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.
Please note that the events on this page refer to those in July 2023. We will be updating them for 2024 as soon as we have the information.
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.
Flamenco in Malaga in July
The 9th annual Festival continues at the beginning of the month. As well as the usual flamenco master classes, events for the public include:
- Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July – free flamenco concerts with some of the best local artists. Calle Alcazabilla from 10pm. Free entry, but get there early to grab your seat.
- Sunday 2 July – flamenco flashmob. Attempt to break the international record for the most people dancing flamenco in the street. This year’s dance theme is to be confirmed.
Cinema in July
If you love a good film or a classic movie, there are several options this month in Malaga. And two of them free!
Wes Anderson classics
Watch one of his classics every Thursday in July in Muelle Uno (on the esplanade near the Pompidou Centre) at 10pm. All films are in their original version with Spanish subtitles. Free entry.
- Thursday 6 July – Gran Hotel Budapest
- Thursday 13 July – Moonrise Kingdom
- Thursday 20 July – The Royal Tenenbaums
- Thursday 27 July – Isle of Dogs
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!
This year’s event runs until 10 August. Full details of what’s showing where and when here.
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).
In July, you can see:
- Thursday 6 July: Straw dogs (1971, directed by Sam Peckinpah).
- Thursday 13 July: Avanti (1972, Billy Wilder).
- Thursday 20 July: Fat city (1972, John Huston).
- Thursday 27 July: Obsession (1976, Brian De Palma).
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.
Concerts start on 7 July and include an eclectic range of music, so there’s something for everyone.
The English Cemetery opens Tuesday to Sunday, 8pm to midnight and entry costs €5 per person. Tickets are only available on the door.
More information available on the website (right-click to translate into your language if you don’t understand Spanish).
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!
This year’s tribute to movie scores takes place on Friday 14 July in the Echegaray Theatre, with three events during the day. They all pay homage to Ryuichi Sakamoto and include a concert of some of his most famous works.
More information and links to tickets here.
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 (Saturday 8, 22 and 28 July) at 9.30pm. The patio is small so book well ahead to be sure of a seat.
The programme include flamenco, fado and jazz fusion. Tickets cost from €12 to €28 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. Your ticket price includes entrance to the museum at any time in the week before the concert (see details of what’s on the walls below).
Carmen Thyssen Quartet
Also at the museum in July is a concert by the Carmen Thyssen Quartet. They perform Breton and Smetana on Saturday 15 July at 9pm. Tickets cost €10 each and are available online here.
The annual music and dance festival (named after the scorching inland wind that batters the city every so often in the summer) takes place in July. The concerts are at the Cervantes Theatre from 1 to 11 July.
For full details on the programme and links to tickets, click here.
Music in La Térmica gardens
The gardens at this cultural centre play host to two concerts in July, both performed by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, playing film tracks. Henry Mancini compositions, such as his lovely Pink Panther theme tune, take up the first half, while the second includes other well-known favourites like Superman, Star Wars and Beauty and the Beast.
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July at 9.30pm. More information and links to buy tickets here.
Mozart piano concerto
The Soho Theatre hosts local pianist whizz, Marcos Castilla, on Saturday 15 July (8pm) and Sunday 16 July (noon). Castilla plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21. We saw him perform at the recent Noche en Blanco and he is truly excellent.
More information and links to buy tickets here.
This music festival runs from 20 to 30 July, with a mix of international and Spanish names on stage at the Echegaray Festival. All concerts start at 8.30pm and tickets cost €15. 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 runs from 8 to 30 July, with all concerts starting at 10pm. They include:
- 8 July – Gibralfaro Castle, Con pañeros, flamenco song and music.
- 9 July – Gibralfaro Castle, Bach (Re) Inventions from the Moise´s P. Sánchez Trio.
- 15 July – Alcazaba, “The Emperor’s Key”, a concert by the Íliber Ensemble playing music by Diego de Pantoja who introduced European music in the Chinese court almost 450 years ago.
- 17 July – Alcazaba, 25th anniversary of Concerto Málaga orchestra.
- 22 July – Gibralfaro Castle, Julia Martín plays Urban & Rhythm and Blues.
- 23 July – Gibralfaro Castle, the Duo del Valle offer a piano concert, playing Schubert and Ravel.
