The latest in our monthly series about events in Malaga gives you all the information about what’s on in Malaga in June. It’s a busy, busy month in the city with the Patio Festival, Malaga Gastronomy Festival, the Flamenco Festival… plus the usual great round-up of music, dance, art and markets. Read our choice of events in Malaga in June.
Music in Malaga in June
Carmen in the English Cemetery
Bizet’s most famous opera takes a very unusual stage on Saturday 1 June at 9pm. El Último Trovador performs the opera in the cemetery gardens. Tickets cost €15 from here. Doors open 8.30pm.
Music in the Park
Malaga City Band starts their summer season on free concerts in the park. The first takes place on Sunday 2 June at 8.30pm at the Eduardo Ocón auditorium in the Paseo del Parque (about half-way down, opposite the crossing to Malaga University Headquarters). Free entry – get there early to bag your seat as the open air venue is quite small.
Chamber Music Festival
The 7th edition of Malaga Clásica celebrates Chamber Music in the city from 11 to 16 June. This year’s programme focuses on the romantic composers with concerts playing Beethoven, Brahms, Schuman, Saint-Saëns… 2 concerts take place in the Sala Maria Cristina, 2 in the Albeniz Cinema and the final concert in the Cervantes Theatre. Malaga Clásica also provides a platform for local musical talent with 2 free concerts. Tuesday 11 June at 5pm in the Russian Museum and Thursday 13 June at 5pm in the Pompidou Centre.
Full programme plus information on booking tickets available here.
The annual series of organ concerts continues in June. On 5 June at 8.30pm, you can catch an organ and soprano concert in Malaga Cathedral. On 12 June (also at 8.30pm), the venue moves to the Sagrada Corazón Church on Calle Compañía for an organ and clarinet recital. Both have free entry, but arrive early to ensure you get a seat.
The monthly lunchtime concert at the Museum of Malaga takes place on Sunday 16 June at noon in the patio. Listen to Emin Kiourktchian play the piano. Free entry.
The annual celebration of international music runs from 22 June to 7 August this year. On the stage in June are Mariza, Kroke, The Chieftains, Zenet, Rufus Wainwright and Ute Lemper. Information on the full programme and how to get tickets is available here.
Dance in Malaga in June
Cuban National Ballet takes centre stage on Saturday 8 June at 8pm in the Cervantes Theatre. Tickets for this modern version of Perrault’s classic tale set to Johan Strauss’ music cost from €20 and are available online here.
Van Gogh Alive
If you haven’t seen this yet, don’t miss it. You have until 9 June. 40 projectors on giant screens take you right into Van Gogh’s work using his art and high-tech graphics. Expect to see his most famous works and as you’ve never seen them before. Paseo de la Farola – look for the white marquee on the port near the lighthouse. Open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm. Entry costs €12 for adults, €9 for children aged 4 to 15 and €10 for the over 65s and students. You can get tickets on the door or buy them online here.
The Art of Protest
Banksy has arrived 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.
Malaga Gastronomy Festival
The annual foodie fest takes place from 6 to 9 June in Plaza de la Marina. This year, the invited region is Jaén, one of the provinces in Andalucia and famous for its olive oil, game and lamb. Showcooking demonstrations, workshops and food trucks make up the main attractions at one of the biggest events in Malaga in June. See all the details on our dedicated post here.
Flamenco in Malaga in June
Flamenco legend Manuela Carrasco brings Flamenco Essence to Malaga as part of the VIth Flamenco Bienal. She hails from Triana in Seville and is considered one of the greatest dancers in Andalucia. Together with singers, guitarists and percussion she performs on Tuesday 25 June at 8pm in the Cervantes Theatre. You can buy tickets here.
The 5th Malaga Flamenco Festival starts in late June. Some of the best flamenco artists in Spain perform under the stars in Calle Alcazabilla on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June at 10pm. You can see the full programme here.
The Bastián Jiménez Cuadro Flamenco perform at the MVA Cultural Centre on Calle Ollerías 34 on Monday 24 June at 7.30pm. Free entry, but you need to collect your ticket on the day of the concert between 9am and 5pm.
