The Canary Islands Music Festival is hosted around Tenerife and Gran Canaria each January and February. 2013 will be the 29th year of the festival. Ever since it began in 1985, it has been counted amongst Europe’s most impressive festivals of classical music. Although each year there is something different, audiences are guaranteed that the finest international orchestras and musicians will be in attendance.
The most important calendar dates in Tenerife (especially in Santa Cruz) are those on which a carnival falls. These usually occur in February and March, and consist of massive processions. Extravagant costumes are the order of the day, as well as street parties that can last for days at a time. February 2 is a bank holiday in Tenerife, as it is the feast day of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of Candelaria). Many celebrations in Tenerife do not fall on a fixed date, as they are based on religious or lunar calendars – such as Semana Santa and Pascua (Holy Week and Easter). Easter can fall in either March or April. Around Santa Cruz, La Orotava, La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz and Garachico you cannot travel very far during this time without coming across a celebration.