Your guide to what’s on in Malaga in July
Summer has definitely arrived and with the heat, there’s a long list of events in Malaga in July. Check out our monthly listing below.
Note that the events listed in this post refer to July 2018. We’ll be updating them for 2019 as soon as we have the details. Watch this space!
In the latest of round-up of what’s on in Malaga, we bring you a bid for a flamenco world record, international music, video games galore, cinema on the beach and of course, some really great art. Read on to find out more about events in Malaga in July.
Flamenco flash mob
Malaga starts the month of July in style as the city attempts to beat the world record of flamenco dancers strutting their stuff at the same time and in the same place. Watch the flamenco flash mob (it’ll be fun and it’s a great choreography) on Calle Larios at noon on Sunday 1 July. This event forms part of the annual Flamenco Festival, which you can read about here. Our top tip? Get there early to be sure of a front-row view. Post event note: apparently 3,820 dancers joined in the flamenco fun – there’s some dispute over whether this is actually a record but it was a great event and showed that anyone can carry off a few flamenco flings!
Musical events in Malaga in July
The annual music festival (named after the scorching inland wind that batters the city every so often in the summer) arrives in earnest in July. Taking you around the world in a number of different music styles, this year’s edition visits countries such as Portugal, Mali, Scotland and the UK. Concerts run until 7 August.
July’s offering include:
Soleá Morente and Napoleón Solo – the daughter of the great Enrique Morente and sister of Estrella Morente, both big names in the flamenco world, Soleá brings her own branding to flamenco with a concert fusing pop and flamenco. Thursday 5 July at 8.30pm.
Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado with the Salsa Big Band – Terral pops across the pond to Panama with the greatest hits by salsa maestro Rubén Blades. He’s joined by a massive Big Band and Roberto Delgado who’s fresh from winning 2 Grammys. Should be a big, bold evening! Sunday 8 July at 8.30pm.
Cervantes Theatre. Tickets €12 to 36.
Movie Sound Tracks
If soundtracks are your thing, this is your festival. The 3rd edition of Movie Score Malaga comes to the city from 3 to 7 July at various venues including the Cervantes and Echegaray Theatres and the Sala Maria Cristina.
The Movie Score events in Malaga include an evening of blockbuster soundtracks played by the Malaga Philharmonic orchestra, a homage to Japanese film music composer Taro Iwashiro and 2 concerts featuring 2 Jeffs: composer Jeff Beal (think Star Trek, House of Cards, Fargo…) and trumpet player Jeff Russo. You can also attend a master class. Tickets from €10.
Music in the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Fortress
The 4th edition of Musical July takes place in 2 of the most famous monuments in Malaga – in the central patios of the Alcazaba Fortress and Gibralfaro Castle. They’re all outdoor and there’s something rather magical about listening to great music under the stars with ancient stone walls around you. Concerts take place from 12 and 28 July at 10pm and tickets cost just €10 per person. You can buy them online, by phone 902 646 289 or at any post offices in Malaga (outside the main train station and in Calle Santa Lucía (behind Plaza de la Constitución).
The programme is as follows:
- Thursday 12 July. Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra | Gibralfaro
- Friday13 July. Tito García González | Alcazaba
- Saturday 14 July. Grupo de Música Antigua Artefactum | Gibralfaro
- Wednesday 18 July. Carmen Escobar and María Victoria Molina | Alcazaba
- Thursday 19 July. Arbós Trio with Rafael de Utrera | Alcazaba
- Friday 20 July. Antonio Lizana Ensemble | Gibralfaro
- Thursday 26 July. Danols | Alcazaba
- Friday 27 July. The Insostenible Big Band | Gibralfaro
- Saturday 28 July. Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra | Gibralfaro
To access the Gibralfaro you need to go to the main castle entrance (last bus 35 leaves the Alameda Principal at 9.10pm or get a taxi). To access the Alcazaba, go to the lift situated near the tunnel in Calle Guillén Soto (behind City Hall).
