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Tenerife in September 2023

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There are no public holidays in September, but still plenty to fill your days:

Oktoberfest 50th Anniversary Puerto de la Cruz 🎉

Oktoberfest Puerto de la Cruz returns in style although ... this year is not just any year, the event is celebrating its 50th birthday and the organisers want the Plaza de Europa to be a real party. Don't be shy and bring your typical German costume, your Beer stein (if not, they'll help you with that), your dog, your friends ... All are invited to the OLDEST beer party IN SPAIN!

📆 September 1, 2 and 3 Oktoberfest #PuertodelaCruz in the Plaza de Europa Oktoberfest Puerto de la Cruz

(The annual Pinolere Craft Fair that was due to take place at the beginning of September, has had to be posponed due to the forest fire and will now be taking place in October.)

The Carnaval de Verano de Canarias 2023 (The Summer Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz) is between 5 and 10 Sep 2023. This is the eighth edition - we were at the first in 2016 - and a whole host of events are planned, as you can see in the program listings here. There's a Carnival Parade along the Avenida de Cristobal ColĂłn to the Plaza de los Reyes Catolicos on Sunday, 10 September at 5pm. Altogether too touristy for my taste, but I guess that's the entire point of this event, merely to sell the winter carnival to summer visitors.

On September 7th, is the annual RomerĂ­a del Socorro (part of the Fiesta de San Pedro) from the Plaza de San Pedro in GĂĽimar to the Playa del Socorro.

September 8th is the main date of the Fiestas de la Luz in Los Silos, in honour of the patroness of the town, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, celebrated since 1722. The day starts at 10 a.m. with mass, Eucharist at 12 mid-day, followed by a Romeria (procession through the streets). In the past, these fiestas included a curious floral offering made by divers to an underwater Icon off the coast.

The Fiestas del SantĂ­simo Cristo de La Laguna are held every September 14th in the city of La Laguna, which turns out to show its devotion to the SantĂ­simo Cristo (Holy Christ), one of the most venerated icons on the island. Parades, processions, street parties and fireworks are part of the celebrations. On the Eve of the Fiestas, 13th September, events begin at two in the afternoon with the traditional food of the Gofio party in the wash houses next to the Plaza del Cristo. At 8 p.m. the Pandorga and the Caballitos de Fuego (Fire Horses) parade through the streets of the old town; Starting at 9:30 p.m., the so-called Night of Traditions will begin, in the Plaza del Cristo and once midnight arrives, it will be the turn of the traditional fireworks, which will be fired as always from El Risco de San Roque.

Festival Boreal. Music and other arts. Diversity and Sustainability. The eco-festival of reference in the Atlantic is taking place this year on 21 to 24 Sep 2023. Every year in September, Los Silos hosts this event to highlight the importance of caring for and respecting the environment. The stretch of coast that belongs to the municipality is the setting for several activities, including turtle releases, recycling workshops, concerts, market stalls and an eco-tourism fair. More details on Festival Boreal 2023.

La Librea (Livery) in Tegueste had taken place in September, once every 3 years and was reported to be due in 2023, 2026 and 2029. However, it took place after a 4 year gap in 2022 - so actually, we can't now be sure when it will be. It represents the defence of the island against the continuous attacks and plundering of pirates that took place during the 17th century and involves a mock battle between the "goodies" and "baddies" in beautiful ox-drawn carts made to look like galleons.

September also sees the annual Ruta Nocturna del Hermano Pedro (an evening walk to Saint Hermano Pedro‘s cave, near Tenerife South Airport, which he used as a watering hole for his flock. This year's 18th Edition of the event takes place on Friday, 15 Sept 2023, from 8:30pm, coinciding with the beginning of the festivities in honour of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes de Roja, in the coastal neighbourhood of El MĂ©dano. The theme chosen for this year is Emigration, so there will be a projection of related photographs; Theatre and music also awaits at the end of the walk. Registration is essential due to capacity and safety issues. 

The annual fiestas in the village of El Palmar, Buenavista del Norte, begin on the third weekend of September each year, on the Friday night and include the unique dance of Las Libreras on day 2, the Saturday night. The 10-day event culminates on the 4th Sunday of the month with the DĂ­a de la Trilla (Threshing Day).

Icod abandons beauty pageants during the Fiestas del Cristo. Mayor, Javier Sierra, explains that this type of contest perpetuates sexist and little inclusive behaviour. The municipality of Icod de los Vinos joins the trend of many towns in Spain, such as Candelaria in Tenerife, and Santa Cruz de La Palma, or Betanzos in La Coruña and Quesada in Jaén, among others, to put the celebration of beauty contests within festivities firmly in the past, as explained in a statement from the council.

