After the hot summer months with their focus on outdoor films and concerts, events in Malaga in September return to their more typical mode. Coming up this month is a great combination of movie soundtracks, flamenco, classic film, tango, plenty of music plus the usual dose of amazing art.
Read the latest in our monthly round-ups of what’s on in Malaga, but most of all, enjoy!
Note that the events in this post refer to September 2021. We’ll be updating them towards the end of August so bookmark the page to stay bang up-to-date.
Public holidays in Malaga in September
First of all, a head’s-up: Wednesday 8 September is a public holiday in Malaga city. Shops and markets will mostly be closed, but restaurants and bars will be open as usual. Public transport will also be running as normal. The same applies to museums and monuments with the exception of the Museum of Malaga whose timetable will be 9am to 3pm. For more information on public holidays in Malaga in 2020, click here.
Note about events in Malaga
Covid-19 restrictions mean there’s reduced capacity at all events, indoor and out, so book your tickets extra early. You must wear a mask at all times and should arrive early. Some venues take your temperature on arrival.
International Tourism Day
Monday 27 September celebrates world tourism day in Malaga when all museums and monuments have open doors, ie free entry. Some are also organising guided tours and themed events.
Classic film festival in Malaga
Once again, September welcomes a long list of movie classics with plenty of must-sees for film buffs. Running from Friday 3 to Thursday 9 September, this year’s Golden Age Festival plays homage to the film directors Berlanga and Satyajit Ray as well as the Hollywood actors, Deborah Kerr and Simone Signoret.
The 21 films are shown in their original version with Spanish subtitles at the Albeniz Cinema in Calle Alcazabilla. Expect classics such as Black Narcissus, Le Ronde and The French Connection. Tickets cost €5 per film or you can get tickets for 5 films for €20. Full details about the programme and link to online booking here.
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Italian Film Festival
September welcomes the fourth edition of the Italian Film Festival with online and real events from 17 to 24 September. It shows a selection of recent Italian films (in Italian with Spanish subtitles), centred around the theme of the family plus a collection of shorts. Film director Gabriele Di Luca will be in town presenting his latest film, Thanks. Full details of the programme here.
Tango Festival in Malaga
Tango Malaga 2020 takes places over 2 days with song, music and dance at both performances in the Echegaray Theatre. The concerts take place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 September at 8.30pm and tickets cost €15. More information here.
Flamenco in Malaga in September
The VIth Bienal continues this month with two performances at the Cervantes Theatre:
Epicus features local dancer Susana Lupiáñez, La Lupi on Tuesday 14 September at 8.30pm. The performance includes flamenco and verdiales dances, the typical dance from the Axarquía region to the east of the city. Tickets cost from €16 and are available here.
Aires de Mujer stars Manuela Carrasco, one of the greatest flamenco dancers in Spain at the moment. See her on Wednesday 29 September at 8.30pm. Tickets cost from €20. More information here.
Aula Municipal de Flamenco in Malaga has its next concert of the season on Monday 27 September at 4.30pm in the Centro MVA on Calle Ollerías in the old quarter. The singer Amparo Heredia 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).
To the South of the South
Bienal Sur comes to Malaga for the ‘To the South of the South’ exhibition at La Térmica Cultural Centre, designated km 9692 for the event. There are several talks and conferences celebrating the Bienal as well as an exhibition, ‘Dissident Maps & Zoo’. On show are works by 4 South American artists that question the way we look at and interpret maps, archives and graphic documents. See it until 1 November. Open Tuesday to Friday 3 to 8.30pm and weekends 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. Free entry.
Musical events in Malaga in September
As usual, Malaga comes up with something for everyone:
You can listen to spiritual music at the English Cemetery (a few minutes walk east from the bullring in La Malagueta along Avenida de Pries) on Saturday 4 September at 9pm. El Último Trovador group will perform sacred music and cantatas in this lovely setting. Tickets cost €10 plus admin costs and you can buy them online here.
Local bands take centre stage with several concerts at the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium on the Paseo del Parque (roughly opposite the Bank of Spain building). All concerts last from 8 to 11pm and have free entry.
