The biggest, brashest and most exuberant celebrations are held in Tenerife’s capital city, Santa Cruz.

Main Dates: Carnival really hits its stride in Santa Cruz between 2nd and 13th March.

Main Events
Election of the Carnaval Queen: Wednesday 2nd March
Time: 9.30pm
Location: Recinto Ferial

Opening Parade: Friday 4th
Time: 7pm
Location: Avenida Asuncionistas, Ramón y Cajal, Galcerán, Plaza Weyler, Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina, Avenida de Francisco La Roche

Closing Parade: Coso Apoteosis takes place on Tuesday 8th March
Time: 4pm
Location: Avenida de Francisco La Roche y Marítima

Burial of the Sardine: Wednesday 9th March
Time: 9pm
Location: Calle Juan Pablo II, Méndez Núñez, Pilar, Villalba Hervás, La Marina finalizando and Avenida Francisco La Roche

There are street parties every night from 4th to 12th (except Thursday 10th) in Plaza Europa, Plaza Candelaria and on some nights Plaza Principe.

The big event to look out for this year is the Ministry of Sound concert in Plaza Europa from 11pm to 6am on Saturday 5th March

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