Despite lockdown and covid-19, summer has definitely arrived and with it, some events! There isn’t quite the usual list of events in Malaga in July, but there are definitely some cool ones. In the latest of our what’s on in Malaga monthly round-ups, 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 the events in this post refer to July 2021. We’ll be updating them towards the end of June so bookmark the page to stay bang up-to-date.
The 7th annual Festival takes place from the beginning of the month. As well as the usual flamenco master classes, events for the public include:
- Wednesday 30 June – flamenco concert with guest country, Philippines. At the Edgar Neville concert hall at the Diputación on the western seafront. Details for time and tickets to follow.
- Thursday 1 July – flamenco concert with guest country, Japan. At the Edgar Neville concert hall at the Diputación on the western seafront. Details for time and tickets to follow.
- Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July – free flamenco concerts with some of the best local artists at the Eduardo Ocon Auditorium in the Paseo del Parque. Details of artists and time to follow.
- Sunday 4 July – flamenco flashmob. Attempt to break the international record for the most people dancing flamenco in the street. This year’s dance theme is tangos de la repompa. In front of the Diputacion building (western seafront) at noon.
See the full programme here.
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Malaga Summer Street
Two great locations for shopping in Malaga have organised fun afternoons in July. Shops will have their wares outside and there should be a fun atmosphere.
Thursday 22 July – the Muro de Puerta Nueva and Calle Compañía area has a flamenco fashion show, bridal fashion show and display of instruments from 5 to 9pm.
Thursday 29 July – Calle San Juan area has fashion shows, pancake show cooking, a workshop on turning humble espadrilles into party shoes… Also, from 5 to 9pm.
Musical events in Malaga in July
It couldn’t be more eclectic this month with a wide range of concerts on in the city. Take a look at the list and pick yours.
Concerts in La Térmica Gardens
The gardens at the cultural centre on the west side of the city host 4 concerts this month with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets cost €15 and are available online here.
- Thursday 1 and Saturday 2 July – Jazz Symphonic: the José Carra Trio join the Orchestra for an evening of classical jazz combo. At 9.30pm.
- Thursday 8 and Friday 9 July – Tango Symphonic. At 9.30pm.
Fans of band music are in for a treat on 1 July and 2 July when two free concerts take place in the Gibralfaro at 9.30pm. 1 July is the turn of the trumpet and drum bands (the ones that form part of the Easter Week processions) and 2 July sees all the city’s full bands play. Tickets are free but you need to get them in advance from the Agrupación de Cofradías on Calle Muro de San Julián 2 (just off Calle Carreteria) from 10am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm. Maximum two tickets per person. Free transport is available from City Hall and buses leave between 8 and 8.45pm on the evening of the concert. You need to show your ticket when you get on the bus.
Evening concerts at the Balneario (on the other side of La Caleta beach and with a great waterfront location) with well-known Spanish artists take place from 7 to 16 July. Tickets cost from €18 and all proceeds go towards the refurbishment of the adjacent gardens. Full programme and information (in Spanish only) here.
Music in the Carmen Thyssen Patio
Outdoor spaces really come into their own in July in Malaga and the Carmen Thyssen Museum has a series of concerts throughout the month (Saturday 3, 10, 17 and 24 July) at 9.30pm. The patio is small so book well ahead to be sure of a seat. The programme includes an eclectic mix – jazz, classical, flamenco, funk… Tickets cost €10 and are available online or at the museum ticket office during opening hours.
Music in the Museum of Malaga
Another outside space – this time the central patio at the Museum – hosts a series of 10 concerts throughout July. Listen to flamenco, pop and rock Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm (doors open at 9pm). Full programme here and tickets cost €15 from here.
The annual music and dance festival (named after the scorching inland wind that batters the city every so often in the summer) arrives in July. There’s a good line-up of international artists including Noa, Mariza, Rocío Molina and some whirling dervishes from Syria. All performances take place at the Cervantes Theatre from 5 to 31 July.
For full details on the programme and links to tickets, click here.
Nights in the Gibralfaro
Concerts under the moonlight and against the backdrop of the Moorish castle walls are always a highlight in July. This year, they start at 10pm and run from 8 to 31 July. There’s the usual mix of music including flamenco, jazz, piano recitals and Sephardic concerts. Tickets cost €13 and are available online. You can see the full programme and buy tickets here.
Concerts are social distanced (capacity is 400 instead of the usual 500). As usual, there’s a free bus service from Paseo de Reding (on the corner with Calle Cervantes) and back down afterwards at the end of the concert. Don’t forget that you must wear a mask on the bus and at the concert.
