In the what’s on in Malaga in August round-up, you’ll find one of the biggest events of the year (Malaga Fair) plus details on what’s on around the city over the next month. It might be hot and ideal beach weather, but there’s still lots to see and do in Malaga in August. Read on for information about some of the biggest events.
Note that most of the events listed below refer to August 2019. We’ll be publishing the 2020 diary towards the end of July. Bookmark this page for updates!
Public holidays in August
Saturday 15 August is a public holiday in Malaga (and in Spain). Bars and restaurants will be open as usual, but not shops and businesses. Wednesday 19 August is also a public holiday, but just in Malaga city. This is the high point of the Fair so shops and businesses will be closed.
For more information about public holidays in Malaga click here.
The biggest event of all – Malaga Fair
August means fair time in Malaga and although the Christmas lights draw the crowds in their thousands, Malaga Fair still counts as the biggest event of them all.
All the fun of the fair starts at midnight on Wednesday 14 August with a seriously stunning firework display from the port and continues for a full 10 days. For all the details plus some tips on making the most of this big event, check-out our dedicated guide to Malaga Fair.
For information on where to get the best view of the Malaga Fair fireworks, see below.
Sporting events in Malaga
Several fun sporting events take places in the warm-up to Malaga Fair, both for participants and spectators. Full information on dates, times and how to sign up is available here (in Spanish only).
Saturday 3 August
Jabega races – these unusual boats that date back to Phoenician times celebrate their annual regatta in Muelle Uno and Dos from 6pm. This year (the 58th edition), 11boats (4 traditional and heavy, and 7 light-weight) and 28 teams are taking part. Worth watching if you’re in the area.
Free yoga session – suitable for all ages and levels. On Muelle Uno near the lighthouse at 8.30pm. Take your own mat. Recommended also as a great way of watching the sun go down over the city skyline
Sunday 4 August
Water sports – something a little more energetic, the annual 1km swim across the port takes place from 11am. It’s followed by a water polo exhibition given by the local water polo team. You can also watch the Paddle Surf Regatta taking place in the port after the water polo games have finished.
Outdoor events in Malaga in August
Next up on our round-up of what’s on in Malaga in August takes us to Muelle Uno, a great venue for live music and art exhibitions. During August, the following special events take place:
Swing Dance – every Thursday in the square at the end of the Pergola, next to the Pompidou. Dancing and live music plus a foodtruck from 9.30pm.
Chapel Music – the Young Malaga Orchestra (JOPMA in Spanish) plays free concerts outside the chapel on Muelle Uno (one of the things to see in Malaga when you’re in La Malagueta) on Sundays in August at 8.30pm.
Arts & Crafts Market – browse the stalls for vintage items and lots of arts and crafts daily from noon to midnight until 19 August.
Hara, the Spirit of the Jungle
The Botanical Gardens make the perfect backdrop for this adaptation of The Jungle Book, with music and dance leading Hara through the jungle on his way to his grandmother’s. Well-loved characters such as Baloo and Bagheera pop up along way through the subtropical gardens. In Spanish, but we don’t think that really matters because the story’s obvious and the setting is just lovely. 24 and 25 August at 8pm and 10pm. Tickets from €15 and available online here.
The summer programme of outdoor cinema (Cine Abierto) continues until 14 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. If you’re a fan of musicals, head for the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium (in the gardens on the Paseo del Parque) on Thursday 1 August to see La La Land and Friday 9 August to watch The Greatest Showman. Both start at 10.15pm. For the full Cine Abierto programme click here.
Muelle Uno has also been showing some films outdoor in the space between the Pergola and the Pompidou Centre. In August, you can watch the 70s classic Jaws in original version (including that music) with Spanish subtitles. Look out for that “mindless eating machine” on Wednesday 7 August at 10pm. Free entry but get there early to bag your green cushion under the stars.
Indoor cinema – classic American comedy
The Albeniz Cinema (on Calle Alcazabilla, just next to the Roman Theatre) is showing a series of American comedy classics on Thursdays in August at 10pm. The films are in English with Spanish subtitles:
The Shop Around the Corner, Ernst Lubitsch, 1940 – Thursday 6 August
Good Sam, Leo McCarey, 1948- Thursday 13 August
Sabrina, Billy Wilder, 1954 – Thursday 20 August
Tickets costs €4.50 and are available from the cinema ticket office, usually open from 5pm onwards. You can buy tickets in advance.
