In the next of our monthly blog posts about what’s on in Malaga we take a look at events in Malaga in March.
Please note that the events described below are subject to Covid-19 restrictions and may be cancelled at short notice. Double-check with the venue before you travel.
Events in Malaga in March are slightly lower key than usual for obvious reasons. But there are still some great things to do in the city. Here’s our pick of what’s on in Malaga over the next month.
Public holidays in Malaga in March
Although Malaga celebrates the Day of Andalucia on Sunday 28 February, the public holiday is on Monday 1 March . Shops, bars and restaurants are open, but banks and businesses close.
For a guide to public holidays in Malaga in 2021, read this.
Fans of Japanese film director, Hayao Miyazaki, are in for a treat at the Albeniz Cinema on Calle Alcazabilla on the first 2 Sundays in March. Watch Nikki the Witch’s Apprentice on Sunday 7 and Porco Rosso on Sunday 14 March at noon. Films are dubbed in Spanish and entry is free – get there early to be sure of a seat.
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.
Get inside music and instruments via two films at the Symphony exhibition on Plaza de la Marina. Using virtual reality, the films show the Mahler Chamber Orchestra directed by Gustavo Duhamel as they play Beethoven, Mahler and Bernstein. Mondays to Fridays 11.45am to 3.45pm and 4.30 to 6pm, weekends 9.45am to 6pm. Free entry. Until 4 April.
ABC of Flamenco
Award-winning flamenco artist Arcangel performs his own brand of flamenco at the Cervantes Theatre on Saturday 6 March at 4pm. Tickets cost €30 and are available here.
Small concert at the Picasso Museum Auditorium featuring musicians from the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra. Sunday 7 March at noon. Tickets and are available here or from the Museum box office.
Le Petit Garage
Extraordinary violinist Ara Malikian returns to Malaga with two concerts at the Cervantes Theatre on Sunday 7 March at noon and 4pm. Tickets cost €40 and are available here.
Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays Concerto No 1 and Symphony No 5 at the Cervantes Theatre on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 March at 4pm. Tickets cost €24. More information here.
Free concert by the Municipal Band
As part of the delayed celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Cervantes Theatre (2020 was the actual date), the Municipal Band offers a free concert at the Theatre on Sunday 14 March at noon. You need tickets (maximum 2 per person) from the Theatre box office or online from 11am on Thursday 11 March. They’ll be playing Bizet, Gounud and Albeniz among others.
Colours in the wind is the name of the free concert performed by a local flute ensemble in the patio at the Carmen Thyssen Museum. Saturday 20 March at 4.30pm. Free entry but get there early to be sure of a seat.
Free flamenco concert
This year’s season of monthly flamenco concerts continues on Monday 22 March with Paqui Corpas singing and Gabriel Cabrera on guitar. See them at the MVA Cultural Centre on Calle Ollerías at 4.30pm. Entry is free but you need to get a ticket on the day from MVA (available from 4pm 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).
Music in the Museum of Malaga
The free monthly concert takes place at noon on Sunday 21 March in the lovely patio in the museum. Free entry and tickets available online, but get there early to be sure of a seat. At the time of writing, this event had not been confirmed.
The Philharmonic Orchestra plays its annual Easter concert at the Cervantes Theatre. This year, they perform Karl Jenkins’ The armed man: a mass for peace with local choir, Carmina Nova (who are excellent). Thursday 25 and Friday 26 March at 4pm. Tickets cost €30 – more information here.
Family fun at the Botanics
The Concepción Botanical Gardens have family fun every Saturday and Sunday in March at 11am and 12.30pm. The activity lasts 2 hours and includes games, a puppet show and guided tour of the garden. It costs €7.50 per person (under 3s are free). Maximum 20 people per group, social distancing and masks compulsory. Book your place by phoning 951 92 61 80 o 647 58 54 57.
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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Art Exhibitions in Malaga
As usual, there’s a feast of great art in Malaga this month including:
This art museum in Malaga has a permanent exhibition and 2 temporary ones.
