What’s on in Malaga in August

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 the events listed in this post refer to August 2018. We’ll be updating them for 2019 as soon as we have the details. Watch this space!

Public holidays in August

Wednesday 15 August is a public holiday in Malaga (and in Spain). Bars and restaurants will be open as usual, but not shops and businesses.

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.

Malaga fair 2018 poster

All the fun of the fair starts at midnight on Friday 10 August with a seriously stunning firework display from the port and continues for a full 8 days. For all the details plus some tips on making the most of Malaga Fair, check-out our dedicated blog post.


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). http://deporte.malaga.eu/es/deporte-en-feria/#.W1oE7dIzaUk

Saturday 4 August

Jabega races – these unusual boats that date back to Phoenician times celebrate their annual regatta in Muelle Uno and Dos from 7pm. This year (the 57th edition), 10 boats (4 traditional and heavy, and 6 light-weight) and 23 teams are taking part. Worth watching if you’re in the area.

Free yoga session – suitable for all ages and levels. On Muelle Uno at 8pm. Take your own mat. Recommended also as a great way of watching the sun go down behind the ferris wheel.

Kangoo jumps – a bouncy way of working out and the latest craze in Malaga. You can sign up for a master class and try it out free at 7pm near the lighthouse. Take long socks and some form of ID to get your Kangoo jumping boots (sign up required).

Sunday 5 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.

First stage of La Vuelta 2018

Malaga hosts Spain’s iconic bike race, La Vuelta yet again this year and uniquely the first stage. The inaugural race takes place on Saturday 25 August (time to be confirmed) and will be an 8km time trial between the Pompidou Centre and La Plaza de la Constitución. Expect minimal time differences among the 176 riders although this’ll be a chance to really get some speed up because there’s just 1 short slope (this is Malaga after all!).

La Vuelta 2018 Malaga

La Vuelta then moves onto Marbella for the start of the second stage up to the Caminito del Rey before another 2 stages in Malaga province.


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 at Artsenal, the art and performance space at the end of the Pergola, next to the Pompidou. Join and watch the pros 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). Sunday 5 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.

Outdoor cinema

As part of its Warhol programme (see below), the Picasso Museum is running a series of evening guided tours of the exhibition together with a ‘pop-art’ movie. Saturday 4 August showcases Blake Edwards’ The Party, screened in the Picasso Museum gardens in original version with Spanish subtitles. Entrance from 8.45pm onwards. Tickets cost €8 and include the guided tour, film and a drink. On sale at the museum ticket office.

Haute Couture in Malaga

Malaga Car Museum welcomes a special haute couture exhibition during August. A selection of 14 exquisite pieces, including a jewelled bra designed by Christian Dior, go on show by the world’s top fashion designers. The new exhibition with pieces that have never been on show before, join the around 180 vintage vehicles and the 200 haute couture items already in the museum. Until 30 August. Open daily 10am to 7pm. Get to the Car Museum on the No 7 from the Alameda Principal or walk along the western seafront (leave the promenade at Burger King and cross over the main road. The museum is on the next parallel block to the right.)

Guide to Malaga users get 10% discount on ticket prices. Click here or on the image below to claim yours. For more information about the Car Museum, read our guide.

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:

Picasso Museum

The most visited museum in southern Spain (and one of the top museums in Malaga) hosts Warhol. Mechanical Art, one of the biggest art exhibitions in Malaga this year. You’ll see some of the most well-known works by the star of Pop Art – think Gold Marilyn, Nine Jackies, self-portraits and of course, that tomato soup, which pops up throughout the exhibition including on the fun entrance tickets. Other works on show by The Silver Factory creator include films, record covers, drawings, sculptures, posters and installations plus the chance to hear Warhol in some weird and wonderful phone conversations. This is a must-see exhibition in Malaga as it offers a real insight into the Pop Art King and his wacky creative life. Until 16 September.

Open daily 10am to 8pm. Temporary exhibition €5.50. Free Sundays from 5pm. 

Russian Museum

The Russian Museum is showing the three exhibitions below. The temporary exhibitions (A Traveller’s View and Mikhail Schwartzman) will be in town until mid-September so if you haven’t caught up with these, make sure you do in August.

Brilliant Future. The Art of Socialist Realism – the main exhibition this year looks at art during the Stalin era when all of it had to be produced according to official guidelines. Soviet scarlet red dominates the exhibition with lots of stunning paintings and objects from the era. The audio guide offers a great insight into the art works themselves as well as the historical background.

A Traveller’s View. Russian Artists Around the World – is a small exhibition of paintings by Russian artists on their travels in the 19th and 20th centuries. There’s a big dose of  France, Italy and Egypt but the Tibet, Japan and South America also feature.

Mikhail Schwartzman – the Russian Museum goes full circle back to its first exhibition three years ago with a look at Schwartzman’s Russian icons. A unique artist in both Russia and Europe in the 20th century, his approach to religion is very different.

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


Carmen Thyssen Museum

This art museum continues with its temporary and very summery exhibition, The Mediterranean: Arcadia reinvented. The 60 works on show include several great sculptures and look at how French and Spanish artists depicted the Mare Nostrum from the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th. Works by the likes of Matisse and Signac hang next to Picasso, Sorolla and Anglada-Camarasa. This is one of our favourite art exhibitions in Malaga this year and well worth a visit.

Until 9 Sept. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. €4.50. Free entry Sundays from 5pm. 

CAC Malaga

CAC Malaga hosts several exhibitions in August:

Rose Wylie – her first exhibition in Spain takes up the largest space at CAC and includes some pieces that have never been exhibited before. Her vibrant, energetic work takes the form of collage and hand-painting with lots of weird and wonderful figures (we love the elephants and the prancing ladies). Until 9 September.

José Luis Puche – Malaga artist’s show “Like Snow that Dances” includes almost 30 pieces that flow between the real and the artificial, some in black and white, others in colour. Many use his current technique of drawing or painting and then water-washing. Until 26 August.

Pedro Reyes – the video room hosts Mexican Reyes’ “Prana”, a weird and wonderful video footage (as everything in this room is!) depicting the multiple transformations of a black and white ball into myriad shapes and forms. Until 2 September.

Note that CAC is on summertime opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm. Free entry. 

Pompidou Centre

The multi-coloured cube houses Modern Utopias taking you round European ideals in art with some of the continent’s greatest painters on display. Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Le Corbusier and Chagall all rub shoulders with fun installations including a revolving nose, sheep on wheels and sardine-tin bed, plus some great videos.

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

Reprojected Materials

The Pompidou Centre welcomes 2 new exhibitions in July. Reprojected Materials is one of the most interactive experiences you’ll find at art museums in Malaga. Using a projector (remember those?), light, colour and transparencies you get to create your very own reprojection. Until 11 January with special opening hours – Mon, Weds, Thurs and Fri 5 to 8pm, weekends 12.30 to 2pm and 5 to 8pm.

Jean Dubuffet

Travelling without a compass takes a retrospective look at one of the biggest 20th century artists. The exhibition includes work from his first period when figures, brutal art and graffiti featured heavily, and from the second half of his creative life when he focused on investigating materials in art. “Man must express himself but so should the materials and tools,” said Dubuffet. Until 14 October.

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7

Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sundays after 5pm.

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 or visiting La Concepción website.

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