The summer heat finally cools down during this month on Tenerife, leaving perfect temperatures as the seasons change. The sizzling summer music scene morphs into a gastro and music scene as a few events feature both. The fiesta scene eases off with the south of the island mainly holding any fiestas of note. Elsewhere, it’s all about food and there are some cracking culinary offerings to digest. As the month progresses, more and more Northern Europeans arrive and the personality in some of Tenerife’s resort areas changes to reflect this. Outside of the resorts, things go on much the same as they always do.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in October
Fiestas Patronales, Costa Adeje (4 to 19 Oct)
Tourists visiting the south of Tenerife don’t have to travel far to get a generous serving of tradition during October. The Fiestas de Patronales in Adeje include all the popular ingredients: Religious processions and parades, folklore concerts and beauty queen contests, exhibitions and sporting events. There will also be plenty of fireworks. The fiestas start on 4 October with a procession, a performance by popular folk group Son 21 and Factoria de Arte in Plaza España, a festival dedicated to the 50s and 60s, at 10pm.
Fiestas Mayores, Arona (till 7 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. A good day to visit would be Sunday 5 Oct when from 10am till late there is food, music, processions, live bands and an open air dance. The foam festival takes place on Saturday, 4 Oct. All the fun takes place in Arona town.
La Librea, Valle de Guerra (11pm, 13 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.
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in October
Whilst there is plenty of live music, concerts etc as always, ones that are a bit different than usual or involve big names are thin on the ground this month. However, there is always something interesting musically.
Keroxen 14, Santa Cruz (El Tanque Espacio Cultural, 24 Oct to 5 December, 8pm – 1.30am, entrance €50 for every festival or €10 each)
Music and art meet in one of the most unusual venues on Tenerife for a series of mini festivals every Friday night from 24 Oct till 5 December. Each features four to five bands/singers/performers from across Europe.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in October
Noche en Blanco, Puerto de la Cruz (11 Oct)
The third Noche en Blanco is another 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 loads of vino and tapas of course. There’s a fab programme this year.
Muestra Gastronómica, Puerto de la Cruz (1 to 25 Oct)
It’s all about food and traditions this month in Puerto de la Cruz with events taking place throughout October. Look out for the Romeria de los Esperanceros (4 Oct 5.30pm), the gastronomic route with a focus on fish and bananas (typical Puerto products) in 33 restaurants, and the wine exhibition in Plaza Europa between 8 and 24 October.
Cooking With Flowers, La Orotava (Museo de las Alfombras, 18 Oct, 8.30pm, €15)
As always, La Orotava has loads of interesting events taking place. One for the chefs out there is Cooking with Flowers, a gastronomic floral inspired showcase with Ayoze Quintero from the Hotel Escuela Hecansa.
Papas y Batatas de Anaga, Santa Cruz (25 Sep to 15 Oct)
Around 30 great restaurants in Santa Cruz are participating in this tapas route with a potato and sweet potato theme. There are some fab sounding tapas like cod and sweet potato balls and black pig taco with beer chutney and sweet potato ravioli.
D’Tapas, Isla Baja (Garachico, El Tanque, Los Silos and Buenavista del Norte till 12 Oct)
Eat, drink and be merry in Isla Baja is by following the D’Tapas route around one of Tenerife’s less well known areas. There are 26 restaurants participating and a tapa and a drink will set you back only €2.50 and you might even win a prize as well.
Tricontinental Artisan Fair, Playa de las Américas (till 5 Oct)
There’s still time to pick up handicrafts and food from three continents at this great artisan fair in the heart of Tenerife’s main southern resort area.
Sal 2, Santa Cruz (5 Oct)
With shopping, food, music and the arts, Sal 2 presents a top reason to visit Santa Cruz on the 5th when Tenerife’s bustling capital bustles even more energetically. From 11am.
Feboda, Santa Cruz (Recinto Ferial, 17 to 19 Oct, 10.30am – 8.30pm, entrance €4)
The event to go to for anyone planning to do a George Clooney/Amal Alamuddin. Tenerife’s annual wedding fair covers everything required to make that special day super… expensive.
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.
Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+