Realism: Past & Present – the central exhibition showcases realism in Russian art from the 18th century to today. The paintings and objects run through over three centuries of Russian art exploring how artists portrayed their surroundings and the relationship between art and truth. Until April 2021. Read our guide to this art exhibition in Malaga.
Breaking silence: silent movies in Russian – a look at this genre of cinema, which used the most advanced techniques of its time. A selection of Italian and American films complement the exhibition. Until April 2021.
Andrèi Tarkosvky: Master of Space – film buffs have another treat in this photographic look at one of the greatest film directors in the 20th century. Until April 2021.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 6pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 4pm.
The multi-coloured cube includes A Century of Spanish Art from Miró to Barceló exhibition. As usual, you can expect to see an eclectic collection of paintings, videos, installations and sculptures. Read about this art.exhibition in Malaga here.
Show Your Face – a major exhibition of portraits in photo and film by 26 artists between 1972 and 2011. Until 11 April 2021.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 6pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm.
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 has new additions to its permanent collection, now called Conversations with Picasso 2020-2023. The exhibition explores 8 decades of artistic creativity from the 20th century’s greatest artist. The Museum has just opened a new 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.
Metamorphosis by Miquel Barceló has just arrived in Malaga. Spain’s most famous contemporary artist has nearly 100 works on display that he created between 2014 and 2020. They include ceramics, paintings, watercolours, travel journals and 7 giant bronze sculptures on display in the central patio. Like Picasso, Barcelón sees “every piece of work as experimental”. Until September.
Cherry by James Turrell is the first temporary exhibition of the year, showcasing the Californian artist’s work on light and space. His installations treat both as materials in their own right. Until June.
Open daily 11am to 5pm. Tickets €12 for all 3 exhibitions, €8 Cherry and Barceló, free Sundays after 3pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is closed at the moment 😞
Carmen Thyssen Museum
It’s Happy Birthday to this art museum in Malaga this month – the Carmen Thyssen Museum celebrates its tenth anniversary. As well as the permanent collection, there’s a new exhibition bringing together over 40 masterpieces by European and North American painters between the 17th and 20th centuries. Living in Painting, Carmen Thyssen’s Passion for Collecting draws on her extensive collection of art with works by Canaletto, Degas, Munch and Stepanova among others. From 22 March to 5 September.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, free 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 and it includes entry to the museum.
CAC Malaga has 3 main exhibitions this month.
Cabinet d’Amateur by Pedro Cabrita Reis – a giant retrospective of the Portuguese artist with bronze sculptures and over 220 paintings. Until 14 March.
After the Gold Rush by Jules de Balincourt – over 40 works by the French artist, created during 2010 and 2020. From 12 March to 23 May.
Fifteen by Rafa Macarrón – the Madrid artist brings 15 works to CAC this month including 10 oil paintings and 4 giant bronze sculptures. From 26 March to 6 June.
While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking art work and installations.
Tuesday to Sunday 9am-6pm. Free entry.
La Malagueta Cultural Centre
The Beatles vs the Rolling Stones exhibition brings together photos of the two iconic bands by Terry O’Neill and Gered Makowitz, taken in the 1960s. Situated in the Malagueta bullring, the cultural centre is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 5.45pm. Free entry.
The funky cultural centre hosts an exhibition starring Brigitte Bardot when she was at the height of her acting career. The exhibition showcases photos of the actress when she was filming Les Bijoutiers du clair de lune, a French/Italian production on the Costa del Sol back in 1957. Location settings include Mijas, Torremolinos, Alhaurín el Grande, Malaga, El Chorro and the Caminito del Rey.
Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5.30pm and weekends 11am to 2.30pm. Free entry.
Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 7 bus from Alameda Principal (south side).
Markets in Malaga in March
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.
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 6 March from 10am to 2pm and Huelin Park Saturday 20 March 9am to 2pm.