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What’s on in Malaga in August 2023

The latest of our what’s on in Malaga monthly round-ups includes music, open-air cinema, dance, gardens and of course, some really great art. Read to find out more about what’s on in Malaga in August.

Note that this post refers to events in August 2022. We’ll be updating it for 2023 as soon as we have the information (usually towards the end of July) – bookmark the page for future reference.

Note that (as always) this post is a work in progress because many events have publicised last minute. We’ll be adding to it as the month progresses, so bookmark the page and check back regularly for updates. 

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Public holidays in August

Monday 15 August is a public holiday in Malaga (and in Spain). Most shops, bars and restaurants will be open as usual, but not businesses or banks. Saturday 19 August is also a public holiday, but just in Malaga city, when banks and businesses will be closed, but not most other establishments.

For more information about public holidays in Malaga click here.

Malaga Fair is back

August means fair time in Malaga and the 7-day event starts with fireworks at midnight on Friday 11 August and continues until Saturday 19 August. Expect it to be very busy this year as many locals are keen to celebrate in style again. For information about what usually goes on, check-out our dedicated guide to Malaga Fair.

Malaga Fair poster 2022 La Mar de Feria
This year’s poster

Sporting events in Malaga

Some sporting events take place throughout August for both participants and spectators. There are also free yoga, qi gong and zumba sessions, guided walks and basketball and paddle games. Full information on dates, times and how to sign up is available here (in Spanish only). 

Jabega Regatta

The traditional jabega boats take part in the 6th edition of this rowing race on Saturday 6 August in Malaga Port from 5pm. 

Malaga Port Swimming Race

Pop along to watch the swimmers and cheer them on as they swim the annual 1km race in Malaga Port. The first jump in the water at 10.50am on Sunday 7 August from Malaga port. There are 500 competitors in the timed race. 

Malaga Produce Fair 

To be confirmed for August 2022

Sabor a Malaga are organising a 4-day foodie extravaganza when the full range of Malaga produce will take centre stage: olive oil, cold cuts, cheese, wine, fruit and vegetables, conserves, chocolate … See the stalls and related events on Plaza de la Marina and the Paseo del Parque from noon to late. The stage on Plaza de la Marina will host events over the four days with the focus on flamenco and wine. 

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Best tomato in the world tour 

The nearby Guadalhorce Valley has a very special crop in August, the big, red huevo de toro tomato (‘bull’s ball’). It comes bursting with flavour and to celebrate its place as king of the tomatoes, restaurants in Malaga city and the province have created special dishes available on the menu until 31 August. You can see the list of participating venues in Malaga here. Or you can buy this tomato at Atarazanas Market – just add a sprinkling of salt and a dash of olive oil for a delicious summer feast. 

Outdoor cinema

The summer programme of outdoor cinema (Cine Abierto) continues until the end of August with free viewings at different locations in Malaga. Films are mostly dubbed in Spanish, but there’s something pretty magical about watching a movie with a gentle evening breeze in your face (masked this year). For the full Cine Abierto programme click here

Guided garden tours 

The lovely Concepción Botanical Gardens have evening guided tours on 5, 12, 19 and 26 August. The tours last for 90 minutes and include the historic part of the garden, the old library in the house and the romantic mirador. They cost €7.50 per person and must be pre-booked by calling 951 926 180. Possibly one of the coolest spots to be in the city on a hot summer evening! 

There are also dramatised visits when key figures from the garden’s history provide the tour on 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 August. For information on times and prices, call 951 926 180.  

watercolour of botanical gardens in Malaga

What’s on in Malaga in August musically

Thursdays in the Ocon 

The Ocón Auditorium in the Paseo del Parque (almost directly opposite the Bank of Spain and University of Malaga building) has free concerts and performances on Thursdays during August at 9pm. Highlights include: 

  • Malaga Brass Band on 4 August.
  • Izansdance dance company on 25 August. 

Tardeo & Music

This 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 at weekends in August (8-10pm) 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 sbcastillo@sohohoteles.com. 

line up of artists for Tardeo and Music in Malaga

Performances this month are:

  • Friday 5 August: Chanwei, Flamenco fusion
  • Saturday 6 August : Roberto Cantero, Funk and R&B
  • Friday 26 August: Noe Sakura. Jazz
  • Saturday 27 August: Easy Riders playing hits from the 60s and 70s.