What’s on in Malaga in August musically
The 4th annual edition of this event takes place on Friday 2 August at 9pm in the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium in the Paseo del Parque. 23 local choirs will be taking part, each singing 2 pieces before coming together to sing a salve rociera (hymn in honour of the Virgin of the Rocío and always rather special). Free entry.
August sees the last of the Terral concerts and this year’s edition goes out with a big bang. Yamato The Drummers of Japan bang out their stuff on drums that can weigh up to 500kg at the Cervantes Theatre on Wednesday 7 August at 8.30pm. Tickets start at €15 and are available here.
Tributes on the terrace
The Corte Inglés terrace (top floor with great views of the Cathedral and Port) has Friday night concerts based on a tribute theme. Listen to the Eneko Alberdi Trio and their take on Jimi Hendrix on Saturday 3 August and to the Bud Spencer Band on Saturday 10 August. Both concerts start at 7.30pm. Free entry.
Music for Nauman
As part of the Bruce Nauman exhibition on at the Picasso Museum, José Ignes plays a concert of experimental music in homage to Riley, Reich and Glass. At the Picasso Museum Auditorium on Thursday 29 August at 7pm.
Malaga dancer Luz Arcos is joined by musician and singer David Azurza in Room with my Soul Outside, a performance inspired by the Nauman exhibition. See them in action on Saturday 31 August at 11am,1pm and 8.30pm. The morning/lunchtime performances cost €1 and the private evening session costs €10. Tickets for Ignes and Arcos are available here.
The August edition of the monthly concerts at the Museum of Malaga takes place on Saturday 10 August at 10pm in the gorgeous patio. The soprano, mezzosoprano and piano play music by 2 Malaga composers, Ocón and Lehmberg. Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a spot.
Lego and 3D exhibitions
The largest lego exhibition has over 500,000 bricks that make up just about anything you can think of – a giant model of the Titanic, sports personalities, part of the human body… plus there’s an area where you can build your own creations.
The 3D images, the largest in Spain, has a collection of 30 stands where you can place yourself in the image. You then take a pic on your phone of yourself in an FBI line-up, on the front cover of Time, fishing a shark….
Both exhibitions open daily from 11am to 9pm and are a perfect activity for families and kids. Ticket prices start at €5.50 and combos are available for both exhibitions with a 50% discount, but you must visit one of them before 3pm. Tickets available on the door. This will be popular in the school holidays so visit first thing in the morning or at Spanish lunchtime (2 to 4pm) to maximise your chances of getting a photo with just you in it. More details here. Until 22 September.
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Flamenco in Malaga in August
This year’s Bienal comes to an end in August. Events include a flamenco show at the Car Museum on Friday 2 August at 8.30pm. Tickets cost €10 and include a visit to the museum. Plus the last concert in the Flameno Up High series on the roof terrace at the AC Malaga Palacio Hotel. Manuel de la Curra sings by the pool on Wednesday 7 August at 10pm. Tickets cost €10 or €15 plus drink and are available at the hotel reception desk.
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:
The Art of Protest
Banksy shows (or at least, his pictures) at La Térmica Cultural Centre until 15 September.Over 40 original creations by possibly the world’s most famous street artist including paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and photos. All the works come from private collections and this is the first time they have been on display in Spain. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 10pm. Tickets cost €9 (plus €1 costs). Tickets available online here.
Get to La Térmica on the No 7 from Plaza de la Marina or walk along the western seafront until the Diputación.
This art museum in Malaga has 3 women-themed exhibitions running in August:
Saints, Queens & Workers – the central exhibition showcases women in Russian art. The paintings and objects run through the entire history of Russian art from early icons of saints and the Virgin Mary to contemporary portraits of women, seen in everyday drudgery or imperial finery. Until 27 February 2020.
Women Artists – continuing the female theme, the temporary exhibition shows works by the most relevant Russian women artists from the 20th century to today. Until 8 September.