- 28 July – Gibralfaro Castle, the Insostenible Big Band look back on their 17 years of playing jazz music.
- 30 July – Gibralfaro Castle, “Made in Spain”, with the Más que Ópera group singing Spanish lyrical music (opera).
Tickets cost €13 per person and are available from 9am on Tuesday 4 July online or by phone 952 07 62 62 (8am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday).
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:
Muelle Uno at 8pm
- 1 July – flamenco, rock, reggae and power pop.
- 2 July – rock
- 7 July – violin and singer, flamenco
- 8 July – pop rock
- 9 July – rock bands
- 28 July – Sing and Swing at 9.30pm
See these on stage in the Paseo del Parque:
- 14 July – pop, indie and synth pop, at 8pm
- 15 July – rock and indie, at 8pm
- 16 July – rock, at 8.30pm
- 9 July – riffs, rock at 8pm
These concerts take place on the esplanade in front of the Russian Museum and the Car Museum:
- 13 July – pop, rock, country and folk, at 7.30pm
- 14 July – pop and rock, at 8pm.
Thursdays at the Ocón
The auditorium in the Paseo del Parque hosts Festijoven 2023, a series of free concerts performed by young locals. There are four in July at 8.45pm:
- Thursday 6 July – a break dance performance.
- Thursday 13 July – a rock concert.
- Thursday 20 July – a classical music concert.
- Thursday 27 July – a rock concert
Museum of Malaga
July’s concert is on Sunday 9 July at 11am. The Higher Music School Trio (cello, piano and clarinet) will play Beethoven and Brahms.
Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat. We’d recommend 10am.
You can hear this excellent band on two dates in July as they bring their 2022/23 concert season to a close. Both performances feature a mixture of pop, rock, swing and jazz, and start at 9pm. Free entry.
- Sunday 16 July 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 23 July 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.
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?
Araboka Plaza, 5 minutes walk from El Corte Inglés, has three paired tasting sessions in July. Each session has a guest bodega with a representative who explains the wine. Antonio, the manager of Araboka, also adds his thoughts and explains the food. English translation available of all the important info!
Thursday 13 July at 9pm – Bodegas Delgado, from Puente Genil (Montilla-Moriles), present their wines and celebrate their 150th anniversary. If you like sherry-type wines, you’ll love these and be amazed at how many different types of wine Pedro Ximenez grapes can produce.
Thursday 20 July at 9pm – Bodega Gramona present their sparkling wines including cava, produced from their vineyards in the Penedés region in Catalonia.
Thursday 27 July at 9pm – Fabio Coullet from the nearby Axarquía presents their trend-setting wines and new techniques.
Price – €50 per person, including 4 dishes plus dessert and all paired wines.
Book well in advance by phone or WhatsApp on 666 330 336 or online here. The online booking takes you the general reservation page, so to book a paired tasting, choose the Thursday in July and 9pm.
Wine paired with cheeses
Our friends at Winederlust also has a tasting this month at Villa Antumalal in the east of Malaga.
Join them on Saturday 8 July at 6pm. Tickets cost €45 per person and are available online here.
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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.
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Tango in Malaga in July
This year’s tango festival takes place over the weekend, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, at the Echegaray Theatre. One performance explores old and new trends in tango dance and music, while the second returns to the roots of this Argentinian art form. Both performances are at 8.30pm.
More information and link to buy tickets here.
Gamers have their annual fest on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, at the Congress Palace (FYCMA). This year’s bonanza includes over 200 activities and €20,000 in prizes. Plus Japanese pianist Yumi Tanioka will play Final Fastasy, pianist Elesky will play the most popular soundtracks to videogames, and there’s a charity All Stars Gamers.
More information and links to buy tickets here.
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.
Casa Natal Picasso
The temporary exhibition space at Picasso’s birthplace on Plaza de la Merced has just opened Ages of Pablo. This ambitious exhibition covers Picasso’s entire artistic career through eight themed sections, from when he was 15 years old until his death.
The 58 works on display include oils, engraving, sketches and ceramics and start with the Formative Years. This section displays several Malaga-themed works since Picasso spent his summers in the city although he lived in Barcelona.
The exhibition then moves on to Blue and Pink, Cubism, Classicism, Joie de Vivre, before finishing with the Jacqueline Years.
