Tenerife Carnival 2020 - Dates, Schedule & Theme

Published on March 19, 2019
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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.

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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