What’s on in Malaga in March
In the next of our monthly blog posts about what’s on in Malaga we take a look at events in Malaga in March.
Events in Malaga in March are dominated by Malaga Film Festival, one of the most important annual events in Malaga. This year’s programme comes packed with free events and plenty of famous faces from the Spanish film scene. You can also enjoy the last throes of Carnival, flamenco fashion, some great new art exhibitions including Van Gogh as you’ve never seen him and his work before… Here’s our pick of what’s on in Malaga over the next month.
Carnival in Malaga
Unusually, Carnival continues into March and the first weekend of the month includes some of the best events. Enjoy the Drag Queen competition on Saturday 2 March at 9pm in Plaza de la Constitución and the anchovy feast on Sunday at 1pm. For a full guide to Malaga Carnival click here.
Malaga Film Festival
One of the biggest celebrations of films in Spanish takes place this year in March rather than April because of the late Easter. This year’s edition runs from 15 to 24 March and comes jam-packed with events. Highlights include a free screening of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (set in 2019), a photographic homage to Rita Heyworth and Chavela Vargas (in the centenary of her birth) plus lots of famous faces and the usual red carpets. Find out more in our dedicated guide to Malaga Film Festival.
In the warm-up to the VI Bienal of Flamenco Art starting in April, Malaga celebrates flamenco fashion. The International Flamenco Fashion Show (FIMAF) arrives on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March. Events (fashion shows, presentations of new collections etc) take place at the NH Centro Hotel on the west side of the river opposite the old quarter. Tickets for all events cost €5 and are available on the door or online here.
Van Gogh Alive
A giant exhibition celebrating one of the world’s most famous artists arrives in Malaga on 9 March. Some 40 projectors on giant screens immerse the visitor in Van Gogh’s work using his art and high-tech graphics. See it in the marquee set up on the Paseo de la Farola daily from 9 March to 9 June. Open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm. Entry costs €12 for adults, €9 for children aged 4 to 15 and €10 for the over 65s and students. You can get tickets on the door or buy them online here.
Comic book, manga and video game fans are in for a real treat on the weekend 9 and 10 March when the annual Freak Con takes place at the Congress Palace. Guest stars include Finn Jones from Marvel and Game of Thrones and Enji Night. Tickets are available on the door or online here. Don’t forget your outfit…
Musical Events in Malaga
Music certainly goes eclectic this month in Malaga where you can choose from opera to swing, and from classical to tango.
One of world’s most famous operas comes to Malaga on Friday 1 March at 9pm and Sunday 3 March at 7pm at the Cervantes Theatre. Tickets from €20 here.
Film Symphony Orchestra
In keeping with the movie theme, the Film Symphony Orchestra plays tribute to one of the world’s greatest songtrack composers, John Williams. The 2-hour concert of symphonic film music includes Jurassic Park, Fiddler on the Roof, ET, Star Wars, Indiana Jones… You’ll know them all. 24 March at 7.30pm at the Congress Palace. Tickets from €36 and available here. Get there on the No 19 or 20 bus from the Alameda Principal – allow 30 minutes with a short walk at the end.
Swing fans have a date on Saturday 2 March in Calle Alcazabilla from 8.30pm. Swing experts will be giving a master class followed by a concert – enjoy the lovely background of the floodlit Alcazaba behind the stage. Free.
Music in the Museum of Malaga
The free monthly concert takes place at noon on Sunday 10 March in the lovely patio in the museum. Free entry.
As part of the Malaga Film Festival, the Promúsica Youth Orchestra will be playing tango soundtracks at the Balneario at noon on Sunday 10 March. Free entry.
Free lunchtime concerts
If you fancy getting off the beaten track on a Saturday morning and enjoying a free concert at the same time, make yourself to the Monasterio de las Mercedarias in Calle Cruz del Molinillo to the north of the city centre. Sponsored by the Jorge Rando Museum next door (well worth a visit too), the concerts take place every Saturday at noon in the monastery chapel. It’s a small venue to arrive early to be sure of a seat.
One of the highlights during the spring in Malaga is the wisteria pergola at the Botanical Gardens. The wrought-iron pergola literally groans with scented purple blooms for around 3 weeks between mid-March and mid-April. To avoid disappointment, call the Gardens (951 926 180) before you go to check if the wisteria has flowered yet. These gardens are a great place to visit all year round – the wisteria is an added extra! Read all about the Malaga Botanical Gardens.
Art Exhibitions in Malaga
This art museum in Malaga has just welcomed 3 brand new exhibitions:
Saints, Queens & Workers – the main exhibition takes women as its central theme and celebrates art works of women by Russian artists. The works will travel through the entire history of Russian art from early icons of the Virgin Mary to contemporary portraits of women. On show until 27 February 2020.
Women Artists – continuing the female theme, the main temporary exhibition showcases the most important 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 the collection. Until 8 September.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free 10-11 February all day and on Sundays after 5pm.
