Las Palmas events & festivals
The cultural highlights in Las Palmas
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has beside a 500 year history of culture, also a very lively and varied currently cultural scene to offer.
The most popular Events are the annual festivals like The Carnaval de Las Palmas in february, the film festival Festival de Cine Las Palmas in april, the Rally Gran Canaria in march & april, the foundation celebration Fiestas Fundicionales in June, The Temudas Fest in july & august, the festival de Musica & Opera and the Zarzuela, the Festival Teatro y Danza and the Canarias Jazz in the auditorio Alfredo Kraus.
Further events take place the wohle year. The most important event places are the Parque Santa Catalina, the Plaza de la Musica near the Auditorio, the Plaza Santa Ana in front of the cathedral (Vegueta), the Parque San Telmo (Triana), the Plaza Cairasco & the fairgrounds of INFECAR (ciudad alta).
The ARC atlantic rally of cruisers is an annual transatlantic sailing event for cruiser yachts since 1986. The ARC starts at the end of november in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and ends before christmas in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. The duration of the rout takes between 14 and 21 days and covers about 2700 nautic miles. The ARC is the worlds largest transatlantic sailing event with annually more than 200 participating boats of many different shapes and sizes. www.worldcruising.com
Fiestas fundacionales - Noche de San Juan Las Palmas.
The foundation celebrations Las Fiestas Fundicionales de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which take place annually between the 13th and 23rd of June, remember the foundation of the city Las Palmas on June 23 in year 1478. There is a festive program consisting of art performances, concerts, activities for children an other Events.
The highlight of these foundation celebrations of Las Palmas is undoubtedly the night of the 23th of June. Particularly known for this evening La noche de San Juan are the campfires in many districts of the city. In this night the half of the city meets at the Canteras Beach to take a common nocturnal bath in the ocean, under the lights of a spectacular firework.
Festival of theatre, music & dance.
The Temudas Fest is a festival of music, dance and theatre which takes place in Las Palmas annually in summer. Highlights are for example the concert of a philharmonic orchestra inside of the container port and numerous street theatre performances in different places of the city. Entrance tickets for some events can be bought in the tourist information in the Santa Catalina park.