April includes one of the biggest events in Malaga of the year – Easter week – when the entire city celebrates with its unique processions. But, April in Malaga isn’t just Easter and there’s plenty of other great events to see and do in the city including free concerts, interesting markets and world-class exhibitions. Read on for our round-up of what’s on in Malaga in April.
Note that this post refers to events in April 2022. We’ll be updating it for 2023 as soon as we have the information (usually towards the end of March) – bookmark the page for future reference.
Public holidays in Malaga in April
Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April are both public holidays in Malaga. Bars and restaurants will be open as usual on both days, but shops will be closed on the Thursday. Museums and monuments have their usual opening hours with the exception of the Museum of Malaga, open on both days 9am to 3pm only.
Easter in Malaga
Semana Santa is back after two years and this year promises to be extra special after the wait. Processions start on Sunday 2 April and continue every day until Sunday 9 April with the exception of Saturday 8 April. We have a dedicated section about Easter with full information about the events, who’s who and 10 things to do at Easter,
Photographic exhibitions in Malaga
As well as art, photography takes centre stage in the city this month with several exhibitions.
Over 200 photos by the great French photographer line the walls at the Malagueta Cultural Centre (Puerta/ Door 9, in the bullring) including some of his most iconic. French singers and musicians feature alongside fashion designers and supermodels (such as YSL and Carla Bruni, below). See them until 13 April Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8pm. Free entry.
Gallery of Mirrors
21 contemporary photographers from Andalusia form part of an exhibition at the Museum of Malaga until 30 April. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Free entry to EU citizens, €1.50 otherwise.
Days of Punk
La Termica Cultural Centre has over 100 pictures by photographer Michael Grecco. He took the photos at nightclubs in Boston and New York when punk rock was just emerging in the late 1970s. The exhibition also includes a soundtrack and documentary. Until 26 June. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. Free entry.
Get to La Térmica by walking west along the seafront (the cultural centre is behind the modern glass Diputación building) or on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (south side).
Dance in museums
Performance in the Pompidou
In keeping with its tradition of unusual performances, the Pompidou Centre has two this month on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 April at 5 and 6.30pm. Have you ever thought you’re being followed? is the question asked by the choreographer and the dancer will play the part of a visitor looking at the visitor looking at the exhibition. Free entry but you need to sign up first via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tangents at the Thyssen
Tangents, Dance Experience takes the Juana Francés exhibition at its inspiration for an evening performance in the Carmen Thyssen Museum patio on Thursday 21 April at 9pm. Tickets cost €6 and are available online.
Flamenco in Malaga in April
The Cervantes Theatre has a series of flamenco concerts this month that includes some of the biggest names in dance, guitar and song. Performances for the Flamenco lo serás tú festival take place in the week Monday 18 to Sunday 24 April and tickets cost from €10. More information and link to tickets here.
Aula Municipal de Flamenco in Malaga has its third concert of the season on Monday 25 April at 7.30pm in the Centro MVA on Calle Ollerías in the old quarter. Singers Pedro Carmona and Rocío Alcála will perform. Tickets are free, but you need to get yours from the Municipal Fiestas Department in Camino de San Rafael 99 (available from 9am to 2pm – you can get here on the No 20 bus from the Alameda Principal) or from the MVA box office on the day from 7pm onwards.
The video below gives you an idea of what to expect.
Musical Events in Malaga in April
Plenty to choose from on the music scene this month. We’ve highlighted the following:
Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malaga Opera Choir perform Verdi’s Requiem on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April at 8pm. Tickets cost from €12 and are available online. Don’t forget your hanky.
Tardeo & Music
This initiative (Sunset & Music) combines great local talent with one of the city’s loveliest locations, Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina in El Limonar. The free concerts take place every Friday and Saturday evening in April (6-8pm) in the gardens at the 5-star hotel where drinks and tapas are available as well as fab views of the city. Book your table ahead by calling +34 952 212 700 or sending an email to email@example.com.
