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Tenerife Carnaval Dates

Tenerife Carnival


The key date for Carnaval Events in Tenerife is Shrove Tuesday, which is when the Gran Coso Apoteosis - Carnaval's Main Parade - takes place in the capital, Santa Cruz. This is the same day as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, so we've borrowed their dates and cross-checked them with a local carnaval calendar.

YEAR Election of the Carnival Queen Shrove Tuesday Main Parade Burial of the Sardine
2004 Wed 18 Feb 04 Tue 24 Feb 04 Fri 27 Feb 04
2005 Wed 2 Feb 05 Tue 8 Feb 05 Fri 11 Feb 05
2006 Wed 22 Feb 06 Tue 28 Feb 06 Wed 1 Mar 06
2007 Wed 14 Feb 07 Tue 20 Feb 07 Wed 21 Feb 07
2008 Wed 30 Jan 08 Tue 5 Feb 08 Wed 6 Feb 08
2009 Wed 18 Feb 09 Tue 24 Feb 09 Wed 25 Feb 09
2010 Wed 10 Feb 10 Tue 16 Feb 10 Wed 17 Feb 10
2011 Wed 2 Mar 11 Tue 8 Mar 11 Wed 9 Mar 11
2012 Wed 15 Feb 12 Tue 21 Feb 12 Wed 22 Feb 12
2013 Wed 6 Feb 13 Tue 12 Feb 13 Wed 13 Feb 13
2014 Wed 26 Feb 14 Tue 4 Mar 14 Wed 5 Mar 14
2015 Wed 11 Feb 15 Tue 17 Feb 15 Wed 18 Feb 15
2016 Wed 3 Feb 16 Tue 9 Feb 16 Wed 10 Feb 16
2017 Wed 22 Feb 17 Tue 28 Feb 17 Wed 1 Mar 17
2018 Wed 7 Feb 18 Tue 13 Feb 18 Wed 14 Feb 18
2019 Wed 27 Feb 19 Tue 5 Mar 19 Wed 6 Mar 19
2020 Wed 19 Feb 20 Tue 25 Feb 20 Wed 26 Feb 20
2021 Wed 10 Feb 21 Tue 16 Feb 21 Wed 17 Feb 21
2022 Wed 23 Feb 22 Tue 1 Mar 22 Wed 2 Mar 22
2023 Wed 15 Feb 23 Tue 21 Feb 23 Wed 22 Feb 23
2024 Wed 7 Feb 24 Tue 13 Feb 24 Wed 14 Feb 24
2025 Wed 26 Feb 25 Tue 4 Mar 25 Wed 5 Mar 25
2026 Wed 11 Feb 26 Tue 17 Feb 26 Wed 18 Feb 26
2027 Wed 3 Feb 27 Tue 9 Feb 27 Wed 10 Feb 27
2028 Wed 23 Feb 28 Tue 29 Feb 28 Wed 1 Mar 28
2029 Wed 7 Feb 29 Tue 13 Feb 29 Wed 14 Feb 29
2030 Wed 27 Feb 30 Tue 5 Mar 30 Wed 6 Mar 30
2031 Wed 19 Feb 31 Tue 25 Feb 31 Wed 26 Feb 31
2032 Wed 4 Feb 32 Tue 10 Feb 32 Wed 11 Feb 32
2033 Wed 23 Feb 33 Tue 1 Mar 33 Wed 2 Mar 33
2034 Wed 15 Feb 34 Tue 21 Feb 34 Wed 22 Feb 34
2035 Wed 31 Jan 35 Tue 6 Feb 35 Wed 7 Feb 35
2036 Wed 20 Feb 36 Tue 26 Feb 36 Wed 27 Feb 36
2037 Wed 11 Feb 37 Tue 17 Feb 37 Wed 18 Feb 37
2038 Wed 3 Mar 38 Tue 9 Mar 38 Wed 10 Mar 38
2039 Wed 16 Feb 39 Tue 22 Feb 39 Wed 23 Feb 39
2040 Wed 8 Feb 40 Tue 14 Feb 40 Wed 15 Feb 40
2041 Wed 27 Feb 41 Tue 5 Mar 41 Wed 6 Mar 41
2042 Wed 12 Feb 42 Tue 18 Feb 42 Wed 19 Feb 42
2043 Wed 4 Feb 43 Tue 10 Feb 43 Wed 11 Feb 43
2044 Wed 24 Feb 44 Tue 1 Mar 44 Wed 2 Mar 44
2045 Wed 15 Feb 45 Tue 21 Feb 45 Wed 22 Feb 45
2046 Wed 31 Jan 46 Tue 6 Feb 46 Wed 7 Feb 46
