Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 – The Second Most Popular Carnival in the World

Tenerife Carnival 2020

Every year Tenerife Carnival has a theme which is used as inspiration for the parades and costumes. The official theme for the 2020 Tenerife Carnival is The Coquette ’50s! It is worth mentioning that every year the carnival has a theme although you can dress up as anything you want.

Tenerife Carnival is second only to Rio di Janeiro! It is famous all over the world for its colorful and vibrant celebrations and parties.

2020 Tenerife Carnival Events Schedule

Friday 24th January 2020

  • Event: Inaugural Gala of Carnival 2020
  • Time: 9:30pm

Thursday 20th January 2020

  • Event: Phase 1 – Murgas Infantiles Competition
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Place: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Friday 31st January 2020

  • Event: Phase 2 – Murgas Infantiles Competition
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Saturday 1st February 2020

  • Event: Phrase 3 – Murgas Infantiles Competition
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Sunday 2nd February 2020

  • Event: Festival Coreografico
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Monday 3rd February 2020

  • Event: Phrase 1 – Adult Murgas Competition
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Tuesday 4th February 2020

  • Event: Phase 2 – Adult Murgas Competition
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Wednesday 5th February 2020

  • Event: Phrase 3 – Adult Murgas Competition
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Friday 7th February 2020

  • Event: The Final of the Adult Murgas Competition
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Saturday 8th February 2020

  • Event: Musical Groups
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Sunday 9th February 2020

  • Event: Gala for the Election of the Kids Queen
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Wednesday 12th February 2020

  • Event: Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Friday 14th February 2020

  • Event: La Cancion de la Risa
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where: Teatro Guimera

Saturday 15th February 2020

  • Event: Competition of Comparas
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Sunday 16th February 2020

  • Event: Festival de Rondallas and Costume Competition
  • Time: 11:00am and 5:00pm
  • Where: Auditorio de Tenerife and plaza de Candelaria

Tuesday 18th February 2020

  • Event: Concert of the Group Lirico Musical Los Fregolinos
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where: Teatro Guimera

Wednesday 19th February 2020

  • Event: Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Time: 9:30pm
  • Where: Centro Internacional de Ferias and Congresos

Thursday 20th February 2020

  • Event: Festival de la Zarzuela
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where: Teatro Guimera

Friday 21st February 2020

  • Event: The Opening Parade – The Cabalgata
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • Where: Avenida de Francisco La roche

Saturday 22nd February 2020

  • Event: Ritmo and Armonia
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • Where: Avendida de Francisco La Roche

Sunday 23rd February 2020

  • Event: Concert of the Group Lirico Musical Los Fregolinos /Costume Competition/ Daytime Carnival – Carnaval de Diat
  • Time: 11:00am
  • Where: Plaza del Principe

Monday 24th February 2020

  • Event: Street Carnival Santa Cruz

Tuesday 25th February 2020

  • Event: Performance by Afilarmonica Ni Fu – Ni Fa
  • Event: Agrupacion Lirico Musical Los Fregolinos Time @ 11:00am
  • Event: Coso Apoteosis – The parade of the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Where: Avenidas de Francisco La Roche and Avenida Maritima

Wednesday 26th February 2020

  • Event: Burial of the Sardine/ Entierro de La Sardina
  • Time: 10:00pm
  • Where: Juan Pablo II

Thursday 27th February 2020

  • Event: Festival de Rondallas
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Where: Teatro guimera

Friday 18th February 2020

  • Event: Kids Parade
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Where: Parque Garcia Sanabria
  • Event: Festival Galardonas
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Where: Plaza de La Candelaria

Saturday de Pinata, 29th February 2020

  • Event: Carnaval de dia
  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Where: Plaza del Principe, Plaza Espana and Plaza de la Candelaria

Sunday de Pinata 1st March 2020

  • Event: Performance by Afilarmonica Ni fu – Ni Fa and La Zarzuela
  • Time: 11:00am
  • Where: Plaza del Principe
  • Event: End of Carnival and Group Parade
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Event: Fireworks
  • Time: 9:00pm

Tickets for Tenerife Carnival

Most of the events at Tenerife Carnival are free to attend. Most of the parties occur on the streets and there are loads of open-air free concerts.  If you want to watch some of the competitions, then you will need tickets for these. The Crowning of the Carnival Queen is a popular ticketed event and you must purchase a ticket early.

You absolutely must dress up for carnival in Tenerife! In fact, if you don’t dress up then you will be the odd one out. People go all out for their costumes in fact so much so that some locals will have 5 or 6 costumes every carnival for different events and will even go home and change between festivities.

However this doesn’t apply when watching the parades, most locals won’t dress up. It’s mainly for the street parties. If you feel a little shy many people may just pop on a wig, mask or funny hat, but you’ll have no reason to feel self-conscious when you will be surrounded by Cleopatras, superheroes, clowns, animals, Disney characters etc.

Lots of people dress up in the carnival theme however you can wear whatever you like. But you can expect to see because the theme is coquette 50’s some epic 50’s fashion, a few Marilyn Monroe’s, Grease Lightning, an Elvis or two and other cool outfits associated with this theme!

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