Events in Malaga in September 2021

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 fashion, 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!

Please note that the information in this post refers to events in Malaga in September 2020. We will updating the details towards the end of August – bookmark the page to be the first to know.

Public holidays in Malaga in September

First of all, a head’s-up: Tuesday 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. 

Malaga Fashion Week

One of the biggest events in Malaga of the year, the Pasarela Larios takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September. This year, because of covid-19 restrictions, the event takes place at the Gran Hotel Miramar. The 300m blue catwalk along Calle Larios won’t be rolling out but there will be fashion shows on both days, in the morning and afternoon, and all the shows will be streamed live via social media. There’s a maximum capacity of 80 people per show and you need to book your ticket in advance. More details on this later. 

Malaga Fashion Week

For an idea of what to expect, read about Malaga Fashion Week .

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 4 to Thursday 10 September, this year’s Golden Age Festival plays homage to the film directors Federico Fellini, Eric Rohmer and Saul Bass as well as the Hollywood actors, Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak.

The 21 films are shown in their original version with Spanish subtitles at the Albeniz Cinema in Calle Alcazabilla. Expect classics such as The Road to the Gallows, One, Two, Three and The Big Knife. 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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Tango Festival in Malaga 

Tango Malaga 2020 takes places over 2 days with song, music and and dance at both performances in the Echegaray Theatre. The concerts take place on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September at 8pm and tickets cost €15. More information here

Musical events in Malaga in September

As usual, Malaga comes up with something for everyone:

Chamber Music Festival 

The acclaimed festival celebrates its 8th edition this year with 7 concerts between 21 and 27 September at the Echegaray Theatre and Cervantes Theatre with 2 free concerts at the Pompidou Centre and Russian Museum. Composers range from Handel to Gershwin via Bartok, Grieg and Dvorak, and include 2 of the winners of the First International Composer Competition. Information and links to buy tickets are available on the website

Young talented musicians play at the inaugural concerts at the Echegaray Theatre (Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September) at 8pm. Free entry, but you need a ticket available online or at the theatre box office from Friday 18 September. Maximum 2 tickets per person.   

Terral Season 


This annual season of concerts (named after the inland wind that blows scorchingly hot in the summer) usually takes place in July and August, but this year it’s in September. There’s an excellent round-up of musical events ranging from classical to jazz via flamenco and pop. The concerts start on Tuesday 8 September with The Three Tenors and run right through to October. You can see the complete programme here . Concerts take place in the Cervantes Theatre and tickets cost just €12. 

MOSMA Movie Score

The annual celebration of film and TV sound tracks takes place from 10 to 12 September with 4 events: 

  • 10 September at 8.30pm – A tribute to composer Ennio Morricone in the Cervantes Theatre.
  • 11 September at 7pm – Distant Worlds, music from Studio Ghibli in the Echegaray Theatre.
  • 11 September at 9.30pm – A celebration of music by Alex Pina who wrote the sound track for series such as the Netflix hit, Money Heist. Albeniz Cinema.
  • 12 September at 8.30pm – A tribute to Spanish film and TV sound tracks with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra in the Cervantes Theatre.

More information and tickets here.

Free concerts 

The Al-Nair Quintet perform Arnold, Barber and Maslanka in the patio at the Museum of Malaga, on Sunday 20 September at noon. Free entry.

Philharmonic by the Sea

The Philharmonic plya Beethoven in the Edgar Neville Auditorium on Friday 25 September at 8pm. The Auditorium in the on the western seafront, near La Térmica Cultural Centre. More information to follow. 

Philharmonic & Young Barroque in the Bullring 

Malaga Philharmonic play Dvorak in the Malagueta Bullring on Thursday 10 September and the Andalusian Young Barroque Orchestra play Vivaldi on Friday 11 September. Both concerts start at 9pm and tickets cost €10, available from here

World Tourism Day

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 27 September and to celebrate, all museums and monuments in Malaga will have free entry. This gives you the chance to make the most of all the art exhibitions currently on show plus get a look round your favourite monuments, all for free! 

Guided garden tours 

The lovely Concepción Botanical Gardens have evening guided tours on 3, 10 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 €7.50 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! 

watercolour of botanical gardens in Malaga

Art exhibitions in Malaga in September

As usual, there’s a great round-up of art at the museums in Malaga this September.

