The good news this year is that events in Malaga in July are back to their usual full programme. And there are definitely some 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.
Flamenco in Malaga in July
The 8th annual Festival takes place from the beginning of the month. As well as the usual flamenco master classes, events for the public include:
- Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July – free flamenco concerts with some of the best local artists. Calle Alcazabilla from 9.30pm. Free entry, but get there early to grab your seat.
- Sunday 3 July – flamenco flashmob. Attempt to break the international record for the most people dancing flamenco in the street. This year’s dance theme is bulerias. Watch them do it on Calle Larios at noon.
See the full programme here.
Flamenco en el Soho
Antonio Bandera’s Soho Theatre celebrates its annual flamenco programme with a star-studded line-up of the best artists. Performers include Antonio Canales (veteran dancer), Rocio Márquez (singer, heralded as one of the new voices in cante jondo), El Pele (singer with dancer accompaniment), Duquende (singer), Maite Martín (singer) and local guitarist, Dani Casares.
The concerts take place during the second half of July. More information and links to book tickets here.
Maria Pagés at Soho Theatre
One of Spain’s greatest flamenco dancers performs for two nights at Soho Theatre on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July. An absolute must-see for flamenco fans and anyone who loves dance. More information here.
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Modern dance in Malaga
And free performances too, but get there early to be sure of a seat.
- Ana Lessing Menjibar performs her Show Your Wound in the auditorium at the Pompidou Centre on Saturday 23 July at 5pm. Her choreography is accompanied by music.
- Martin Tolosa Marin dances his piece called Addiction in the café area at the Russian Museum on Thursday 28 July at 5.30pm.
Musical events in Malaga in July
It couldn’t be more eclectic this month with a wide range of concerts in the city. Take a look at the list and pick yours.
The city’s annual date with movie scores takes place from 7 to 10 July this year with four concerts playing famous soundtracks. Broadway maestro Marc Shaiman plays his scores on the piano in the inaugural concert at the lovely Maria Cristina Concert Hall.
Full details and links to book here.
Muses in La Térmica Gardens
The gardens at the cultural centre on the west side of the city host nine concerts this month with DJs, singers and the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra.For example, the MPO has two concerts with James Bond soundtracks and two playing symphonic rock. British singers Billy Nomates and Nadia Rose along with American Joan As Police Woman provide the international line-up with Spanish stars Tabletom, Ela Rea, La Pains, Rubio Americano, Julia Martin and Hungry Butterfly completing the programme.
Some events are free (get there early to be sure of a seat) and ticketed events cost €15 and are available online here.
Jardín Cervezas Alhambra
Also in La Térmica gardens, this is a 2-week celebration of beer, food and live music between 6 and 17 July. The event is sponsored by Alhambra beer so those will be the drinks on tap and in the bottle. Events include beer tastings, DJ sessions and concerts. Entry is free, but if you want to go to an event, you need to buy a ticket (from €5). Monday to Friday 7pm to midnight, weekends 1 to 5pm and 7pm to midnight.
Full details and links to book tickets here.
The Echegaray Theatre showcases this genre from 15 to 30 July with a series of seven concerts guaranteed to get your feet tapping and fingers clicking. Artists performing include veteran Pancho Verona and the Ariel Brínguez Trio from Cuba.
To find out more and book tickets, click 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 2, 8, 16 and 22 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 €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).
Free concert in the museum on Friday 1 July at 7pm when Malaga’s Guitar Orchestra plays works by Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saens et al. Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat.
Music in the Museum of Malaga
Another outside space – this time the central patio at the Museum – hosts a series of 9 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.
There’s also a free concert at the Museum on Sunday 24 July at noon. On stage will be the city’s Baroque Orchestra playing works by Juan Francés de Iribarren. Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat.
The annual music and dance festival (named after the scorching inland wind that batters the city every so often in the summer) continues into July with several concerts at the Cervantes Theatre until 4July.
For full details on the programme and links to tickets, click 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 nine concerts at 10pm, three of which take place in the Alcazaba and the other six in the Gibralfaro. The concerts include classical music, opera, jazz and rhythm and blues, and tickets cost €13.
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.