It’s full moon on 27 July so extra magic for the last 2 concerts!
Dance events in Malaga in July
Malaga celebrates the annual Tango Festival this month. This year’s edition is (disappointingly) brief but still includes a few must-see events for tango fans:
Friday 13 July at 8.30pm – Ode to Piazzolla and Ferrer – Tangoria. Tango enthusiasts will need no introduction to either of these figureheads in the art. The evening includes music, Gabi Loria singing and of course, a couple dancing tango.
Saturday 14 July at 8.30pm – The Dream of a Portrait and Lorca in a Tango. Guitar and voice plus the Baires Trio and a tango couple.
Tickets cost €15. Both events take place at the Echegaray Theatre.
There’s something rather special about watching a movie on the beach on a summer evening with the sound of the waves breaking on the shore in the background. Or sitting in the courtyard at the Russian Museum watching a film on a big screen. The Cine Abierto (free cinema) summer season has started in Malaga and films are being shown at locations all over the city including beaches and parks. Films are mostly in Spanish with the odd exception, but we don’t think that matters because this is all about the experience! Get there early to grab a seat or take your own beach chair and sit at the side.
To see the programme of free outdoor cinema sessions this July in Malaga click here. Click on the day to see which films are on where.
Torre del Mar Airshow
We don’t usually move outside of Malaga in our round-up of monthly events but this one is simply too big and too easy to get to not to include it. The annual Torre del Mar Airshow, in its third edition this year, takes place over the weekend 27 to 29 July. Some 42 aircraft from Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will be taking part in daring dives and aerial acrobatics this year. The programme is as follows:
Friday 27 July – trial flight runs. Expect lots of zipping across the sky.
Saturday 28 July – dress rehearsal.
Sunday 29 July – the full Airshow itself.
This is a crowded event so if you’d rather not be with quite so many people, go along on the Friday or Saturday.
How to get there from Malaga
It’s an easy bus trip (the shortest and quickest bus takes about 40 mins) and costs €2.70 one way. There are at least 2 buses an hour on weekdays, slightly fewer at weekends. Get the bus at Muelle Heredia, the bus station opposite Plaza de la Marina and in front of the ferris wheel. Seeing as this is such a popular event it’s worth booking your bus ticket ahead. You can do so on the Alsa website in English here.
What’s on in Malaga in July at the art museums
Art galleries offer some of the best things to do in Malaga in July. Here’s our pick of the best:
The most visited museum in southern Spain (and one of the top museums in Malaga) hosts Warhol. Mechanical Art, set to be one of the biggest art exhibitions in Malaga this year. It showcases some of the most well-known works by the star of Pop Art – expect to see Gold Marilyn, Nine Jackies, self-portraits and of course, that tomato soup. Other works on show by The Silver Factory creator include films, record covers, drawings, sculptures, posters and installations plus the chance to hear Warhol chatting on the phone. We really enjoyed this exhibition – a great insight into the Pop Art King and his wacky creative life. We also loved the themed tickets and programme! Until 16 September.
Open daily 10am to 8pm. Temporary exhibition €5.50. Free Sundays from 5pm.
Highlights at the Russian Museum include the three exhibitions below. Note that the temporary exhibitions (A Traveller’s View and Mikhail Schwartzman) will be in town until the end of July only so if you haven’t caught up with these, make sure you do in July.
Brilliant Future. The Art of Socialist Realism – the main exhibition this year looks at the Stalin era in the light of art, all of produced according to official guidelines. Soviet red dominates the exhibition with lots of stunning paintings and objects from the era. The audio guide offers a great insight into the art works themselves as well as the historical background.
A Traveller’s View. Russian Artists Around the World – is a small exhibition of paintings by Russian artists during their travels in the 19th and 20th centuries – Italy, Egypt and France feature mostly although the Tibet, Japan and South America also feature. It couldn’t contrast more with the Soviet Realism and includes a very varied mix of painting styles and approaches including classical realism and impressionism.
