October is the month we tend to think of as the end of summer. This is when the seasons start to change on Tenerife. Temperatures are usually in the perfect and sunny mid 20s and, unless the rains come early (and there have been showers in north and south already this year), the weather is normally glorious wherever you are on the island. Even if the rain does come it’s usually only for brief periods so nothing to worry about. Fiesta wise, there are a few about, but nothing spectacular apart from maybe the Librea in Valle de Guerra. However, there are loads of interesting things going on in Tenerife in October with food, shopping, music and… err… clowns being the theme of the month.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in October
Fiestas Patronales, Costa Adeje (4 to 20 Oct)
Tourists don’t have to travel far to get a generous serving of Tenerife tradition this month. The Fiestas de Patronales in Adeje include all the popular ingredients: Religious processions and parades, folklore concerts and beauty queen contests, exhibitions, sporting events, a classic VW car exhibition and concerts including a timple concert (4 Oct, 8.30pm, €6). There will, of course, be plenty of fireworks. Saturday 12th looks to be one of the most interesting days with loads of events but click here for the full agenda.
Fiestas Mayores, Arona (till 8 Oct)
More southern fun and fiestas in Arona where the Fiestas Mayores include more religious processions and beauty queen contests as well as open air dances and a foam party (5 Oct; 11am to 2pm). All the fun takes place in Arona town.
La Librea, Valle de Guerra (11pm, 12 Oct)
For a truly different fiesta off the beaten tourist trail, La Librea in Valle de Guerra is one of Tenerife’s more curious celebrations. It involves the re-enactment of a battle between Christians and Turks that took place in 1571 in Lepanto. Boats sailing down the street is always one of those sights that makes you wonder if your combinado has been spiked. Over 200 townspeople and professional actors turn the streets into a surreal battle zone for the night, accompanied by music to lend it even more dramatic effect. This year promises to be a bit different as there might be a bit of interaction with the watching crowds… whatever that means.
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in October
Suzanne Vega, Espacio Cultural Caja Canarias, Santa Cruz (11 Oct, 8pm, €10)
Ever wondered what happened to Suzanne Vega of ‘Luka’ and ‘Tom’s Diner’ fame? You can find out this month in Santa Cruz when she performs there as part of her latest world tour. You can pick up tickets here.
Così Fan Tutti, Tenerife Auditorium, Santa Cruz (24 to 27 Oct, tickets from €15)
Opera buffs have a slice of Mozart and some girlfriend swapping shenanigans to look forward to at the end of the month with his famous comic opera, Così Fan Tutti at the wonderful Auditorium.
Pulpitos Rock Festival, Puerto de la Cruz (3 to 5 Oct, various venues)
Fancy a rocking good time? The Pulpitos Rock Festival in Puerto de la Cruz takes place mainly in bars that aren’t frequented by most tourists (Sheriff, As de Kopas, the Twelve Bar and Syberia Rock Pub) as well as in the Timanfaya Theatre (the only venue where tickets are needed).
Sterio Rock Festival, Teatro Guimerá, Santa Cruz (3 Oct 9 pm, €3)
The names might not be familiar – Maldito Zurdo, Mimética, McClane, Pink Tacos – but for only €3 entry, it’s definitely worth a look.
Aires de Cuba, Teatro Guimerá, Santa Cruz (3 Oct, 9 pm, €10)
Fancy a bit of a Cuban vibe? Teatro Guimerá delivers on that as well with Jose Manuel Ramos, Jesabel, Latin Salsa bailadores and Moise González bringing a taste of Habana to the island.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in October
Noche en Blanco, Puerto de la Cruz (12 Oct)
El Puerto’s Noche en Blanco is a great night with live music and food stalls all over the town adding a real buzz to the weekend. There’s a lot of goodies to buy as well but the real pleasure is in just strolling about just soaking up the atmosphere, with a bit of vino and tapas of course.
Gran Guiso de Papas, Piñas and Costillas, La Orotava (Recinto Ferial de Pinolere from midday, 12 Oct)
Not only to you get to tuck into serious local fare of potatoes, sweetcorn and ribs you get to do it for next to nothing (€3 for a plate and €1 for a drink) and it’s all for a good cause (cerebral palsy). There’ll also be music and bouncy castles (isn’t there always?)
D’Tapas, Isla Baja (Garachico, El Tanque, Los Silos and Buenavista del Norte till 13 Oct)
A great way to get to know Isla Baja is to follow this tapas route around one of Tenerife’s less well known areas. There are 27 restaurants participating and a tapa and a drink will set you back only €2.50. Click here for a full list of restaurants.
Sal 2, Santa Cruz (6 Oct)
With shopping, food, music and the arts, Sal 2 presents a top reason to visit Santa Cruz on the 6th when Tenerife’s bustling capital bustles a little bit more energetically.
Clownbaret, International Clown Festival, Santa Cruz (25 to 27 Oct)
This could be some people’s worst nightmare, but it’s actually a lot of fun. I’m not a big fan of people with red noses (Sir Alex Ferguson is an exception) but I’ve really enjoyed the silliness of this one in the past. Just wander around the city and enjoy the freaky fun.
Whilst these are our pick of the most interesting events on Tenerife, there is an overwhelming amount of interesting activities on Tenerife each month. Cultural Centres are excellent places to find out what’s happening wherever you are on Tenerife.