Guide to events in Malaga in July

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 covid-19 restrictions are in place in Malaga during July. Events have a much reduced capacity so book well in advance to be sure of one of the few seats and remember that masks are obligatory. But don’t let this put you off – Malaga has pulled out all the stops to make your stay as hygienic as possible and we think a short break in the city will be on a par with normal. Just fewer people and at least 1.5m away from you!

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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.

International Jazz Day

Malaga celebrates the event on 4 July with a free concert at the Auditorio Eduardo Ocón (about half-way along the Paseo del Parque). La Canalla Cecilia Krull Quartet play from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Free entry

Music in the Picasso Museum Gardens

Outdoor spaces really come into their own in July in Malaga and the Picasso Museum has a series of concerts throughout the month. It’s a lovely garden, but small so book well ahead to be sure of a seat. The programme includes an eclectic mix – jazz, classical, flamenco, puppet shows, piano concertos… and you can see the full programme here. 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 concerts throughout July. Listen to jazz, flamenco, rock and swing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm (doors open at 9pm). Full programme here and tickets cost €12 from here.

Opera in the English Cemetery

A trio of piano, tenor and soprano perform Spanish lyrical pieces at the English Cemetery (short walk east from La Malagueta bullring). Saturday 11 July at 9 and 10.30pm. Tickets cost €10 and you can book them here.

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Terral 2020

The annual music festival (named after the scorching inland wind that batters the city every so often in the summer) arrives in late July. Covid-19 restrictions mean we won’t be seeing the usual international line-up this year, but a good programme of Spanish artists (and there are plenty of them) is promised. Details to be released soon so bookmark this page and check back regularly.

Summer Thursdays

The Pompidou Centre and the Russian Museum host concerts within their exhibition space in July and August. Listen to Soleá Morente’s rock style at the Russian Museum on Thursday 9 July at 9pm and to Julia Martín at the Pompidou Centre on Thursday 30 July, also at 9pm. Entry is free (get your tickets from the museum beforehand) and you can also visit the exhibitions free between 8 and 11pm.

Philharmonic in La Térmica Gardens

More outdoor concerts, this time in La Térmica Cultural Centre. Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra offers two concerts on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July at 9.30pm in the gardens. Soprano Berna Perales and baritone Damián del Castillo perform works by Mozart and Bellini among others accompanied by Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets cost €15 and are available online here.

Get to La Térmica on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (south side) or walk along the western seafront until the Diputación.

Nights in the Gibralfaro

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Concerts under the moonlight and against the backdrop of the Moorish castle walls are always a highlight in July. This year’s programme includes an eclectic mix of musical performances including Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, medieval music, jazz, flamenco and swing.

Concerts take place throughout July from Thursday 9 until Saturday 25. Tickets cost €13 and are available online via the link to the programme above.

Concerts are social distanced (capacity is 330 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.

Pop, rock, flamenco, funk…

Moraga Sound offers a series of concerts featuring all types of music from flamenco-fusion to reggae at 3 different venues in the city during July. Look out for these at the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium in the Paseo del Parque, at Playa Virginia and at the Rubén Alcántara Skate Park. Free entry. Full details to follow

Dance events in Malaga in July

Dance fans are in for a bit of a treat this month with several dance performances taking place at the Echegaray Theatre as part of the Factoria Fénix programme. You can see the full programme here and performances take place until Sunday 26 June.

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Summer cinema

African Cinema

The CAC contemporary art centre is showing a series of African films every Wednesday in July at 7pm. Free entry but you need to get a ticket online here or by phoning 952 208 500.

  • Wednesday 8 July – Keteke (Ghana)
  • Wednesday 15 July – Jimmy goes to Nollywood (Nigeria)
  • Wednesday 22 July – Sur les chemins de la rumba (Republic of Congo).

Classic American Comedy

The Albeniz Cinema (Calle Alcazabilla) is showing a series of classic American comedy films from the 30s to the 50s. All are shown in English with Spanish subtitles and start at 10pm. Tickets cost €4.50 on the door. In July, you can see:

Bringing Up Baby, Howard Hawks, 1938 – Thursday 16 July

To Catch a Thief, Alfred Hitchcock, 1955 – Thursday 23 July

Midnight, Mitchell Leisen, 1939 – Thursday 30 July

Musicals

La Térmica Cultural Centre has open-air cinema with a musical theme in July with the following programme (films screened in English with Spanish subtitles):

  • Friday 3 July – Begin Again & Rocketman
  • Friday 10 July – Yesterday & Sing Street
  • Friday 24 July – Mamma Mia & La La Land

All screenings start at 9.30 and tickets cost €4 each or €6 for a couple. You can buy them online here.

Get to La Térmica on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (south side) or walk along the western seafront until the Diputación.

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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).

Russian Museum

This art museum in Malaga recently opened a new permanent exhibition and also has 2 temporary ones.

Realism: Past & Present – the central exhibition showcases realism in Russian art from the 18th century to today. The paintings and objects run through over three centuries of Russian art exploring how artists portrayed their surroundings and the relationship between art and truth. Until April 2021.

Breaking silence: silent movies in Russian – a look at this genre of cinema, which used the most advanced techniques of its time. A selection of Italian and American films complement the exhibition. Until April 2021.

Andrèi Tarkosvky: Master of Space – film buffs have another treat in this look at one of the greatest film directors in the 20th century. Until April 2021.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 5pm.

Carmen Thyssen Museum

As well as its permanent collection – discover it here – this art museum in Malaga has a space dedicated to Toulouse Lautrec and the Circus. The 30 drawings painted by the artist during a convalescence and later illness depict classic circus scenes and characters.

Open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm and 5 to 9pm, weekends 9.30am to 9pm. €10, free on Sundays after 5pm.

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Picasso Museum

The most-visited museum in southern Spain has just added new works to its permanent collection, now called Conversations with Picasso 2020-2023. The exhibition explores 8 decades of artistic creativity from the 20th century’s greatest artist.

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €6, free Sundays after 5pm.

Pompidou Centre

The multi-coloured cube recently opened its latest permanent exhibition, A Century of Spanish Art from Miró to Barceló. As usual, you can expect to see an eclectic collection of paintings, videos, installations and sculptures. Read about the latest art.exhibition in Malaga here.

4 Piggybacks with Knife Juan Muñoz and Suspended Corridor Cristina Iglesias at Pompidou Centre Malaga
4 Piggybacks with Knife Juan Muñoz and Suspended Corridor Cristina Iglesias

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7

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.

Guided tour of the English Cemetery

Get the low-down on this fascinating corner of Malaga with a guided tour in English on Friday 3 July at 5pm. Tickets cost €6 and you can book online here.

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.

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 11 July on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 25 July in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.

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