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 Carnival celebrations and the Film Festival. 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.
The first week of March sees the main activities for this event in March with the highlights on at the weekend 4-6 March. For full details, read our guide to Carnival in Malaga.
Malaga Film Festival
The 25th edition of this celebration of films in Spanish takes place between 18 and 27 March this year. In its silver jubilee, 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.
Malaga continues to celebrate the centenary of the confederation of brotherhoods and on 5 March, there’s another mega procession. This time, it’s the turn of 14 Christ figures and 3 Our Lady figures who will be parading the city centre from late afternoon onwards. It won’t be as solemn as Easter and the floats are smaller but expect a moving display of tradition and religious belief.
Each throne has a different route through the city but all will parade along the following streets: Puerta del Mar, Calle Martínez, Calle Larios, Calle Sancha de Lara, Calle Molina Lario, Calle Postigo de los Abades to the Puerta del Sol de la Catedral (Calle Molina Lario entrance). Each throne then enters the Cathedral for the via crucis and then leaves via the Patio de los Naranjos and goes along Calle Santa María and Calle San Agustín to Plaza de Jesús Castellanos.
We said March was jam-packed with fun events… This annual weekend (5 and 6 March) at the Congress Palace) celebrates comics, Manga and videogames over two full days from 10am to 9pm. This year’s highlights include a live concert playing videogame theme tunes, a CosPlay competition, an origami exhibition, a giant Squid Games model… Tickets cost €10 per day or €18 for both days and are available online where you’ll also find details of all the events.
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.
Free jazz festival
The MVA Cultural Centre holds its annual Jazz Festival from 3 to 5 March.
David Kikoski & Booby Broom Quintet perform on 3 March at 8.30pm.
Victor Lewis & Essiet Okon Essiet Sextet on 4 March at 8.30pm.
Jesse Davis Quintet on 5 March at 8.30pm.
Entry is free but you need to reserve a ticket beforehand. They become available from 28 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.
Tardeo & Music
This great new initiative (Sunset & Music) combines great local talent with one of the city’s loveliest locations, Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina in El Limonar. The free concerts take place every Friday and Saturday evening in March (5-7pm) in the gardens at the 5-star hotel where drinks and tapas are available as well as fab views of the city. Book your table ahead by calling +34 952 212 700 or sending an email to email@example.com.
The programme in March is:
- Friday 4 – Fanny Olmedo and Oliver Sierra play soul funk (singer and guitar)
- Saturday 5 – Roberto Cantero plays soul, R&B and funk (saxophone)
- Friday 11 – Clara and Toba play pop (singers and guitar)
- Saturday 12 – Diego Lara perfoms his own music (singer songwriter, guitar)
- Friday 18 – Tenguerengue play flamenco fusion (singer, guitar)
- Saturday 19 – Suzete Moncrief and Roberto Cantero play soul, R&B and funk (singer, saxophone)
- Friday 25 – Chelo Soto sings flamenco accompanied by Fran Moya on guitar
- Saturday 26 – Paquito Carmona plays flamenco fusion on his guitar.
Get to the Castillo de Santa Catalina on foot from the centre (allow 30 minutes), by taxi or take the 32 or 33 bus from the Alameda Principal and get off at Avda Pintor J. Sorolla (Miramar,.stop 1108) and walk 10 minutes up the hill. There’s also ample parking if you have your own car.
As part of its side-events, Malaga Film Festival has several free concerts at venues around the city. They include:
- Orfeón Preuniversitario choir – sing at the Carmen Thyssen Museum on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March at 6.30pm.
- Calvin Omari Trio – perform VI Playing Picasso at the Picasso Museum auditorium (entrance via Calle Alcazabilla) on Friday 11 March at 8.30pm.
- Municipal Band – play at the Balneario (a nice walk east from La Malagueta beach) on Sunday 13 March at 12.30pm.
- Gospel it – sing film music on Muelle Uno on Sunday 13 March at 1pm.
💡 For the concerts inside (Thyssen and Picasso Museums), get there early to get a place.
Verdi’s classic comes to the Cervantes Theatre on Friday 11 March at 8pm and Sunday 13 March at 7pm. Tickets cost €24. More information here.
Free flamenco concert
This year’s season of monthly flamenco concerts continues on Monday 28 March with local singer Bonela Hijo. Hear him at the MVA Cultural Centre on Calle Ollerías at 7.30pm. Entry is free but you need to get a ticket on the day from MVA (available from 7pm onwards) or from the Municipal Fiestas Department in Camino de San Rafael 99 (available 9am to 2pm – 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 13 March in the lovely patio in the museum. This month’s music is chamber and the Café Zimmermann will play music by Bach and Telemann.
Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat. At the time of writing, this event had not been confirmed.
Dire Straits Tribute
Fans of classics such as Brothers in Arms and Money for Nothing will love this tribute concert by Alchemy Project on Saturday 19 March at Sala Paris 15 at 9pm. Tickets cost from €22 and are available online here. Get to Sala Paris 15 on the No 19 bus from the Alameda Principal (journey time is just over half an hour).
Interactive video mapping
Watch this amazing 3D technique (like the one on the Cathedral tower at Christmas) light up Calle Alcazabilla on Thursday 17 March at 9pm.
Malaga has 2 film-themed tapas trails this month:
Cinema Tapas Trail
Sponsored by Cervezas Victoria, this trail runs around 25 bars and restaurants in the city centre and Soho district where you can try a specially-created tapa and Victoria beer for €3.50 until 20 March. You can see a list of participating venues here.
