What’s on in Malaga in March
Update 13 March 2020 – because of the COVID-19 situation, most of the events detailed below have been cancelled and museums closed. This will remain the case until at least the end of March. We are sorry that so much has been cancelled but in the circumstances it is the best way forward. And of course, this will pass and Malaga will still be here.
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, some great new art exhibitions and some fabulous free concerts. 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 Sunday of the month includes some of the key events. Enjoy a feast of (free) fried anchovies, one of the foodie treats that Malaga is known for at 2pm in Plaza de la Constitución and the farewell parade leaving the city centre at 5pm. The final procession for Carnival is the Burial of the Anchovy and a ‘sad’ occasion marking the end of a week of fun and frolics. 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 . This year’s edition runs from 13 to 22 March and comes jam-packed with events during the week. Look out for lots of famous faces and the usual red carpets in the city centre. Find out more in our dedicated guide to Malaga Film Festival.
The 3-day exhibition at the Congress Palace takes sustainability and healthy living as its central theme with stalls, workshops and talks throughout the event. Discover living naturally between Friday 27 and 29 March (Friday and Saturday 11am to 8.30pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm). Tickets cost €3 if you buy them online (€6 for all 3 days) or €4 on the door. Get to the Congress Palace on buses 4, 19 or 20 from the Alameda Principal – allow 30 minutes with a short walk at the end.
Stamp and Coin Collectors Fair
The annual event takes place between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 March at the Barceló Hotel (next to the Maria Zambrano mainline station). Pop along to browse, buy, swap or get some advice on your collection. Free entry and open Friday 4 to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm and 5 to 8pm, and Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Musical Events in Malaga in March
Music certainly goes eclectic this month in Malaga and even better, there’s a great choice of free concerts too.
Flamenco guitarist, José Fernández Torres ‘Tomatito’, needs no introduction. As well as accompanying Camarón de la Isla, Tomatito has also shared the stage with Paco de Lucía and Enrique Morente as well as Frank Sinatra and Elton John. He performs on Saturday 7 March at 9pm at the Soho Theatre (we love the acoustics here). Tickets from €15, available from the theatre box office (in Calle Córdoba) or online here.
In keeping with the flamenco theme, the renowned castanet player Lucero Tena plays accompanied by Xavier de Maistre on the harp on Friday 27 March at 8pm at the Soho Theatre (we love the acoustics here). Tickets from €18, available from the theatre box office (in Calle Córdoba) or online here.
The trio (piano, violín and cello) play Beethoven on 31 March at 8pm in the Picasso Museum Auditorium. Tickets cost €12 and are available at the museum ticket office or online here.
Music in the Museum of Malaga
The free monthly concert takes place at noon on Sunday 1 March in the lovely patio in the museum where the Deloitte Mozart Trio play Beethoven and Dvorak. Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat.
Malaga Band Concerts
The Banda Municipal gives several free concerts in March including:
- Sunday 1 March at noon – Verdi and Tchaikovsky at their headquarters in Calle Poeta Muñoz Rojas, just behind Maria Zambrano mainline train station.
- Friday 6 March at 8.30pm – get yourself in the mood for Holy Week in Malaga with processional marches at the Maria Cristina Concert Hall (a gorgeous venue).
- Sunday 8 March at noon – in the Museum of Malaga with a selection of solo pieces for trumpet, saxophone, French horn, flute and clarinet.
- Sunday 22 March at 8pm – the traditional Lent concert in the Cathedral.
Top tip – get there in plenty of time for these concerts to grab your seat.
Dance events in Malaga in March
CAC art museum celebrates contemporary dance inspired by the work by Carlos León (see below) when students from Malaga Dance School perform in the exhibition space. See them dance on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 March at 7pm. Free entry.
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.
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The new cultural centre at La Malagueta bullring (we think that’s a much better use for the space 😉 ) features photography by one of Spain’s greatest film directors, Carlos Saura. Titled Flamenco, the exhibition includes 83 photos of Saura’s films and plays such as Carmen and Blood Wedding. A real treat for both photography and flamenco fans. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 8pm until 17 May. Free entry.
Art Exhibitions in Malaga
This art museum in Malaga has its annual transition in March and says goodbye to Saints, Queens & Workers before it welcomes a whole new collection. As a result, the museum will be closed until 25 March except for the following:
Open doors – Sunday 1 March from 9.30am to 8pm with the last chance to see the exhibitions.
Say goodbye to paintings – watch the curators take down the works and pack them for transit back to St Petersburg on Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March at half-hour intervals between 5 and 7pm. Reserve your place by email email@example.com or on the same day at the museum ticket office. Places are limited to 25 people per half hour.
Saying hello to new paintings – the Russian Museum welcomes two brand new exhibitions on 25 March and in preparation you can watch the curators unpack and put up the works on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March at half-hour intervals between 5 and 7pm. Reserve your place by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the same day at the museum ticket office. Places are limited to 25 people per half hour.