Look out for a dedicated post on the new exhibitions at the Russian Museum in Malaga.
The most visited museum in southern Spain (and one of the top museums in Malaga) welcomed a brand-new temporary exhibition in February and it comes highly recommended. Olga Picasso takes a long look at the life of Picasso’s first wife and his works during their marriage. Picasso met the Ukrainian ballet dancer in Paris in 1917 and they married a year later. The 350 objects on display include photos, letters, paintings, sketches and videos that reflect their relationship until 1935 when they separated.
Until 13 May. Open daily 10am to 7pm. Temporary exhibition €5.50.
In Picasso’s birthplace on Plaza de la Merced, the Picasso Foundation hosts 2 interesting exhibitions this month, both on until 24 March:
Saltimbanquis Suite – Picasso’s early work is famous for its harlequins and circus figures. This exhibition shows his first serious engravings made between 1904 and 1906.
Illustrated books – one of the artist’s least known talents, but Picasso excelled in this field too. The exhibition showcases 2 of his masterpieces: Ovid’s Metmorphosis and Balzac’s Le chef d’oeuvre inconnu.
Open daily 9.30am to 8pm. Temporary exhibitions €3, combined ticket to visit the museum and temporary exhibitions, €4. Free entry Sunday from 4pm.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The first new temporary exhibition of the year arrives at this museum on 30 March – look out for more information on this in the What’s on in Malaga in April post. Meanwhile, the museum is hosting a small temporary exhibition called ‘New, modern women’ showing illustrations from the Spanish magazine Blanco y Negro during the first 3 decades of the 20th century. Expect plenty of femmes fatales and suffragettes. Until 26 May.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €4.50.
The 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. Think Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Le Corbusier, Chagall… Some fun installations including a revolving nose and sardine-tin bed, and some whacky videos.
Henri Matisse arrives at the Pompidou from 6 March with a retrospective of 6 decades of creativity. A New Country: Henri Matisse 1869 to 1954 includes all the artist’s genre – paintings, sketches, sculptures, illustrations from the very different creative periods of his life. Until 9 June.
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 16 June.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
Top tip – Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and Jorge Rando Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.
The funky cultural centre hosts 2 photographic exhibitions in March.
An impulse in a second – 18 photos of music festivals and concerts taken by local photographer José Báez, something of an expert when it comes to capturing the moment. Until 17 March.
Days of Brilliant Satin – the first individual exhibition by British photographer and model, Nadia Lee Cohen. Expect lots of colour and food for thought. Until 12 May.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 1pm and 5-9pm. Free
Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 7 bus from Plaza de la Marina.
What’s on in Malaga in March – sporting events
Couple of tough runs coming up this month and 1 not quite so strenuous.
The 6th edition of this challenging run takes place on Saturday 9 March. The evening 10km runs around the city centre and includes the slope to the Gibralfaro. You can sign up for this until 3 March online here.
24 March sees us running 21km around the city. If you haven’t signed up, the only option available at the moment is to go on the waiting list but you never know. Try your luck here.
And for something a little more sedate, the 4th edition of the very colourful run arrives in Malaga on Saturday 16 March. The multi-coloured action starts at 11am at Malaga Fair ground. Grab your colourful spot here.
Markets in Malaga in March
Red Friday at La Térmica – the monthly vintage market and cultural event over 50 vintage stalls including guest stall Sea Shepherd, the ocean conservationists. Live music from 9pm and the screening of Sita Sings the Blues, a musical animation film by American Nina Paley. Plus the usual selection of food trucks. Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 7 bus from Plaza de la Marina. 7pm to midnight.
El Zoco market on Muelle Uno sells arts and crafts every Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Combine your browsing with a stroll in the sunshine under the Pergola and a visit to Artsenal, a great art centre on the corner of Muelle Uno.
Fresh produce grown organically in the Guadalhorce Valley to the north of Malaga. As well as fruit and veg, local producers sell bread and cakes, honey, olive oil, dried fruit and nuts, and organic soaps and creams.
La Malagueta (between Paseo de Reding and Calle Cervantes) on Saturday 9 March from 10am to 2pm.
Huelin Park Saturday 23 March 9am to 2pm.
La Plaza Merced Market – this great Sunday market offers arts and crafts in the lovely surroundings of the Plaza de la Merced on 24 March, 11am to 7pm.
P.S. – Heads-up for events in Malaga in April
April also means Easter in Malaga. For all the information you need including dates, times and tips on how and where to see the best processions, check out our dedicated guide to Holy Week in Malaga.
The VI Bienal of Flamenco Art starts in April. The inaugural event takes place on Wednesday 3 April at 8pm when Triana Ramos, one of Spain’s most promising young flamenco dancers interprets the roller coaster emotions felt by a bullfighter. Tickets from €11 available here.