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Events in Malaga in September 2023

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, flamenco, 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 this post refers to events in September 2022. We’ll be updating it for 2023 as soon as we have the information (usually towards the end of August) – bookmark the page for future reference.

Public holidays in Malaga in September

First of all, a head’s-up: Friday 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 2022, click here.

Malaga Fashion Week

This event returns to its usual September slot after a two-year hiatus. Calle Larios will roll out its bright blue carpet for the cat walk from one end to the other and showcase Malaga and Spanish fashion talents on Friday 2 September and Saturday 3 September. The event is free, but there aren’t many seats so get there early to grab yours. 



You can read full information about this fashion event in Malaga in our dedicated post.

Malaga Cruise Days 

Malaga Port celebrates the cruise sector with 5 themed days from 13 to 17 September in El Palmeral (underneath the Pergola) from 6 to 10pm. Cruise companies have promotional stands with three Mediterranean cruises up for grabs in raffles, Sabor a Málaga stalls showcase local produce (food and wine) and there’s a stage with live music and flamenco performances. Three replicas of 15th and 16th century sailing boats (Nao Victoria, Galeón Andalucía and Nao Santa María) arrive on Wednesday 14 and moor alongside the Pergola until Saturday 17. You can visit them from 10am to 9pm daily. And the tall ship Gotheborg also arrives on Wednesday 14 and moors until Monday 19. You can go on board daily from 2 to 5.15pm. 

For more information and the full programme, click here

International Tourism Day 

Tuesday 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. 

Read the Malaga Museum Guide

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 8 to Thursday 15 September, this year’s Golden Age Festival plays homage to several centenaries for actors and directors including Ava Gardner, Blake Edwards and Pasolini.

The 23 films are shown in their original version with Spanish subtitles at the Albeniz Cinema in Calle Alcazabilla. The festival starts with a showing of Murnau’s silent movie, Nosferatu, originally screened in 1922. A local pianist will provide live music for the film. Tickets cost €5 per film, except Nosferatu, which costs €10. Full details about the programme and link to online booking here

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Flamenco in Malaga in September 

Aula Municipal de Flamenco in Malaga has its next concert of the season on Monday 26 September at 7.30pm in the Centro MVA on Calle Ollerías in the old quarter. Local singer Virginia Gamez will be performing. The video below gives you an idea of what to expect.

Entry is free but you need to get a ticket on the day from MVA (available from 7pm 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).


Religious processions in Malaga 

2022 has been a big year for Malaga’s thrones, with several mega processions as well as the usual Easter ones. In September, it’s the turn of the Misericordia brotherhood who are celebrating their centenary this year. To commemorate the occasion, they parade on Saturday 24 September with ‘their’ Our Lady figure, the Virgen del Gran Poder (Our Lady of the Almighty). The figure dating back to the 18th and the procession leave the Iglesia del Carmen in El Perchel district at 10am and make their way to the Cathedral via Calle Cuarteles, Puente de la Misericordia, Calle Vendeja, Calle Cordoba, Puerta del Mar, Calle Larios, Calle Strachan, Calle Molina Lario and Calle Císter. They enter the Cathedral via the patio entrance on Calle Císter. 

The return journey takes place from the Cofradía de los Estudiantes, opposite the Roman Theatre on Calle Alcazabilla from 8pm. It promises to be one of the longest processional routes ever and two teams of men will take turns to carry the Our Lady figure. The route goes via Plaza de la Merced, Calle Cárcer, Plaza Uncibay, Calle Granada, Calle Echegaray, Calle San Agustín, Calle Molina Lario, Calle Strachan, Calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitución, Calle Especería, Calle Nueva, Calle Córdoba, Calle Vendeja, Puente de la Misericordia, Avenida de la Aurora and Calle Ancha del Carmen. Expect it to arrive back in El Perchel in the small hours. 

Unlike Easter processions, this one will be celebratory and two bands accompany the procession. 