Performances this month are:
- Friday 1 April – Jose Carra and Tyler Faraday, Jazz soul
- Saturday 2 April – Susan Valery and Adrián Lombardi, bossanova-jazz
- Friday 8 April – Rocio ‘La Boterita’ and Fran Moya, flamenco
- Saturday 9 April – Carlota Gutierrez, flamenco dance
- Friday 22 April – Betty Loop, reggae, pop and rock
- Saturday 23 April – Alicia Tamariz and Carlos Cortes, jazz
- Friday 29 April – Diego Lara and Agustín Sánchez, singer-songwriter
- Saturday 30 April – Fanny Olmedo and Oliver Sierra, soul funk
Get to the Castillo de Santa Catalina on foot from the centre (allow 30 minutes), by taxi or take the 32 or 33 bus from the Alameda Principal and get off at Avda Pintor J. Sorolla (Miramar,.stop 1108) and walk 10 minutes up the hill. There’s also ample parking if you have your own car.
Carmen Thyssen Quartet
The museum’s Quartet plays chamber music on Saturday 23 April at 8.30pm. The programme includes Borodin, Bretón, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Maurice Ravel. Tickets cost €10 and are available online.
Free museum concert
The Picasso Museum has four free concerts this month with cellist Laura Ramírez and violinist Marta Chica Martín playing Bach in the exhibition halls showing Face to Face. Picasso and the Old Masters. You can hear them on Sunday 3, 10, 17 and 24 April at 5pm and 5.45pm. Free entry (entrance to the museum is free on Sundays from 5pm.
Free patio concert
The Carmen Thyssen Museum’s monthly concert takes place on 29 April at 7pm in the museum’s lovely patio when the Escolania Santa Maria de la Victoria youth choir will perform. Entry is free but get in the queue early to be sure of a seat.
Free patio concert 2
The Museum of Malaga has its usual monthly concert on Sunday 3 April at noon in its lovely patio. This month’s performers are the Malaga Camerata and the Malaga University Choir who will perform Gounod, Bizet and Ocón. Entry is free but get there early to be sure of a place.
Piero Venery (who has an amazing likeness to Freddie Mercury) leads his acclaimed tribute band playing all Queen’s classics on 23 April at 8.30pm in FYCMA. Tickets cost from €25 and are available online here.
This 3-day event celebrating health and sustainability is also back after a two-year hiatus. The Life Fair takes place at the FYCMA conference centre on Friday 1 (10am to 8pm), Saturday 2 (11am to 8pm) and Sunday 3 April (11am to 7pm). The full calendar of daily events include showcooking with healthy ingredients, talks and conferences, workshops and stalls. Tickets cost €4 for 1 day and €8 for 3 days online or €5 and €10 on the door.
One of the fragrant highlights during the spring in April is the wisteria pergola at the Botanical Gardens. See the wrought-iron pergola literally groaning with scented purple blooms at the beginning of this month. Gardeners tell us that it should be in full blooming glory in early7 April. The gardens are a great place to visit all year round – the wisteria is an added extra! Read all about the Malaga Botanical Gardens.
New art centre in Malaga
Casa Adnew Malaga opens its house doors for the first time on the first weekend in April (Saturday 2 and Sunday 3) so that visitors can discover its unique concept of exhibiting, lending, renting and buying art. On show are pieces by Spanish, local and Dutch artists. You can find Casa Adnew on Calle Manrique 18, a block west of Calle Cristo de la Epidermia and just round the corner from Nerva bar. Opening times are 2pm to 9pm.
Art Exhibitions in Malaga
As usual, there’s some world-class art on display in Malaga and April sees the arrival of a great new exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.
The next new exhibition arrives on 7 April and takes time as its central theme. Our Own Time is divided into six sections (Leisure Time, Holiday Time, InnerTime, Interspatial Time, Introspective Time and Confrontation Time) and showcases work by artists from the early 20th century to the present day. Expect to see the usual thought-provoking collection of paintings, sculptures, videos, photos and installations. Artists on show include Accardi, Léger, Matisse, Picasso and Zangewa.
Sophie Calle, one of France’s best contemporary photographers and video artists, has a temporary exhibition that takes in her 40-year career behind and in front of the lens. Until 17 April.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 6pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm.
