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Celebrate the Canaries: Festivals and Traditions to Experience

The Canary Islands, renowned for their diverse cultural traditions, offer a year-round calendar of festivities that showcase their rich heritage. Both visitors and locals are invited to experience the unique celebrations that define the Canary Islands.


One of the most iconic events in the Canary Islands is the Carnival, celebrated in February and March.

Each island presents its own rendition of this vibrant festival, with Tenerife and Gran Canaria hosting the most spectacular versions. Carnival is a dazzling display of parades, elaborate costumes, music, dancing, and various performances. Highlights include the Carnival Queen contest and the internationally renowned Drag Queen Gala, attracting visitors from around the globe.

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Semana Santa

During Easter, the Canary Islands come alive with processions and religious ceremonies during Holy Week, or Semana Santa. This period is especially significant in cities like La Laguna in Tenerife and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. Participants don traditional robes and carry religious statues through the streets, creating a solemn and reflective atmosphere.

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Corpus Christi

In June, the islands celebrate Corpus Christi with the creation of stunning floral carpets that adorn the streets, particularly in La Orotava (Tenerife) and La Laguna.


These beautiful displays, made from coloured sands, flowers, and other natural materials, are crafted by local artists and communities, continuing a tradition that dates back centuries.

Fiestas de San Juan

On the night of June 23rd, the Fiestas de San Juan light up the Canary Islands with bonfires, fireworks, and beach parties. This midsummer festival, marking the summer solstice, is especially popular in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife. Locals and visitors gather to enjoy music, dancing, and traditional food in a festive celebration across the archipelago.

Virgen de la Candelaria

On August 15th, the Canary Islands honour Our Lady of the Candelaria, their patron saint. Pilgrims from across the archipelago travel to the Basilica of Candelaria in Tenerife to pay homage to the Virgin. The festivities include religious ceremonies, folk music, dances, and a bustling market, creating a joyous and reverent atmosphere.

Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes

Every four years, El Hierro celebrates the Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes, a deeply cherished tradition where the statue of the Virgin Mary is carried in a grand procession across the island. This event, rich with music, dance, and colorful costumes, is a major cultural highlight for residents and attracts numerous visitors.

Fiesta de la Rama

On August 4th, Agaete in Gran Canaria hosts the Fiesta de la Rama, a lively festival where participants dance through the streets carrying branches, a tradition symbolizing ancient pleas for rain. The festival culminates in a grand celebration featuring traditional Canarian music and dances, offering a vibrant display of local culture.

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Sabandeño Festival

In September, Tenerife's Sabandeño Festival highlights the best of Canarian folk music. Held in La Laguna, this event gathers musicians from across the archipelago and beyond to celebrate the islands' rich musical traditions.

Fiestas del Charco

On September 7th, La Aldea de San Nicolás in Gran Canaria hosts the Fiestas del Charco, a distinctive event where participants leap into a lagoon to catch fish with their bare hands, reenacting an ancient aboriginal tradition. The celebration also features music, dance, and various cultural activities, offering a unique glimpse into local customs.

Fiestas de San Andrés

In November, Tenerife's Fiestas de San Andrés are marked by the exhilarating "Arrastre de las Tablas," where locals slide down streets on wooden boards. This festival also celebrates the opening of the season's new wines, combining thrilling fun with the pleasure of tasting fresh vintages.

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Whatever your interests the Canary Islands have a jam-packed schedule of events to keep you coming back year-round. For more information on the upcoming schedule of events visit Hello Canary Islands.

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