Musical events in Malaga in September

As usual, Malaga comes up with something for everyone:

Musical – The Physician

The adaptation of Noah Gordon’s best-selling novel arrives on stage the Cervantes Theatre this month with performances from Thursday 1 September to Sunday 11 September. The 3-hour musical is in Spanish, although if you know the story it doesn’t matter and you can enjoy some world-class singing and acting. Tickets cost from €20 and are available online here

Free concerts at the museums 

  • The wind instrument section from Malaga Philharmonic play at the Museum of Malaga on Sunday 4 September at noon, also in the patio. Entrance is free but get there early to be sure of a seat.

  • Promusica play at the Thyssen Museum on Friday 30 September at 7pm in the lovely patio. Entrance is free, but it’s a small venue so, again, get in the queue early to be sure of a seat. 

Tardeo & Music 

This initiative (Sunset & Music) combines great local talent with one of the city’s loveliest locations, Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina in El Limonar. The free concerts take place at weekends in September (8-10pm) in the gardens at the 5-star hotel where drinks and tapas are available as well as fab views of the city. Book your table ahead by calling +34 952 212 700 or sending an email to sbcastillo@sohohoteles.com. 

line up of artists for Tardeo and Music in Malaga

Performances this month are: 

  • Friday 9 – Chanwei (flamenco fusion)
  • Saturday 10 – Adriana Rogán (reggae, soul and funk)
  • Friday 16 – Diego Lara (singer songwriter)
  • Sunday 25 – Bello Dúo (singer songwriter and covers)
  • Friday 30 – Pablo Guzmán & Nacho Loring (jazz)

Get to the Castillo de Santa Catalina on foot from the centre (allow 30 minutes), by taxi or take the 32 or 33 bus from the Alameda Principal and get off at Avda Pintor J. Sorolla (Miramar,.stop 1108) and walk 10 minutes up the hill. There’s also ample parking if you have your own car.


Aka the Malaga Blues Festival taking place in Rincón de la Victoria, Torremolinos and Malaga city between 16 and 18 September. The Malaga concert takes place in the Centro MVA on Calle Ollerías in the old quarter on Sunday 18 September at 8pm and features The New Master Sounds. Entry is free, but you need a ticket, available online later on this month. The website is MiEntrada – go to Recintos and click on Centro Cultural Provincial MVA. 

Pepe Romero Guitar Festival 

Lovers of the classical guitar and fine music are in for a real treat this month with this Festival. Local Pepe Romero is considered the world’s top classical guitarist and plays eight concerts in the city between 22 and 30 September, as follows: 

  • 22 September – Concierto de Aranjuez with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra in the Malagueta bullring at 9pm. Tickets cost 10. 
  • 23 September – Romero is accompanied by fellow guitarist Rafael Aguirre and they play in the Patio de Surtidores in the Alcazaba at 9pm. Tickets cost €15. 
  • 24 September – flamenco guitarist Davina Ballesteros joins Romero in the Carmen Thyssen Museum patio at noon. Free entry (but get in the queue early to be sure of a seat).
  • 24 September – Actor Hector Alterio recites poetry by León Felipe to guitar music played by Jose L Merlin and Romero in the Gibralfaro Castle at 9pm. Tickets cost €18.
  • 25 September – Romero is joined by folk singer Carmen Muyor and guitarist Quique Peña for a concert in the patio at City Hall at noon. Free entry (but again, get there early). 
  • 25 September – local guitarist Daniel Casares accompanies Romero in the Echegaray Theatre at 8pm. Tickets cost €10.
  • 28 September – Romero forms a duet with fellow guitarist Jose Miguel Moreno at the Maria Cristina concert hall at 8pm. Free entry. 
  • 30 September – Romero’s final concert in the Festival takes place in the Gibralfaro Castle at 10pm when he’s joined by singer-songwriter Amancio Prada. Tickets cost €20. 

Find more information and links to book tickets here.

Gingko Trio 

The local trio made up of basoon, clarinet and piano play in the lovely grounds of St George’s Church at the English Cemetery on Saturday 24 September at 7pm. Tickets cost 12 (refreshments available) and are available online here. The English Cemetery is five minutes’ walk east from La Malagueta bullring along the Paseo de Reding. 

