Best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017

The very best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017. This month nearly always means its carnival and party time, but this year we're going to have to wait until the very last days of the month for the Carnival. We'll list the events which are easy to access for everyone on the island. Of course, there are lots of contests that require tickets, and you can find out more details about those at

Other activities and things to do in Tenerife

But as well as one of the best-known winter festivals in the world, Tenerife has a lot more to offer: exhibitions, concerts, children's events, sporting attractions, etc. If you want to have fun here you definitely will …  Of course, if you think that something is missing (or we’ve made a mistake with the dates), please let us know by leaving a comment.

And last but not least, one of the biggest advantages of Tenerife is that throughout the year the range of activities that can be tried is very broad, so we've chosen some of our regulars.

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2017: Traditional festivals

2nd February – the culminating moment in the celebration of the Virgen de Candelaria (patron saint of the Canary Islands) is the Las Candelas Procession, which takes place the night before the Day of La Candelaria (1st February). All of the lights in the town of Candelaria are turned off and the parishioners light candles to say the rosary with total devotion while processing. One of the best festivities and things to do in Tenerife in February 2017.

22nd February to 5th March – this year the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival will be inspired by ‘the 80s’. This is a festival which has been declared of international interest to tourists in which thousands of people take to the streets to enjoy the party, the rhythm, the joy and the good mood. You can click this link to see all of the events which you can try at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2017.

22nd February - the Carnival Queen Election Gala will take place at 9:30pm. If you can’t get to the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos, you can see it on television or on the internet as it will be broadcasted so no-one in the world has to miss out.

24th February - the Carnival’s opening parade will take place, where you will be able to feel the people’s joy on the streets of Santa Cruz. The best thing is that in the Plaza del Príncipe and the Plaza de la Candelaria you will be able to start carnival dancing. The opening parade is, without a question, one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017.

25th February - Rhythm and Harmony in the streets of Santa Cruz. If you hadn't planned to go to any contests, you can see the winners of each category in the parades on the Saturday afternoon.

26th February - if you have children or don’t like going out at night, there is no excuse for not having fun at the Carnival, as the Day Carnival in Santa Cruz is your opportunity to listen to the unmistakable sound of drums from Bloko del Valle.

28th February - Carnival Tuesday and the finale of the parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You can position yourself on one side of the Avenida Marítima and see the troupes, street musicians, people in fancy dress, the Carnival Queen and other candidates, etc. Rarely will you see something so colourful as this event in Santa Cruz. One of the top things to do in Tenerife in February 2017 during carnival.

28th February - Carnival Tuesday is celebrated in other towns on the island. For example, in La Orotava that morning there will be a large, nostalgic vintage car race, and in the afternoon the locals go out dancing in the streets. This is the perfect option for those who want something a bit smaller but still want an authentic, fun experience.

30th November 2016 to 23rd March 2017 - every Wednesday and Thursday the Canarias Folk Fest will be held in the Plaza de la Pescadora in Los Cristianos. This is the perfect opportunity to see traditional Canary Island dancing from 4pm to 8pm, as well as visit a food and handicrafts market.

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2017 - Concerts and musical events

28th February to 2nd March - VIII Arona International Music Festival. The concerts will take place at the Infanta Leonor Auditorium in Los Cristianos at 8pm. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of concerts and workshops taught by guest musicians that will delight both fans and music professionals alike. For more information and the prices of the different courses go to 

3rd February - Sidecars concert at the Espacio cultural de CajaCanarias at 8pm. Admission costs €12.

4th February - "Concert by the Tenerife Symphonic Band" at the Teatro Guimerá at 8:30pm.

4th February - "In homage to Whitney Houston", Nivia will perform 10 of the singer's greatest hits at the Auditorio Teobaldo Power at 9pm.

7th January to 4th February - XXXII Canary Islands Music Festival at the auditorio Adán Martin, with performances in more than 50 different settings from across the archipelago. They always start after 8pm.

9th February - GUINEO presents their second album "Sobre la marea" in concert at the Espacio Guimerá Música at 9pm. General admission costs €5.

11th February - Children of the 80s at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife from 6pm to midnight. General admission €18.

12th February - Jorge Drexler will give a unique concert called "Gira Guitarra y Vos" at the Teatro Guimerá at 8pm. Prices range between €20 and €25.

16th February - "ST FUSION" is a performance by four diverse, free-spirited musicians at the Espacio Guimerá Música at 9pm. The admission price is €5.

18th February - "Viva Belgrado" presents its Ulysses Tour in Tenerife at the Espacio Cultural Aguere in La Laguna at 9pm. Entry fee €10. Definitely not something to be missed.

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2017 - Exhibitions, shows and other events

2nd February - "Incendios" is sure to move you with the performance of the talented actress Nuria Espert. A unique performance at the Teatro Guimerá at 8:30pm.

2nd February - "Contado pierde" is a comedy performance from Aarón Gómez and Kike Peréz at the Sala Teobaldo Power in La Orotava at 9pm.

16th December 2016 to 3rd February 2017 - a photographic exhibition called "Vacíos del agua" by the Canary Island artist Sergio Acosta at the Sala Bibli in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

27th January to 4th February - MiradasDoc in Guía de Isora. This is an international festival of documentary film-making with a preference for documentary films with social themes and those produced or filmed in developing countries and the third world. It is a festival, market and training programme with its own events related to cinéma vérité, and for that one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017.

