2013 Gran Canaria Festival Calendar

You are not likely to get bored in Gran Canaria because of all the different parties, fiestas and events taking place throughout the year. Nothing is “weather dependent” in Gran Canaria, like it is at home, because the weather is normally good, and most Canarian fiestas involve copious amounts of food, drink and noise!

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Some people like to plan their holiday around a particular fiestas or come when there are a few things on. Others prefer to avoid them because they want a quiet, relaxing trip instead. Whichever of those sounds more like you, perhaps you will find the following table helpful.

Some fiestas and bank holidays (known locally as fiestas nacionales) are on fixed days (like King’s Day is always on 6 January, for example) and others vary because they might be on ‘the 2nd Tuesday in the month’ or whatever. Not every fiesta involves the shops/banks etc being closed although some do.

You will notice a few TBA’s in this table and that means the fiesta dates haven’t been announced yet. Carnaval dates are sometimes announced a few weeks in advance, rather than months or a year, so you know as much as I do!

You might wish to bookmark this page, because I will be adding dates as they become available, so you can book your flights over.

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Festival Date in 2013 Public Holiday Notes
New Year’s Day 1 January Yes A day of rest to sleep off the previous night’s excesses
Epiphany 5 January Yes
Kings’ Day (Día de los Reyes) 6 January Yes When Canarians give and receive their Christmas presents
Las Palmas Carnival 2013  TBA No Probably 90% or so will be in Parque Catalina, Las Palmas
Carnaval Opening Speech  TBA No
Carnival Queen Gala  TBA No
Carnival Drag Queen Gala  TBA No
Great CarnivalParade  TBA No In Las Palmas
Burial of the Sardine  TBA No A very Canarian fiesta, where a “sardine” is symbolically buried (or blown up!) This is in Las palmas
Festival of Almond Blossom  TBA No In Valsequillo
Maspalomas Carnival Feb – March No Dates are yet to be announced
St Joseph’s Day 19 March Yes Called San José in Spanish. Also this date is Father’s Day in the Canaries.
Holy Thursday  TBA Yes
Good Friday  TBA Yes
Aborigines’ Day  TBA No Music, dancing and ceremonies commemorating the Guanches’ defeat of the Spanish
Cheese Festival  TBA No In Santa Maria de Guia
Labour Day 1 May Yes
Canarias Day 30 May Yes Everything is closed on this date (except tourist shops/bars/restaurants) and there are parties everywhere!
Gay Pride  TBA No In Playa del Ingles
Fiesta del Carmen  TBA No Fiesta for sailors and mariners
Bringing Down the Branches Early August No In Agaete and Puerto de las Nievas
Asunción de la Virgin 15 August Yes Feast of the Assumption, Dia de la Candelaria, procession in Ingenio
Water Fight in Lomo Magullo August No Exact date to be confirmed. Takes place in Telde.
Fiesta del Charco Mid-September No Festival of the Lagoon, in Puerto de la Aldea. Exact date to be confirmed
Nuestra Señora del Pino  TBA Yes Lady of the Pine (this festival is on a different day in each Canary island) – in Teror
Fiesta de la Naval Early October No Festival of the sea. Usually the 2nd Saturday in October. Held in Las Palmas.
National Day 12 October Yes A bank holiday all over Spain
Fiesta of Our Lady of the Rosary 5 October No In Aguimes
All Saints’ Day 1 November Yes
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 24 November No This is a notable yacht rally which takes place every year on the last Sunday in November, with yachts leaving the Las Palmas port and sailing to the Caribbean
Day of the Spanish Constitution 6 December Yes A bank holiday all over Spain
Immaculate Conception Yes A Catholic holiday
Saint Lucia Day Mid-December Yes A Catholic holiday
Christmas Day 25 December Yes A day of rest to sleep off the excesses of December 24th (when the Canarians eat their Christmas dinner)

See also Festivals 2012 .

3 Comments

  1. J.O.

    Hello,

    Official schedule from 2013 Las Palmas Carnival can be found here: http://www.lpacarnaval.com/events?locale=en

    Notice that the route of carnival parade (16 of February) has been reversed of its normal route.

    Maspalomas Carnival is celebrated from 15 to 24 February, no official schedule so far but could be similar to the previous edition.

  2. karen siune

    When will the int. classical music festival take place in 2014+
    I want to book tickets and accomodations as soon as I know the dates

  3. Jade Briff

    when will the fiesta de carmen in July be please?

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