Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival: complete guide to Piñata Saturday events

Today, thousands will revel in 18 hours of non-stop music in Tenerife's capital.

The conclusion of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival heralds the vibrant festivities of Piñata Saturday, orchestrated meticulously by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Town Hall in collaboration with the Autonomous Body for Festivities and Recreational Activities (OAFAR). From midday until 6:00 am on Sunday, a diverse and extensive program awaits attendees, promising an 18-hour extravaganza of entertainment.

Anticipating a sizable turnout, the Carnival Quadrilateral prepares to welcome thousands of enthusiastic participants throughout the day and into the night. Across multiple stages scattered throughout the capital, a myriad of performances is scheduled to captivate audiences.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival: complete guide to Piñata Saturday events

Plaza La Candelaria

  • 12:00 to 14:00 – Carnaboom Latino
  • 14:00 to 21:00 – Carnaboom
  • 21:15 to 23:15 – Orquesta Gomera
  • 23:30 to 1:30 – Maquinaria Band
  • 1:45 to 3:45 – Orquesta Sabrosa
  • 4:00 to 6:00 – Dorada Band

Plaza del Príncipe

  • 13:00 to 22:00 – Cadena COPE and Cadena 100 family carnival program featuring Jimeno and the kids, Carlos Moreno “El Pulpo”, Ni 1 pelo de tonto, and Joaquín Padilla and his band.
  • 22:00 to 23:30 – DJ set
  • 23:30 to 1:30 – Pepe Benavente
  • 1:45 to 3:45 – Maraury
  • 4:00 to 6:00 – Tropicanas

Francisco La Roche (Anaga Avenue)

  • 15:30 to 17:00 – Kinito
  • 17:00 to 17:30 – Renzzo The Selector
  • 17:30 to 19:00 – Manía Group
  • 19:00 to 19:30 – Ledes
  • 19:30 to 21:30 – Luis Fonsi
  • 21:30 to 22:00 – Fabrizzio Salgado
  • 22:00 to 00:00 – Joseph Fonseca
  • 00:00 to 6:00 – DJ Jonay
Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival: complete guide to Piñata Saturday events

Modifications to the traffic in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Regarding the anticipated traffic alterations for the Daytime Carnival, beyond the previously announced closure of the Quadrilateral, the Local Police will enforce two additional measures to enhance safety for attendees.

The initial action involves restricting vehicle entry from the Serrador Bridge, redirecting traffic along Calle Miraflores instead. This measure addresses the anticipated high volume of people at the intersection with Calle Valentín Sanz, a critical point for public transportation that day due to the confluence of the tram stop and the specially arranged taxi rank at this location.

Additionally, the implementation of a second change will be contingent upon the crowd size and density around Plaza del Príncipe and its vicinity throughout the day. The Local Police may consider closing Calle de La Rosa at the Santa Rosalía junction to vehicles, redirecting all traffic from this area and setting up passive security barriers at this point.

Enhancements to bus and tram services

In light of the Carnival, the City Council, along with Metrotenerife and TITSA, has orchestrated a special public transport operation. During the weekend, Metrotenerife will continue its Carnival augmentation by operating double trams on Line 1 at 10-minute intervals, with night services running every 12 to 15 minutes, concluding at the La Paz stop after 21:00. Additionally, on the days of the Daytime Carnival, Line 1 trams will extend to the Teatro Guimerá stop from 9:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.

TITSA has scheduled over ten bus lines with night-time services for the Carnival, linking Santa Cruz with the entire island. This ensures attendees can easily reach and depart from the festivities, as buses will be granted priority at Guardia Civil traffic checks.

Furthermore, the Santa Cruz and La Laguna interchanges will operate around the clock, supported by a coordinated security system with the State Security Forces and emergency health services to oversee passenger boarding and ensure the smooth functioning of services.

Timetable information is available on the TITSA website and can also be found via the company’s social media channels.

Taxi stands

For this Carnival, the City Council and the taxi industry have designated several taxi stand locations within the quadrilateral zone. These include the intersections of San Sebastián with Bravo Murillo, on Calle Víctor Zurita Soler near the Palace of Justice adjacent to the fairground attractions, at the crossroads of Valentín Sanz and Marcos Redondo (leading to the Nuestra Señora de África Market), at the corners of Calle Pilar and Calle Suárez Guerra, near the Guimerá Theatre by the Serrador Bridge, and on Avenida Francisco La Roche at the entrance to the Vía Litoral tunnel towards San Andrés.

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