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Events in Malaga in June 2023

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 Gastronomy Festival and the Chamber Music Festival plus the usual round-up of great music, dance, art and markets. Read our choice of events in Malaga in June.

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Looking for some inspo this month? Check out our list of 10 things to do in Malaga in June.

Patio Festival

This off-the-beaten-track event showcases the traditional patios in the Perchel and La Trinidad districts, on the west side of the river. You can visit the patios, catch some flamenco, take in an exhibition and try some delicious local dishes. Dates for 2023 pending confirmation. For full details, read our dedicated Patio Festival in Malaga post

International Festival of Chamber Music

The sixth edition takes place from 29 May to 4 June, at the Cervantes Theatre. The six concerts take the central theme of revolutation and include young talents from Malaga. Tickets cost from €15 and you get 15% discount if you buy tickets to all six concerts. Available online here.

Noche de San Juan

Malaga celebrates the arrival of summer with a night of partying on the beach on the eve of San Juan, Friday 23 June. For more information, read our guide to San Juan in Malaga.

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:

Flamenco en los patios

The Patio Festival has two concerts, both in the Corralón de Santa Sofía (on Calle Montes de Oca 6):

  • 6 June, 7 to 10.30pm, a performance by the Raquel Arias Dance School.
  • 9 June, 8 to 11pm, flamenco dancing.

Both events are free, but get there early to be sure of a place.

Flamenco concert 

Aula Municipal de Flamenco in Malaga has its next concert of the season Monday 26 June at 7.30pm in the Centro MVA on Calle Ollerías in the old quarter. Dancer Carmen Camacho and her group will perform. Tickets are free, but you need to get yours from the Municipal Fiestas Department in Camino de San Rafael 99 (available from 9am to 2pm – you can get here on the No 20 bus from the Alameda Principal) or from the MVA box office on the day from 7pm onwards. 

The lovely video below gives you an idea of her dancing.

Farru

Soho Theatre’s flamenco fest continues this month with a performance by Farru, a dancer and grandson of Farruco, part of a legendary flamenco dynasty in Spain. He dances on Wednesday 28 June at 8pm. More information and link to buy tickets here.

Singin’ in the Rain

This classic musical (in its Spanish version) comes to Malaga from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 June at the Cervantes Theatre. The award-winning show comes with a cast of 25, a live orchestra of 9 and some amazing scenery. It is in Spanish, but the music to Singin’ in the rain, Good morning and Beautiful girl is universal.

Tickets cost from €20. More information and links to tickets here.

Music in Malaga in June

Southern Crescent Chorale

This large choir from the US performs in Malaga on Saturday 3 June at St George’s Church in the lovely English Cemetery. This is one of their few concerts in Europe and not to be missed.

Tickets cost €10 and are available here. Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments available separately.

Malaga Blues Society Anniversary Concert

The Malaga Blues Society celebrates its 10th birthday this month with a mega concert at the Cervantes Theatre on Saturday 3 June at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and are available online here.

Opera in the Albeniz

June’s screened opera performance at the Albeniz Cinema in Calle Alcazabilla is Verdi’s Macbeth from La Scala Milan in 2021. Watch it on Tuesday 13 June at 7pm. Tickets cost €15 and are available at the cinema box office and online.

Free concerts  in Malaga in June

Thursdays at the Ocón

The auditorium in the Paseo del Parque hosts Festijoven 2023, a series of free concerts performed by young locals. There are five in June at 8.45pm:

  • 1 June Malaga Brass Band
  • 8 June Jazz/soul concert
  • 15 June Spanish classical and contemporary dance
  • 22 June Spanish classical and contemporary dance
  • 29 June Jazz/soul concert

Terral en tu Zona

Although the Terral Festival doesn’t start until July, Malaga celebrates it with several free concerts around the city during June. All concerts are at 8.30pm and include:

  • Saturday 3 June – Peter Edgerton (singer-songwriter and owner of The Shakespeare pub in Malaga) plays country-pop at Parque Héroes del Combate in Teatinos (Google map link). Get there on the No 8, 13 or 21 bus from the Alameda Principal.
  • Sunday 4 June – Angela Hoodoo plays country-folk-blues in Huelin Park.
  • Saturday 10 June – Lito Fernández Roots Quartet play blues and soul in Parque Virginia in El Palo (Google map link). Get here on the No 8 or 11 bus from the Alameda Principal.
  • Sunday 11 June – Pablo Fugitivo plays rock and blues in the Eduardo Ocón Auditorio in the Paseo del Parque.
  • Sunday 25 June – the Vicky King Band perform blues, soul and gospel in Parque de Martiricos near the Rosaleda Sports Stadium (Google map link). It’s about 20 minutes walk from the city centre.

Municipal Band Concerts

This excellent band has three free concerts in June:

  • Sunday 4 June at 8pm in the Patio de Cadenas (outside the Cathedral entrance on Calle Císter) with a programme of classical and contemporary pieces. Free entry but get there early to grab your chair.
  • Saturday 10 June at 8pm in the Patio de Cadenas (outside the Cathedral entrance on Calle Císter) with a programme celebrating Corpus Christi. Free entry but get there early to grab your chair.
  • Sunday 25 June at 8pm in the Instituto Vicente Espinel (Calle Gaona in the north of the old quarter) with a mixed programme of a ballet overture, a pasodoble and Cebrián’s Night at the Alhambra. Free entry, but you need a ticket available online here from Thursday 22 June at 11am. Note that the link won’t work before this time.

Museum of Malaga

The monthly free concert takes place on Sunday 11 June at 11am with a flute and oboe concert, playing tunes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Free entry but get there early (we’d recommend queuing from 10am) to be sure of a place.

