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Guide to events in Malaga in July 2024

Events in Malaga in July include their usual full programme, with plenty of cool things to do, including plenty of free activities. In the latest of our what’s on in Malaga monthly round-ups, you’ll discover lots of music, open-air cinema and of course, some really great art. Read to find out more about events in Malaga this month.

Note that this post is (as always) a work in progress because many events are announced last minute. Bookmark the page for reference and check back regularly for new additions.

Be inspired by July in Malaga with our 10 suggestions of what to do and see.

Cinema in July

If you love a good film or a classic movie, there are several options this month in Malaga.

Gremlins

The Albeniz Cinema (Calle Alcazabilla) is screening this 1980s classic on 17 July at 7pm. The film is in English with Spanish sub-titles and entrance costs €6. If your Spanish is up to it, stay at the end of the film for a chat about the movie with specialist guests.

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Open-air cinema

The annual outdoor film fest is back, with films at different locations in the city, including beaches and parks. The vast majority are dubbed in Spanish with no sub-titles, but we think there’s something rather special about watching a film on a big screen underneath the stars. And it’s free!

Highlights in 2024 include the following:

  • San Miguel Cemetery is a new scenario, with three screenings.
  • The Ocón Auditorium (in the Paseo del Parque) shows auteur cinema including Aftersun, The Banshees of Inisherin and Oppenheimer.
  • The Albeniz Cinema has children’s films on almost every day at 11am.
  • The gardens at La Tabacalera (home to the Russian Museum and Car Museum) shows recent Spanish blockbusters.

Throughout July at 10.15pm most evenings. Full details of what’s showing where and when (in Spanish only) here.

Spielberg classics on Muelle Uno

The main square in Muelle Uno offer free outdoor cinema screenings, with Spielberg films taking centre stage this year. See them every Thursday in July at 10pm in their original version (English) with Spanish subtitles.

  • Thursday 4 July – Hook
  • Thursday 11 July – Jurassic Park
  • Thursday 18 July – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Thursday 25 July – War of the Worlds

Seat are available (get there early to be sure of yours) and there’s also space for your own seats.

Classic American movies from the 70s

The Albeniz Cinema on Calle Alcazabilla is showing classic American films from the 70s on Thursdays in July and August. All are in their original version with Spanish subtitles and their original format (35mm). All start at 8.30pm and cost €4.50 (tickets available from the box office).

Films to be confirmed for July

Las noches del Inglés

The lovely English Cemetery has a full cultural programme during July and August, with a ton of evening concerts, special lighting effects and La Terraza del Inglés where you can enjoy a little something to eat and drink.

Event pending confirmation for 2024.

More information available on the website (right-click to translate into your language if you don’t understand Spanish).

Chicago

This iconic musical arrives in Malaga at the Cervantes Theatre from 18 July to 4 August. The words are in Spanish, but we reckon you’ll be able to follow the plot and hum along to classics like Razzle-Dazzle and All that Jazz.

Tickets start at €20. More information and link to buy here.

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Musical events in Malaga in July

As usual, there’s a great round-up of things musical this month in the city, with something for everyone!

Live Aid Festival

Not a repeat of the 1985 charity concert (unfortunately) but this festival showcases Queen and Dire Straits tribute bands, playing all the two groups’ best hits. See and hear them on Saturday 6 July at 8pm in Cortijo de Torres (Google map link). Tickets cost from €35 and available online here.

Get there on Bus No 20 from the Alameda Principal. Allow around 30 minutes for the journey including a 10-minute walk at the end.

Spirited Away

The Simple Music Ensemble World play the soundtrack to Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic film. Music includes orchestral pieces and electronic compositions. Hear and watch this at FYCMA (Malaga Congress Palace) on Wednesday 10 July at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from €24 and you can buy them online here.

Get there on Bus No 20 from the Alameda Principal. Allow around 30 minutes for the journey including a 10-minute walk at the end.

Music in the Carmen Thyssen Museum

Outdoor spaces really come into their own in July in Malaga and the Carmen Thyssen Museum has a series of concerts throughout the month (Friday 13, 20 and 27 July) at 9.30pm. The patio is small so book well ahead to be sure of a seat.

The programme include flamenco, Spanish folk pop and jazz. Tickets and are available online or at the museum ticket office during opening hours.

The programme includes an eclectic mix – jazz, classical, flamenco, funk… Tickets cost €15 and are available online or at the museum ticket office during opening hours.

Music in La Térmica gardens

The gardens at this cultural centre play host to concerts in July. Details to follow.

