Will we be seeing you on our beautiful island this month? If the answer to that question’s yes, our topical things to do on Gran Canaria in September 2017 guide’s an invaluable read. Our monthly overview has plenty of pointers as to where to go on the island and when.
It’s just not possible for us to list all the things to do on Gran Canaria in September 2017. So we’ve limited ourselves to recommend what we consider to be the best ones. Whether you’re in/going to the north, south, east, west, or, indeed, centre of the island.
1. Things to do on Gran Canaria in September 2017: north
Like every month, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s host to most of the things to do on Gran Canaria in September 2017. The seemingly never-ending Festival Mar Abierto appears to be a show that must go on and Colombia’s colourful, urban(e) Maluma is this month’s artist in residence. TomaTickets are selling tickets from 30€ for this Anexo Estadio Gran Canaria concert on Saturday 9th September.
If you’re more into softer sounds, there are a multitude of options for you. Like the sweet music of local cantautora Dacíl Santana who plays Vegueta‘s Teatro Guiniguada on Thursday 14th. Tickets for this 8:30pm show are available through entrées.es.
The following evening sees Siete Palmas’ Gran Canaria Arena set the stage for David Bisbal. As the Grammy-winning star visits the city on the latest leg of his Hijos del Mar tour. If you want to catch this Friday 15th September show, you can buy again through TomaTickets.
As well as being a music venue, you can visit Gran Canaria Arena to watch basketball games. The Supercopa Endesa 2017 takes place there on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd. With local heroes Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria up against Real Madrid Baloncesto, Málaga’s Unicaja Baloncesto, and Valencia Basket Club.
UD Las Palmas who play at the neighbouring Estadio Gran Canaria have two home games in September. They take on Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday 17th and CD Leganes exactly one week later. You can purchase tickets starting at 10€ for both games from Entrees.es.
On the way to central Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Siete Palmas, you’ll pass Infecar. This stretch of land close to Centro Comercial La Ballena hosts occasional events. Like Madrid man band Hombres G with support from LP locals Los Lola on Saturday 23rd.
If you’re crazy for cerveza, head to Parque Santa Catalina from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th. For it’s the 6th edition of the LPA Beer & Music Festival. Take your pick from 23 beers which you have to pay for as you watch some of the biggest names and freshest faces in Spanish music for free, including rock gods Los Zigarros, ska acolytes Radio Baifa, and cool Cubans Aseres.
Whilst watching a play at Triana‘s Teatro Cuyás may be tricky because of the language divide, you’ll better understand the medium of dance. Making All Ways on Saturday 30th a viable night out. Performed by the visiting Compañía Sharon Fridman who have a base in Madrid, this is a show that transcends cultural borders and indeed the ensemble have travelled around the world; to the likes of Belgium, South Korea, and the UK.
There’s always something going on in and around the Las Canteras area. The iconic Auditorio Alfredo Kraus‘s La La Land in Concert features the Oscar-winning film on a big screen accompanied by the Orquesta Sinfonietta de Canarias. Entradas.com have tickets available for this Saturday 16th event from 51€.
The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium is also the home of the XV Arrecife de las Músicas. The September dates for this music festival include Iberian & Klavier Piano Dúo on Saturday 23rd and the nu flamenco of Raúl Rodríguez on Saturday 30th. 50€ secures you entry for both shows and “Sir” Bob Geldof on Wednesday 11th October.
We were Nomad City Las Palmas 2016 partners and are eagerly looking forward to the 2017 edition which takes place between from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th. Whilst most of the activity takes place in the capital, by signing up for the event you’ll also go out of the city on hikes and boat trips. But return to LP for talks and workshops from gurus including representatives of Capa Consulting Group and Seven Career Coaching.
Follow the GC-2 westwards from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and you’ll end up in Agaete. The Huerto de las Flores has a freebie Agaete de Autor concert on Saturday 9th at 9:00pm with our old friend Fermín Romero and the bewitching Andrea Báez. Out of town, El Risco celebrate the Fiestas de La Milagrosa from Friday 15th September to Sunday 1st October.
In Arucas, go to La Goleta for Goleteando 2017 on Saturday 16th. A combination of sports and music, the athletics races start at 9:00am. From 3:00pm, a communal paella is served to the accompaniment of tunes from flamenco lite duo Sergio Jiménez y Carlos Cabrera and Spanish pop/rock standards cover band Mejor Con Copas.