Art exhibitions in Malaga this May

As usual, Malaga is showcasing some excellent art this month, with several great new exhibitions. Here’s our pick of the best.

Bishop’s Palace

The exhibition rooms at this gorgeous building next to the Cathedral in Plaza del Obispo has welcomed a fun collection by local artist Javier Calleja. Mr Günter, The Cat Show includes 209 works by Calleja including his iconic cats, a giant Mickey Mouse and lots of paintings and sculptures.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm. Free entry, but you’re asked to donate €3, all of which goes to AVOI, the local children’s cancer charity and two animal shelters.

Picasso Museum

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 also has a 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.

Picasso Sculptor: Matter and Body

This is the first of the two big exhibitions commemorating the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death this year and the first major exhibition in Spain to focus on him as a sculptor. It was just one of his favoured mediums and he mostly focused on the human body. Until 10 September.

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €9.50, free Sundays after 5pm. While you’re there, do visit the Picasso Museum café with its lovely patio.

Russian Museum

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 latest exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the alternative collections. 

Russian Art Through English Eyes – works by Russian artists such as Venetsianov, Kandinsky and Goncharova from the private collection belonging to Jenny Green. She owns one of the largest collection of paintings and sketches from the 19th and 20th centuries. Until 5 June.

Kandinsky, Chagall and Poliakoff – this trio of artists were major contributors to the art magazine XX Siècle, published between 1938 and 1985. This exhibition shows their original lithographs and engravings. Until November.

For Sale – an installation by Ukranian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Until 5 June.

Absent – a photo exhibition by award-winning Spanish photographer Jose Manuel Ballester whose works reflect on scenes with no people and the absence of Russian art at the museum. Until 5 June.

Shadow Dancers – Mallorcan artist Bernardi Roig has two art works at the Russian Museum this month. Shadow Dancers are four bronze sculptures of ballerinas displayed in a room and his drawing Cap Negre.

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

The museum continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.

The museum also has three temporary exhibitions:

  • Street Life, Lisette Model and Helen Levitt in New York – 20 photos taken by these women artists during the 1940s. Until 11 June.
  • Buenos Aires Fever – over 100 photos by Hoarcio Coppola and photomontages by his wife, Grete Stern, from the 1930s. Until 10 September.
  • Painting Itself – an exhibition by Spanish abstract artist, Luis Feito. Until 11 June.

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 €12.90. 

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Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, is our favourite so far. 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.

Hollywood Sleep by Jean Cocteau

Read about the latest collection at the Pompidou Centre

Sheila Hicks: Travelling Threads

The latest temporary exhibition at the Pompidou Centre showcases textile art by American-born, Paris-resident artist, Sheila Hicks. This is the first exhibition dedicated to her in Spain. Until 10 September.

Sheila Hicks Travelling Threads 1

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 5pm. 

Jorge Rando Museum

As well as the permanent exhibitions, you can see one combining the work of Pablo Picasso and Jorge Rando. Their shared theme is bullfighting and you can see engravings by Picasso made between 1929 and 1960 and paintings by Rando from the 70s.

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Free entry. The museum is on Calle Cruz del Molinillo 12, on the northern edge of the old quarter. Don’t miss the Mercado de Salamanca market opposite.

CAC Malaga

The contemporary art museum has the following exhibitions in June (note that Imon Boy and Joan Cornellà finish on 4 June:

The Beginning of Something – the first museum exhibition by local artist, Imon Boy, includes 10 paintings as well as murals painted on site. The artist uses his works as diary, telling daily stories. Until 4 June.

Tell Me – another first in Spain, this time from US artist Devan Shimoyama. The artwork on show includes Tarot Series. Until 28 August.

Dek Tau – comic book artist and illustrator Joan Cornellà shows over 150 of his original works in comic book and sketch form. Until 4 June.

Language – a video by Juan del Junco, showing the sounds and whistles used by local shepherds to communicate with their flocks. Until 30 June.

While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking artwork and installations.

Tuesday to Sunday 9am-9.30pm. Free entry. 

La Térmica Cultural Centre

Ferocious Expressionism shows 54 photos in black and white by award-winning photographer Alverto García-Alix. On the walls are portraits, still life compositions and scenes from everyday life.

Free entry, open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. La Térmica is on the western seafront and you can get to it on foot (walk west from the Port and about 0.5km after the tall chimney, you’ll see a modern glass building on the right – La Térmica is behind it) or by bus on the No 7 from the Alameda Principal (south side; get off at the Santa Paula stop and walk down to the seafront).

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 7pm on 4 and 11 June, and from noon to 8pm on 18 and 25 June.

Merced Market – Plaza de la Merced hosts an arts and crafts market on Sunday 4 June from 11am to 7pm. Visit the stalls and enjoy the last blooms on the jacaranda trees!

Mercado Soho – Calle Tomás Heredia is the location for this arts and crafts market from 11am to 7pm. Date to be confirmed.

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 10 June on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 24 June in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.

Sports events in Malaga in June

Malaga Fit

If you fancy a bit of exercise and some fun, head for the Paseo del Parque on Sunday 4 June between 10.30am and 3.30pm. You can join exercise classes at the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium or the Fit-Escape Room throughout the park.

if you fancy a bit of exercise, head for the Paseo del Parque on Sunday 4 June between 10.30am and 3.30pm. You can join exercise classes at the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium:

  • Body Attack – 10:30 – 11:30am
  • Zumba – 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Body Combat – 12:30-1:30pm
  • Pilates – 1:30-2:30pm

There’s also a Fit-Escape Room throughout the park where you’ll find a mixture of games and tests of your agility and sporting skills. Free entry.

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