Fiestas and events in Gran CanariaGran Canaria is an island of festivities that continue throughout the year. There is not a town or village that does not celebrate its own special event, where nobody feels left out. It is precisely during these festivities when the innate hospitality and friendliness of the people of Gran Canaria become manifest. The festivals of Gran Canaria, regardless of whether they are popular, religious or for a specific occasion, are more than just an occasion for having fun. These festivities also demonstrate the vitality, ambiguity and plurality of the elements and cultures in which the local population has been steeped for many centuries.
Carnival time, at the beginning of the Lenten fast before Easter (usually in February) is one of the most colourful and frenetic fiestas.
Corpus Christi is a beautiful week-long religious festival in Las Palmas where the streets are lined with coloured sawdust, pebbles and sand along the procession route around the cathedral. This usually takes place in June (occasionally May).
September 8th sees the most important religious celebration in honour of the island's patron saint, the Virgen del Pino (Our Lady of the Pine). Locals walk through the night to the town of Teror, bringing local produce to their patron. As usual, this is an excuse for music and dancing in the streets till the small hours.
Preview of following events, concerts and festivals at Gran Canaria: