The latest in our monthly series about events in Malaga gives you all the information about what’s on in Malaga in June. After months of relatively quiet activity, June starts to get busy. Look forward to the Film Festival and Malaga Fashion Week plus the usual round-up of great music, dance, art and markets. Read our choice of events in Malaga in June.
Note that Covid-19 restrictions are still very much in place so the number of tickets on sale are reduced and fewer people are allowed in. And it also means that events may be cancelled or their start times changed. The events listed on this page were correct at the time of writing (late May), but in these roller-coaster times, double-check with the venue especially if you have to travel.
Usually in the second half of March, Malaga Film Festival celebrates its 2021 edition from 3 to 11 June. The Festival showcases the very best in Spanish and Latin American films – longs, shorts and documentaries – and awards the Biznaga de Oro to the best. See the full programme and associated events in our dedicated post.
Malaga Fashion Week
Another event that’s a bit out of sync is Malaga Fashion Week, usually held in September. Covid restrictions have moved the date and the venue. This year’s edition is in the gardens at the Tabacalera, home to the Car Museum and Russian Museum.
But the event will, as usual, have the best in local haute couture on the catwalk. See all the action on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June, 7 to 10.30pm. Entry is ticket-only and each show costs €20 per person. You can buy tickets online here.
French Film Festival
CAC and French Cinema Institute are showing a mini-French film festival. All films are at 7pm at CAC Contemporary Art Museum and shown in French with Spanish subtitles. Entry is free but you need to get a ticket in advance online from here.
- Wednesday 2 June – L´Âme du vin by Marie- Ange Gorbanevsky, 2019 (documentary)
- Wednesday 9 June – Poissonsexe by Olivier Babinet, 2019 (comedy film)
- Wednesday 16 June – Il était une forêt by Luc Jacquet, 2013 (documentary)
- Wednesday 23 June – In the Name of the Land by Edouard Bergeon, 2018 (drama).
Flamenco in Malaga in June
Ahead of the Flamenco Festival at the beginning of July, there are flamenco events in Malaga this month. They include:
The gardens at La Térmica Cultural Centre host a unique combo concert with Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra performing with guitarist Daniel Casares and singer Rocío Bazán. Watch this on Friday 25 June at 9.30pm. Tickets cost €15 and are available online here.
Aula Municipal de Flamenco in Malaga has its third concert of the season on Monday 28 June at 4.30pm in the Centro MVA on Calle Ollerías in the old quarter. The Cuadra Flamenco Carmen Camacho (2 dancers, guitarist, singer and percussionist) will be performing.
Entry is free but you need to get a ticket on the day from MVA (available from 4pm onwards) or from the Municipal Fiestas Department in Camino de San Rafael 99 (available from 9am onwards – you can get here on the No 20 bus from the Alameda Principal).
Fans of comics and manga are in for a treat on Friday 18 (5-11.30pm) and Saturday 19 June (noon to 11.15pm) at La Térmica Cultural Centre. Video games, book signings, meet-ups and films are just some of the activities going on. Find out more (in Spanish only) here.
Get to La Térmica on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (south side) or walk along the western seafront until you see the Diputación building (modern glass) on your right. It takes about 30 minutes from the city centre.
Malaga welcomes a new multimedia art experience at Muelle Uno in June with Impressionists. 12 giant screens and surround-sound display works from some of the greatest artists from this 19th-century genre. They include Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.
Immerse yourself in the colourful paintings from 15 June, Wednesday to Monday 11am to 10pm. Tickets cost €11 for adults during the week and €13 at weekends. Family ticket packages are also available. Visits take place on the hour and last around an hour. Ticket purchase online here. Until 5 September.
Musical events in Malaga in June
Terral in your area
Terral is the annual music and dance festival held in July, but it has come early this year with some free concerts at different locations around the city from 4 to 26 June. We’ve highlighted those in central locations (easy to get to), but you can see the full programme here.
- Friday 4 June – The Gangberries, local blues band plays in the Recinto Eduardo Ocón (the small auditorium in the Paseo del Parque, more or less opposite the Bank of Spain) at 8.30pm.
- Saturday 5 June – Hot Nasho, a musician from Ronda, plays old and new blues in Huelin Park at 8.30pm.
Music at the Museum
The Museum of Malaga holds its monthly lunchtime concert on Sunday 13 June at noon. Performing will be Guillermo Ramírez Ortega and Clara Román Vázquez, playing Bach, Lizst and Schumann among others. Entry is free, but you need a ticket available from the museum website (go to Reserva tu visita) from 9am on the Monday beforehand (7 June). (Be prepared for a challenge – we haven’t managed to bag a seat yet, but you may be lucky!)