4 September – Fauces and Gran Premio play Indie and pop sounds.
5 September – Maenoba plays Indie and Revoluta, electronic pop.
12 September – Feo Band plays pop-rock, Ignorentes, rock, No Picky plays funk and the evening finishes with DJ Jorge.
MOSMA Movie Score
The annual celebration of film and TV soundtracks takes place from 9 to 12 September with 4 events:
- 9 September at 8pm – Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays soundtracks from epic and mystery movies at the Cervantes Theatre.
- 10 September at 8pm – Stories of Women, the Assemblé Orchestra plays four soundtracks from films and documentaries featuring women at the Sala Maria Cristina.
- 11 September at 8pm – A celebration of video game music (expect classics such as the theme from Super Mario Bros and new interpretations of favourites) at the Cervantes Theatre.
- 12 September at 8pm – Argentinian composer Gustavo Santalolla joins the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of his music in the Cervantes Theatre.
More information and tickets (from €15) here.
Free concerts at the museums
- Malaga Guitar Orchestra play at the Thyssen Museum on Saturday 25 September at 7pm in the lovely patio. Entrance is free, but it’s a small venue so get in the queue early to be sure of a seat.
- The Andalusian Lyrical Theatre sing the concert version of The Magic Flute at the Museum of Malaga on Sunday 26 September at noon, also in the patio. Entrance is free but you get a ticket by booking via the website. Booking opens Monday 20 September at 9am.
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Guided garden tours
The lovely Concepción Botanical Gardens have evening guided tours on 3 and 17 September. The tours last for 90 minutes and include the historic part of the garden, the old library in the house and the romantic mirador. They cost €9 per person and must be pre-booked by calling 951 926 180. Possibly one of the coolest spots to be in the city on a hot late summer evening!
You’re just in time to see the iconic artists in a multimedia art experience at Muelle Uno. 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.
Open 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.
A must for fans of vinyls, 7, 10 and 12″, vintage and new, the fair takes place on Sunday 19 September at Hotel Salles on Calle Mármoles 6 (on the west side of the river opposite the entrance to Calle Carreteria) between 11am and 8pm. Entrance is free.
Art exhibitions in Malaga in September
As usual, there’s a great round-up of art at the museums in Malaga this September.
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 26 September.
Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €12 for both exhibitions, €8 Barceló, free Sundays after 5pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is closed at the moment 😞
This art museum in Malaga recently opened a new permanent exhibition and also has 2 temporary ones.
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 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 temporary exhibition, Painting Light, Catalan Masters, has 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.
Several exhibitions are on at this avant-garde centre for art in Malaga.
Don Bergland – The Silence of Eternity. The first European exhibition for the Canadian artist and it includes some works created especially for the occasion. Expect to see lots of sheep, meat and dreamlike scenes. Until 12 September.
Michelangelo Pistoletto – One plus one equals three. A retrospective with more than 30 works by the Italian artist whose creations include photos, installations, sculptures and paintings. From 10 September until 5 December.
Mark Whalen – I am just here. Wall reliefs and 3D prints come into their own at Whalen’s new exhibition. Works on display include some exclusively created for this exhibition at the artist’s studio in LA. Until 29 November.
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 9.30pm. Free entry.
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.
Spanish artist Julio González has 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 – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sunday afternoons.
Sporting events in Malaga in September
This tough cross-training competition takes place from 25 to 26 September at Malaga Athletics Stadium (get there on the No 7 bus (last stop) from the south side of Alameda Principal) or on the metro (last stop on line 2)). Spectator tickets cost from €8 and you can buy them online here.
Jabega Regata final
The final of the jabega boats race takes place on Saturday 4 September off the Malagueta Beach. Races start at 5pm.
Markets in Malaga in September
Arts and crafts – the market at Muelle Uno takes place daily until the end of September from noon to 11pm Monday to Thursday and until midnight, Friday to Sunday. The Sunday market, El Zoco, is on every Sunday between 5 and 11pm.
Mercado de la Merced – arts and crafts stalls in the lovely square at Plaza de la Merced on Sunday 5 and 19 September from 11am to 7pm.
Mercado del Paseo – stalls along the Malagueta seafront promenade on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September, 11am to 7pm.
Soho Market – artisan produce and crafts on Calle Tomás Heredia on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September, 11am to 7pm.
Organic Markets – the best summer fruit (think melons, peaches and the first of the grapes) 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 September on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 25 September in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
Heads up for October
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