What’s on in Malaga in August 2021

Despite lockdown and covid-19, summer continues and with it, some events! There isn’t quite the usual list of events in Malaga in August, but there are definitely some cool ones. In the latest of our what’s on in Malaga monthly round-ups, discover music, open-air cinema, gardens and of course, some really great art. Read to find out more about what’s on in Malaga in August.

Please note that the information in this post refers to events in Malaga in August 2020. We will updating the details towards the end of July – bookmark the page to be the first to know.

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Public holidays in August

Saturday 15 August is a public holiday in Malaga (and in Spain). Shops, bars and restaurants will be open as usual, but not businesses. Wednesday 19 August is also a public holiday, but just in Malaga city and shops and businesses will be closed. 

For more information about public holidays in Malaga click here.

Malaga Fair cancelled

August means fair time in Malaga, but obviously with covid-19, it just isn’t happening this year. The 10-day event has been cancelled and we’ll have to wait until August 2022 to celebrate in style again. If you’d like information about what usually goes on, check-out our dedicated guide to Malaga Fair.

Malaga Fair Exhibition 

Calle Larios is showcasing Malaga Fair in images – 40 posters and 40 photos line the street until 17 August. The posters range from the newest to the oldest and the photos show different aspects for the fair from the dancing and fireworks to the solemn mass and parade. 

Malaga Fair Exhibition in Calle Larios

To the South of the South

Bienal Sur comes to Malaga for the ‘To the South of the South’ exhibition at La Térmica Cultural Centre, designated km 9692 for the event. There are several talks and conferences celebrating the Bienal as well as an exhibition, ‘Dissident Maps & Zoo’. On show are works by 4 South American artists that question the way we look at and interpret maps, archives and graphic documents. See it until 1 November. 

Find out more about Bienal Sur

Sporting events in Malaga

Several fun sporting events take place throughout August for both participants and spectators. Full information on dates, times and how to sign up is available here (in Spanish only). 


Stand-up paddle races competitions for adults and children. Saturday 15 August from 10am at the Playa de la Cizaña, next to the Parador de Golf. Get there on the No 5 bus from Calle Córdoba. Free entry, but you have to sign up first via the form available here

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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

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.

Best films this century

The Albeniz Cinema (Calle Alcazabilla) screens a series of some of the best films this century in August. Films are shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles and start at 10pm. Tickets cost €4 and are available at the ticket office, open daily from 5pm onwards. 

  • Tuesday 4 August – Langosta by Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015
  • Wednesday 5 August – Magical Girl by Carlos Vermut, 2014
  • Tuesday 11 August – The Square by Ruben Östlund, 2017
  • Wednesday 12 August – Elle by Paul Verhoeven, 2016

Guided garden tours 

The lovely Concepción Botanical Gardens have evening guided tours on 7, 8, 14, 21 and 27 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! 

watercolour of botanical gardens in Malaga

Guided tours of the English Cemetery

This lovely spot – an oasis of peace and quiet in the city centre – hides a wealth of interesting history and famous people. Join the guided tour in English on Friday 7 August at 5pm. Tickets cost €6 and you can buy them in advance here. The English Cemetery is just opposite the Malagueta Bullring on the east side of the city centre.  

What’s on in Malaga in August musically

Brisa Festival 

The best of local and Spanish alternative pop and rock bands arrive in Malaga for the 6-day festival (23-29 August). There are 3 venues for the concerts: Botanical Gardens, Gibralfaro Castle and the Tabacalera grounds (outside the Russian and Car Museums). Tickets cost €20 and all proceeds go to the Red Cross. Link to buy tickets and more information here

Flute and guitar concert

The MuTe duo perform pieces by Gaspar Sanz, Giuliani, Celso Machado, Granados, Domenico Scarlatti and Wilfried Westerlinck at the Jorge Rando Museum (on Calle Cruz del Molinillo, at the north end of Calle Ollerías) on Friday 20 August at 7.30pm. Entry is free but you need to book your tickets via the email Info@museojorgerando.org. 

Thursdays in the park 

The municipal band from La Paz district performs a series of free concerts in parks on the west side of the city centre, including the one we look at from the Guide to Malaga office window! All are free and start at 8.30pm. 

