Summer has definitely arrived and with the heat, there’s a long list of cool events in Malaga in July. In the latest of our what’s on in Malaga monthly round-ups, discover lots of music and dance, video gaming, open-air cinema and of course, some really great art. Read to find out more about events in Malaga this month.
Note that most of the events listed below refer to July 2019. We’ll be publishing the 2020 diary towards the end of June. Bookmark this page for updates!
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. This year’s the nearly 4,000 participants will be dancing Malagueñas, a typical dance style from Malaga. Watch the flamenco flash mob (it’ll be fun and it’s a great choreography) on Calle Larios at noon on Sunday 2 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.
Flamenco Festival 2019
Malaga runs its fifth international flamenco festival this year from 24 June and 7 July. The official section is mostly for professionals and aspiring flamenco artists, but there’s plenty to do and see for enthusiasts as well. Check out our dedicated guide for full details.
Musical events in Malaga in July
It couldn’t be more eclectic this month with a wide range of concerts on in the city, many of them free. Take a look at the long list and pick yours.
Chamber music in the English Cemetery
A trio of piano, violin and cello play Haydn, Granados and Mendelssohn at St George’s Church in the English Cemetery (short walk east from La Malagueta bullring). Friday 5 July at 9.30pm. Tickets cost €20 and include a pre-concert glass of wine or cava. To book, call 638 339 691.
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 Cuba with Paquito D’Rivera’s latin sounds, Cameroon with Richard Bona on bass guitar and Spain with Michel Camilo on piano and flamenco legend Tomatito on guitar. They’ll be showcasing Spain Forever, winner of the Grammy Latino for Best Instrumental Album in 2017.
Until 7 August at the Cervantes Theatre. Tickets €12 to 36. More information here.
Movie Sound Tracks
If your thing is soundtracks, this is your festival. The 2nd edition of Movie Score Malaga comes to the city from 2 to 7 July at the Cervantes Theatre, Sala Maria Cristina and the Albeniz (Calle Alcazabilla). The Movie Score events in Malaga include an evening of blockbuster soundtracks played by the Malaga Philharmonic orchestra plus a number of record signings and talks about the industry. MOSMA starts with a free concert in Plaza de la Constitución at 9.30pm on Tuesday 2 July. Tickets from €10. See the full programme here.
Who’d like to be in Ame-ri-ca
The Broadway Bernstein classic comes to Malaga as a musical at the Cervantes Theatre. West Side Story runs for three weeks and although the songs are sung in Spanish, the music’s the same and you’ll know all the moves.
18 July to 4 August every day except Monday with two performances daily on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost from €18 to 60 and are available here.
Pedro de Mena Concerts
In honour of the Pedro Mena exhibition currently showing at Bishop’s Palace (see below), the city is holding several free concerts with a Barroque theme:
- 3 July at 8.30pm in Bishop’s Palace – 17th century Italian works.
- 10 July at 8.30pm in Bishop’s Palace – a recital of works by Henry Purcell.
- 17 July at 8.30pm in Malaga Cathedral – Spanish and Portuguese pieces for choir and organ from the 16th to 18th centuries.
As always, get there in plenty of time to be sure of a seat.
Concerts in the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro
This year’s series of concerts includes 3 in the main square inside the Gibralfaro Castle and 6 in Patio de los Surtidores inside the Alcazaba Fortress. Both make magical settings and provide great spaces for listening to some summer music al fresco. All concerts start at 10pm.
At the Alcazaba
Concerts take place on 13 July (Ana Benavides plays piano), 17 July (classical concert with Spain as the central theme), 18 July (chamber music), 19 July (soprano and piano), 25 July (Rafael Aguirre on guitar) and 27 July (Sephardic folk tunes).
At the Gibralfaro
Concerts take place on 11 July (Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays pieces from European composers), 21 July (Piacerre Academy sings traditional songs), 26 July (the Insostenible Big Band plays Latin rhythms) and 21 July (Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays Mendelssohn and Dvorak).
Tickets cost €10 and are available online and at post offices (there’s one in Calle Santa Lucía off Calle Granada). To get to concerts in the Alcazaba, take the lift on Calle Guillén Soto (at the back of the Alcazaba near City Hall). To get to the Gibralfaro, walk up or take the free bus from Paseo de Reding (on the corner with Calle Cervantes) running between 8pm and 9.45pm on the evenings of the concerts. A bus service will run back down. Don’t go up by private car as all parking is prohibited on the road up to the Gibralfaro this year.
Museum of Malaga concert
The monthly concert shifts to Saturday evening in July and August. The guitarist Javier García Verguro plays in the (stunning) patio on Saturday 13 July. Time to be confirmed. Free entry.
