Although you wouldn’t really notice it temperature wise, the summer starts to draw to a close during September, so that means there’s a lot of fiestas, music festivals and outdoor fun to get in before autumn arrives. In many ways September is the perfect month on Tenerife. It’s still hot but not oppressively so like August and there usually isn’t as many calimas, leaving views of the island’s most picturesque spots crystal clear instead of hazy. It’s a month for long, lazy days spent exploring what’s happening outdoors… and there’s a lot to enjoy.
The best fiestas on Tenerife in September.
Santísimo Cristo – La Laguna
The Unesco World Heritage Site of La Laguna holds a month-long party this month which includes the usual suspects – processions, firework displays, election of fiesta queens, music festivals and outdoor dances etc. Being the former capital and one of the most populated areas on Tenerife it’s all done on a bigger scale than most other places. Exactly what is happening and when is still hazy as the programme of events won’t be announced until tomorrow.
Santísimo Cristo de los Dolores – Tacoronte
Another northern town and another month-long fiesta. Bustling Tacoronte has more of the same as La Laguna as well as having an exhibition by tortured local artist Óscar Dominguez into the bargain. Whatever day you visit, there’s something going on but the juicy stuff is generally at the weekends
Fiestas Patronales – Tegueste
And yet another northern community with a great fiesta that lasts all month. Landlocked Tegueste holds its fiestas in honour of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. The Batella de Flores on Monday 10th (7pm) sounds good, but then on other days there you might find boats on the streets, giants or tropical fish. Tegueste is a lovely little town worth visiting whether there’s a fiesta or not.
Music Festivals on Tenerife
There’s lots of diversity musically this month on Tenerife.
Summer Jam (Siam Park, Costa Adeje; 9 September)
Siam Park’s gaining more and more of a reputation as THE venue for thumping DJ fests. This time it’s U.S of A’s showman Steve Aoki, Oz’s Tommy Trash, Real el Canario and a load more adding a hi-octane soundtrack to the thrill-seekers’ paradise for 9 hours of music at the Summer Jam. Tickets are from €25
La Traviata (Auditorio de Tenerife, 25,27 & 29 September)
Verdi’s tragi-love story brings its Parisian setting to Tenerife to offer opera fans an alternative to rock, traditional and Disney. Tickets start from €15.
Raices (La Laguna, 15 September)
Raices sounds like an interesting combination with three bands performing sounds that range from traditional Canarian with timple and silbo to Senegalese. Starts at 8pm.
Disney Live – The Magic of Mickey (Pabellón Santiago Martin, La Laguna, 26-30 September)
Disney’s overgrown mouse, aided and abetted by Minnie, Donald and Goofy, brings a little sparkle to the urban surroundings of the Pabellón with his live show featuring the magic from Disney’s most popular classics. Tickets can be purchased via El Cortes Inglés.
Alternative Events to Perk Up the Interest on Tenerife
Tegueste again but this time for a Tenerife food and wine experience. The municipality celebrates its relationship with the grape this month with a series of events held in the town and in participating restaurants.
With show-cooking, food fairs and tapas events around Adeje in September, there’s a lot of delicious food goodies to tempt visitors away from the beaches.
Feria del Pan Artesanal y Bollería Canaria – El Médano (15 September, 10am to 6pm)
El Médano is a weightwatcher’s nightmare on the 15th with a bread and pastry fair. Maybe if I don’t have any butter with the bread it won’t be as bad.