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Join in the Arrecife Carnival 2019

Our recommendations of what to do

The capital of Lanzarote is set to come alive for the next two weeks with the annual Arrecife Carnival. This event kicks off the island’s carnival season and runs from February 22 to March 9. It’s a great way for guests to experience a grand parade and a night of fiesta along side island’s residents.

Arrecife carnival is dedicated to artist and architect Cesar Manrique who had such a huge influence on the island. This year, Lanzarote is celebrating as 2019 marks 100 years since his birth. The images on the carnival poster represent a mask created by Manrique in 1987.

There are several events organised for the Arrecife Carnival with a programme of events for all audiences. Carnaval Porteño, Piñata Saturday and Tapas Fair, Orishas concert, the rhythm of Mikel Erentxu and the street theatre of Israel Reyes. The main parade takes place on Monday, March 4.

Here are our top events at Arrecife Carnival 2019

Saturday, February 23

Traditional carnival parade with giants and bigheads from Las Cuatro Esquinas to the church square.

Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27

Adult street bands competition at the fairground.

Thursday, February 28

Gala for the election of the Drag Queen of Carnival 2019 at the fairground.

Friday, March 1

Grand final of the adult street bands competition.

Saturday, March 2

Parade of the Comparsas and Batucadas from the beach El Reducto to the Jose Ramirez Cerda Park.
Porteno Carnival and Tapas Fair.
Masked ball for adults in the Centro Civico in Arrecife.

Monday, March 4

The Great Parade of floats, street bans, comparsas, batucadas, traditional groups and mascaritas from the Sports City to the fairground.

Tuesday, March 5

Children’ little carnival.

Wednesday, March 6

Entierro de la Sardina starting from the town hall to the Maritime Park with street bands, floats and mascaritas doloridas and ending with the Grand Burning of the Sardine from Carnival 2019.

Saturday, March 9

Piñata Saturday and tapas fair in the Park.

You can find a full listing of Arrecife carnival events including times here. Owners and guests staying at Club Las Calas can pop into reception or The Hub for further details, advice and travel information to and from Arrecife.

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