Spanish Film Tapas Trail
Another film-themed foodie feast, this time based on iconic Spanish films. A tapa and beer cost €4 from some of the best bars and restaurants in town – see them here. From 20 March to 26 April.
Family fun at the Botanics
The Concepción Botanical Gardens have family fun every Sunday in March at 11am. The activity lasts 2 hours and includes games, a puppet show and guided tour of the garden. It costs €9 per adult and €6.90 for children (under 3s are free). Maximum 20 people per group, social distancing and masks compulsory. Book your place by phoning 951 92 61 80.
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.
This year’s exhibition takes War and Peace as its central theme with 183 works by Russian masters and French and German artists with ties with Russia. Expect to see references to epic battles, the October Revolution and World War I. The works include, as always, paintings and sculptures and provide unique insight into Russian life and culture. Until April 2022. Read our guide to this exhibition.
Avant-garde in Russian Art – one of the most important artistic movements in early 20th-century Europe and this exhibition celebrates its expression in Russian artists. They include Kandinsky and Chagall as well as numerous others. Expect to see works in the style of abstraction, constructivism, futurism and neo-primitivism.
Mayakovsky, Poet and Artist – a prominent artist in the Futurist movement, Mayakovsky is known for his revolutionary ‘calling’.
Bi-centenary of Dostoevsky – a small exhibition honours one of the greatest Russian authors in the year of the bi-centenary of his birth. On show are portraits as well as illustrations from his books and recreations of the rooms where he wrote.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 5pm.
The multi-coloured cube has just said goodbye to its permanent exhibition and awaits a new one. Watch this space for more news!
Sophie Calle, one of France’s best contemporary photographers and video artists, arrives on 19 November with a temporary exhibition that takes in her 40-year career behind and in front of the lens. Until 17 April.
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 its permanent collection, 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.
In addition, there’s the temporary exhibition, Photos of the City Picasso Loved, showcasing photos of Paris taken by Brassai in the 30s and 40s. Picasso and Brassai had a long and close personal and professional relationship while they lived in the City of Light and this exhibition pays homage to that. As well as photos, on display are also Brassai’s book cover designs and sketches.
Face to face. Picasso and the Old Masters places works by painters such as El Greco, Zurburán, Caracciolo and Gijsbretchs next to Picasso’s to illustrate how the old masters influenced him. Until 26 June.
Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €9, free Sundays after 5pm. free Sundays after 5pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is closed at the moment 😞
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The museum celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2021 and continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.
You can also see the Paul Strand exhibition, showing 131 photos from his collection with pictures from his native New York and travels around the world. Strand is considered one of the pioneers of modern photography and this exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to see his iconic portraits and landscapes. Until 6 March.
Plus, a new exhibition arrives on 14 March. An Intimate Anthology showcases works by Juana Frances, one of the most important Spanish artists in the second half of the 20th century. You can see her abstract and figurative creations until 19 June.Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, €10 (€6 for entry between 2.30 and 4pm), free on Sundays.
The Carmen Thyssen Museum has a lovely café serving coffee, light snacks and lunch. There’s a daily 3-course lunchtime menu, which is excellent value for €11.90.
The contemporary art centre next to the river has 3 exhibitions this month.
- The Worker and the Astronaut by Patricio Cabrero – one of Spain’s most prominent artists at the moment exhibits over 60 works including several he created in 2021. See them until 6 March.
- Antonio Rojas – When Memory Finds it Difficult to Leave the Port shows a selection of watercolours and oils by the Spanish artist. Until 27 March.
- Phil Frost – Plotting Upon the Passage of Time by the American artist arrives on 4 March, showcasing his work from 1997 to the present day. Frost favours mixed media and uses canvas, wood and doors for his work. Until 22 May.
- Julian Schnabel – the next major exhibition comes from the American artist showing how his art is influenced by Spanish paintings. You can see Anything Can Be a Model For a Painting from 25 March.
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.
Tuesday to Sunday 9am-9.30pm. Free entry.
La Termica Cultural Centre welcomes Days of Punk showcasing over 100 pictures by photographer Michael Grecco. He took the photos at nightclubs in Boston and New York when punk rock was just emerging in the late 1970s. The exhibition also includes a soundtrack and documentary. Until 26 June.
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).
The French language and cultural centre has an exhibition called Avenir 2050 that looks at climate change through the eyes of 7 French artists and 4 Spanish. On show are paintings, sculptures and videos. Open Monday to Friday 10.30am to 1.30pm and 4.30 to 8pm and Saturday 10.30am to 1pm. Free entry. The Alliance Française is at Calle Canales 11 (behind the Ilunion Hotel on the west side of the river). Until 8 April
Markets in Malaga in March
This cultural-musical event is one of the monthly highlights for vintage shopping, live music and food trucks. The March edition takes place on Friday 4 March at La Térmica between 6pm and midnight. Music comes from local artist Anadie, Xenia who combines 80s sounds with New Wave and Madrid-based DJ, Carla Clay.
La Merced Market
Stalls selling arts and crafts open on Sunday 6 March, Saturday 19 March and Sunday 20 March from 11am to 7pm on Plaza de la Merced.
This arts and crafts market takes place on Saturday 26 March and Sunday 27 March between 11am and 7pm on Calle Tomás Heredia in the Soho district.
The square of market stalls has just opened on Muelle Uno (outside the Pompidou Centre) and you can browse them from 10am to 10pm daily until 8 May.
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 5 March from 10am to 2pm and Huelin Park Saturday 19 March 9am to 2pm.