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 the events listed in this post refer to September 2018. We’ll be updating them for 2019 as soon as we have the details. Watch this space!
Public holidays in Malaga in September
First of all, a head’s-up: Saturday 8 September is a public holiday in Malaga city. Small shops and markets will be closed, but most larger stores such as the Corte Inglés, 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 2018, click here.
Malaga Fashion Week
One of the biggest events in Malaga of the year, the Pasarela Larios takes place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 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 Ángel Palazuelos. Haute couture designer Mona Almansouri from the UAE will also be showcasing her latest collection and Abraham Zambrana will be presenting his first collection of women’s shoes. Expect to see lots of glamourous evening wear, wedding gear and dizzy heels. Saturday evening has a more corporate feel to it with models strutting their stuff in outfits from Sixteen One, Banana Moon, Dunnes and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
For an idea of what to expect, read about Malaga Fashion Week in 2016.
Top tip – this is a packed event so if you want a seat, get there early (we recommend before 7.30pm)
Classic film festival in Malaga
The Golden Age (Edad de Oro) film festival returns to Malaga this month from 6 to 13 September. The week-long festival includes the showing of 22 classic films in their original version including 5 directed by Hitchcock (Secret Agent made in 1936 is one of them) and 4 by Mankiewicz, Godard and Donen. The event starts with a free showing of Sunset Boulevard in Calle Alcazabilla on Friday 7 September at 10pm.
Full details of which films are on when here.
Tickets €5 (20% discount if you buy 5 or more). Buy yours at the Cine Alberniz box office (opens 30 mins before the first film) or online here.
Not part of the Golden Age festival but still a classic movie, the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine will be screened in the Picasso Museum gardens (a lovely spot) on Saturday 15 September at 9pm. The visit starts with a guided tour of the Any Warhol exhibition and continues with the film. Tickets €8 and available from here.
Musical events in Malaga in September
As usual, Malaga comes up with something for everyone:
Classical Music Season
The Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra starts its new season playing Prokofiev and Janacek at the Cervantes Theatre on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September at 8pm. Tickets from €9 and available here. The season continues with a concert featuring Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September at 8pm.
This year, the Cervantes Theatre celebrates 30 years of opera performances and to commemorate the occasion there’s a festival of opera. The concert takes place on Friday 21 September at 9pm. Tickets start at €12 and can be bought online 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.
Sundays at the Chapel
Sunday 2 September sees the last of the weekly concerts given by the Malaga Province Youth Orchestra (JOPMA) outside the mariner’s chapel on Muelle Uno. It’s a lovely setting and a great place to watch the sun go down as you listen to the music. 9pm, free.
Sundays in the Museum
On Sunday 9 September the first of the monthly Sunday concerts at the Museum of Malaga takes place. The Ivan Galamian International Music Academy will be performing from noon in the museum patio, one of the loveliest spaces in the city. Free entry.
Heads-up for October
Malaga Jazz Festival enters its 32nd edition this year. It will take place from 29 October to 4 November. Read more about this top event in Malaga here.
Malaga Car Museum celebrates the 6th edition of Expo Tuning showcasing tuner cars, some of which are real works of art. Saturday 1 September 4.30-11.30pm and Sunday 2 September 10am-6pm in the gardens of the museum. While you’re there, pop into the Car Museum itself – well worth a visit if you’re a fan of vintage cars and fashion. Read more about Malaga Car Museum here.
September is also tattoo time in Malaga when the 5th annual convention takes place at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos. The 3-day event includes body painting, competitions to discover the best tattoos and the best bodies wearing them, Latin dance exhibitions and a Barbar Academy offering free hair and beard trims. Tickets cost €12 a day or €35 for all 3 and are available online from here or at the door. Friday 14 (noon to 10pm) and Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September (11am to 10pm).
Expect lots of colours and plenty of people – the press recently reported that there’s a waiting list of a year to get a tattoo in Malaga…
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 – Mediterranean and Andy Warhol, but there’s still plenty to see:
The most visited museum in southern Spain (and one of the top museums in Malaga) hosts Warhol. Mechanical Art, one of the biggest art exhibitions in Malaga this year. You’ll see some of the most well-known works by the star of Pop Art – think Gold Marilyn, Nine Jackies, self-portraits and of course, that tomato soup, which pops up throughout the exhibition including on the fun entrance tickets. Other works on show by The Silver Factory creator include films, record covers, drawings, sculptures, posters and installations plus the chance to hear Warhol in some weird and wonderful phone conversations. This is a must-see exhibition in Malaga as it offers a real insight into the Pop Art King and his wacky creative life. Until 16 September.
