After the hot summer months with their focus on the Malaga Fair and outdoor concerts, events in Malaga in September return to their more typical mode. Coming up this month is a great combination of fashion, classic film, 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 most of the events listed below refer to September 2019. We’ll be publishing the 2020 diary towards the end of August. Bookmark this page for updates!
Public holidays in Malaga in September
First of all, a head’s-up: Wednesday 9 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.
Malaga Fashion Week
One of the biggest events in Malaga of the year, the Pasarela Larios takes place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September at 8.30pm. Calle Larios takes centre stage with a blue carpet that stretches over 300m, making it one of the longest catwalks in the world.
On Friday, the catwalk plays host to local designers including Rafael Urquízar, Gemma Melé and Jesus Segado. The winner of this year’s Malaga Create, Xisco Morales, will also be showing his collection. Expect to see lots of glamourous evening wear, wedding gear and serious style. Saturday evening has a more corporate feel to it with models strutting their stuff in beachwear by Lidia Montecarlo and Banana Moon; formal men’s wear; and the extravagent outfits by Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
For an idea of what to expect, read about Malaga Fashion Week .
Top tip – this is a packed event so if you want a seat, get there early (we recommend before 7pm)
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 Thursday 5 to Thursday 12 September, this year’s Golden Age Festival plays homage to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki, the Western Leone-Monicone combo and Hollywood star Rita Heywood.
The 20 films are shown in their original version with Spanish subtitles at the Albeniz Cinema in Calle Alcazabilla. Expect classics such as Only Angels Have Wings, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Rocky Horrors Picture Show and Pink Floyd the Wall. 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.
The event kicks off with the free showing of Ninotchka, directed by Ernst Lubitsch in 1939 and starring Greta Garbo. See it outdoor in Calle Alcazabilla on Thursday 5 September at 10pm. Get there early to be sure of a seat.
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Rita Hayworth exhibition
Fans for the movie star will be interested in the exhibition at the Sociedad Economica Amigos del Pais on Plaza de la Constitucion from 6 September. Showing posters from the Luio Romero collection of Heywood, the exhibition celebrates her life and work. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and 6 to 9pm, Saturdays 10am to 2pm.
Musical events in Malaga in September
As usual, Malaga comes up with something for everyone:
The Canticum Novum choir from Cadiz sings traditional Spanish songs in the patio at the Carmen Thyssen Museum on Friday 20 September at 7.30pm. Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat.
Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by 3 soloists and the Carmina Nova choir to perform Vivaldi and Ocón in the patio at the Museum of Malaga, also on Friday 20 September at 9pm. Free entry but you need to get a ticket, available from the Museum ticket office from 17 September onwards.
Classical Indian music and dance
The Music Museum on Calle Beatas has an evening of Indian music on the terrace by candlelight. The sitar and tabla will be accompanied by the dancer Angelika Singh. 14 September at 8.30pm. Tickets cost €10 and are available at the museum ticket office and online here. This activity is suitable for children.
The world-famous violinist returns once again to Malaga as part of his Royal Garage Tour, exploring worldwide music and of course, showcasing his amazing skills on the violin. Friday 20 September at 9pm at the Auditorio Municipal Cortijo de Torres to the west of the city. Tickets cost from €40 and are available online here. Get to this venue on the No 20 bus from Malaga city centre or get the Cercanías train from the centre to Victoria Kent station, followed by a short walk. It takes about 30 minutes in total.
Wagner on piano
Pianist Pedro Halffter Caro plays Wagner on Tuesday 24 September at 8pm in the Picasso Museum Auditorium. Tickets cost €8 and are available from the Museum ticket office or online here.
Jazz in September
The Jitterbug Jazz Group performs at St George’s Anglican Church, in the grounds of the English Cemetery on Friday, 13 September at 8.30pm. For more information/reservations call: 638339691. The English Cemetery is a short walk east from La Malagueta.
As a prequel to the Malaga Jazz Festival in November, the Echegaray Theatre celebrates JazzEñe. 6 concerts take place between Thursday 26 and Saturday 28 September celebrating the best in Spanish jazz groups and bands. Full details of the programme plus links to book tickets here.
One of the world’s best Freddie Mercury doubles, Piero Venery, performs Remember Queen at the Palacio de Congresos y Ferias on 28 September. More information about this must-go event for Queen fans here.
Saturday lunch time concerts
The Jorge Rando Museum on Calle Cruz del Molinillo (north of the old quarter) continues its weekly lunchtime concerts held every Saturday at noon in the chapel next to the museum. Free entry.
Flamenco en September
The final performance for the Flamenco Bienal takes place at the Cervantes Theatre on Saturday 14 September at 8.30pm. Local dancer Adrian Santana takes his native El Perchel neighbourhood as inspiration for the performance that includes dance, song and music. Tickets from €11 and available here.
Sephora Santiago performs on Monday 30 September at 7.30pm at the MVA on Calle Ollerias in this month’s edition of free flamenco concerts. Get your ticket from the box office at the Cultural Centre on the day from 9.30am.
Lego and 3D exhibitions
Malaga continues to host the largest lego exhibition ever with almost 5,000,000 bricks that make up just about anything you can think of – a giant model of the Titanic (made of over 500,000 Lego pieces), sports personalities, part of the human body… plus there’s an area where you can build your own creations.
The 3D images, the largest in Spain, has a collection of 30 stands where you can place yourself in the image. You then take a pic on your phone of yourself in an FBI line-up, on the front cover of Time, fishing a shark….