Gmurzynzka Collection – Gmurzynzka was the first western art collector to take a serious interest in early 20th century Russian art and this temporary exhibition shows some of the most important works in her collection. Until 8 September.
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.
Read our dedicated post on the exhibitions at the Russian Museum in Malaga.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
Like the Russian Museum, the Thyssen Museum also takes women at its central theme for its temporary exhibition. Perversity: Femmes Fatales from 1880 to 1950 examines the shift in women’s position from passive to active in society. Expect to see paintings by many of the world’s top 20th century artists including Klimt, Miró, Picasso, Modigliani, Man Ray and Dalí. Until 8 September.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €10 (including main collection).
The most-visited museum in southern Spain has a new temporary exhibition. Rooms, Bodies, Words showcases work by American artist Bruce Nauman and includes almost 100 pieces of art – architectural installations, sculptures, video, photos, silk screen prints… They all focus on Nauman’s eternal (and quirky) quest to understand our place in the world. It’s his first exhibition in Spain for 25 years and is one to add to your must-see list if you like thought-provoking art. Open until 1 September, daily 9am to 8pm. Tickets €6.50.
The multi-coloured cube continues with Modern Utopias, an exhibition that takes you round European art with some of the continent’s greatest artists on display. Works by the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky and Le Corbusier take centre stage. There are also some fun installations including a sardine-tin bed and giant revolving nose plus some whacky videos.
Read our dedicated post about the exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.
Also on is the temporary exhibition, Mon Oeil. The main children’s character from the Centre Pompidou in Paris website is the thread through 5 interactive spaces created by 5 artists. Visitors discover how to see things with their own oeil as they walk through the spaces. Very hands-on so great for kids and of course, creative adults! Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 5 to 7.30pm, weekends 12.30 to 2pm and 5 to 8pm. Free entry. Until 15 September.
Jim Dine – the latest temporary exhibition showcases a retrospective by the America artist, known as the master of “happenings” and performance. You can see a selection of his sculptures, paintings and objects that he created between 1961 and 2016 until 6 October.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sunday afternoons.
The latest exhibition at the Picasso Foundation annex (on Plaza de la Merced 13) showcases the illustrations drawn in red by Picasso for Pierre Reverdy’s Le Chant des Morts. Accompanying them are poems by Anne Bronte, Quevedo, John Webster, Dylan Thomas… plus engravings by Durero, Rembrandt and Goya. Open daily 9.30am to 8pm. €3, free entry on Sundays after 4pm.
Six characters looking for an author
An exhibition exploring the tight-knit connection between artists and their creations comes to the Salas Mingorance in the Archivo Municipal. Featuring 6 local artists, the works question the line between the artist and alter-ego. Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 6 to 9pm, weekends 10am to 1pm. Alameda Principal 23. Until 29 September.
The Vision that Thinks
The MUPAM museum (at the end of the Paseo del Parque on Plaza General Torrijos) has an exhibition showing 27 original works based on the Malaga City Hall. The visions of the iconic building are almost all by local artists and include paintings, photos and prints. You can also see 8 original sketches by Alvarez Dumont who was commissioned to draw the interiors and façade of City Hall in 1917. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm and 6 to 9pm. Free entry. Until 13 October.
Night-time at the Botanical Gardens in Malaga
Night-time visits to the Botanical Gardens in Malaga continue in August. More information on time and price is available by calling 951 926 180.
Markets in Malaga in August
Arts and crafts – the Sunday market at Muelle Uno takes place daily until 15 September from noon to 10pm. The Sunday market, El Zoco, is on every Sunday between 7pm and midnight.
Organic Markets – the best summer fruit (think melons, peaches and the first of the grapes) and vegetables are now in season and these markets sell them plus products, all grown and produced locally in the Guadalhorce River valley. Saturday 10 August on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 24 August in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.
LA PLAZA Merced Market – arts and crafts stalls on Sunday 25 August in Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 7pm.
Heads up for September
Cirque du Soleil return to Malaga from 13 September to 6 October with their latest show, KOOZA. The colourful performance takes acrobatics and clowning as its central themes and has been highly acclaimed on the tour. At the Fairground (near the Palacio de Congresos) and tickets cost from €35. Available online here.