Tenerife Carnival 2019 - Schedule of Events & Program

The dates for the 2019 Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife have been announced, so you can already plan your holiday accordingly if you want to participate in the event.

Read all there is to know about the new 2020 edition of the Tenerife Carnival!

The theme for the carnival will be chosen at a later date, usually after a popular vote on the internet from a series of proposed themes.

Tenerife Carnival 2019 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019 Dates: 27 February - 10 March

Theme for the 2019 carnival: Las profundidades marinas - The Deep Sea

The theme was chosen as usually by popular vote online and over 11 000 people have participated in the vote. The other proposed options were: The fun & modern Japan, El Infierno, The flirty 50s, New York - the city that never sleeps, Africa savanna, Old West and Exotic Thailand. 

The poster for the 2019 Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been chosen through popular vote online.

The winner of the competition for the poster is a designer from Tenerife: José Luis Trujillo González, with its creation titled Encarnación del Carnaval Marino.

MAIN EVENTS:

  • 5 March 2019 - The big parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • 6 March 2019 - Burial of the Sardine - Entierro de la Sardina
  • 9 March 2019 - Daytime carnival

SCHEDULE FOR MAIN EVENTS (please see detailed schedule below)

Tuesday, March 5th  

  • 4 p.m. - THE BIG PARADE IN SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE starts at 16:00
  • Location: Avda.Francisco La Roche and Avenida Maritima

Wednesday, March 6th

  • 10:30 p.m. BURIAL OF THE SARDINE (Entierro de la Sardina)
  • Location: Leaves from Calle Juan Pablo II towards Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás and La Marina and it ends in Plaza de Espana
  • Burning of the sardine on Avenida Francisco La Roche.

Saturday, March 9th

Carnaval de dia / Daytime carnival

  • 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Performances all scenarios
  • 9 p.m. Dances and performances in Plaza Príncipe, Plaza Candelaria and avenida Francisco La Roche

Program and schedule for the 2019 Carnival in Tenerife

Friday, February 1st:

  • Inauguration of the Carnival 2019

Thursday, February 7th

  • Concurso de Murgas Infantiles
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Friday, February 8th

  • Concurso de Murgas Infantiles
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Saturday, February 9th

  • Concurso de Murgas Infantiles
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Sunday, February 10th

  • Coreographic festival
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Monday February 11th 

  • Concurso de Murgas
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Tuesday, February 12th 

  • Concurso de Murgas
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Wednesday, February 13th

  • Concurso de Murgas
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Friday, February 15th

  • Final of Concurso de Murgas Adultas
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Saturday, February 16th

  • Musical groups
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Sunday, February 17th

  • Election of the Queen (Children competition)
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Wednesday, February 20th

  • Elección de la Reina y Festival de Agrupaciones de Los Mayores
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Saturday, February 23th

  • Comparsas
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Sunday, February 23th

  • Costume Contest
  • Location: Recinto Ferial

Friday, March 1st

  • Cabalgada Anunciadora - Inaugural parade
  • Location: Plaza de la Republica Dominicana

Saturday, March 2nd

  • Ritmo y Armonia
  • Location: Avenida Francisco La Roche

Sunday, March 3rd

  • Nifú-Nifá – Fregolinos
  • Location: Plaza del Principe
  • Carnaval de Dia - Daytime Carnival

Monday, March 4th

  • LUNES DE CARNAVAL / Carnival Monday

Tuesday, March 5th

  • 11:00 a.m. Performance of the Philharmonic Ni fú - Ni fá in Plaza del Príncipe
  • 12:00 p.m. Performance of the Group Los Fregolinos in Plaza del Príncipe
  • 4 p.m. - THE BIG PARADE IN SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE (Carnival Tuesday / Martes de Carnaval) - COSO de Carnaval starts at 16:00
  • Location: Avda.Francisco La Roche and Avenida Maritima

Wednesday, March 6th

  • BURIAL OF THE SARDINE (Entierro de la Sardina)
  • Location: Leaves from Calle Juan Pablo II towards Méndez Núñez, El Pilar, Villalba Hervás and La Marina and it ends in Plaza de Espana
  • Burning of the sardine on Avenida Francisco La Roche.
  • 10:30 p.m. Dancing and music in Plaza de Principe 

Friday, March 8th

  • Coso Infantil
  • Location: Garcia Sanabria Park
  • Festival Galardonados
  • Location: Plaza Candelaria

Sarturday, March 9th

  • Carnaval de dia / Daytime carnival
  • From 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Performances all scenarios
  • From 9 p.m. Dances and performances of great orchestras in Plaza Príncipe, Plaza Candelaria and avenida Francisco La Roche

Sunday, March 10th

  • Nifú-Nifá La Zarzuela in Plaza del Príncipe
  • End of the Carnival at Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero
  • Fireworks

You can also look at the PDF schedule of the carnival (available in Spanish).

Tickets for the Election of the Queen Gala 2019 in Santa Cruz

The authorities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife have announced that the tickets for the contests and galas during the Carnival will be up for sale online starting January 22nd.

The tickets will be sold on the website www.ticketea.com

If you plan to go, the best night is Wednesday, February 27th, during the Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen 2019.

Tickets for the gala will cost 10€ for general area and 15€ for the special area.

Coming to island for the big Carnival and wondering how the weather will be?

Read more about Tenerife in March, including info about temperatures and what clothes you should bring with you.

Other towns besides Santa Cruz will also celebrate their own carnivals, usually after the big celebration in the capital is over. Depending on where you are staying on the island you may want to go celebrate at the carnival in Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes or Garachico.

The carnival in Puerto de la Cruz is the second largest on the island and will take place almost in the same period as the one in Santa Cruz.

Find the best place to stay in Tenerife when planning your holiday during the carnival. There are lots of nice Airbnbs in Santa Cruz if you want to be there for just a few days while the big events are taking place. Use our Airbnb code when you create you new account and you will get a 34 discount to use for your first booking.

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