Summer is officially here bringing a boom to Tenerife’s events scene. And while that’s true across the board, dance & music fiestas are at the top of the list and the common denominator is crazy fun.
Tenerife Events July 2018: Music & Dance
Starting the month is the first of four tribute nights organised by Tributo Fest Tenerife: the DJ Fest in Las Americas on July 4, celebrating Daft Punk with famous DJs, guest musicians, fireworks acrobats and more. On July 6, Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles will be playing in La Laguna, while the 20-day Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken International Festival starts the same day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The following day, July 7, is insanely busy across the island. Adeje’s Hard Rock Cafe will be hosting its second Lagoon Party (a total of nine are planned), involving lots of music, swimming, food and drinks, while local musician Gustavo Campos will be taking the stage in La Laguna‘s Buho Club and two events are taking place in Santa Cruz: the Fiestón Salsero Pool Party in Güímar and the DJ Fest Santa Cruz at the Cubik Club.
July 14 will see the Vengaboys performing in Adeje as part of the Saturdays at the Hard Rock Cafe, while the environmentally-minded Greenworld Dance Festival will be happening in San Miguel de Abona. The following weekend, capital Santa Cruz will host Pablo Alborán (July 21) as well as the Canarias Urban Fest (July 20), featuring among many others Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi.
After all that, the month ends with its busiest weekend yet:
On July 27, there’s a Guns’N’Roses and AC/DC tribute festival at the Castillo de San Miguel, near Los Cristianos, while Miguel Rojas is playing at the Buho Club in La Laguna and San Miguel de Abona is hosting the Canarias Dance Festival — an event featuring Bad Bunny, Karol G, Sebastian Yatra, C. Tangana, Maikel DeLacalle and local musicians.
The folowing day, July 28, the Rock Fest Santa Cruz (another Guns’N’Roses tribute) is happening at the Cubik Club, Sugarhill Gang is playing in Adeje (Saturdays at the Hard Rock Cafe) and the Arona Summer Festival 2018 in taking place in San Miguel de Abona.
For Classical Music Lovers…
If classical music is more up your alley, be sure to visit the Tenerife International Opera Singing Competition in Santa Cruz on July 5. From July 9 to 21, La Orotava will be hosting its 13th Chamber Music Festival, while the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra is playing in Costa Adeje on July 13, and the Moscow Ballet is performing in Arona on July 22.
And if you happen to spend the weekend in Isla Baja, make sure to drop in on one of the many classical concerts taking place alternately in Garachico, Los Silos, Buenavista del Norte and El Tanque, all part of the Musical Caprices in the Isla Baja Festival, which began in May and ends this month (take a look at the program here).
In terms of sports competitions, kicking off the month is the 23rd Santiago del Teide Swim on July 7, a 950-metre swim from Playa de la Arena to Puerto de Santiago, but its the weekend of July 14-15 that’s really eventful.
July 14 is the date of the Canaries Infinity Extreme race in Puerto de la Cruz, a run featuring two distances (5 or 10 km) and 15 obstacles that participants must overcome within a time limit of one or two hours, respectively. The 5th event in the 12th Tenerife Golf Circuit is set for that same day at Golf del Sur, while in the evening El Médano will be hosing its 12-km Night Trail Run. The following day (July 15) is the Güimar Vertical Race – Tribute to Paquito Chinea, where participants will be covering 4.5 km — and a 500 m positive incline.
The next weekend will see yet another Tenerife Golf Circuit event happen a the Real Club de Golf de Tenerife (July 21), followed by Los Silos raising money for charity with its second Coastal Run For Life on July 22.
Closing the month is the Bajamar to Punta del Hidalgo Swim on July 28, one of 14 races across seven islands to be included in the 1st Canary Islands Open Water Swimming Cup.
Family Friendly Events
In addition to its many crazy parties, July 2018 is quite family-friendly too.
While July 1 marks the last day of El Sauzal’s celebrations of St. Peter, there are many other patron saints’ fiestas taking place throughout the month. Most notably, La Laguna will be honouring San Benito Abad all month long — with highlights such as its Country Ball on July 6 and Romería (Country Fair and Pilgrimage) on July 8. From July 8 to 31, Los Realejos will be celebrating Our Lady of Mt Carmel, with many other cities and towns joining in on July 16.
From July 2 to 6, Santiago del Teide will be marking Youth Week with a series of fun events, while another must-see is the Chirche Traditions Day (July 8) — an full day of re-enactments of traditional activities, children’s games and the overall way of life in Tenerife during the early 1900s.
This month’s Noche de Museo is scheduled for the 27th at Casa Lecarco in La Laguna, the 2-to-3-hour being activity an excellent past-time for kids 16 and over.
And if your family enjoys exploring how people on Tenerife once lived, you’re bound to like El Tanque’s Traditional Canarian Threshing Day, where kids can witness an important element of rural tradition up close and personal.
Lagging slightly behind other kinds of entertainment are this month’s foodie events. But while there’s not that many of them, there’s something happening every week and each event is quite different:
– Tegueste’s Canarian Cheese and Wine Fair is on July 6,
– La Laguna’s Vintage Market Day is July 8,
– El Sauzal’s Casa del Vino is hosting a Wine & Chocolate Tasting Workshop on July 14,
– the Craft Beer Festival in La Laguna — two days of music and great food and beer — is on July 20-21,
– and the Canarian Potato Fair is taking place in Los Realejos on July 28, celebrating this favourite ingredient in local cooking with the a series of tastings and events held throughout the day.