Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2020 - Dates and Schedule

Poster for the carnival in Las Palmas / Photo source:

Gran Canaria has announced the dates and more details regarding the carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, including the theme and the official poster for this year's edition of the event. A dreamy and magical atmosphere awaits you at the 2020 edition of the carnival in Las Palmas. 

UPDATE - February 25th, 2020

The Carnival in Las Palmas has rescheduled most of the acts canceled due to the calima

On Monday, February 24, at 9:00 p.m., the Santa Catalina Park will host the eight candidates of the Drag preselection who could not act last Saturday.

The Drag Queen gala will be held on Friday, February 28, at 9:00 p.m.

The event for the children's murgas will be held this Wednesday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m., on the stage of Santa Catalina.

The children's parade will depart on Sunday, March 1 from Mesa and López towards the Mercado del Puerto at 5:00 p.m.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2020 Dates: February 7th - March 1st, 2020

The theme for the 2020 event revolves around fairy tales, fables and legends, which will bring a magical atmosphere to Las Palmas.

2020 Carnival Theme in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Once Upon A Time...

So "once upon a time", at the 2020 edition of the carnival, the participants are encouraged to dress in their most fairytale-like costume, inspired by mythical stories and tales from all over the world.

Hansel González is the author of the poster for the carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2020.

Schedule and main events for the carnival in Las Palmas 2020 

  • 12 February: Adult Costume Competition - at 21:00 h
  • 15 February: Vegueta Carnival
  • 16 February: Canine Carnival at 12:00 h and Kid's Gala at 19:00 h
  • 21 February: Queen Gala at 21:00 h 
  • 22 February: Daytime Carnival in Triana at 12:00 h; Carnival in the Sun at 17:00h; Drag Queen Preselection at 21:00h
  • 23 February: Children's parade at 17:00h
  • 24 February: Traditional Carnival at 19:00 h and Drag Queen Gala at 21:00
  • 25 February: Carnival Tuesday. Daytime Carnival in Santa Catalina at 12:00 h
  • 27 February: The Social Integration Gala at 19:00 h
  • 28 February: Body Makeup Contest at 21:00 h
  • 29 February: Big Carnival Parade in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at 18:00 h, followed by Carnival Night
  • 1 March: The Burial of the Sardine at 19:00 h at the stage in Santa Catalina Park

Regarding the daytime carnivals, the traditional carnival and the carnival in the sun will be celebrated as follows: carnival by day in Vegueta, on Saturday, February 15th; daytime carnival in Santa Catalina on Sunday, February 16th; family carnival in Triana and carnival in the sun, both on Saturday, February 22nd; family day carnival on Sunday, February 23rd; traditional carnival on Monday, February 24th and daytime carnival in Santa Catalina, on Tuesday, February 25th.

On Sunday, March 1st, the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will say goodbye to the 2020 Carnival with the traditional burial of the sardine and the subsequent fireworks show.

See the PDF with the full schedule of the carnival in Las Palmas

JUANES - Confirmed for the 2020 Carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

  • Date: February 25th - Carnival Tuesday, at 18:00h (6 PM)
  • Place: Parque Santa Catalina, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Colombian artist Juanes has confirmed his presence at the most important party in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Martes de Carnaval or Carnival Tuesday, which will take place on February 25th. The show performed by Juanes will start at 18:00h, on the stage in Parque Santa Catalina in the capital of Gran Canaria. 

The Carnival is the largest winter event in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as it's happening 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 (which in 2019 has celebrated its tenth edition, and which has enjoyed great popular acceptance and a notorious presence of tourists), its horseback riding, its children's carnival and the daytime carnival in the surroundings of Santa Catalina or the historic center of Vegueta.

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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 to 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.

Useful info: Gran Canaria Weather in February

If you're on the island during the carnival season, you can also read more about Gran Canaria Carnivals 2020 - a page where we gather info about all the island's carnivals.

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