Autumn brings a slight change in weather with temperatures dropping a couple of degrees… to a level that would still have most destinations green with envy. In the north, the fiesta-go-round slows down, leaving southern parts to take the traditional spotlight for a change.
Shopping, food and art seem to be the big themes in October with some ferias (trade fairs) combining all three. Adeje is a good place to be this month to enjoy a mixed bag of traditional and contemporary events. But, as is so often the case, the capital Santa Cruz probably has the most interesting range of events on Tenerife this month.
The best fiestas on Tenerife in October.
Santísimo Cristo de la Salud – Arona
Tenerife’s southern tourists don’t have to travel far to taste some rich local culture this month with the Fiestas in honour of Santisimo Cristo de la Salud in the town of Arona in the hills above Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. There are events until 9 September but Saturday (6th) and Sunday (7th) with traditional music and games, processions, food and open air dances are probably the best days to visit.
Fiestas Patronales – Adeje
Another southern town holds its main fiestas in October. Adeje’s last from 12 to 21 October with the weekends, unsurprisingly, enjoying the juiciest events: Oktoberfest Beer Festival in Costa Adeje from 1pm on the 12th with a procession and a Grand Gala in the town of Adeje later the same day; Ocean Fest in the municipal football stadium in Costa Adeje on the 13th whilst Adeje town goes more traditional with a parade of carts on the same evening. The following weekend sees a rally and a folklore concert on the 20th and a romería from 1pm in Adeje on the 20st.
Music Festivals on Tenerife
Ocean Festival (Municipal Football Stadium, Costa Adeje; 13 October; from 2pm)
Summer’s over but the music fests keep on coming in Costa Adeje. The Ocean Festival last for 12 hours and features 12 artists including Miss Nine, Cristian Varela, YVESV, DJ Chus and UNER (these are the guys and gals on the poster so presumably their names mean something to somebody out there). Tickets are from €15 which includes a drink.
Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (Convento San Francisco, 5 October, 8.30pm)
Swap the tribute acts in Costa Adeje for something a bit more classic courtesy of Tenerife’s Symphony Orchestra. Entrance is completely free.
Fito and Fitipaldis (Tenerife Auditorium, 5th October, 9pm)
Anyone who wants to become acquainted with the Spanish music scene should check out top Spanish group Fito and Fitipaldis at the Tenerife Auditorium for some Iberian rock, jazz and swing. Tickets start from €26.50 (told you they were a top group).
Alternative Events to Perk Up the Interest on Tenerife
Expressarte (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 20 and 21 October, midday to 10pm)
It might seem a bit like Fame in the capital this month as young dancers, singers, actors and artists take to the streets to… well, express themselves.
Sal2 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 6 October, 10am to 10pm)
Santa Cruz is a shoppers paradise on the 6th when the capital is transformed into a huge outdoor market. The tapas carousel in Plaza Príncipe sounds tasty as well.
Tri-Continental Artisan Fair (Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 6 to 14 October, 4 to 9pm weekdays, 11am to 9pm at weekend)
Talented craftspeople from Africa, Europe and South America bring their goodies to the capital this month giving us an opportunity to pick up some truly unique and early (I’m not going to say it in October) you-know-what presents.
Oktoberfest (Costa Adeje)
Costa Adeje takes on a Bavarian flair from 12th to 21st October at the Oktoberfest beer festival in front of the Miraverde. The beer flows and the oompah music blows from 5pm to midnight Monday to Friday and from 11am to 3am at weekends. Entrance to the beer festival is free and drinks and food start from €2.90.
Banana and Fish Gastronomic Fair (Puerto de la Cruz, 1st to 24th October)
It’s all about two of Tenerife’s classic ingredients this month in Puerto de la Cruz; banana and fish. Here are various exhibitions and examples of show cooking in the town as well as the popular fishermen’s romería from Peñon del Fraile towards the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia. Thirty Three local restaurants are participating in the fair but what that actually means, who knows as the publicity material doesn’t say.
Festival of Young Art in the Street (La Orotava, 28 October, from 10am)
Tenerife classiest town becomes Tenerife’s most bohemian town this month when young artists add a modernistic touch to the historic streets. La Orotava also potentially boasts the most colourful event this month with the Patchwork Fair at the Casa de la Cultura San Agustín between the 4th and the 7th.
Carrera de la Sortija (Camino de las Triciadas, La Laguna, 6 October, 4pm)
A curio this month is the sortija in La Laguna. The sortija is a competition where horsemen have to grab at tiny rings suspended from a bar whilst riding at speed. It’s a traditional sport that’s also practised in some countries in South America.