Fiestas in Los Realejos
  • Fiestas in Los Silos
  • Fiestas in Puerto de la Cruz
  • Fiestas in San Cristóbal de La Laguna
  • Fiestas in San Juan de la Rambla
  • Fiestas in San Miguel de Abona
  • Fiestas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Fiestas in Santa Úrsula
  • Fiestas in Santiago del Teide
  • Fiestas in Tacoronte
  • Fiestas in Tegueste
  • Fiestas in Vilaflor de Chasna
  • Photo: By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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