Beat Festival

This music festival runs from 19 to 28 July, with a mix of international and Spanish names on stage at the Echegaray Theatre. All concerts start at 8.30pm and tickets cost €18. More information and link to tickets here.

Nights in the Gibralfaro and Alcazaba

Concerts under the moonlight and against the backdrop of the Moorish castle walls are always a highlight in July. This year’s programme dates are to be confirmed, with all concerts starting at 10pm.

Ticket costs and how to be buy them to be confirmed.

As usual, there’s a free bus service to the Gibralfaro concerts from Paseo de Reding (on the corner with Calle Cervantes) and back down afterwards at the end of the concert. The shuttle bus runs up  from 8 to 9.30pm and down when the concerts end. 

Entrance to concerts in the Alcazaba will be via the tunnel in Calle Guillén Sotelo.

Free concerts in Malaga in July

As usual, there’s a good round-up of freebies this month. They include the following:

Brisa en tu barrio

The Brisa music festival has several free performances this month at different locations in the city. The concerts usually include two or three bands (generally local), with an eclectic range of music. Dates and venues to be confirmed.

Thursday at the Ocón auditorium

See these on stage in the Paseo del Parque at 8.45pm:

  • Thursday 4 July – Malaga Brass Band
  • Thursday 11 July – Sergio Gómez plays jazz, soul and funk.
  • Wednesday 17 July – El Círculo Breaking perform breakdance.
  • Thursday 25 July – Antonio López Dance Company perform flamenco.

Museum of Malaga

July’s concert is on Sunday 7 July at noon. Pueri Cantores Malaga choir celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special concert, with an eclectic programme that includes Memory from Cats, Lullaby in Blue by David Chilcott and Kusimama by Jim Papoulis.

Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat. We’d recommend 10am.

Municipal band

You can hear this excellent band in July as they bring their 2023/24 concert season to a close. Dates to be confirmed. Free entry.

  • Sunday in Muelle Uno, on the esplanade near the Pompidou Centre. There’s plenty of room here, but get there early if you want one of the few seats.
  • Sunday in the Gibralfaro Castle. Free buses run from 7pm until 8.30pm from the corner of Paseo de Reding and Calle Cervantes. We’d recommend getting in the bus queue early or walking up to the Gibralfaro in plenty of time to be sure of a seat (there are around 400 places). Free buses take you back down again at the end of the concert.

Dramatised tours of the Botanics

The lovely Botanical gardens have two dramatised tours this month.

For children

El Talismán Mágico (The Magic Charm) takes the theme of the wicked Uruk who wants to destroy the gardens, so visiting children get together with the Magician Fael and other characters to find the magic charm to bring the gardens back to life.

Friday 12 July and Friday 26 July at 7pm.

Note that the activity is in Spanish, but we imagine the imagination and fun will go a long way to translating. And magic charms are universal!

For adults

An Unexpected Visit showcases the gardens as they were when the original owners lived there. Thursday 4 and Thursday 18 July at 9pm. Note that this activity is also in Spanish.

Both activities cost €17 per person. To book a place, call 951 92 61 80 or 639 91 40 55 or send an email to infojbotanicomalaga@gmail.com

150th anniversary of Malaga Port

This year, Malaga Port is celebrating its 150th birthday. Events include an exhibition under the Pergola showing the changes in the Port (originally outside Atarazanas Market). Unfortunately, the panels are only in Spanish, but you can see the interesting maps and drawings from archives around the world. They include plans for the expansion of the Port and creation of the Paseo del Parque.

Wine tasting in Malaga in July

If you like pairing fabulous wine with delicious food, how about signing up for one of these in July?

Wine paired with cheeses

Our friends at Winederlust also has a tasting this month at Casa del Perro in the old quarter when they meet Samuel Parraga, who makes natural wines in Las Alpujarras in Granada.

Join them on Saturday 6 July at 3.30pm. Tickets cost €45 per person and are available online here.

Wine tasting at Araboka Plaza

This restaurant near El Corte Inglés department store has two wine tastings in July, both with five wines and four paired dishes plus dessert. And excellent value for €50 per person. These tastings are in Spanish, but maître d’ Antonio speaks good English and is more than happy to translate for you.

Book your spot at the table by calling +34 666 330 0336

  • Wine from the largest bodega in Europa and a performance by local artist Mavi Artillo – Thursday 4 July at 8.30pm.
  • Sparkling Corpinnat wines from Bodega Llopart – Thursday 25 July at 8.30pm.
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Virgen del Carmen processions

She’s the patron of fishermen and several neighbourhoods in Malaga celebrate the Virgen del Carmen’s saints day on 16 July with processions through the streets and in boats along the shore.