Mikhail Schwartzman – the Russian Museum goes full circle back to its first exhibition three years with a look at Schwartzman’s Russian icons. A unique artist in both Russia and Europe in the 20th century, he takes a very different approach to religion.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free Sundays from 5pm.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
This art museum continues with its temporary and very summery exhibition, The Mediterranean: Arcadia reinvented. The 60 works on show include several great sculptures and look at how French and Spanish artists depicted the Mare Nostrum from the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th. Works by the likes of Matisse and Signac hang next to Picasso, Sorolla and Anglada-Camarasa. Don’t miss this one.
Until 9 Sept. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €4.50. Free entry Sundays from 5pm.
CAC Malaga hosts several exhibitions in July. They include:
Rose Wylie – British artist exhibits for the first time in Spain (this show includes some pieces that have never been on display before) in the largest space at CAC. Her vibrant, energetic work takes the form of collage and hand-painting with lots of weird and wonderful figures (we love the elephants and the prancing ladies). Until 9 September.
José Luis Puche – Malaga artist exhibits with his show “Like Snow that Dances”, 29 pieces that flow between the real and the artificial, some in black and white, others in colour. Many use his current technique of drawing or painting and then water-washing. Until 26 August.
Pedro Reyes – the video room hosts Mexican Reyes’ “Prana”, a weird and wonderful video footage (as everything in this room is!) depicting the multiple transformations of a black and white ball into myriad shapes and forms. Until 2 September.
Note that CAC has moved onto summertime opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm. Free entry.
The multi-coloured cube houses Modern Utopias taking you round European ideals in art with some of the continent’s greatest painters on display. Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Le Corbusier and Chagall all rub shoulders with fun installations including a revolving nose, sheep on wheels and sardine-tin bed, plus some great videos.
The Pompidou Centre welcomes 2 new exhibitions in July. Reprojected Materials is one of the most interactive experiences you’ll find at art museums in Malaga. Using a projector (remember those?), light, colour and transparencies you get to create your very own reprojection. From 2 July to 11 January with special opening hours – Mon, Weds, Thurs and Fri 5 to 8pm, weekends 12.30 to 2pm and 5 to 8pm.
Travelling without a compass takes a retrospective look at one of the biggest 20th century artists. The exhibition includes work from his first period when figures, brutal art and graffiti featured heavily, and from the second half of his creative life when he focused on investigating materials in art. “Man must express himself but so should the materials and tools,” said Dubuffet. From 11 July to 14 October.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sundays after 5pm.
Night-time at the Botanical Gardens in Malaga
Night-time visits to the Botanical Gardens in Malaga continue in July on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 9.30pm. Another rather special occasion under the stars and with the scent of jasmine in the air. Tickets cost €18 and you can book your place by calling 951 926 180. English spoken.
Video game and YouTube fans are in for a big treat during the Gamepolis weekend, held at the Palacio de Congresos between 20 and 22 July. Expect appearances by big names in gaming, lots of tournaments, talks and a great vibe if this is your kind of thing. More information and tickets available from here.
Markets in Malaga in July
Every Sunday – Arts and Crafts market with vintage goods on Muelle Uno from 5pm to midnight.
14 July – Organic Market – fruit, vegetable and products, all grown and produced locally. Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding. 10am to 2pm.
28 July – Organic Market. Parque de Huelin 10am to 3pm.
22 July – La Plaza Merced Market, recently placed among the 10 best street markets in Spain, this great Sunday market offers arts and crafts in the lovely surroundings of the Plaza de la Merced. 11am to 7pm.
Heads-up for August
Events in Malaga move up a notch next month when Malaga Fair comes around. Read our dedicated blog post about southern Spain’s biggest outdoor party. We also offer tips on the best places to watch the fireworks that signal the start of the Fair. Be prepared with Guide to Malaga!