In keeping with it’s perennial spring, Tenerife has fun events taking place year-round. This year, as always, the Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes February’s centre stage, but the month is long and holds a host of other shows, fiestas and even sports events to boot. So if you’re looking for entertaining Tenerife events in February 2018, read on for an insider’s list of all the fun.
Tenerife Sports Events
Whether you’re an athlete or simply an avid spectator, February 2018 in Tenerife offers quite a wide array of sports events to choose from:
- from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, Playa de Las Americas, Arona, will be hosting the Las Américas Pro international surfing competition;
- Feb. 2-4 will see the XXII Copa del Rey de waterpolo i.e. King’s Waterpolo Cup take place in Santa Cruz;
- moved from August to February, the 15th Panadero Mountain Race (XV Carrera Vertical Subida del Panadero) is scheduled for Feb. 3 on the slopes of Teide;
- Feb. 3-4 is also when the Xixarrotrail 2018 non-competitive motorbike cruise throughout Tenerife will be organised by the Canary Team Raid;
- while Feb. 17 is the date of the Arico Trail half marathon (Media Maratón de Arico 2018) with two trails: 11km and 20 km.
Tenerife Music Events
If you’re into live music performances, one of the best venues to check out is the Buho Club in La Laguna. Wednesdays through Sundays from 19:30 to 3:30 h, the club hosts live shows by prominent Canarian and international musicians. This month, the progam inludes apprearances by Tontxu (Feb. 3), ABH(Feb. 3), Seems to be Rock (Feb. 8) and Syntagma Music (Feb. 23).
And if classical tunes are more to your taste, definitely visit the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín in Santa Cruz, where 34th International Music Festival of the Canary Islands 2018 will be wrapping up this month, or drop by Arona’s International Music Festival 2018 from Feb. 9 to 17.
Tenerife Feistas and Festivals
Meanwhile, Tenerife has quite a few festivals and fiestas going on this month. Our top mention is the Canaries Folk Fest in Arona, which takes place every Thursday (ending March 22). The event has free entry and includes lots of music and dancing, as well as vendor stalls filled with all sorts of traditional and homemade goodies.
For those interested in authentic cultural fiestas, Feb. 1 & 2 are is when Candelaria traditionally celebrates the patron saint of the Canary Islands: the Virgen of Candelaria, while Feb. 15 is the date of celebrating the revered Tenerife-native Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado in La Laguna, an event which draws over 15,000 people annually.
The Tenerife Carnival
Last, but by no means least of Tenerife events in February 2018 is the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival, also known as the Tenerife Carnival. This huge event is actually one of a series of carnivals that take place throughout the Canary Islands from mid January to mid February every year, but the Santa Cruz Carnival is considered the greatest of them all (which is no wonder, given that worldwide it ranks second only to the carnival in Rio’s).
This year, the Tenerife Carnival actually kicked off on Jan. 12 and has already seen numerous parades take place, but the official launch date is still Feb. 7, when the Carnival Queen of all the island will be chosen. Concurrent celebrations across Tenerife include this year’s Mexico-themed Carnaval México in Icod de los Vinos (Feb. 4-17), the Greek-mythology-themed Carnaval Internacional in Puerto de la Cruz (Feb. 3-18), and the fantasy-themed carnival in Los Gigantes, which begins Feb. 23 and extends into March.