Malaga Patterns 

This unusual project looks at iconic design and logos in Malaga with an exhibition at the Ateneo de Malaga (Plaza de la Constitución) from 18 September to 27 November, Monday to Friday 6 to 8pm. Free entry.

Picasso Museum

The most-visited museum in southern Spain has just added new works to its permanent collection, now called Conversations with Picasso 2020-2023. The exhibition explores 8 decades of artistic creativity from the 20th century’s greatest artist.

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €9, free Sundays after 5pm.

Russian Museum

This art museum in Malaga recently opened a new permanent exhibition and also has 2 temporary ones.

Realism: Past & Present – the central exhibition showcases realism in Russian art from the 18th century to today. The paintings and objects run through over three centuries of Russian art exploring how artists portrayed their surroundings and the relationship between art and truth. Until April 2021. Read our guide to this latest art exhibition in Malaga

Steel Factory Nikolai Dormidontov
Steel Factory Nikolai Dormidontov

Breaking silence: silent movies in Russian – a look at this genre of cinema, which used the most advanced techniques of its time. A selection of Italian and American films complement the exhibition. Until April 2021.

Andrèi Tarkosvky: Master of Space – film buffs have another treat in this photographic look at one of the greatest film directors in the 20th century. Until April 2021.

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

As well as its permanent collection – discover it here – this art museum in Malaga has a space dedicated to Toulouse Lautrec and the Circus. The 30 drawings painted by the artist during a convalescence and later illness depict classic circus scenes and characters. See this until 13 September.

The museum has also recently opened a new exhibition, very timely as it turns out. Masks reflects on the transformation of the human figure through masks in modern art. Works on display are by artists such as Goya, Picasso, Gargallo and Modigliani. 

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, free on Sundays after 5pm.

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CAC Malaga

Several exhibitions are on at this avant garde centre for art in Malaga.

I 🖤 PINTURA (painting) by Fernando Clemente – around 60 works, created over the last 15 years by this artist from Jerez de la Frontera. They include different mediums and several previously unexhibited works. Colours feature among abstract and figurative creations. Until 11 October. 

Ergo Sum by Bosco Sodi – the largest space at CAC is taken up by 30 giant paintings (in monochrome black) and golden sculptures by the Mexican artist. From 4 September until 6 December.

The Dark Side by Philippe Pasqua – the French artist exhibits 40 of his paintings (portraits, faces and nudes) created since 1990. From 11 September until 29 November.

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


Pompidou Centre

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.

Bedroom by Jaume Plensa and Le Chien Andalou by Buñuel at the Pompidou Centre Malaga

Russian-born but French-adopted artist, Nicolas de Staël takes centre stage at the latest temporary exhibition. The extraordinary painter was known for his abstract and figurative paintings. On show are 25 of his works, 9 paintings and 16 sketches, illustrating the highlights of his short career. Until 8 November.

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

Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sunday afternoons.

Sporting events in Malaga in September

Harlem Globetrotters

The kings of basketball are back in town on 12 September for their No Limits tour. See them throw their stuff at the Martin Carpena Stadium at 7pm (get there on the Metro, Line 2, Palacio de los Deportes station) or buses No 7 (last stop in Parque Litoral direction) or 31 (last stop, Palacio de los Deportes) from the Alameda Principal. Tickets from €20 here.

On your bike

1 of the biggest in the city takes place this month. The Día del Pedal (Bike Day) celebrates its 18th anniversary on Sunday 20 September. Cyclists can choose between 2 routes – 5.5km and 12km. The 12km ride starts at City Hall on the Paseo del Parque at 10am and makes its way round Malaga before arriving back at City Hall. The 5.5km ride (suitable for children) starts at the Law Faculty on the Bulevar Louis Pasteur in the Teatinos district and ends at City Hall.

There’s no need to sign up for the event – just be at the start venue and time on the day and enjoy the ride. This event is great fun and expect lots of vintage bikes and people dressed up.

Jabega Regata final 

The final of the jabega boats race takes place on Saturday 12 September off the Malagueta Beach. More information to follow. 

Markets in Malaga in September

Arts and crafts – the market at Muelle Uno takes place daily until the end of September from noon to 10pm. The Sunday market, El Zoco, is on every Sunday between 5 and 11pm.

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 12 September on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 26 September in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.

Read more about markets in Malaga.

Heads up for October

As usual, October will have a fully packed month of events. Sign up for our free fortnightly Malaga newsletter to be the first to know! 

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