4th February - La Vida es Sueño y Circo tells the story of Segismundo's life transferred to the circus, where a very real comparison is made with what life is really like. At the espacio Cultural La Pirámide in El Sauzal at 6pm.

5th February - At "Mister Global Spain" the winner will be chosen from all the various representatives of each autonomous region, at the Teatro Guimerá at 7pm.

10th and 17th February - "AND WHO ARE YOU?" is a love affair between four people who realise their most daring desires by means of a mobile phone. At the Aguere Espacio Cultural in La Laguna at 8:30pm. General admission costs €8.

11th February - "SolaMente", presented by Aarón Gómez at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna at 7pm and 9pm. Admission is €10.

29th November 2016 to 11th February 2017 - An exhibition entitled "Space and man" by the Canarian artist Pedro González. You can see it at the Espacio cultural CajaCanarias in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

12th February - Erika de la Vega's "You don't know who I am" is a humorous show in which this Venezuelan presenter will have us howling with laughter at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna at 7pm. Tickets will be from €23.

17th February - "La charca inútil" by Platónica Teatro, where a teacher in crisis starts to give private lessons to a student with a unique mother. At the Teatro Leal at 9pm. Tickets from €8.

18th February - Darío López keeps us entertained for a while with his unique sense of humour in Echadito Palante. The show, in our list of best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017, will be held at the Teatro Leal at 7pm, and tickets are from €8.

3rd December 2016 to 5th March 2017 - Tribute is paid to Cervantes at the old San Francisco Convent in Icod de los Vinos in "Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, ambassador of Spain".

9th December 2016 to 12th March 2017 - "Crisis? What Crisis?" is an exhibition in which several artists display their artistic view of the last decade at the TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

9th November 2016 to 19th March 2017 - The TEA in Santa Cruz hosts Amparo Sard’s exhibition, “Luz. La sombra del tiempo” (Light. The Shadow of Time). Come and see the sinister and scary and its transformation into something beautiful!

14th October 2016 to 23rd April 2017 - “Trazo cervantino. Una visión de ‘El Quijote’ en el CEDOCAM” The Canary Islands and America Documentation Centre (CEDOCAM) dedicates this exhibition to the figure of Cervantes on the fourth centenary of his death.

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2017 - Sporting and themed events

Last year we didn't find too many sporting activities for the month of February, and this year there aren't many, but the good news is that there is an interesting offering for enjoying the island in a very active way.

12th February - III Arico Trail. There are three different options: 10km, 21km and the 8km Canicross.

18th February - Vuelta al Teide, one the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017. This interesting trial is not competitive - the prize without a doubt has to be the trial itself and the setting where it takes place. Registration is €30 for the two possible distances: 99 kilometres and 143 kilometres.

25th February - VII Carrera Nocturna Ciudad de La Laguna (Night Race). Registration is from €8 for the 5km and 10km categories.

25th February - II Carrera Nocturna Parkinson (Parkinson’s Night Race) in Buena Vista del Norte. Registration is from €5 for children and €10 for adults in the 3km and 7km categories.

Other activities and things to do in Tenerife in February 2017

The advantage of Tenerife is that in the south of the island almost 95% of the year is sunny and the ambient temperature is very pleasant. We therefore invite you to spend the day at Siam Park, where adults and teenagers will be able to enjoy their winter holidays with a summery injection of toboggans and water. Spend the day at Siam Park is one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017, but also in the other months of the year.

Another place in Tenerife where there is almost always good weather throughout the year is the Parque Marítimo, so making the most of so many Carnival-related activities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife you could go for a quick dip between festivals.

With Anaga Experience you can do an excursion through the Anaga mountains to get to Antequera Beach … This is an experience which we tried in September, but we believe that it can also be adapted for the winter months. If it’s a clear day you will be able to see the majesty of the Teide from one of the most distant places where you can make it out. That's why an activity with the team of Anaga Experience is one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017.

There is almost no place in Europe where you can play better golf than in the Canaries, and in Tenerife you have the opportunity to play with friends or acquaintances at Amarilla Golf. Fancy it?

You don’t need to go to the Caribbean to enjoy an outing on the high seas in February – Tenerife Sailing Charters puts it on a plate for you. Choose the option which suits you best: a romantic outing at sunset, hiring one of their boats as a group to see the pilot whales and dolphins which live permanently in the waters to the south of Tenerife, having a party on board … The horizon is your limit

February also offers you the opportunity to discover one of the best-kept secrets in Tenerife: visit the Güímar Pyramids where you will learn the different theories surrounding them as well as about customs, traditions and Canary Island culture. You will be able to go deep into the exotic venomous garden which is unique in Spain and will get the opportunity to learn more about what happened on Easter Island without having to go to the Antipodes. Without a doubt there is a lot to learn, during a visit to the park - one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017.

Red Rock Kite & Surf Academy is the perfect excuse to get into the sea, and for that one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2017. Take advantage of any windy day and head for Médano and you won’t be sorry you learned one of the aquatic sports which the surf school offers.

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