From 25 March onwards, you can see the new exhibition Realism: past & present; art & truth. The art on show (paintings, sculptures and objects) explores how Russian artists from the 18th century to the present day portray ‘real life’ in their work. Thursday 26 March is open doors (free entry) at the museum to welcome the next exhibitions.
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.
It’s all change at this museum in March when a brand-new exhibition arrives. From Miró to Barceló. A century of Spanish art in Paris brings together art work by some of Spain’s most famous artists in the 20th century. Taking centre stage are painters Dalí, Miró and Picasso who are joined by Spain’s most famous film director, Luis Buñuel. Expect to see the usual eclectic of art, sculpture, installlations, film and video in the main exhibition area of the museum. Open from 12 March.
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 most visited museum in southern Spain (and one of the top museums in Malaga) hosts Genealogies of Art or the History of Art as Visual Art. The slightly complicated title basically looks at the different ways of curating art and includes works by some of the world’s most famous artists. They include Cezanne, Delauney, Giacometti, Matisse, Mondrian and of course, Picasso.
Until 31 May. Daily 10am-7pm. €5.50 (€10 combined permanent and temporary exhibition).
Note that during March, renovation work takes place in the rooms showing the permanent exhibition. Picasso’s paintings and art works will be on display instead in the downstairs rooms.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
It’s all change too at this museum, which welcomes Masks, metamorphosis of modern identity from 24 March onwards. The works show how masks are used in modern art in different artistic styles such as Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. From 24 March to 13 September.
The museum also has an exhibition by Toulouse Lautrec. The Circus includes 39 drawings done by the French artist in 1899 featuring clowns, acrobats and animal tamers. Until 7 June.
Tues-Sun 10am-8pm. €10 combo ticket for permanent and temporary exhibition. Reduced rate of €6 if you visit between 2.30 and 4pm. Free entry on Sundays from 5pm onwards.
Both the Picasso Museum (see above) and Carmen Thyssen Museum have lovely cafés serving coffee, light snacks and lunch.
CAC Malaga has 3 main exhibitions this month.
Carlos León – one of the most important contemporary artists in Spain at the moment, León exhibits From a Distance, 48 paintings of landscapes, gardens and everyday objects. All created between 2009 and 2019. Until 26 April. See these in the largest exhibition space at the art musuem.
Robert Motherwell – a collection of 26 works on paper showcase the American abstract artist’s work in collages and show the development of Motherwell’s collage technique between 1960 and 1989. Until 17 May.
Eulalia Valldosera – the video room at CAC shows nine videocreations by the Catalan artist. All intend to make us aware of our identity and what’s beyond us. Until 12 April.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. Free.
Gustav Klimt’s gold features in the multi-media art exhibition on Muelle Uno. The exhibition offers an immersive experience into the Austrian painter’s work with video projections of his paintings and quotes, similar to the Van Gogh Live exhibition in Malaga last year. Tickets cost €11 (€13 at weekends) for adults with various discounts available for family groups and Malaga residents (Mondays only). See all the gold at the space in the intersection between the Pergola and Muelle Uno until 19 April. Open daily 10am to 10pm. More information here.
The funky cultural centre host a new photographic exhibition in March by Carlos Saura. A life behind the camera includes photos by Saura before he turned his attentions to film directing and focuses on pictures of Spain in the 1950s and life on set.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 1pm and 5-9pm. Free
Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 7 bus from Alameda Principal (south side).
Sporting events in Malaga in March
They include a tough run, a fun one plus a regatta make up the sporting events this month.
22 March sees us running 21km around the city and celebrating the event’s 30th anniversary. 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 give us a big cheer as we make our way around central Malaga!
And for something a little more sedate, the 5th edition of the very colourful run arrives in Malaga with a tropical theme on Sunday 14 March. The multi-coloured action starts at 11am at Malaga Fair ground. Tickets cost from €12 and you can grab your colourful spot here.
Regatta Sailing Cup
The second edition of this nautical event takes place between Friday 27 March and Sunday 29 March with six categories of yachts taking part including J80s for the first time. Action starts at 11am on each of the three days in the area off La Malagueta and La Caleta beaches. More information here.
Markets in Malaga in March
Red Friday at La Térmica – the monthly vintage market and cultural event over 50 vintage stalls takes place on Friday 6 March. Live music from 9pm and the screening of Sound Triology: Boiler Room. Plus the usual selection of food trucks. Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal. 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.
Organic markets selling 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 7 March from 10am to 2pm and Huelin Park Saturday 21 March 9am to 2pm.
Soho Market – this great Sunday market offering arts and crafts has swapped venues from Plaza de la Merced to Calle Tomás Heredia in Soho and takes place on 22 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.