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Events in Malaga in March 2024

In the next of our monthly blog posts about what’s on in Malaga we take a look at events in Malaga in March. Things go up a gear this month with the arrival of spring, the Film Festival and Easter. How’s that for a busy month?!

Plus, there are lots of oither great things to do in the city. Here’s our pick of what’s on in Malaga over the next month.

Note that this post is a work in progress and we’ll be adding events when we hear about them, sometimes not until the very last minute! Bookmark the page for future reference.

Public holidays in March

March has two public holidays this year: Thursday 28 March and Friday 29 March, both for Easter. Businesses and banks close on both days and most shops close on the Friday. Expect monuments, museums, bars and restaurants to be open as usual on both days.

Find out when other public holidays are in Malaga.

Malaga Film Festival

The 27th edition of this celebration of films in Spanish takes place between 1 and 10 March this year. In this edition, Malaga Film Festival has its usual long list of films and shorts to watch, a good dose of celebrity sightings and a ton of associated events including lots of free concerts (see below).

For all the information, read our guide to Malaga Film Festival. 

Looking for inspirational things to do and see in Malaga in March? Check out these 10 suggestions.

Easter

Easter arrives early this year, with the week of processions taking place from Palm Sunday (24 March) until Easter Sunday (31 March). Holy Week is one of the biggest events of the year in Malaga and one well worth seeing.

We have an entire section dedicated to Easter in Malaga, including FAQs, a guide to who’s who in the processions during Holy Week and 10 things to do at Easter.

Penitents dressed in blue at Easter in Malaga
Easter in Malaga

Lux 2024

La Térmica Cultural Centre welcomes another edition of its light exhibition, this time with three digital art installations: Hypersun, Ilúmenes and Ciclic. The trio, along with other light and sound exhibitions, will be inside and outside of this historic building.

The exhibition is on until 10 March. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. 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).

Splurge hotels

Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina

Treat yourself to room 7 or 8 with lovely views of Malaga below. The hotel serves no meals other than breakfast (€10, not included in pr …

Boutique Hotels

Soho Boutique La Equitativa

Newly opened in 2021 and in one of the most emblematic buildings in the city centre, the 4-star Soho Boutique La Equitativa hotel does view …

Mid-range hotels

Eurostars Astoria

Located on the pedestrian esplanade next to the CAC art museum, Eurostars Astoria is a great location for the Soho district and the histori …

Flamenco in March in Malaga

As usual, you can catch some great flamenco in the city this month.

Flamenco festival

The Flamenco Festival continues in Soho Theatre in March with two performances:

Maria Terremoto – one of the youngest flamenco singer talents in Spain today. She stars on Thursday 21 March at 8pm.

Raimundo Amador – one of Spain’s greatest flamenco guitarists takes to the stage on Friday 22 March at 8pm.

Tickets cost from €20 and are available from the Theatre box office (on Calle Córdoba) or online here.

Free flamenco concert

Local singer, Antonia Contreras, performs at the MVA Auditorium on Calle Ollerías on Wednesday 20 March at 7.30pm. This video below gives you an idea of what to expect.

Tickets are free, but you need to get yours from the Municipal Fiestas Department in Camino de San Rafael 99 (9am – 2pm – you can get here on the No 20 bus from the Alameda Principal). Or if there are any left, from the MVA box office on the day (available from 7pm onwards).

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.

Holy Week Concert

This year’s Easter concert from the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra is Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor. Joining the orchestra is the Spanish National Choir, with soloists Betty Garces, Asude Karayavuz, Aquiles Machado and Juan Carlos Heredia.

The concert takes place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March at 8pm. Tickets cost from €12 and are available here

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Enjoy Pergolesi’s masterpiece at St George’s Anglican Church in the grounds of the English Cemetery (on Avda de Pries, diagonally opposite the bullring in La Malagueta) on Saturday 23 March at 8pm. Tickets cost €15 each and are available here.

Free Jazz Festival

The MVA Cultural Centre has the final concert of its annual Jazz Festival on 1 March, with the David Hazeltine Quartet at 8.30pm. 

Entry is free but you need to reserve a ticket beforehand. They become available from 26 February on a first-come-first-served basis and via this online ticketing platform. Bookmark it for reference. The MVA is on Calle Ollerías 34. 

Save the date and book in time – these concerts always ‘sell out’ quickly.

Free concerts 

As usual, there are several free concerts in Malaga in March. They include:

Museum of Malaga

The Boulanger Quartet plays in the lovely patio at this museum on Sunday 10 March at noon. Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat (say 11am).

Iglesia de San Juan

The Municipal Band play their annual Holy Week concert on Sunday 10 March at 7.30pm in the San Juan Church (at the top end of Calle San Juan). Free entry but get there early to be sure of a seat. And take your hankies…

DISCOVER MORE THINGS TO DO IN MALAGA

Wonderful wisteria

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.

wisteria pergola at Malaga botanical gardens

Wine tastings in March

Our friends at Winederlust have two great wine tasting events this month:

Tickets cost €45 per person and both events are at Villa Antumalal in El Limonar (Google map link).

Let’s go clásico! – Rioja tasting on 10 March at 4pm, with six Rioja wines and three cheeses. Link to buy tickets here.

Meet the winemaker – discovering the wines produced by Viñedos Verticales on 23 March at 4pm. Six wines and three cheeses. Link to buy tickets here.

Greek Film Festival

The CAC Art Museum has free showings of three Greek films during March. The films are in their original version with Spanish subtitles.