Municipal Band Concert
In the lovely grounds of the Gibralfaro on Sunday 24 July at 9pm. It’s the band’s last concert of the season and this one has a Latin theme with well-known tunes such as Oblivion by Piazzola, Guantanamera (Guajira) by Fernandez and Barry Manilow’s Copabanana. The concert is free and there’s also free bus transport to get you up there and down again. To get up there, wait in the queue between 7pm and 8.30pm on the corner of Paseo de Reding and Calle Cervantes. Buses drop off here at the end of the concert.
Jazz at the English Cemetery
The Jitterbug Jazz Group plays on Saturday 30 July at 9pm in the lovely grounds of the English Cemetery (Avda de Pries 1, opposite the Malagueta bullring). Tickets cost €12 per person and are available here or by calling 638 339 691.
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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.
Virgen del Carmen celebrations
Huelin neighbourhood celebrates with four days of fiestas marineras in Huelin Park from 14 to 17 July from 7pm to late. Musical entertainment includes singing and dancing plus Cuban and Brazilian shows at 10pm on 16 July and 17 July, respectively. There are also plenty of children’s activities as well as a market and food trucks.
My Secret Garden
The Pergola walkway plays host this month to sculptures by the Belgian artist, Arne Quinzce. You can see her colourful creations under the Pergola and in the gardens to the side during July.
Malaga will be screening its usual summer fest of outdoor cinema at 19 venues around the summer in July and August. Films are mostly in Spanish, but we think there’s something quite magical about watching a movie under the stars or in an unusual location even if you don’t understand what’s going on. And all the showings are free.
This year’s programme includes classics such as John Ford’s Grapes of Wrath (at the Carmen Thyssen Museum), the Goya-award-winning Akelarre and Las Niñas (at the Russian Museum) and Falling with Viggo Mortensen at the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium in the Paseo del Parque.
Plus beaches and parks around the city. You can see the full programme here.
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Tim Burton summer cinema
Fans of this director are in for a treat this month because Muelle Uno is screening four of his iconic films under the stars. All sessions are in English with Spanish subtitles and start at 10pm in the main square. Free entry, but get there early for a space in front of the screen.
- Thursday 7 July – Edward Scissorhands
- Thursday 14 July – Big Fish
- Thursday 21 July – Corpse Bride
- Thursday 28 July – Mars Attack
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 eclectic contemporary art museum has 2 main exhibitions on this month:
- Ben Sledsens – this is the first Spanish exhibition for the Belgian artist and he has 16 paintings on show. Until 11 Sept.
- Erik Parker – Easy Freedom is a retrospective of this German-born artist based in the US and includes 40 works from his collection. Until 28 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.
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 new exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the massive collection in the archives at the Picasso Foundation.
Incessant Picasso. Freedom and Life – over 150 works by Picasso or depicting him are on display to illustrate his seemingly limitless creativity. The exhibition takes the theme of the different stages of his life and you’ll see photos, books, sketches, prints and ceramics.
The Reasons for Dreams – this collection, divided into eight sections, looks at the different shapes and forms of dreams. Works on display are by artists including Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Francis Bacon, Georges Ségel, Joaquín de Molina (below) and local Chema Cobos.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free Sundays after 5pm.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The museum has just celebrated its 11th anniversary and continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection. Also on show is the latest temporary exhibition, Real(ism). New figures in Spanish art 1918 to 1936. It includes over 80 paintings, sculptures, sketches and drawings by artists such as Arteta, Dalí, Gargallo, Miró and others. Until 4 Sept.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, €10 (€6 for entry between 2.30 and 4pm), free from 5pm on Sundays.
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 a new (ish) 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.
You can also see Paula Rego, a huge retrospective of the Portuguese artist who has redefined figurative art and revolutionised the representation of women in art. Some 80 of her works are on display, taking you through her artistic journey. Until 21 August.
Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €12 for both exhibitions, €8 Barceló, free Sundays after 5pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is now open!
The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, arrived recently and we love it! 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.
Japanese architecture since the 1950s – the temporary exhibition at the Pompidou Centre returns to architecture with the work of 30 Japanese architects on show. Expect to see drawings, designs and models plus objects by masters of building and planning such as Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa and Sou Fijimoto. Until 19 Sept.
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
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 on Friday evenings at 9.30pm and dramatised tours are on Wednesday evenings. 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 Saturday 3 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 9 July on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 23 July in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
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