  • Thursday 5 August: Parque Litoral – circus music
  • Thursday 12 August: Parque del Oeste – rock music 
  • Thursday 19 August: Parque Maria Luisa – programme to be confirmed
  • Thursday 25 August: Parque de Huelin – programme to be confirmed

Opera in the English Cemetery Gardens

Bel Canto comes to Malaga on Saturday 8 August at the English Cemetery at 9pm. Expect 40 minutes of arias and duets (don’t forget your hankie) with tenor and soprano accompanied on the piano. Tickets are available online here and cost €10. 

European Music Gallery Festival

300 young musicians from across the EU are taking a tour of the continent and arrive in Malaga on  Monday 17 August. The concert takes place in the Cervantes Theatre at 8.30pm and on the programme are Purcell, Copland, Stravinsky and Beethoven. Tickets cost €24 and are available online here.

Summer Thursdays

The Pompidou Centre and the Russian Museum host concerts within their exhibition space in August. Listen to Proyecto Dasein play classical at the Russian Museum on Thursday 6 August at 9pm and join Elena Garrido (soprano) at the Pompidou Centre on Thursday 13 July, also at 9pm. Entry is free (get your tickets from the museum the day beforehand) and you can also visit the exhibitions free between 8 and 11pm.

Music in the Picasso Museum Gardens

Outdoor spaces really come into their own in July in Malaga and the Picasso Museum has a series of concerts throughout the month. It’s a lovely garden, but small so book well ahead to be sure of a seat. The programme includes an eclectic mix – jazz, classical, flamenco, puppet shows, piano concertos… and you can see the full programme here. Tickets cost €10 and are available online or at the museum ticket office during opening hours.

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Klimt’s Gold

The immersive art exhibition of Austria’s master of golden paintings is staying in Malaga until 20 September. Located in the exhibition space between the Pergola and Pompidou Centre, you can see amazing representations of Klimt’s art daily between 11am and 9pm.

Weekday tickets cost €11 for adults and €9 for children aged 5 to 15, the over 65s, students and the unemployed. Weekend prices are slightly higher (€13 and €11 respectively). Malaga residents (you need to show proof) get in for €9 on Mondays. Social distancing is in place and capacity is just one third. The over 65s have no need to queue. More information plus tickets online here

Klimts gold exhibition in Malaga

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:

Note that you need to wear a mask inside all museums and maintain social distancing (2m).

Russian Museum

This art museum in Malaga recently opened a new permanent exhibition and also has 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 latest art exhibition in Malaga

Encyclopedia of sandwiches Olga Osnach
Encyclopedia of sandwiches Olga Osnach

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 look at one of the greatest film directors in the 20th century. Until April 2021.

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

Carmen Thyssen Museum

As well as its permanent collection – discover it here – this art museum in Malaga has a space dedicated to Toulouse Lautrec and the Circus. The 30 drawings painted by the artist during a convalescence and later illness depict classic circus scenes and characters.

Open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm and 5 to 9pm, weekends 9.30am to 9pm. €10, free on Sundays after 5pm.

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Picasso Museum

The most-visited museum in southern Spain has just added new works 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.

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €6, free Sundays after 5pm.

Pompidou Centre

The multi-coloured cube recently opened its latest permanent exhibition, A Century of Spanish Art from Miró to Barceló. As usual, you can expect to see an eclectic collection of paintings, videos, installations and sculptures. Read about the latest art.exhibition in Malaga here.

Escaped Prisoner by Eduardo Arroyo at Pompidou Centre Malaga
Escaped Prisoner by Eduardo Arroyo

Russian-born but French-adopted artist, Nicolas de Staël takes centre stage at the latest temporary exhibition. The extraordinary painter was known for his abstract and figurative paintings. On show are 25 of his works, 9 paintings and 16 sketches, illustrating the highlights of his short career. Until 8 November.

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 5pm. 

Markets in Malaga in August

Arts and crafts – El Zoco market at Muelle Uno takes place every Sunday with socially distanced stalls from 5 to 11pm. There’s also a general market open daily from 11am to 11pm in the area opposite the Pompidou Centre. 

El Paseo market – on the Malagueta seafront with stalls selling arts and crafts on Sunday 8 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 8 August on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 22 August in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.

Read more about markets in Malaga.

Heads up for September

The annual music festival, Terral, usually takes place in July in Malaga, but this year its dates are for September. There’s a great line-up of artists with an eclectic range of music. Like all events in Malaga at the moment, capacity is limited so book your tickets now. More information here

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