Although tourist season is winding down, there are plenty of Tenerife events to keep locals and off-season visitors occupied throughout October 2018, including numerous festivals, concerts, workshops, parties and more. One of the highlights is Otoño Cultural (Oct. 3 -Nov. 30), an event spanning two months and three Canary Islands — and featuring a slew of performances, screenings and educational activities.
Though October’s not heavy on sports meets, there’s something happening pretty much every week of the month:
First is the Canarian Ports Regatta in Las Galletas (Oct. 3-7), a race that grants participating yachts free berthing in the regatta’s ports.
The following weekend is busier, with the Adeje Road Race happening on Oct. 12. Part of the Tenerife 2018 5k Conchip Road Race Circuit, the competition takes pace at the Adeje Football Ground and also features a separate, shoter race for children. La Escalona is hosting its Subida 16 uphill rally the same day, and while the two-day event features a short route, its intensity has been known to attracted many renowned local and international drivers.
Dance & Music Events
The one thing there’s never a shortage of on Tenerife are concerts of every kind. What’s more, every month has at least one large-scale music/dance festival happening, and October 2018 is no exception:
From October 4 to 14, Tacoronte will be hosting DanzaTac 2018, a dance festival featuring performances, forums, workshops, exhibitions and competitions, including the Urban Dance Championships. Overlapping with that is the Tenerife Festival held in La Laguna and Santa Cruz from Oct. 4 to the 15th, which will this year be focusing on performing arts — namely dance, circus and opera — and will be showcasing Canarian productions in both traditional venues and street performances.
For those in mood for a day trip, we’d like to mention that La Gomera will be having a series of music events in October, such as the 7 Islands Festival on Oct. 5, a performance by Juanes on Oct. 7, and a Mariachi Festival on the 14th.
If you’d rather stay close to the capital, October’s impressive lineup includes a Nirvana tribute at La Laguna‘s Buho Club on Oct. 5, Fredi Leis at the O-Club in Santa Cruz on Oct. 6, Abraham Mateo also in Santa Cruz on Oct. 7, followed by the Oct. 11 shows by Patricia Lazaro in La Laguna and Leslie Grace in Santa Cruz. La Laguna will also be hosting a concert by Loquillo on occasion of their 40th anniversary (Oct. 12), and Ruben Pozo a week later (Oct. 19) at the Buho Club.
Rounding things off is a performance by Ait Nahaya, a multiethnic Canarian band performing world music in Santa Cruz on Oct. 26, and a jazz concert — also in the capital — by veteran American performer Madeleine Peyroux on the 30th.
Foodie & Family Friendly Events
Since most religious festivals and local fiestas that families enjoy involve a healthy amount of local food and drink, we’ve conflated these two categories allowing you to choose which events best fit your interests.
El Rosario began celebrating its patron saint this weekend and the fiestas will last for two weeks, ending Oct. 14. Expect music, processions, fireworks, a pageant and more. Another big event that began in September is the Reineta Apple Festival in El Sauzal, and it will last all month and into November.
Foodies shouldn’t miss the Thailand Gastronomy workshop on Oct. 2 in Santa Cruz, while beer lovers will enjoy the Craft Beer Festival slated for Oct. 13 in El Médano, and might also have fun booking one of the Dorada Brewery tours available Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month. Also, October’s Vintage Market Day takes place on Sunday the 14th.
Smaller kids might appreciate the International Clown Festival taking place across the island Oct. 9-21, as well as the Soy Luna show in La Laguna on October 14. Older ones are likely to enjoy traditional local fiestas, such as the Fiesta del Humo in San Juan de la Rambla on Oct. 6, the Adeje Fair on Oct. 21, or the Visit of Virgin of Candelaria to Santa Cruz and La Laguna Oct. 12-27.