The main focal point of the processions is the float with a statue of the Virgin on it, usually elaborately decorated with flowers. Fishermen and their families accompany the parade, often dressed in traditional marengo outfits, black trousers, white shirts and red cumberband. 

  • Virgen del Carmen Coronada – the procession leaves Nuestra Señora del Carmen Church (in El Perchel) at 8am on 16 July and goes through the city centre (Puente del Carmen, Alameda del Colón, Duquesa de Parcent, Martínez Campos, Casas de Campo) before reaching Malaga Port where the statue goes on board one of the waiting ships to parada at sea.
  • Virgen del Carmen in El Palo – the procession leaves El Palo Church (Plaza de la Parroquia) at 5.30pm on 16 July and makes its way down to the beaches. 
  • Virgen del Carmen in Pedregalejo – this one leaves Corpus Cristi church at 6pm on 16 July and goes down to the Arroyo de los Pilones where the statue of the Virgin is carried in boats before returning. 
  • Virgen del Carmen in Huelin – the procession leaves San Patricio Church (opposite Huelin Market) at 3pm on 17 July and parades down to the western seafront where it moves onto boats. 

Find out more about the Virgen del Carmen processions

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What’s on in Malaga in July at the art museums

As usual, some of best events in Malaga in July include art. Read on for our round-up of art exhibitions this month.

Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Place-ness, Inhabiting Space, explores how we interact and live with our surroundings. The six sections include a wide range of installations, paintings, sculptures and videos. And as usual, they all provide plenty of food for thought.

The Greater Suburbs by Vera Pagava at Place-ness at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga
The Greater Suburbs by Vera Pagava

Read about the latest collection at the Pompidou Centre

Colour in movement

Carlos Cruz-Diez was one of the world’s greatest exponents of optical-kinetic art and stood out within the Op-Art movement as the instigator of the use of colour. This bright exhibition contains 30 of his works in the form of interactive slides. Until 29 September.

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm. 

Buy tickets in advance for the Pompidou Centre.

Bishop’s Palace

This lovely space opposite the Cathedral continues with From Rafael to Bacon. The exhibition showcases works from the private collection belonging to Juan Abelló and Anna Gamazo.

Paintings on display include masterpieces by Spanish artists such as El Greco, Goya and Dalí, alongside others such as Rembrandt, Degas Bacon. You can also see Gamazo’s photographs in the Latin America in Movement exhibition.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm. €3

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The museum continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.

The museum also has the following temporary exhibitions:

Latent Modernity

It showcases over 60 paintings by Spanish artists from the 1920s to the 1970s. Anyone who was anyone in the artistic world is on display, such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Menchu Gal and Antonio López. Until 8 September.

Provocative Material to Make You Think

This exhibition showcases contemporary Japanese photography by some of Japan’s most renowned photographers from the 1950s to 1970s, when the country was undergoing profound social and economic change. From 11 July until 13 October.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. Entry costs €11 (€7 if you’re resident in Malaga province). Free entry on Sundays after 4pm.

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 €12.90. 

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Jorge Rando Museum

As well as the permanent exhibitions, you can see one combining the work of Pablo Picasso and Jorge Rando. Their shared theme is bullfighting and you can see engravings by Picasso made between 1929 and 1960 and paintings by Rando from the 70s.

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Free entry. The museum is on Calle Cruz del Molinillo 12, on the northern edge of the old quarter. Don’t miss the Mercado de Salamanca market opposite.

We’ve included this art museum in our latest walking tour, North of Malaga old quarter.

Picasso Museum

Note that the Picasso Museum is super busy this year, so we’d recommend getting a ticket in advance to avoid long queues.

The most-visited museum in southern Spain has just opened a new permanent collection, called Picasso: Structures of Invention. The exhibition shows the 20th century’s greatest artist’s creative process through 150 works. You can also see 22 works from his La Californie sketchbook, which he drew in Cannes in 1956.

one of the works at the Picasso Museum

You can also see two temporary exhibitions:

Maria Blanchard, A Painter in spite of Cubism

Blanchard (1881-1932) is one of Spain’s most prominent modern female painters and was the first to take up Cubism in her art. The exhibition covers her artistic lifetime, with Cubist and non-Cubist works. Until 29 September.

