Updated 19 February 2020: Santa Cruz’ Carnaval has been taking place since the end of January, with murga and dance groups competing indoors, but from now the carnival enters its most famous phase, with the crowning of the carnival queen tonight in the Recinto Ferial before events move out into the streets with the opening parade on Friday, the main Coso parade the following Tuesday, and then the burial of the sardine on Wednesday, and the big party to close the carnival on Sunday 1 March.

In between there are any number of events and Day Carnivals, and the full website for the Santa Cruz carnival can be viewed HERE, with the daily calendar HERE. Other big carnivals in Tenerife are Puerto de la Cruz (7 Feb-1 Mar), Los Cristianos (12-23 Mar), and Los Gigantes (6-14 March).

Original post 1 October 2019: Once again we’re looking ahead to Carnaval, with the poster unveiled tonight for Santa Cruz 2020. It’s this one, designed by Javier Nóbrega, for a carnival based on the theme of the Flirty Fifties (Los Coquetos Años 50). The poster was commissioned this year, rather than put out to public competition, and it even has an animated version HERE! The full website for the carnival, which takes place between 1 February and 10 March, is HERE, containing the full programme HERE and the daily calendar HERE.

Other big carnivals in Tenerife during the season have the following provisional dates:
Puerto de la Cruz – 20-29 February
Los Cristianos – 12-23 March
Los Gigantes – 6-9 March.