  • Monday 5 March at 6.30pm – Ioannis the Violent by Tonia Marketaki (1973).
  • Monday 12 March at 6.30pm- Desertor by Giorgos Kovras (1987)
  • Monday 12 March at 8.30pm – Betty by Dimitris Stravrakas (1987)

Entry is free, but you need a ticket, available from this link.

Art exhibitions in Malaga in March

As usual, there’s a feast of great art in Malaga this month including:

CAC Malaga

This contemporary art museum has the following exhibitions on in March:

nadie es nada

You can just catch this retrospective of the acclaimed Spanish artist, Eduardo Gruber. Nobody is Nothing showcases nearly 90 works, mostly from the last decade and many seen for the first time in an exhibition. Until 3 March.

Legacy of Modernism

34 paintings by German artist Günther Förg, one of the most prominent 20th-century artists. The works reflect Förg’s passion for architecture and minimalism. From 15 March until 26 May.

While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking artwork and installations. And Neighbours has just renovated all its art work.

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

Carmen Thyssen Museum

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

Man Ray – the stunning Sala Noble at the museum showcases an exhibition of Man Ray photos from the 1920s. They include portraits, nudes, Raygrams and self portraits of the artist himself. Until 21 April.

Latent Modernity – this new exhibition includes over 60 paintings by Spanish artists from the 1920s to the 1970s. Anyone who was anyone in the artistic world is on display, such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Menchu Gal and Antonio López. From 16 March to 8 September.

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 €12.90. 

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. Tickets cost €10. Free entry on Sundays after 4pm. Note that if you’re resident in Malaga (you need to show proof), the entry fee is €6.)

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Russian Museum

Although this art museum in Malaga is no longer showing artworks from the Russian State Museum, its latest exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the alternative collections. 

Ahead of his time – dozens of artworks from the huge collection owned by José María Castañé. Divided into four sections, it showcases work by Russian artists as well as key figures from 20th century art such as Paul Delvaux, David Hockney, Eduardo Arroyo and Diego Rivera.

The two largest sections cover 20th century Russian art and contemporary art.

Different perspectives – two award-winning photographers, Elena Anosova and Javier Arboledas showcase their images of two different parts of Russia. Anosova focuses on a remote part of southern Russia, where his family comes from, and reflects on isolation and collective memory. Arboledas looks at Sosnovy Bor, one of the secret cities built during the 1950s in the USSR, and his pictures reflect on memory and utopia.

In the flow – German artist, Boris Groys, who spent many years in Russia, has three videocollages on display.

Image Cities – Russian photographer Anastasia Samoylova has an exhibition showcasing Moscow, NYC and European cities like Amsterdam, London and Barcelona. Her photo collages of modern urban surroundings won the Fundación Mapfre Prize in 2021. Until 5 May.

Buy your ticket for this museum now

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 5pm.

Picasso Museum

Note that the main exhibition at this museum is closed until 19 March as the rooms get ready to receive 150 new works by Picasso. The new permanent exhibition is called Structures of Invention and takes the innovation approach of organising Picasso’s work by technique and period, rather than just period.

It include five “focus exhibitions” that spotlight certain aspects of Picasso’s creative process such as the influence of African sculptures and the mural he painted for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 1957-8.

You can stlll see the second of its big exhibitions commemorating the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death last year. The Echo of Picasso examines the enormous influence the artist has had on other creators, both his contemporaries and those living now.

Open daily 11am to 6pm. Tickets €9, free Sundays after 5pm. While you’re there, do visit the Picasso Museum café with its lovely patio.

Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, is our favourite so far. 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.

Read about the latest collection at the Pompidou Centre

Children with Lanterns by Tade Makowski (1929)

Future fossils: exploring virtual scenarios

This new exhibition brings together work by two artists, Ida Kvetny and Diana Velasco. Their individual and joint works look at the meaning and differences between the past and the future, real and virtual, and fact and fiction.

One of the highlights is CryptoPong Participate #2 Málaga (2024), an interactive installation, based on NFT. Until 9 April.

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm. 

La Térmica Cultural Centre

As well as Lux 2024 (see above), La Termica Cultural Centre has one exhibition this month, We are made of star dust by Aaron Johnson. The 16 paintings, created over the last three years, showcase Johnson’s use of liquid acryllics on damp canvas.

Free entry. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. 

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).

Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sunday afternoons.

Bishop’s Palace

The exhibition rooms at this gorgeous building next to the Cathedral in Plaza del Obispo has welcomed an exhibition looking at artistic forms of wine. Wine, Art & Symbol shows almost 80 pieces of art work, from paintings to masks via Roman mosaics.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm. €4

💡 Top tip – Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and Jorge Rando Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.

Markets in Malaga in March

Arts & Crafts

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.

Merced Market is on Sunday 3 March on Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 7pm. 

Soho Market on Calle Tomás Heredia, 11am to 7pm. Date to be confirmed for March.

Organic food markets

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.

Sporting events in Malaga in March

Runners have several events this month:

Malaga Half-marathon

Join or watch Malaga’s bid to become the fastest half-marathon in Spain on Sunday 10 March. The 21.2k route runs from the Athletics Stadium in the west of the city, along the seafront, around the Port and Lighthouse, and back again.

At the time of writing, there was still room to sign-up. More information and link to get your bib here. See you there!

Read our suggestions on where to run in Malaga

Women against cancer race

This annual charity event takes place at 10.30am on Sunday 17 March around the Malaga Port for 4.3km. Sign up costs €10 and is available here.

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