Joel Meyerowitz – Europe 1966-67

Renowned New York photographer spent 18 months travelling in Europe, a visit that included six months in Malaga. This exhibition shows 200 of his pictures, including many taken in Malaga. This is the first time these photos are on show together. Until 15 December.

Open daily 11am to 8pm. Tickets €12, free Sundays after 6pm. While you’re there, do visit the Picasso Museum café with its lovely patio.

Buy tickets in advance for the Picasso Museum.

Russian Museum

July is all change at this museum, with a brand-new exhibition arriving this month. Utopia and Modernity includes the extraordinary Costakis Collection, usually housed in the MoMus Museum of Modern Art in Salonica, Greece.

The works showcase the new paths chosen by Russian artists in the early 20th century and features artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Liubov Popova. Utopia refers to the artists’ vision of a better and more equal future.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. €8. Free on Sundays after 4pm.

CAC Malaga

The contemporary art museum has the following exhibitions in July:

Glory is something else – Andalusian artist Matías Sánchez uses modern art to express dream-like images. Until 1 September.

Miracle by Mario Ayala – this is the LA-based painter’s first exhibition in Europe. The 17 paintings all involve cars and show his use of traditional painting methods mixed with digital and industrial art. Until 25 August.

While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking artwork and installations.

Tuesday to Sunday 9am-2pm and 5 to 9.30pm. Free entry. 

La Térmica Cultural Centre

La Termica Cultural Centre has two exhibitions this month:

Family Portraits by Estela de Castro. The Spanish photographer is renowned for her portraits (they include the official one of the royal family) and in this exhibition, she explores family units including people and animals. Until 6 October.

^misericordia by Isidro López-Aparicio. Taking La Térmica’s original function as a children’s home, López-Aparicio has created installations and art work around the themes of care, solidarity, human rights and social problems. The exhibition includes photos of La Térmica and his bold protest in Gaza. Until 13 October.

Free entry, open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm.

La Térmica is on the western seafront and you can get to it on foot (walk west from the Port and about 0.5km after the tall chimney, you’ll see a modern glass building on the right – La Térmica is behind it) or by bus on the No 7 from the Alameda Principal (south side; get off at the Santa Paula stop and walk down to the seafront).

Picasso Foundation

The exhibition space at Picasso’s birthplace on Plaza de la Merced continues to show Picasso: Ceramic Images. It looks at how the artist developed his ceramic inspiration throughout his life and includes pieces from the Ramié family collection. Drawings and sketches by Picasso accompany the ceramics.

Open daily 9.30am to 8pm. €3 (€4 combined ticket to visit the house). Until 6 October.

Looking for somewhere good to eat out?

Malaga has dozens of good restaurants and we’ve selected the best. You’ll find them divided into handy categories, allowing you to easily select what you’re looking for.

Or if you like a detailed description of what a venue is really like, take a look at our Malaga Restaurant Reviews. We’re continually adding new ones, so check back regularly.

Markets in Malaga in July

Arts and crafts on the Port

The Sunday El Zoco market takes place on Sundays in July on Muelle Uno from noon to 8pm. There’s also a daily summer market, open 10am to 10pm.

Merced Market

Plaza de la Merced hosts an arts and crafts market on Sunday 7 July from 11am to 7pm. Visit the stalls and enjoy a stroll under the shady jacaranda trees.

Mercado Soho

Calle Tomás Heredia is the location for this arts and crafts market from 11am to 7pm. Date to be confirmed

Organic Markets

The best summer fruit (think apricots, watermelon, peaches…) and vegetables are now in season and these markets sell them plus products, all grown and produced locally in the Guadalhorce River valley. Saturday 13 July on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 27 July in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.

Red Friday

This vintage market with live music and performances returns to La Térmica Cultural Centre on Friday 5 July from 6pm to midnight. This month’s edition includes live music and there’ll performances.

Entry costs €5 (online purchase only). More details and link to buy your ticket to follow.

Read more about markets in Malaga.

Sports events in Malaga in July

Premier Padel

Malaga hosts one of the competitions at the Martin Carpena Palacio de los Deportes Stadium from 8 to 14 July. The event will showcase some of the world’s best players, so a real treat for paddle tennis fans.

More information and links to book tickets here.

Get to the Palacio de los Deportes on the No7 bus from the south side of the Alameda Principal (last stop) or Malaga Metro from Atarazanas station on the Alameda Principal – change to Line 2 at Guadalmedina and get off at the last stop (Palacio de los Deportes).

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