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. 

Nights at the Jorge Rando Museum 

The first of the season takes place on Thursday 25 August at 9pm. Details to follow.

Free concert at the Museum of Malaga

Brassarquia + One perform on Sunday 7 August at noon in the lovely patio. Free entry, but get there slightly early to be sure of a seat. 

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My Secret Garden

The Pergola walkway plays host this month to sculptures by the Belgian artist, Arne Quinzce. You can see his colourful creations under the Pergola and in the gardens to the side until 23 August. 

My Secret Garden Malaga Arne Quinzce

What’s on in Malaga in August at the art museums

Some of the best things to do in Malaga in August take place at the city’s art museums. This month you can see:

Russian Museum

It’s been all change at this art museum in Malaga since (understandably) no new artworks from the Russian State Museum have arrived. But the latest exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the massive collection in the archives at the Picasso Foundation. 

Incessant Picasso. Freedom and Life – over 150 works by Picasso or depicting him are on display to illustrate his seemingly limitless creativity. The exhibition takes the theme of the different stages of his life and you’ll see photos, books, sketches, prints and ceramics. 

The Reasons for Dreams – this collection, divided into eight sections, looks at the different shapes and forms of dreams. Works on display are by artists including Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Francis Bacon, Georges Ségel, Joaquín de Molina (below) and local Chema Cobos. 

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

CAC Malaga 

The eclectic contemporary art museum has 2 exhibitions on this month: 

  • Ben Sledsens – this is the first Spanish exhibition for the Belgian artist and he has 16 paintings on show. Until 11 Sept.
  • Erik Parker – Easy Freedom is a retrospective of this German-born artist based in the US and includes 40 works from his collection. Until 28 August.

Erik Parker at CAC Malaga

While you’re there, don’t miss the permanent collection and Neighbours.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 2pm and 5 to 9.30pm. Free entry.

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The museum has just celebrated its 11th anniversary and continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection. Also on show is the latest temporary exhibition, Real(ism). New figures in Spanish art 1918 to 1936. It includes over 80 paintings, sculptures, sketches and drawings by artists such as Arteta, Dalí, Gargallo, Miró and others. Until 4 Sept.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, €10 (€6 for entry between 2.30 and 4pm), free from 5pm 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.

See where to eat out in Malaga

Picasso Museum

The most-visited museum in southern Spain has a permanent collection, called Conversations with Picasso 2020-2023. The exhibition explores 8 decades of artistic creativity from the 20th century’s greatest artist. The Museum has a new (ish) 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.

You can also see Paula Rego, a huge retrospective of the Portuguese artist who has redefined figurative art and revolutionised the representation of women in art. Some 80 of her works are on display, taking you through her artistic journey. Until 21 August. 

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €12 for both exhibitions, €8 Paula Rego, free Sundays after 5pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café has now reopened 🎉

Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, arrived recently and we love it! 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.

MixTree Music Interface Lounge by Matali Crasset (2005)

Read our dedicated post about the exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.

Japanese architecture since the 1950s – the temporary exhibition at the Pompidou Centre returns to architecture with the work of 30 Japanese architects on show. Expect to see drawings, designs and models plus objects by masters of building and planning such as Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa and Sou Fijimoto. Until 19 Sept. 

La Térmica

La Termica Cultural Centre is showing Days of Punk, 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 30 September. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm. 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).

Markets in Malaga in August

Colour Market – on Muelle Uno daily from noon to 11pm daily (until midnight at weekends) with lots of stalls selling clothes, accessories and arts and crafts. 

El Paseo market – on the Malagueta seafront with stalls selling arts and crafts on Sunday 7 August from 11am to 7pm. 

Organic Markets – the best summer fruit (think melons, watermelon, peaches…) and vegetables are now in season and these markets sell them plus products, all grown and produced locally in the Guadalhorce River valley. Saturday 6 August on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 20 August in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.

Read more about markets in Malaga.

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