Not in the league with those in Córdoba, but definitely worth checking out if you like a good patio. The 2019 Malaga Patio Festival runs from Friday 31 May to Saturday 8 June at patios in La Trinidad and El Perchel districts, just west of the river. See the unusual patios decorated for the occasion and enjoy some local flavour. For full details, see our dedicated post.
The circus and magic company Jajejijojú brings clowns, circus acts and magic tricks to the Cervantes Theatre stage on Sunday 9 June at noon. Tickets cost €10 and proceeds go to AVOI, the children’s cancer charity. Get yours here.
What’s on in Malaga in June at the art museums
As usual, some of best events in Malaga in June include art. Read on for our round-up of art exhibitions this month.
This art museum in Malaga has 3 women-themed exhibitions:
Saints, Queens & Workers – the main exhibition celebrates women in Russian art. The paintings and objects travel through the entire history of Russian art from early icons of the Virgin Mary to contemporary portraits of women, from everyday drudgery to imperial finery. On show until 27 February 2020.
Women Artists – continuing the female theme, the main temporary exhibition has 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.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
Like the Russian Museum, the Thyssen Museum has also decided to take women at its central theme for its first big temporary exhibition of the year. Perversity: Femmes Fatales from 1880 to 1950 looks at the shift in women’s position from passive to active in society. Works include paintings by many of the world’s top 20th century artists including Klimt, Modigliani, Man Ray, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Until 8 September.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €10 (including main collection).
The most-visited museum in southern Spain welcomes a new temporary exhibition in June. Rooms, Bodies, Words looks at work by American artist Bruce Nauman from 18 June. The exhibition includes almost 100 pieces of art – architectural installations, sculptures, video, photos, silk screen prints… – that all focus on Nauman’s quest to understand our place in the world. It’s his first exhibition in Spain for 25 years and has been curated in collaboration with Caixa Social so will be good. 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. Think Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Le Corbusier, Chagall… Some fun installations including a revolving nose and sardine-tin bed, and some whacky videos.
You’re also just in time to catch the a great retrospective of Henri Matisse at the Pompidou looking at 6 decades of creativity. A New Country: Henri Matisse 1869 to 1954 includes all the artist’s genre – paintings, sketches, sculptures, illustrations from the very different creative periods of his life. Until 9 June.
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 16 June.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
Top tip – Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and Jorge Rando Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.
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.
Art & Breakfast
The 5th edition moves to Alcazaba Premium Hostel on Calle Alcazabilla for a weekend of art in a hotel. It takes place from Friday 14 June (5-10pm), Saturday 15 June (noon-11pm) and Sunday 16 June (noon-9pm). Tickets cost €5 and include breakfast. More information here.
Sports in Malaga in June
Sporting events in Malaga in June start with the annual Women Against Cancer Run on Sunday 2 June at 10pm. The 3k race goes round the city centre and raises funds for city cancer charities. It’s a fun run in the true sense of the word (jogging or walking it is absolutely fine). Sign up for your place here. Cost €8.
The nationwide run in aid of car accident victims and to raise awareness on speeding arrives in Malaga on Saturday 15 June at 9.30pm. You can choose between a 5k or 10k run. Both start and end at the Athletics Stadium in Malaga. Children can also take part in a race within the Stadium at 8.30pm. Sign up (€5) and more information here.
Markets in Malaga in June
Arts and crafts – the Sunday El Zoco market takes place on 2, 9, 16 and 23 June on Muelle Uno from 11am to 6pm on 2 and 9 June, and from noon to 8pm on 16 and 23 June.
Red Friday – the last of this season’s retro market takes place on Friday 7 June from 7pm to midnight at La Térmica. Over 50 stalls selling vintage clothes and classic items that take you back in time such as chunky telephones, portable TVs and of course, vinyls. Food trucks, live music and other cultural events. Get to La Térmica on the No 7 bus from Plaza de la Marina.
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 June on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 23 June in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
LA PLAZA – arts and crafts stalls on Sunday 23 June in Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 7pm.
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Heads-up for what’s on in Malaga in July
Malaga Movie Score has 7 concerts all based round film soundtracks and their composers from 2 to 6 July. Full information and programme here.
West Side Story
1 of the world’s best-loved musicals comes to Malaga in July at the Cervantes Theatre. Lyrics in Spanish, but the choreography and music as you remember it. From 18 July to 4 August. Tickets available from here.