Carnival in Tenerife 2019 – the most important dates

The Carnival of Tenerife 2019 is here and with it the big parties, lots of fun and great costumes. You still do not know which are the most important events? It would be great having the different carnival programmes of the municipalities to plan your carnival on the island… No problem, here is a brief summary of the main celebrations, so you do not miss anything.

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019

The most famous carnival of all is celebrated in the capital and marks the start of the season for the whole island. We have to divide the carnival into two areas: the contests and the street carnival.

Carnaval de Tenerife 2019 Santa Cruz

Contests and Gala elections of the Carnival of Tenerife

The competitions are characterised by the fact that the best groups, costumes and dances of the carnival come together and compete in great contests against each other. The carnival groups such as murgas, comparsas and rondallas are well known, but the prelude to the carnival on the street, is always the Gala of the Carnival Queen, which is celebrated on February 27th this year.

After the election of the Carnival Queen, the street parties officially begin with the opening parade on Friday, March 1st. The next day, on Saturday, March 2nd, the comparsas will be having a great night out at the “Rhythm and Harmony” parade, one of the most rhythmic and colourful events.

Carnaval de Tenerife 2019 Carnaval en la Calle

Carnival on the street

There is something for everyone at the street carnival, for the little ones and for adults, whether during the day or at night. The carnival of the day is celebrated on March 3rd and 9th, while the carnival at night takes place the whole week with various concerts and events such as the burial of the sardine. Below you have a summary image with all the highlights and the carnival programme of Tenerife.

Programa Carnaval de Tenerife 2019

International Carnival of Puerto de la Cruz 2019

Carnaval Puerto de la Cruz 2019 Mascarita Ponte Tacón

In Puerto de la Cruz there is also a carnival and the men’s marathon “Mascarita Ponte Tacón” is the absolute highlight. In this crazy race men wear extravagant costumes and gigantic heels, which must be at least 8 centimetres high. The marathon will be held on Friday, March 8th, starting at 8:00 pm.

Carnival of Los Gigantes 2019

Carnaval de Los Gigantes 2019

The whole Olympus will come to the carnival in Los Gigantes, Santiago del Teide, because the festivities are dedicated to Greek deities this year. From March 15th to 23rd (next to the carnival in Los Cristianos) different celebrations take place and make this carnival one of the most important events in the south of the island.

Carnival of Los Cristianos 2019

Carnaval de Los Cristianos 2019

The jungle is the topic chosen this year by the International Carnival of Los Cristianos, which is the last to be held from March 21st to April 1st. The most important dates of this carnival are the opening parade on Saturday, March 23rd, the Queen’s Gala election on Thursday, March 28th, the Drag Queen Gala on Friday, March 29th, the carnival of the day on March 30th, and the Apotheosis parade on March 31st, ending with the burial of the sardine on April 1st.

Carnival of Candelaria 2019

Carnaval de Candelaria 2019

This year the carnival of Candelaria will be celebrated from March 9th to the 23rd. The programme includes the Queen’s Gala election on March 15th, the choreographic festival and carnival on March 17th, the Drag Queen Gala on March 22nd and the dance of the carnival on March 23rd.

Carnival of Los Silos 2019

Carnaval de Los Silos 2019

The historic town of Los Silos is also celebrating its carnival in March, from the 4th to the 10th. One of the funniest events is the crazy car race on Saturday, March 9th.

Piñata Chica de Tacoronte 2019

Carnaval de Tacoronte 2019

The Piñata Chica, the carnival in the municipality of Tacoronte from March 15th to 18th, are festivities where especially the little ones can celebrate big. Particularly noteworthy is the traditional show of classic cars on March 17th.

With so many carnival possibilities, you will definitely enjoy our tradition! Do not forget to check our event calendar for more events and more news on the island.

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