2047 Wed 20 Feb 47 Tue 26 Feb 47 Wed 27 Feb 47
2048 Wed 12 Feb 48 Tue 18 Feb 48 Wed 19 Feb 48
2049 Wed 24 Feb 49 Tue 2 Mar 49 Wed 3 Mar 49
2050 Wed 16 Feb 50 Tue 22 Feb 50 Wed 23 Feb 50
2051 Wed 8 Feb 51 Tue 14 Feb 51 Wed 15 Feb 51
2052 Wed 28 Feb 52 Tue 5 Mar 52 Wed 6 Mar 52
2053 Wed 12 Feb 53 Tue 18 Feb 53 Wed 19 Feb 53
2054 Wed 4 Feb 54 Tue 10 Feb 54 Wed 11 Feb 54
2055 Wed 24 Feb 55 Tue 2 Mar 55 Wed 3 Mar 55
2056 Wed 9 Feb 56 Tue 15 Feb 56 Wed 16 Feb 56
2057 Wed 28 Feb 57 Tue 6 Mar 57 Wed 7 Mar 57
2058 Wed 20 Feb 58 Tue 26 Feb 58 Wed 27 Feb 58
2059 Wed 5 Feb 59 Tue 11 Feb 59 Wed 12 Feb 59
2060 Wed 25 Feb 60 Tue 2 Mar 60 Wed 3 Mar 60
2061 Wed 16 Feb 61 Tue 22 Feb 61 Wed 23 Feb 61
2062 Wed 1 Feb 62 Tue 7 Feb 62 Wed 8 Feb 62
2063 Wed 21 Feb 63 Tue 27 Feb 63 Wed 28 Feb 63
2064 Wed 13 Feb 64 Tue 19 Feb 64 Wed 20 Feb 64
2065 Wed 4 Feb 65 Tue 10 Feb 65 Wed 11 Feb 65
2066 Wed 17 Feb 66 Tue 23 Feb 66 Wed 24 Feb 66
2067 Wed 9 Feb 67 Tue 15 Feb 67 Wed 16 Feb 67
2068 Wed 29 Feb 68 Tue 6 Mar 68 Wed 7 Mar 68
2069 Wed 20 Feb 69 Tue 26 Feb 69 Wed 27 Feb 69
2070 Wed 5 Feb 70 Tue 11 Feb 70 Wed 12 Feb 70
2071 Wed 26 Feb 20 Tue 3 Mar 20 Wed 4 Mar 20
2072 Wed 17 Feb 72 Tue 23 Feb 72 Wed 24 Feb 72
2073 Wed 1 Feb 73 Tue 7 Feb 73 Wed 8 Feb 73
2074 Wed 21 Feb 74 Tue 27 Feb 74 Wed 28 Feb 74
2075 Wed 13 Feb 75 Tue 19 Feb 75 Wed 20 Feb 75
2076 Wed 26 Feb 76 Tue 3 Mar 76 Wed 4 Mar 76
2077 Wed 17 Feb 77 Tue 23 Feb 77 Wed 24 Feb 77
2078 Wed 9 Feb 78 Tue 15 Feb 78 Wed 16 Feb 78
2079 Wed 1 Mar 79 Tue 7 Mar 79 Wed 8 Mar 79
2080 Wed 14 Feb 80 Tue 20 Feb 80 Wed 21 Feb 80
2081 Wed 5 Feb 81 Tue 11 Feb 81 Wed 12 Feb 81
2082 Wed 25 Feb 82 Tue 3 Mar 82 Wed 4 Mar 82
2083 Wed 10 Feb 83 Tue 16 Feb 83 Wed 17 Feb 83
2084 Wed 2 Feb 84 Tue 8 Feb 84 Wed 9 Feb 84
2085 Wed 21 Feb 85 Tue 27 Feb 85 Wed 28 Feb 85
2086 Wed 6 Feb 86 Tue 12 Feb 86 Wed 13 Feb 86
2087 Wed 26 Feb 87 Tue 4 Mar 87 Wed 5 Mar 87
2088 Wed 18 Feb 88 Tue 24 Feb 88 Wed 25 Feb 88
2089 Wed 9 Feb 89 Tue 15 Feb 89 Wed 16 Feb 89
2090 Wed 22 Feb 90 Tue 28 Feb 90 Wed 1 Mar 90
2091 Wed 14 Feb 91 Tue 20 Feb 91 Wed 21 Feb 91
2092 Wed 6 Feb 92 Tue 12 Feb 92 Wed 13 Feb 92
2093 Wed 18 Feb 93 Tue 24 Feb 93 Wed 25 Feb 93
2094 Wed 10 Feb 94 Tue 16 Feb 94 Wed 17 Feb 94
2095 Wed 2 Mar 95 Tue 8 Mar 95 Wed 9 Mar 95
2096 Wed 22 Feb 96 Tue 28 Feb 96 Wed 29 Feb 96
2097 Wed 6 Feb 97 Tue 12 Feb 97 Wed 13 Feb 97
2098 Wed 26 Feb 98 Tue 4 Mar 98 Wed 5 Mar 98
2099 Wed 18 Feb 99 Tue 24 Feb 99 Wed 25 Feb 99
2100 Wed 3 Feb 00 Tue 9 Feb 00 Wed 10 Feb 00