Both exhibitions open daily from 11am to 9pm and are a perfect activity for families and kids. Ticket prices start at €5.50 and combos are available for both exhibitions with a 50% discount, but you must visit one of them before 3pm. Tickets available on the door. This will be popular in the school holidays so visit first thing in the morning or at Spanish lunchtime (2 to 4pm) to maximise your chances of getting a photo with just you in it. More details here. The exhibition has been extended and is open until 24 November.
World Tourism Day
This year’s event takes place on Friday 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!
Cirque du Soleil in Malaga
This highly-acclaimed performers return to Malaga on 13 September with their latest show, Kooza. Performances take place until 6 October in the Recinto Ferial. Tickets cost from €30 and are available online here. Expect an amazing evening of talent, acrobatics, music and dance plus stunning costumes. Get to Kooza from Malaga city centre on the C1 cercanias train (from Malaga Centro to Victoria Kent plus a 13 minute walk) or on the No 4 bus from Plaza de la Marina with an 11 minute walk at the end.
Art exhibitions in Malaga in September
This is a bit of a transitional month for art events in Malaga as both the Picasso Museum and the Carmen Thyssen Museum say goodbye to their biggies but there’s still plenty to see:
Six characters looking for an author
An exhibition exploring the tight-knit connection between artists and their creations comes to the Salas Mingorance in the Archivo Municipal. Featuring 6 local artists, the works question the line between the artist and alter-ego. Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 6 to 9pm, weekends 10am to 1pm. Alameda Principal 23. Until 29 September.
One of the museum’s major new exhibitions starts towards the end of the month when Calder-Picasso arrives. American Alexander Calder and Picasso were near contemporaries and the exhibition places their take on the void or absence of space side by side. Calder expresses his exterior vision of “no space” in sculptures and installations while Picasso uses introspection in his paintings as he explores the inner self.
A must-see this autumn in Malaga, put this exhibition on your must-see list. From 24 September until 2 February.
Open daily 10am to 7pm. Temporary exhibition €5.50. Free Sundays from 5pm.
The Russian Museum is showing:
Saints, Queens & Workers – the central exhibition showcases women in Russian art. The paintings and objects run through the entire history of Russian art from early icons of saints and the Virgin Mary to contemporary portraits of women, seen in everyday drudgery or imperial finery. Until 27 February 2020.
You’re just in time to catch:
Women Artists – continuing the female theme, the temporary exhibition shows 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 on Sundays after 5pm.
Read our dedicated post on the exhibitions at the Russian Museum in Malaga.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
Like the Russian Museum, the Thyssen Museum also takes women at its central theme for its temporary exhibition, which you’ve just got time to catch. Perversity: Femmes Fatales from 1880 to 1950 examines the shift in women’s position from passive to active in society. Expect to see paintings by many of the world’s top 20th century artists including Klimt, Miró, Picasso, Modigliani, Man Ray and Dalí.
Until 8 Sept. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €4.50. Free entry Sundays from 5pm.
This art space is still closed until the new exhibition is set up. Watch this space for details.
he 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. Works by the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky and Le Corbusier take centre stage. There are also some fun installations including a sardine-tin bed and giant revolving nose plus some whacky videos.
Read our dedicated post about the exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.
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 15 September.
Jim Dine – the latest temporary exhibition showcases a retrospective by the America artist, known as the master of “happenings” and performance. You can see a selection of his sculptures, paintings and objects that he created between 1961 and 2016 until 6 October.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sunday afternoons.
The Art of Protest
Banksy shows (or at least, his pictures) at La Térmica Cultural Centre until 13 October (extended from 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.
The Vision that Thinks
The MUPAM museum (at the end of the Paseo del Parque on Plaza General Torrijos) has an exhibition showing 27 original works based on the Malaga City Hall. The visions of the iconic building are almost all by local artists and include paintings, photos and prints. You can also see 8 original sketches by Alvarez Dumont who was commissioned to draw the interiors and façade of City Hall in 1917. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm and 6 to 9pm. Free entry. Until 13 October.
Night-time at the Botanical Gardens in Malaga
Night-time visits to the Botanical Gardens in Malaga continue in September. More information on time and price is available by calling 951 926 180.
Sporting events in Malaga in September
1 of the biggest in the city takes place this month. The Día del Pedal (Bike Day) celebrates its 17th anniversary on Sunday 22 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.
Can we run Malaga
Malaga hosts the second edition of this fun morning of running and/or walking with your dog in Huelin Park on Sunday 29 September. Runners plus dogs follow the 3km run from 10am and walkers plus canine friends do 1.5km from 10.45am. There’s also a police dog show from 11.45am and an exhibition of obedience and agility at 12.30pm. If you go along without a dog or fancy adding to your family, there’s a dog walk at 1.45pm showcasing those who need a home. Full details (in Spanish only) plus how to sign up here.
Markets in Malaga in September
Arts and crafts – the Sunday market at Muelle Uno takes place daily until 15 September from noon to 10pm. The Sunday market, El Zoco, is on every Sunday between 7pm and midnight.
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 14 September on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 28 September in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
LA PLAZA Merced Market – arts and crafts stalls on Sunday 25 September in Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 7pm.
Heads up for October
Antonio Banderas’ new theatre in Soho is due to open on 18 October with A Chorus Line, directed by Banderas who also stars as Zack. The Broadway classic will be in Spanish (dialogue) and English (songs). Tickets start at €20 and should go on sale during September. Sign up for our free fortnightly Malaga newsletter to be the first to know!