Opera in the Cemetery
The English Cemetery has 2 operatic events in Malaga in July. You can enjoy Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Saturday 20 July at 9pm and Puccini’s Tosca on Friday 26 July at 9pm. Tickets cost €15. More information here.
Dance events in Malaga in July
Dance fans are in for a bit of a treat this month with both tango and flamenco taking centre stage.
Tango in Malaga
This year’s edition of Tango Malaga runs for the weekend 6 and 7 July with 2 performances at the Echegaray Theatre (on Calle Echegaray off Calle Granada) at 8.30pm. Enjoy 2 evenings of the best of Argentinian song, music and dance. Tickets cost €15 and are available here.
Flamenco in Malaga in July
Dance events in July include yet more flamenco performances as part of the Bienal de Flamenco. Highlights include:
Flamenco Azul: The renowned dancer, Ana Perez, known as the ‘Black Pearl’ in flamenco circles dances with her company from Marseille at the Edgar Neville Auditorium (western seafront) on 2 July at 8.30pm. Free entry.
Flamenco Concerts: As part of the 2019 Malaga Flamenco Bienal, three flamenco concerts take place in the lovely central patio at the Gibralfaro Castle. A magical setting for an evening’s entertainment.
- 12 July at 10pm – guitarist Daniel Casares plays Magiterráneo. Dance, song and accompaniment including violin.
- 13 July at 10pm – Pa Lante Pa Tras with Manuel Lombo singing and accompanied by dance and the guitar.
- 14 July at 10pm – Paloma Fantova dances.
All performances cost €30 (there’s a discount for all 3) and tickets are available at post offices (there’s one on Calle Santa Lucía 7, off Calle Granada) and here.
Flamenco up high: the roof terrace at the AC Malaga Palacio Hotel hosts Wednesday evening concerts at 10pm featuring some of Andalusia’s top performers. On Wednesday 24 July, Rocio La Boterita sings accompanied by guitar; and Wednesday 31 July is the turn of Chelo Soto, also with guitar accompaniment. Concerts start at 10pm and tickets cost €10 (€15 drink included), available at the hotel reception or online.
As part of the events associated with the Bruce Nauman exhibition, the Picasso Museum is showing Dogville starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Lars von Trier on Friday 12 July at 9pm. Tickets are €10 and include a guided tour of the exhibition, drink and screening of the film in the (lovely) patio. More information and link to tickets here.
This year’s edition of Cine Abierto (outdoor cinema) runs until mid-August at several different locations in Malaga, all outside with the exception of the Albeniz Cinema. As usual, there’s something for everyone – all in Spanish, but even if you don’t quite get the plot you’ll enjoy a magical evening under the stars watching a great film. Beach locations include the Malagueta, Misericordia and Dedo.
Fans of musicals should head for the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium in the Paseo del Parque (opposite the Bank of Spain) for screenings of classics such as Moulin Rouge, Chicago and Sweeny Todd. Spanish film buffs have several dates in the Tabacalera Patio (outside the Russian Museum and Car Museum). Look out for Handia, Formentera Lady and Loving Pablo. And there’s a lots of films for kids including Paddington 2, Sherlock Gnomes and Peter Rabbit.
For a full list of locations and what’s showing when, click here.
Original version classics
You can see 2 1980s classics in their original version with Spanish subtitles on Muelle Uno (space between the Pergola and the Pompidou Centre) at 10pm:
- Wednesday 24 July – The Goonies
- Wednesday 31 July – Gremlins
Video gaming Fest
Gamepolis returns to Malaga for its 7th edition with a 3-day feast of gaming, competitions and stands from all the big brands. It takes place at the Palacio de Congresos from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July between 10am and 10pm. Highlights include a Cosplay competition, a K-Pop competition, concerts and guest appearances from video game developers such as Brenda Romero, the Director of Empire of Sin. Tickets cost €10 a day or €27 for a 3-day pass and are available on the door or online here. Get to the Palacio de los Congresos on the No 4 bus from the Alameda Principal.
Lego and 3D exhibitions
The large space previously occupied by Artsenal on Muelle Uno now houses two big exhibitions of lego pieces and 3D images. The lego exhibition, the largest in Europe, contains over 500,000 bricks that make up just about anything you can think of – a giant model of the Titanic, sports personalities, part of the human body… plus there’s an area where you can build your own creations.
The 3D images, the largest in Spain, has a collection of 30 stands where you can place yourself in the image. You then take a pic on your phone of yourself fighting a dinosaur, on the front cover of Time, fishing a shark….