The Fiestas del Pino dominate the September party scene in Teror. The two most important dates for your diary are Thursday 7th and Friday 8th with Global buses preparing to transport around 68,000 pilgrims paying their respects to Gran Canaria’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora del Pino. The 7th is a romería, starting at 3:30pm, with offerings brought to Our Lady of the Pine from across the Canary Islands. The 8th, a Gran Canaria bank holiday, sees many peregrinos arriving on foot from capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with lots saving on shoe leather by starting at the city’s limits in Tamaraceite.
Later in the month, there’s a veritable folk off in the Auditorio de Teror. With the VI Festival Los Medianeros de Gran Canaria. Featuring the musical talents of Fuerteventura’s Domingo “El Cuco” Umpiérrez, Gran Canaria’s Fabiola Trujillo, and Tenerife’s Melquiades Cruz.
In Guía, the Fiestas de Las Marias begins on Friday 15th with a performance from Agrupación Folklórica Estrella y Guía at the Teatro-Cine Hespérides from 8:30pm. Saturday 16th sees locals descend from the Montaña de Vergara with offerings of fruit on branches marching to a beat of drums and clacking seashells. The pilgrimage on Sunday 17th includes farm animals.
Over in Valleseco, the sultry sounds of LUNÁTI-K will resonate within the Auditorio de Valleseco on 22nd September. This Friday-night show sees the trio of singer Joana Cerpa, Alejandro Rebalderia on bass, and guitarist/drummer Hernán Comini promote their latest single, Otra Vez. The show starts at 8:00pm.
Finally, in northern Gran Canaria at least, Moya’s El Roque marks the start of The Long Walk on Friday 29th. This three-day fundraiser will see walkers cross the island from north to south. Scheduled arrival at the Maspalomas dunes is pre-sunset on Sunday 1st October.
2. Things to do on Gran Canaria in September 2017: south
Mogán‘s 28º Encuentro Veneguera is one of the island’s oldest musical festivals. The line-up this year includes master in rhyme Macaco, hard-hitting rapper El Chojin, and the lovers’ lava of Gran Canaria’s Ruts & La Isla Music. What’s more, this Saturday 23rd event is free to enter.
In Maspalomas, the biggest sporting event in September is the Canaragua Maspalomas Open Water. There’s still time to register for this swimming event on Saturday 16th. Alternatively, you can go along and watch entrants compete at the four different distances: 1,000m, 2,000m, 7,400m, and 27.1km.
Whilst in Agüimes, Arinaga’s Fiestas del Pino continue until Sunday 10th September. Friday 8th sees the third edition of Ventolera, “the place where the wind’s transformed into music” with sets from deep-house DJ Juliche Hernández and voice of the Spanish electronica zeitgeist, Lara Taylor. The last Saturday in September, this year the 23rd, sees the Traía del Gofio y Agua with a crowd of traditionally-dressed Canarians heading from the Molino de Ananías & Lolita to Agüimes central’s Plaza del Rosario where they’re sprinkled with gofio (toasted cornflour) and then doused in water.
3. Things to do on Gran Canaria in September 2017: east
Telde‘s Casa Museo de León y Castillo hosts its third Patios Encantados. With free open-air performances from up-and-coming Canarian singer-songwriters on most but not all Friday nights in September from 7:00pm. Ari Jiménez plays on the 15th, Rubén Rodríguez on the 22nd, and Jorge Santana completes the cycle on the 29th.
4. Things to do on Gran Canaria in September 2017: west and centre
The municipality of Artenara promotes itself as the Cumbre de la Naturaleza (Nature’s Summit). It’s a tagline which Alife Artenara have seized on. So they offer a combination of yoga, music, and nature with the three-day event from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th including cave-house accommodation costing 205€ for adults and 80€ for children.
It’s party season in La Aldea de San Nicolás with the Fiestas Patronales de San Nicolás de Tolentino. These festivities in honour of the municipality’s patron saint culminate in one of our favourite Gran Canaria celebrations, the Fiesta del Charco on Monday 11th September. What with the new tunnel from the north fully functional, expect in excess of 20,000 revellers trying to catch mullets (the fish rather than the hairstyle) within the confines of the port’s lagoon from 5:00pm.
The island’s Fabrica Fest 2017 has organized two events at Santa Brígida‘s Centro Cultural. First up, sexy saxophonist Antonio Lizana plays on Saturday 9th and then there’s Brazilian music at Brasileando 2.0 exactly two weeks later. Tickets cost 8€ and 5€ respectively.