Until 1 October. Open daily 9.30am to 8pm. Price €3, €4 combined ticket to see Picasso’s birthplace (well worth the extra).
The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, is our favourite so far. It’s 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.
Sheila Hicks: Travelling Threads
The latest temporary exhibition at the Pompidou Centre showcases textile art by American-born, Paris-resident artist, Sheila Hicks. This is the first exhibition dedicated to her in Spain. Until 10 September.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 5pm.
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:
Buenos Aires Fever – over 100 photos by Hoarcio Coppola and photomontages by his wife, Grete Stern, from the 1930s. Until 10 September.
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.
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 also has a 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.
Picasso Sculptor: Matter and Body
This is the first of the two big exhibitions commemorating the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death this year and the first major exhibition in Spain to focus on him as a sculptor. It was just one of his favoured mediums and he mostly focused on the human body. Until 10 September.
Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €9.50, free Sundays after 5pm. While you’re there, do visit the Picasso Museum café with its lovely patio.
The exhibition rooms at this gorgeous building next to the Cathedral in Plaza del Obispo has welcomed a fun collection by local artist Javier Calleja. Mr Günter, The Cat Show includes 209 works by Calleja including his iconic cats, a giant Mickey Mouse and lots of paintings and sculptures.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm. Free entry, but you’re asked to donate €3, all of which goes to AVOI, the local children’s cancer charity and two animal shelters.
Note that the Russian Museum has free entry until 25 July!
It’s been all change at this art museum in Malaga since (understandably) no new artworks from the Russian State Museum have arrived. But the latest exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the alternative collections.
Different perspectives – two award-winning photographers, Elena Anosova and Javier Arboledas showcase their images of two different parts of Russia. Anosova focuses on a remote part of southern Russia, where his family comes from, and reflects on isolation and collective memory. Arboledas looks at Sosnovy Bor, one of the secret cities built during the 1950s in the USSR, and his pictures reflect on memory and utopia.
Kandinsky, Chagall and Poliakoff – this trio of artists were major contributors to the art magazine XX Siècle, published between 1938 and 1985. This exhibition shows their original lithographs and engravings. Until November.
In the flow – German artist, Boris Groys, who spent many years in Russia, has three videocollages on display.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 5pm.
The contemporary art museum has the following exhibitions in July:
Wild Flowers – Spanish artist, Jorge Galindo, fills the large space at the museum with 25 of his large floral paintings, all created over the last three years. Until 3 September.
Tell Me – a first in Spain from US artist Devan Shimoyama. The artwork on show includes Tarot Series. Until 28 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
Ferocious Expressionism shows 54 photos in black and white by award-winning photographer Alverto García-Alix. On the walls are portraits, still life compositions and scenes from everyday life.
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).
Mandrille 84 at La Polivalente
Mandrille 84, an Algerian-born artist now based in Andalusia, has a new exhibition of his paintings and illlustrations this month.
You can see it at La Polivalente in Calle Lagunillas 53 (just off Plaza de la Merced). Google map link here. From 14 July. Open daily 7pm to midnight (11pm on Sundays).
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Night-time at the Botanical Gardens in Malaga
You can take a guided tour around the gardens or join a dramatised tour with actors dressed as key figures in the gardens’ history. Evening visits to the Botanical Gardens in Malaga continue in July, but we’re waiting for confirmation of dates. Tickets cost from €7.50 and you book them by calling 951 926 180.
Markets in Malaga in July
Arts and crafts – El Zoco market at Muelle Uno takes place every Sunday with stalls open from 5 to 11pm.
La Merced market – arts and crafts stalls on Plaza de la Merced on Sunday 2 July from 11am to 7pm.
Soho Market – more arts and crafts stalls on Calle Tomás Heredia in the Soho district on Sunday 9 and Sunday 23 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 8 July on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 22 July in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
Sports events in Malaga in July
World Padel Tour
Malaga hosts one of the competitions at the Martin Carpena Palacio de los Deportes Stadium from 25 to 30 July. The Malaga Open 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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The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) celebrates its centenary this year and to mark the occasion, Malaga hosts a mini-tournament featuring three of the world’s best teams: Spain, the US and Slovenia.
At the Palacio de los Deportes 11 to 13 August. More information here.