May in Tenerife is one long series of fun and fiestas, organized throughout the island all month long. From religious processions to sports competitions, street shows to fireworks, the flower-themed festivities include a bit of entertainment for everyone – and that’s not mentioning the usual huge variety of music, dance, foodie and sports happenings. Read on for a rundown of Tenerife events for the vibrant month of May.
May 2018 Festivals & Fiestas
Although capital Santa Cruz began hosting its May Fiestas as early as April 20 (take a look at the program here), the real hotspot of fun for the month is Los Realejos. The latter will be kicking things off with its Day of the Cross Fiesta on May 2 & 3, an event that includes not only street decorations and processions but also one of the biggest fireworks displays in Europe.
Like the capital, Los Realejos will be home to traditional, flower-themed celebrations all month long, with numerous related events like a Crafts Fair (May 12-13), Open Air Ball (May 19) and even a Horse Festival (May 30).
Another big theme this month are fiestas honouring St. Isidore the Farmer, begining with El Rosario’s celebration May 12-27, followed by the St Isidore Country Fair in Arguayo on May 13, and closing with the country fair in Guía de Isora on May 20.
Further north, Puerto de la Cruz will be hosting a Street Art Shows Festival May 10-13, while La Orotava’s May 31 celebration of Corpus Cristi is another event not to miss: with streets closed to traffic, the city is carpeted in flowers and filled with processions, music and dancing.
Music & Dance Events
With so many May concerts in Tenerife, it’s impossible to mention them all – our only option being to highlight the most famous peformers for every genre. For a more complete list, however, be sure to check out Toma Ticket or La Agenda de Ocio.
Jazz lovers have by now certainly heard of Santa Cruz’s #NaturalJazz festival, which began in April and will be lasting until the end of the month. Among the festival’s many guest performers, Havana Vibes will be taking the stage on May 3, while JM Churchi & Son de la Tierra will be performing on May 24.
On May 5 and 12, the capital will also be hosting Cecilia Arrate , who will be chanelling New York’s finest musicals in Broadway Night, while May 5 is also the date heavy metal band Zenobia will be on at the O-Club.
Moving on to reggae in the capital, the Cubik Club’s Rototom Launch Party Tenerife will take place on May 11 in an effort to bring a taste of the famous European Rototom Sunsplash festival to Tenerife. Closing the month in Santa Cruz is latino singer Romeo Santos, who will be performing at the Parque Marítimo on May 26.
Further down the coast, Deigo El Cigala has a concert in La Laguna on May 5, while the EsFado 2018 festival continues with María Emília taking the stage on May 10. A day later, the city will be hosting the Canarias Salsa All Stars (May 11), a concert featuring the most prominent Canarian salsa singers.
A great beachside concert will take place in El Médano on May 10, with Lionel Trio Acustico performing at Veinte 04 Surf Café, while Adeje’s Children of the 80’s Festival, notable for featuring a prominent artist every month, will be hosting Barbara Tucker on May 12.
Foodie & Fashion Events
While April was definitely a foodie’s dream month, it’s good to keep in mind that the many fiestas happening across the island always involve numerous traditional food vendors.
Having said that, there are two food-specific events scheduled for this month, the first being La Orotava’s Avocado Fair on May 4, and the second the GastroCanarias festival in Santa Cruz May 22-24, a gastronomical show featuring a regional cooking championship as well.
This month’s Vintage Market Day takes place in La Laguna on May 13, and, as always, will include as much food as it will fashion. On the solely fashion side, Tenerife Fashion Weekend will be taking place in Arona May 18-20.
As far as sports are concerned, May has a bit of something for everyone.
Runners will apreciate the Almond & Volcanoes Trail Run on May 5 (a medley of different routes all leading up to Santiago del Teide) as well as the Santa Cruz Binter Night Run on May 19 (which includes both 5- and 10-km distances).
For cyclists, there’s the May 6 CicloChineje bike race in Guía de Isora. The month ends with Costa Adeje hosting its first Coastal Swim (2.5 and 7.5 km) on May 20, and Puerto de la Cruz organizing the Tenerife Waking Festival — 20 different hikes over the span of several days — from May 22-26.
Side Note – For those of you who made it to the end, here’s a potentially lucrative piece of info that didn’t quite fit elsewhere: the Tajinaste in Bloom Photo Competition started April 16 and closes May 31, with a grand prize of €1000 and other valuable rewards for photos celebrating the environment, local Canarian flora and especially the tajinaste plant.