Picasso’s South, a new temporary exhibition, opens on 9 October.
Open daily 10am to 8pm. Temporary exhibition €5.50. Free Sundays from 5pm.
The Russian Museum is showing:
Brilliant Future. The Art of Socialist Realism – the main exhibition this year looks at art during the Stalin era when all of it had to be produced according to official guidelines. Soviet scarlet red dominates the exhibition with lots of stunning paintings and objects from the era. The audio guide offers a great insight into the art works themselves as well as the historical background.
Kazimir Malévich – the new temporary exhibition arrives in Malaga on 14 September and showcases some of the most famous paintings by the creator of Suprematism including 16 that have never been exhibited in Spain before.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free Sundays from 5pm.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
This art museum continues with its temporary and very summery exhibition, The Mediterranean: Arcadia reinvented until 9 September. If you haven’t seen this one, make a point of catching it in the first week of September. The 60 works on show include several great sculptures and look at how French and Spanish artists depicted the Mare Nostrum from the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th. The museum welcomes a new temporary exhibition with work by Francisco Iturrino, one of Spain’s greatest Modernist painters, from 6 October.
Until 9 Sept. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €4.50. Free entry Sundays from 5pm.
CAC Malaga hosts 3 new exhibitions in September:
Hernan Bas – his first exhibition in Spain takes up the largest space at CAC and takes a look at some of the most emblematic work by the American artist. Profoundly influenced by literature, Bas depicts landscapes and solitary figures in a homosexual world. of men. He includes references to Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickenson and Helman Melville. From 21 September.
Miguel Gómez Losada – the Spanish artist exhibits for the first time in a museum with his contemporary works looking at rural life. From 7 September.
Vasco Araújo – in the video room, see the 8 thought-provoking videos by the Portuguese artist. From 4 September.
Don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions, both full of interesting and thought-provoking art work and installations.
Note that CAC is on summertime opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm until 9 September. Afterwards, the art museum opens Tuesday to Sunday 10am-8pm. Free entry.
The multi-coloured cube houses Modern Utopias taking you round European ideals in art with some of the continent’s greatest painters on display. Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Le Corbusier and Chagall all rub shoulders with fun installations including a revolving nose, sheep on wheels and sardine-tin bed, plus some great videos.
The Pompidou Centre welcomes 2 new exhibitions in July. Reprojected Materials is one of the most interactive experiences you’ll find at art museums in Malaga. Using a projector (remember those?), light, colour and transparencies you get to create your very own reprojection. Until 11 January with special opening hours – Mon, Weds, Thurs and Fri 5 to 8pm, weekends 12.30 to 2pm and 5 to 8pm.
Travelling without a compass takes a retrospective look at one of the biggest 20th century artists. The exhibition includes work from his first period when figures, brutal art and graffiti featured heavily, and from the second half of his creative life when he focused on investigating materials in art. “Man must express himself but so should the materials and tools,” said Dubuffet. Until 14 October.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sundays after 5pm.
Art on the Street in Malaga – Andy Warhol
A giant mural will be created on Calle Alcazabilla on Saturday 15 September between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Taking Warhol’s prints of Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup and Liz Taylor as their inspiration, participants will create their own pop art and display it on the 25 metres of mural. Should be fun to watch.
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 16th anniversary on Sunday 23 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 first edition of this fun morning of running and/or walking with your dog in Huelin Park on Sunday 30 September. Runners plus dogs follow the 3km circuit 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 plus how to sign up here.
Markets in Malaga in September
La Plaza Merced Market has two events this month: Sunday 9 September and its usual 4th Sunday of the month on Sunday 23 September. 11am to 7pm in Plaza de la Merced.
El Zoco on Muelle Uno arts and crafts market opens daily 8pm to midnight until 15 September.
Organic markets, selling fruit, vegetable and products, all grown and produced locally, 8 September on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding. 10am to 2pm and 22 September, Huelin Park 10am to 3pm.