Municipal Band concert 

The first concert of the new season takes place on Sunday 25 September at 8pm in the Patio de las Cadenas, outside the Cathedral entrance on Calle Cister. The band will be playing a selection of pieces including works by Saint Säens, Ketelbey and Guerrero. Entry is free, but you might want to get there early to be sure of a seat. 

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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! 

watercolour of botanical gardens in Malaga

Open doors at Casa Adnew 

This great space for contemporary art with a twist opens its doors over the weekend 9 to 11 September to showcase Out of the Zoo with its latest arrivals as well as current art work. Wenda and her team are on hand to show you round this unique gallery where you can see, try and buy unusual pieces created by 30 artists from around the world. The inauguration is Friday 9 September at 5pm and Casa Adnew also has open doors on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, 2 to 7pm. If you’d like to go along to see the art, meet artists and enjoy a drink and nibbles, send an email to Wenda on wenda@adnew.nl stating the day you plan to visit and number of people. 

You can find Casa Adnew in La Victoria neighbourhood on Calle Manrique 9. More information here.

Desbandá exhibition 

The desbandá (mass exodus) of Civil War refugees from Malaga in February 1937 is one of the city’s darkest events in recent history. Between 100,000 and 150,000 terrified civilians fled Malaga, mostly on foot, along the seafront road eastwards. Nationalist forces bombed them from the sea and air, killing 3,000 to 5,000 of them. This exhibition in Bishop’s Palace (opposite the Cathedral on Calle Molina Lario) tells the story with exhibits, photos and texts. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Until 31 October. 

Art exhibitions in Malaga in September

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

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.

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €9, free Sundays after 5pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café has now reopened 🎉


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 massive collection in the archives at the Picasso Foundation. 

Incessant Picasso. Freedom and Life – over 150 works by Picasso or depicting him are on display to illustrate his seemingly limitless creativity. The exhibition takes the theme of the different stages of his life and you’ll see photos, books, sketches, prints and ceramics. 

The Reasons for Dreams – this collection, divided into eight sections, looks at the different shapes and forms of dreams. Works on display are by artists including Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Francis Bacon, Georges Ségel, Joaquín de Molina (below) and local Chema Cobos. 

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 11th anniversary and continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.

Iturrino art in Malaga


Also on show is the latest temporary exhibition, Real(ism). New figures in Spanish art 1918 to 1936. It includes over 80 paintings, sculptures, sketches and drawings by artists such as Arteta, Dalí, Gargallo, Miró and others. Until 4 Sept.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, €10 (€6 for entry between 2.30 and 4pm), free from 5pm on Sundays.

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.

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CAC Malaga

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

  • Ben Sledsens – this is the first Spanish exhibition for the Belgian artist and he has 16 paintings on show. Until 11 Sept.
  • Osgemeos – Brazilian twins, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, showcase 22 paintings and a musical installation in their exhibition When the leaves turn to yellow. From 7 September to 4 December.

While you’re there, don’t miss the permanent collection and Neighbours. 

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



Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, arrived recently and we love it! 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.

view of installations at the Pompidou Centre in Malaga

Read our dedicated post about the exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.

Japanese architecture since the 1950s – the temporary exhibition at the Pompidou Centre returns to architecture with the work of 30 Japanese architects on show. Expect to see drawings, designs and models plus objects by masters of building and planning such as Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa and Sou Fijimoto. Until 19 Sept. 

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.

La Térmica

La Termica Cultural Centre is showing Days of Punk, over 100 pictures by photographer Michael Grecco. He took the photos at nightclubs in Boston and New York when punk rock was just emerging in the late 1970s. The exhibition also includes a soundtrack and documentary. Until 30 September. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm. Free entry.

Get to La Térmica by walking west along the seafront (the cultural centre is behind the modern glass Diputación building) or on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (south side).

Markets in Malaga in September

Arts and crafts – the market at Muelle Uno takes place daily until 11 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 4 September from 11am to 7pm. 

Mercado del Paseo – stalls along the Malagueta seafront promenade, 11am to 7pm. Date to be confirmed.

Soho Market – artisan produce and crafts on Calle Tomás Heredia, 11am to 7pm on Sunday 25 September. 

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 10 September on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 24 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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