Tenerife Carnival 2020 - Dates, Schedule & Theme

CARNAVAL DE TENERIFE 2020 Theme: The Coquette '50s

The voting for the theme of the 2020 carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was started on February 15th 2019, while that year's edition of the carnaval was still ongoing. The result of the voting was announced during the final weekend of that year's event.

The themes proposed for the 2020 edition were the following:

  • From ancient to modern Japan
  • Modern Art to Pop Art
  • Route 66
  • The coquette '50s
  • New York, the city that never sleeps
  • Urban Tribes
  • Cowboys and American Indians
  • Bella Italia

It seems that New York was a big favourite for 2020, but in the end the public voted for "The coquette '50s" as a theme for the carnival in Santa Cruz.

Tenerife Carnival 2020 Dates: 19 February - 1 March 2020

The carnival usually lasts for several weeks, but the first weeks are usually dedicated to indoor events and competition where the queen of the carnival is elected. The last part of the carnival is when the outdoor parties happen, the big parade and also the burning of the sardine.

MAIN EVENTS AT THE CARNIVAL IN SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE:

  • The big parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Burial of the Sardine - Entierro de la Sardina
  • Daytime carnival / Carnaval de Dia

PROVISIONAL CALENDAR OF THE TENERIFE CARNIVAL 2020

A final program of the carnival will be announced at a much later date, but the order of the events is usually the same every year. The most important events happen on the streets, when the big parties take place and the city center of Santa Cruz comes to life every day and night with music and dancing.  

Friday 24/01/2020
Inaugural Gala of the Carnival 2020
Time: 21:30 h


Thursday 30/01/2020
Phase I of Competition for Murgas Infantiles
Time: 19:00 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Friday 31/01/2020
Phase II of the Competition for Murgas Infantiles
Time: 19:00 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Saturday 01/02/2020
Phase III of the Competition for Murgas Infantiles
Time: 19:00 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Sunday 02/02/2020
Festival Coreográfico
Time: 17:00 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Monday 03/02/2020
Phase I of the Competition for Murgas Adultas
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Tuesday 04/02/2020
Phase II of the Competition for Murgas Adultas
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Wednesday 05/02/2020
Phase III of the Competition for Murgas Adultas
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Friday 07/02/2020
The final of the Competition for Murgas Adultas
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Saturday 08/02/2020
Musical Groups
Time: 20:00 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Sunday 09/02/2020
Gala for the Election of the Kids Queen
Time: 18:00 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Wednesday 12/02/2020
Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen
Time: 17:30 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Friday 14/02/2020
La Canción de la Risa
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Teatro Guimerá


Saturday 15/02/2020
Competition of Comparsas
Time: 20:00 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Sunday 16/02/2020
Festival de Rondallas and Costume Competition
Time: 11:00 and 17:00 h
Where: Auditorio de Tenerife and plaza de La Candelaria


Tuesday 18/02/2020
Concert of the Group Lírico Musical Los Fregolinos
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Teatro Guimerá


Wednesday 19/02/2020
Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen
Time: 21:30 h
Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos


Thursday 20/02/2020
Festival de La Zarzuela
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Teatro Guimerá


Friday 21/02/2020
Announcing Parade of the Carnival
Time: 20:00 h
Where: Avenida Bélgica


Saturday 22/02/2020
Ritmo and Armonía
Time: 21:00 h
Where: Avenida de Francisco La Roche


Sunday 23/02/2020
Concert of the Group Lírico Musical Los Fregolinos
Costume Competition


Carnaval de Día / Daytime Carnival
Actuación de la Afilarmónica Ni fú – Ni fá
Time: 11:00 h
Where: Plaza del Príncipe


Monday 24/02/2020
Carnival on thr streets of Santa Cruz


Tuesday 25/02/2020
Performance by Afilarmónica Ni fú – Ni fá
Time: 11:00 h
Agrupación Lírico Musical Los Fregolinos


Time: 11:00 h
Coso apoteosis - The parade of the carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Time: 16:00 h
Where: Avenidas de Francisco La Roche and Avenida Marítima


Wednesday 26/02/2020
Entierro de La Sardina / Burial of the Sardine
Time: 22:00 h
Where: Juan Pablo II


Thursday 27/02/2020
Festival de Rondallas
Time: 20:30 h
Where: Teatro Guimerá


Friday 28/02/2020
Kid's Parade
Time: 18:00 h
Where: Parque García Sanabria


Festival Galardonados.
Time:20:00 h
Where: Plaza de La Candelaria


Saturday de Piñata 29/02/2020
Carnaval de día
Time: 13:00 h
Where: Plaza del Príncipe, Plaza España and Plaza de la Candelaria.


Sunday de Piñata 01/03/2020
Performance by Afilarmónica Ni fú – Ni fá and La Zarzuela
Time: 11:00 h
Where: Plaza del Príncipe
End of the carnival and group parade. 18:30 h.

Fireworks at 21:00 h

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

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

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