Tenerife's Carnaval events generally follow a regular pattern each year, which makes planning a bit easier. At least they do, mostly, in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz. We had hoped to include the Los Cristianos Carnaval dates in this table too, but we discovered that arrangements there are more of a moving target than a moveable feast, so it isn't possible to predict their timetable with the same certainty.

Any Year Tenerife Carnaval Schedule

  • The Wednesday BEFORE Shrove Tuesday: Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz. This event is a huge evening gala, usually lasting for several hours and is probably best seen on TV.
  • The Friday BEFORE Shrove Tuesday: Once it has it's Queen, Santa Cruz Carnaval takes to the streets on the Friday evening, with the Cabalgata Anunciadora (Opening Parade) from 8pm.
  • The Saturday BEFORE Shrove Tuesday: The Rhythm and Harmony Comparsas, along with the Queen and her court on the Avenida Anaga from 9 pm.
  • The Sunday BEFORE Shrove Tuesday: The first of the Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnival) events with music and dancing in the streets from midday onwards. 
  • Carnival Monday (i.e. the day before Shrove Tuesday) is a big party night in Santa Cruz.
  • Shrove Tuesday: (Martes de Carnaval): The Coso Apoteosis (Main Parade), in which all of the queens and carnival groups take part, along the front at Santa Cruz (the Avenida de Anaga and Marítima), from around 4 pm. 
  • Ash Wednesday: Burial of the Sardine. This takes place in both Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz on the same night, so you have a choice. Either way, it's essential for men to dress up as "Widows" to mourn the poor old defunct sardine and generally have a blasphemous night of it. 
  • The Friday AFTER Shrove Tuesday: The unmissable Mascarita Ponte Tacón, known in English as the High Heels Drag Marathon, in Puerto de la Cruz. And, in recent years, the Coso Infantil (Junior Parade) in Santa Cruz. 
  • The Saturday AFTER Shrove Tuesday: Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnival); free, live concerts in and around the streets and plazas of Santa Cruz from lunchtime onwards. Main Parade in Puerto de la Cruz.
  • The Sunday AFTER Shrove Tuesday: The Gran Concurso en la Ciudad de Automóviles Antiguos, when some beautiful vintage cars parade around the city at around midday. End of Carnival Parties and Firework Display.


Those are the main events that I believe you could be interested in seeing as a casual visitor to carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz. In the run up to the carnival, there are many other contests and events involving all the various singing and dancing troupes that form part of the carnival parades and, of course, alongside all of this is the fun fair, the food stalls, orchestras, dancing and concerts that go on in the streets until dawn. And, just when you think it's all over, it all moves on to Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes and many other towns a week or two later ...

Getting to Carnaval in Santa Cruz

If you're staying in the south of Tenerife, there's no problem as extra buses are laid on each year, even during the night, which will take carnival goers between Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos and Santa Cruz. Don't take a car, because the traffic jams will be hours long and there will be nowhere to park it. Catch the 111 bus from Las Americas bus station or Los Cristianos and enjoy the journey that's an extension of the party!

What to wear to Carnaval?

You can wear anything you like and nothing is too risque, although people not in costume will feel like the odd ones out. Each year, each carnival has a theme, but it is not necessary to follow that unless you wish to do so. If you're a man, it's almost obligatory to dress up as a woman - however unconvincingly: excess facial hair need not be removed - and cross-dressing is essential when attending The Burial of the Sardine.

DISCLAIMER: Of course, all of these details are subject to changes that are way beyond our control. Hopefully, carnival will continue in more or less the same manner for the foreseeable future, especially when you consider that it has already overcome prohibitions during dictatorships and survived for more than 200 years and possibly as many as 400, but nothing is guaranteed. We've taken great care to check dates and take leap years into account when working out the dates of the various parades, but we accept no responsibility for errors (probably due to going cross-eyed.) Use this as a guide and double-check nearer to your dates of travel for best results. Batteries not included.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

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