Jazz at St George’s
St George’s Church in the English Cemetery (Avda de Pries, just east of La Malagueta bullring) has A Night of Jazz on Friday 30 July at 8.30pm. The Jitterbug Jazz Band will provide the foot-tapping rhythms. Tickets cost €10 and all proceeds go towards the Church fundraising appeal. Reserve your ticket by calling 638 339 691.
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See the iconic artists in a multimedia art experience at Muelle Uno. 12 giant screens and surround-sound display works from some of the greatest artists from this 19th-century genre. They include Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.
Open Wednesday to Monday 11am to 10pm. Tickets cost €11 for adults during the week and €13 at weekends. Family ticket packages are also available. Visits take place on the hour and last around an hour. Ticket purchase online here. Until 5 September.
Malaga will be screening its usual summer fest of outdoor cinema at 19 venues around the summer in July and August. Venues include:
Eduardo Ocon Auditorium on Paseo del Parque showing ‘Signature Cinema’ (The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers), The Truth (Hirokazu Koreeda), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma), Les Miserables (Ladj Ly) and An Officer and a Spy (Roman Polanski)).
Botanical Gardens showing 4 classics: Breakfast with Diamonds, Casablanca, The Way We Were and Annie Hall.
Plus beaches and parks around the city. You can see the full programme here.
David Lynch Retrospective
Thursdays in July are for fans of the American director at the Albeniz Cinema (Calle Alcazabilla) where a series of his iconic films will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles at 8.30pm.
- 1 July – Elephant Man
- 8 July – Blue Velvet
- 15 July – Wild at Heart
- 22 July – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
- 29 July – Lost Highway
Tickets cost €4.50 and are available at the cinema box office or online here.
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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.
Note that you need to wear a mask inside all museums and maintain social distancing (2m).
The eclectic contemporary art museum has 3 exhibitions on this month:
Franz West – Last Decades. Showcasing work by the Austrian who was one of the influential contemporary artists in Europe during the 60s and 70s. The exhibition includes 35 of his works that encompass furniture, sculptures and collages. Until 29 August.
Don Bergland – The Silence of Eternity. The first European exhibition for the Canadian artist and it includes some works created specially for the occasion. Until 12 September.
Politics. Part of the CAC collection with works by Ivan Pérez, Aideen Barry and Daniel Richter and reflecting on war, politics and power in today’s society (now there’s a meaty topic!). Until 29 August.
While you’re there, don’t miss the permanent collection and Neighbours. CAC also has one of the best museum shops in Malaga especially if you’re looking for a book about art!
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 2pm and 5 to 9.30pm. Free entry.
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.
Joining the main exhibition are two smaller ones: Ivan Aivazovsky and Seascapes – 26 works by this master of painting water plus 13 others by his contemporaries. And appropriately given the title of the sister exhibition, Tolstoy – the Path of Life. The watercolours and illustrations explore Tolstoy’s friendships with figures in Russian society and show scenes from some of his most famous novels.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free Sunday 2 May all day and on Sundays after 5pm.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The museum has just celebrated its tenth anniversary and continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.
A temporary exhibition, Painting Light, Catalan Masters, has artworks from 36 artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. They include Fortuny, Anglada-Camarasa, Tapiès and Súner. Until 17 October.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €10 (including main collection).
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.
The most-visited museum in southern Spain has a permanent collection, called 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.
Metamorphosis by Miquel Barceló is in Malaga. Spain’s most famous contemporary artist has nearly 100 works on display that he created between 2014 and 2020. They include ceramics, paintings, watercolours, travel journals and 7 giant bronze ‘matchstick’ sculptures on display in the central patio. Like Picasso, Barceló sees “every piece of work as experimental”. Until September.
Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €12 for both exhibitions, €8 Barceló, free Sundays after 5pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is closed at the moment 😞
The multi-coloured cube includes A Century of Spanish Art from Miró to Barceló exhibition. As usual, the exhibition has an eclectic display of paintings, videos, installations and sculptures.
Spanish artist Julio González has a dedicated exhibition at the Pompidou Centre until 17 October. You can see 33 drawings and 18 sculptures by the Catalan artist, exiled in France like Picasso.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 6pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm.
Night-time at the Botanical Gardens in Malaga
More gardens and this time, botanical. Night-time visits to the Botanical Gardens in Malaga continue in July on Friday and Saturday evenings at 9.30pm. The visit lasts an hour and a half and costs €7.50. To book call 951 926 180.
Markets in Malaga in July
Arts and crafts – El Zoco market at Muelle Uno takes place every Sunday with socially distanced stalls from 5 to 11pm.
La Merced market – arts and crafts stalls on Plaza de la Merced on Saturday 31 July from 11am to 7pm.
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 10 July on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 24 July in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
Heads-up for August
Although Malaga Fair has been cancelled, there are still plenty of events in the pipeline for August. Stay tuned to Guide to Malaga for all the details by signing up to our free newsletter.