They play two concerts in Malaga in June, both are free.
- Air Museum – Sunday 13 June at 8.30pm, playing flying-themed music in the patio of this great museum next to Malaga Airport. Get to the Museum on the Cercanías train from the city centre (it’s a short walk from the station), cycle via the Guadalhorce Natural Park and through the back lanes of San Julián or go by car. There’s plenty of free parking at the Museum. More details in Spanish here.
- English Cemetery – Sunday 27 June at 8.30pm. The English Cemetery is in the east side of the city, on Avenida de Pries just a minutes’ walk east from the bullring. Tickets available online from 10am on Thursday 24 June.
The Carmen Thyssen Museum’s monthly concert takes place on Saturday 19 June at 7pm in the museum’s lovely patio with the Gospelettes. Entry is free but get in the queue early to be sure of a seat.
Opera in the Cemetery
Local opera group, El Último Trovador sing arias from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the English Cemetery on Saturday 26 June at 9pm. Tickets cost €13.54 and are available online 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.
Russian Museum and Malaga have yet another completely new collection from the Russian State Museum in St Petersburg. This year’s exhibition takes War and Peace as its central theme with 183 works by Russian masters and French and German artists with ties with Russia. Expect to see references to epic battles, the October Revolution and World War I. The works include, as always, paintings and sculptures and provide unique insight into Russian life and culture.
Joining the main exhibition are two smaller ones: Ivan Aivazovsky and Seascapes – 26 works by this master of painting water plus 13 others by his contemporaries. And appropriately given the title of the sister exhibition, Tolstoy – the Path of Life. The watercolours and illustrations explore Tolstoy’s friendships with figures in Russian society and show scenes from some of his most famous novels.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free Sunday 2 May all day and on Sundays after 5pm.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The museum has just celebrated its tenth anniversary and continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.
A new exhibition, Painting Light, Catalan Masters, opens on 1 June with artworks from 36 artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. They include Fortuny, Anglada-Camarasa, Tapiès and Súner. Until 17 October.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €10 (including main collection).
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 just opened a new 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.
Metamorphosis by Miquel Barceló is in Malaga. Spain’s most famous contemporary artist has nearly 100 works on display that he created between 2014 and 2020. They include ceramics, paintings, watercolours, travel journals and 7 giant bronze ‘matchstick’ sculptures on display in the central patio. Like Picasso, Barceló sees “every piece of work as experimental”. Until September.
Open daily 11am to 6pm. Tickets €12 for both exhibitions, €8 Barceló, free Sundays after 3pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is closed at the moment 😞
The multi-coloured cube includes A Century of Spanish Art from Miró to Barceló exhibition. As usual, the exhibition has an eclectic display of paintings, videos, installations and sculptures.
Spanish artist Julio González gets a dedicated exhibition at the Pompidou Centre until 17 October. You can see 33 drawings and 18 sculptures by the Catalan artist, exiled in France like Picasso.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 6pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm.
Top tip – Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and Jorge Rando Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.
Xebius and the Art of Dreams
Local Manuel Camino, aka Xebius and the creator of XBOX 360, has an exhibition in the Archivo Municipal showcasing his photo-collages based on his dreams and travels. Using illustration, graphic design and 3D techniques, Camino paints an unusual world featuring the occasional Malaga landmark.
See it until 13 June at the Archivo Municipal, Alameda Principal 23. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 5 to 8pm, weekends 10am to 1pm. Free entry.
Markets in Malaga in June
Arts and crafts on the Port – the Sunday El Zoco market takes place on Sundays in June on Muelle Uno from 11am to 6pm on 6 and 13 June, and from noon to 8pm on 20 and 27 June.
Mercado Merced & Co – Plaza de la Merced hosts an arts and crafts market on Saturday 5 and Sunday 8 June from 11am to 7pm. Visit the stalls and enjoy the last blooms on the jacaranda trees!
El Paseo Market – the monthly arts and crafts market takes place on the Malagueta seafront promenade on Sunday 13 June from 11am.
Mercado Soho – Calle Tomás Heredia is the location for this arts and crafts market on Sunday 27 June 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 12 June on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 26 June in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
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Heads-up for what’s on in Malaga in July
The annual celebration of international music runs from 5 to 31 July this year. On the stage in are Noa, Mariza, Rocío Molina and some whirling dervishes. Details on the full programme and how to get tickets is available here.
The 7th Malaga Flamenco Festival starts in early July. Some of the best flamenco artists in Andalusia perform under the stars in Calle Alcazabilla on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July at 10pm. Plus there’s a tango flash-mob in Calle Larios on Sunday 4 July. Full details in our what’s on in Malaga in July from late June.