Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2024: Dates & Events

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Don't miss the largest carnival in Gran Canaria

The 2024 carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will be celebrated under the theme "Los Carnavales del Mundo" (Carnivals of the world), and it promises to bring back the nights of passionate fun and dancing on the streets of Las Palmas.

The carnival in Gran Canaria's capital is usually a great time to visit the city, as it becomes vibrant and full of color, during the many days and nights when the carnival is celebrated.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2024 dates: 26 January - 18 February 2024

The theme for the 2024 edition was already announced and it's "Los Carnavales del Mundo" (Carnivals of the World).

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2024 Poster, created by Fernando Saavedra Roca

Schedule and events during the 2024 carnival in Las Palmas

What's the carnival usually like in Las Palmas?

In this article, we will present the carnival the way it's usually celebrated, as a multiple-day event that is celebrated on the streets with large crowds and parties. 

See the usual schedule, what sort of events are part of the carnival and what you can expect from future editions.

These dates are provisional, based on the past editions, but this page will be updated with the official schedule for Las Palmas Carnival 2024 as soon as the local authorities will announce it. 

The Drag Queen Gala will celebrate its twenty-sixth edition in 2024  and will take place on February 16th.

The big Carnival parade in Las Palmas will take place on Saturday, February 17th, from La Isleta towards Triana. On Sunday the 18th, the Daytime Carnival and the Burial of the Sardine will turn off the lights of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival.

Main events for the carnival in Las Palmas

  • Adult Costume Competition 
  • Vegueta Carnival
  • Canine Carnival and Kid's Gala 
  • Queen Gala
  • Daytime Carnival in Triana
  • Children's parade 
  • Traditional Carnival and Drag Queen Gala
  • Carnival Tuesday. Daytime Carnival in Santa Catalina
  • The Social Integration Gala
  • Body Makeup Contest
  • Big Carnival Parade in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, followed by Carnival Night
  • The Burial of the Sardine

Regarding the daytime carnivals, the traditional carnival and the carnival in the sun are usually celebrated as follows: carnival by day in Vegueta, on Saturday, daytime carnival in Santa Catalina on Sunday; family carnival in Triana and carnival in the sun, both next Saturday; family day carnival on next Sunday; traditional carnival on Monday and daytime carnival in Santa Catalina, on Tuesday.

On the last Sunday, the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria usually says goodbye to the Carnival with the traditional burial of the sardine and the subsequent fireworks show. 

The Carnival is usually the largest winter event in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as it's normally celebrated during the tourist high season. 

More than forty acts make up an extensive program of three weeks of celebrations, some of the most important being: the Drag Queen Gala and its Pre-selection (one of the most followed events worldwide), the Queen's Gala, the murgas contests, comparsas, corporal makeup or costumes, the Canine Carnival, its horseback riding, its children's carnival and the daytime carnival in the surroundings of Santa Catalina or the historic center of Vegueta.

Where to stay in Las Palmas during the carnival

The Santa Catalina Park, between the Cruise Ship Pier and Las Canteras Beach, is the nerve center of the main acts of the program, which take place in a large outdoor setting exclusively for the occasion, set in the allegory chosen for every edition. This scenario is in itself one of the main attractions of a party that gathers more than half a million people each year in its celebrations.

If you're on the island during the carnival season, you can also read more about Gran Canaria Carnivals - a page where we gather info about all the island's carnivals.

FAQ about Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival

When is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2024?

The 2024 edition of the carnival in Las Palmas will be celebrated between January 26 and February 18.

What is the theme of the carnival in Las Palmas in 2024?

In 2024, the theme for Las Palmas Carnival will be Carnavales del Mundo (EN: Carnivals of the World)

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