The August New Years Eve Party in Vegueta, Las Palmas has become very popular and one of the busiest events during the month of August on the island of Gran Canaria. Every year the organisers put all their effort into organising a real New Years Eve.
Giving out party favours, lucky grapes, Christmas treats and cakes and letting loose giant balloons at midnight. The party starts at 7pm, from then you can see those keen to dance already at the different DJ stages set up next to the market place in Vegueta.
They have huge speakers in each of the five streets that this great celebrations was taking place in. This has become a key event now with the city of Las Palmas.
In no time the streets are full of people, that make it almost impossible to move between them. It is a great idea that bars in the area have been installed on the streets to allow people easy access to buy drinks to satisfy their thirst. However prices did vary from one place to another.
Dress Code for the August New Year’s Eve in Vegueta
At dusk, a great atmosphere is brewing, the streets are lit up and well decorated and the crowd begins to fill the streets of Vegueta making it almost impossible to resist joining in with the celebration of the Tropical New Year arrival
Dress code protocol is black and white, but in a mismatched fashion. What better way to express this with a white shirt, bow tie and tuxedo jacket, accompanied by bermuda shorts and beach shoes? An explosive combination of unmatched styles to celebrate a midsummer party that is so important like the Tropical New Years Eve.
Vegueta is very well know for its ‘Ruta de los Pinchos’ which is a weekly tapas route in the area, it takes place every Thursday evening and is very popular although in comparison it is no competition with the sheer magnitude of this event.
The 12 Midnight Chimes
When I was there last year, I was very surprised about how safe the area was and how it was well manned by many services, police, medical services and security guards, all ensuring there would be no problems throughout the event. There were even portable toilets strategically placed allowing ease and comfort for all visitors.
About 10pm, to keep our strength up we headed to “Cosecha 64” to have something to eat. It is a small bar/restaurant which is just behind the cathedral, here they serve tapas, pinchos and different types of rice. We will definitely return to this bar as it had such a great atmosphere. We stayed for a while and had a drink after we had eaten.
After the 12 chimes at midnight and having our lucky grapes the balloons were released, there was also confetti, carols and plenty of toasts to see in the New Year. The view depicted a scene more often associated with a Christmas postcard.
- Name of Event: Fin de Año Vegueta
- Location: Vegueta (Las Palmas)
- Hour: Afternoon and Evening
- Month: August
- Duration: 1 night
- Highlight: The Midnight Chimes
- Dress code: Black and White
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Author: Juan Perdomo
Translation: Amanda Belmonte
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My name is Amanda Belmonte and I am a web/graphic designer and photographer. I have lived in the Canary Islands for almost 15 years. Although I have lived in Lanzarote for most of that time, Gran Canaria has always been my dream Island to live on, yet it has taken me 13 years to get here.
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