This art museum in Malaga has a permanent exhibition and 2 temporary ones.
This year’s exhibition takes War and Peace as its central theme with 183 works by Russian masters and French and German artists with ties with Russia. Expect to see references to epic battles, the October Revolution and World War I. The works include, as always, paintings and sculptures and provide unique insight into Russian life and culture. Until late April 2022. Read our guide to this exhibition.
Avant-garde in Russian Art – one of the most important artistic movements in early 20th-century Europe and this exhibition celebrates its expression in Russian artists. They include Kandinsky and Chagall as well as numerous others. Expect to see works in the style of abstraction, constructivism, futurism and neo-primitivism.
Mayakovsky, Poet and Artist – a prominent artist in the Futurist movement, Mayakovsky is known for his revolutionary ‘calling’.
Bi-centenary of Dostoevsky – a small exhibition honours one of the greatest Russian authors in the year of the bi-centenary of his birth. On show are portraits as well as illustrations from his books and recreations of the rooms where he wrote.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 5pm.
The most-visited museum in southern Spain has its permanent collection, Conversations with Picasso 2020-2023. The exhibition explores 8 decades of artistic creativity from the 20th century’s greatest artist. The Museum has just opened a new room (Sala XII) showing 19 ceramics and 3 paintings created by Picasso between 1931 and 1962. You can also see 22 works from his La Californie sketchbook, which he drew in Cannes in 1956.
In addition, there’s the temporary exhibition, Face to face. Picasso and the Old Masters places works by painters such as El Greco, Zurburán, Caracciolo and Gijsbretchs next to Picasso’s to illustrate how the old masters influenced him. Until 26 June.
Open daily 11am to 6pm. Tickets €12 for all 3 exhibitions, €8 Cherry and Barceló, free Sundays after 3pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is closed at the moment 😞
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum has just celebrated its eleventh anniversary showcasing Spanish art, particularly during the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection,
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, free from 5pm on Sundays.
You can also see An Intimate Anthology showcasing works by Juana Frances, one of the most important Spanish artists in the second half of the 20th century. You can see her abstract and figurative creations until 19 June.
And Real(ism). New figures in Spanish art 1918 to 1936 arrives on 5 April until 4 September showing over 80 paintings, sculptures, sketches and drawings by artists such as Arteta, Dalí, Gargallo, Miró and others.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, €10 (€6 for entry between 2.30 and 4pm), free on Sundays.
The Carmen Thyssen Museum has a lovely café serving coffee, light snacks and lunch. There’s a daily lunchtime menu, which is excellent value for €11.90.
Top tip – Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and Jorge Rando Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.
CAC Malaga has 2 main exhibitions this month.
- Phil Frost – Plotting Upon the Passage of Time by the American artist arrives on 4 March, showcasing his work from 1997 to the present day. Frost favours mixed media and uses canvas, wood and doors for his work. Until 22 May.
- Julian Schnabel – the next major exhibition comes from the American artist showing how his art is influenced by Spanish paintings. Anything Can Be a Model For a Painting from 8 April. Until 12 June.
While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking art work and installations.
Tuesday to Sunday 9am-9.30pm. Free entry.
Markets in Malaga in April
El Zoco market on Muelle Uno sells arts and crafts every Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Combine your browsing with a stroll in the sunshine under the Pergola.
Spring market on Muelle Uno with arts and crafts, clothes and accessories. Open daily all month 10am to 10pm.
El Paseo Market returns to its monthly date on Sunday 10 April on the Malagueta seafront promenade 11am to 7pm.
Soho Market has one date in April – Sunday 24 from 11am to 7pm – on Calle Tomás Heredia in the heart of Soho.
Merced Market takes place on Sunday 3 April in Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 7pm.
Organic markets selling fresh produce grown organically in the Guadalhorce Valley to the north of Malaga. As well as fruit and veg, local producers sell bread and cakes, honey, olive oil, dried fruit and nuts, and organic soaps and creams. La Malagueta (between Paseo de Reding and Calle Cervantes) on Saturday 2 April from 10am to 2pm and Huelin Park Saturday 16 April 9am to 2pm.
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