Both exhibitions open daily from 11am to 9pm and are a perfect activity for families and kids. Ticket prices start at €5.50 and combos are available for both exhibitions with a 50% discount, but you must visit one of them before 3pm. Tickets available on the door. This will be popular in the school holidays so visit first thing in the morning or at Spanish lunchtime (2 to 4pm) to maximise your chances of getting a photo with just you in it. More details here. Until 22 September.
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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.
The Art of Protest
Banksy shows (or at least, his pictures) at La Térmica Cultural Centre until 15 September.Over 40 original creations by possibly the world’s most famous street artist including paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and photos. All the works come from private collections and this is the first time they have been on display in Spain. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 10pm. Tickets cost €9 (plus €1 costs). Tickets available online here.
Get to La Térmica on the No 7 from Plaza de la Marina or walk along the western seafront until the Diputación.
This art museum in Malaga has 3 women-themed exhibitions running in July:
Saints, Queens & Workers – the central exhibition showcases women in Russian art. The paintings and objects run through the entire history of Russian art from early icons of saints and the Virgin Mary to contemporary portraits of women, seen in everyday drudgery or imperial finery. Until 27 February 2020.
Women Artists – continuing the female theme, the temporary exhibition shows works by the most relevant Russian women artists from the 20th century to today. Until 8 September.
Gmurzynzka Collection – Gmurzynzka was the first western art collector to take a serious interest in early 20th century Russian art and this temporary exhibition shows some of the most important works in her collection. Until 8 September.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free 10-11 February all day and on Sundays after 5pm.
Read our dedicated post on the exhibitions at the Russian Museum in Malaga.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
Like the Russian Museum, the Thyssen Museum also takes women at its central theme for its temporary exhibition. Perversity: Femmes Fatales from 1880 to 1950 examines the shift in women’s position from passive to active in society. Expect to see paintings by many of the world’s top 20th century artists including Klimt, Miró, Picasso, Modigliani, Man Ray and Dalí. Until 8 September.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €10 (including main collection).
The most-visited museum in southern Spain has a new temporary exhibition. Rooms, Bodies, Words showcases work by American artist Bruce Nauman and includes almost 100 pieces of art – architectural installations, sculptures, video, photos, silk screen prints… They all focus on Nauman’s eternal quest to understand our place in the world. It’s his first exhibition in Spain for 25 years and is one to add to your must-see list if you like thought-provoking art. Open from 18 June to 1 September, daily 9am to 7pm. Tickets €6.50.
The multi-coloured cube continues with Modern Utopias, an exhibition that takes you round European art with some of the continent’s greatest artists on display. Works by the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky and Le Corbusier take centre stage. There are also some fun installations including a sardine-tin bed and giant revolving nose plus some whacky videos.
Read our dedicated post about the exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.
Also on is the temporary exhibition, Mon Oeil. The main children’s character from the Centre Pompidou in Paris website is the thread through 5 interactive spaces created by 5 artists. Visitors discover how to see things with their own oeil as they walk through the spaces. Very hands-on so great for kids and of course, creative adults! Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 5 to 7.30pm, weekends 12.30 to 2pm and 5 to 8pm. Free entry. Until 15 September.
Jim Dine – the latest temporary exhibition showcases a retrospective by the America artist, known as the master of “happenings” and performance. You can see a selection of his sculptures, paintings and objects that he created between 1961 and 2016 from 10 July onwards.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
A new exhibition opens at the Picasso Foundation annex (on Plaza de la Merced 13) on 4 July showing the illustrations drawn in red by Picasso for Pierre Reverdy’s Le Chant des Morts. Accompanying them are poems by Anne Bronte, Quevedo, John Webster, Dylan Thomas… plus engravings by Durero, Rembrandt and Goya. Open daily 9.30am to 8pm. €3, free entry on Sundays after 4pm.
Pedro de Mena sculptures
He’s one of Spain’s most famous sculptors of religious figures and although he was born in Granada, Pedro de Mena made Malaga his home. Bishop’s Palace has an exhibition of some of the 17th-century artist’s finest works and in honour of the exhibition has given Mena’s choirstalls in the Cathedral a facelift. Open daily 10am to 9pm. Entry costs €6 (€4 for residents in Malaga province). Until 14 July.
Night-time at the Botanical Gardens in Malaga
Night-time visits to the Botanical Gardens in Malaga continue in July. More information on time and price is available by calling 951 926 180.
Markets in Malaga in July
Arts and crafts – the Sunday at Muelle Uno takes place daily until 15 September from noon to 10pm.
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.
LA PLAZA – arts and crafts stalls on Sunday 28 July in Plaza de la Merced from 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.