In the month of September of this year, the election of the queen of the September Festivities in honour of the SantĂ­simo Cristo del Calvario (Christ of Calvary) will be replaced by other inclusive celebrations that highlight local talent, the dissemination of inclusive and non-sexist values and that highlight heritage and culture.

Municipal holidays in Tenerife in September:
  • 7 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora del Socorro in GĂĽĂ­mar
  • 8 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Los Silos
  • 8 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Tegueste
  • 8 Sep: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de Abona in Arico
  • 11 Sep: Festividad de San JosĂ© in San Juan de la Rambla
  • 14 Sep: Festividad del SantĂ­simo Cristo de La Laguna in La Laguna
  • 18 Sep: SantĂ­simo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte in GuĂ­a de Isora
  • 29 Sep: Festividad de San Miguel Arcángel in San Miguel de Abona

RomerĂ­as in September include:
  • 07/09/23 Bajada de la Virgen El Socorro – GĂĽĂ­mar
  • 08/09/23 Subida de la Virgen del Socorro – GĂĽĂ­mar
  • 24/09/23 RomerĂ­a de San JosĂ© – San Juan de la Rambla
  • RomerĂ­a de San Miguel Arcángel- San Miguel de Abona (date to be confirmed)

Fiestas in September include:
  • Virgen del Campo: 2nd week of September in FañabĂ©
  • Nuestra Señora de Abona: 8th September in Arico
  • Virgen de Las Mercedes: in PorĂ­s de Abona, 24th September in Arico
  • San Miguel de Tajao: 29th September in Arico
  • El Carmen: Los Cristianos on the 1st Sunday of September
  • San JerĂłnimo: Second weekend in September in Teno Alto
  • Virgen de la ConsolaciĂłn: Second half of September, featuring the Baile de las Libreas, in El Palmar
  • San Nicolás: 10th September in San Nicolás, El Sauzal
  • San JosĂ©, third weekend in September in El Tanque
  • Nuestra Señora del Carmen: 4th week of September in Las Eras, Fasnia
  • Fiestas of San Blas in Los Abrigos during the 2nd week of September.
  • Fiestas of Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes de Rojas in El MĂ©dano during the 3rd week of September.
  • Nuestra Señora del Rosario y La Milagrosa: First Sunday in September in Tejina, GuĂ­a de Isora.
  • Feria de ArtesanĂ­a: (Craft Fair) Second Sunday of September in GuĂ­a de Isora
  • Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de La Luz y Cristo de la Dulce Muerte: 2nd and 3rd Sunday of September in GuĂ­a de Isora
  • Bajada de Nuestra Señora de El Socorro and RomerĂ­a del Socorro: 7-8 September in GĂĽĂ­mar, thought to be the oldest romerĂ­a the Canary Islands. 
  • Virgen de las Angustias, 14 September in Las Angustias, Icod de los Vinos
  • SantĂ­simo Cristo del Calvario, last Sunday of September in Icod de los Vinos
  • Nuestra Señora de GuĂ­a: 8th September in La Matanza de Acentejo
  • Nuestra Señora de La Caridad del Cobre: 11 September, in La Victoria de Acentejo
  • Nuestra Señora de La Luz: 8 September, in Los Silos
  • SantĂ­simo Cristo de La Laguna: 14 September
  • Santa RosalĂ­a in Las Rosas: First weekend in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • San JosĂ©: Second weekend of September in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • RomerĂ­a en Honor a San JosĂ©: 3rd weekend of September in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • San Rafael: 29 September in September in San Juan de la Rambla
  • San Miguel Arcángel: around 29 September in San Miguel de Abona
  • San JoaquĂ­n y La Paz: End of September in Tamaimo
  • NÂŞ Señora de La Luz, first week of September in Tacoronte
  • Fiestas de El Cristo, September, Plaza de El Cristo in Tacoronte
  • Nuestra Señora de los Remedios - 8 September. Celebrated throughout the municipality, activities include La Librea, every three years in Tegueste
  • Nuestra Señora del Socorro - The grand fiestas of El Socorro, in honor of their patron, takes place at the end of September in Tegueste

  • 9 Sep: Rallyesprint Arico
  • 23 Sep: Los Loros Hill Climb
  • 30 Sep: Rallysprint Atogo

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