Another month and another round-up of Malaga events. In this post we look at what’s on in Malaga in February (with an extra day this year). Like January, this is usually a quiet month for tourism and those lucky enough to visit get most of the attractions in Malaga almost to themselves.
But just because it’s low tourist season doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do. February is a very colourful month with the celebration of Carnival. It’s also a romantic affair with Valentine’s Day and of course, there’s plenty of music, art, fun runs and some great markets. Read on to discover what’s on in Malaga in February.
Public holidays in Malaga in February
Malaga celebrates the Day of Andalucia on Friday 28 February when banks, businesses and shops will be closed. Bars and restaurants should be open as usual along with museums and monuments. The Museum of Malaga will be on its public holiday timetable (9am to 3pm). Note that all museums have free entry on 28 February. For a guide to public holidays in Malaga in 2020, read this.
One of the highlights of the year and definitely one of the loudest and brightest. Malaga Carnival runs late this year and takes place from 21 February to 1 March 2020. Expect a week of celebrations, music, dancing, parades and of course, lots of dressing up. To find out what’s on at Malaga Carnival, check out our dedicated post.
Malaga Theatre Festival
This is still going strong in February with some excellent performances (mostly in Spanish) at the Cervantes and Echegaray Theatres. You can see the full programme for the Malaga Theatre Festival here.
Musical events in Malaga in February
The second month of the year brings plenty of music to your ears. Get ready to enjoy:
Free lunchtime concert
The Museum of Malaga resumes its monthly lunchtime concerts in the lovely central patio. February’s takes place on Sunday 2 February at noon and features Sepharadic music, traditional Hebrew songs. Free entry.
Strings for Valentine’s Day
Music for four strings and with a romantic theme played by the Promúsica Chamber Orchestra comes to the lovely Sala Maria Cristina on Saturday 1 February at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and can be bought online here.
Trio Circulo trio
Play Beethoven and Schumann at the Picasso Museum on Tuesday 4 February at 8pm. Get your tickets from the museum ticket office. €10.
Free flamenco concert
The annual season of free concerts at the MVA auditorium on Calle Ollerías starts this month. The first concert takes place on Monday 10 February at 7.30pm and features José El Boleco and Ezequiel Benítez who, between them, will offer pure flamenco singing. Entry is free but you need a ticket, available from the MVA box office on the day from 9.30am onwards.
Belgian pianist Ben Roel plays Beethoven and Liszt on Thursday 13 February at 8pm in the Sala Maria Cristina . Tickets €15 available here.
Free Swing Machine Orchestra
The inaugural concert for the Genealogies of Arte series (coming to the Picasso Museum this month – see below) brings the Swing Machine Orchestra to Malaga. Playing and dancing classics from the 30s by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Scott Joplin, the 12 musicians and dancers perform on Wednesday 26 February at 7pm in the Picasso Museum Auditorium (entrance via Calle Alcazabilla). Free entrance – get there super early to be sure of a seat as it’s a small venue.
Granada String Quartet
Plays Canales, Haydn and Shostakovich on Thursday 27 February at 8pm in the Sala Maria Cristina. Tickets €15 available here.
MVA Jazz Festival 2020
Jazz fans are in for a real treat at the end of the month when the MVA Jazz Festival has 4 jazz concerts featuring some pretty big names – Virxilio da Silva Quartet, Roberta Gambarini, Leo Genovese Trio and Jazz Masters – and all free. Three concerts are at 9pm in the MVA on Calle Ollerías 34, to the west of the old quarter and the fourth at the Edgar Neville Auditorium at the Diputación on the western seafront. Free entry but you need to get your ticket available on the links and dates below from 10am.
- Virxilio da Silva Quartet tickets available at 10am on 19 February for the concert on Wednesday 26 February at MVA.
- Leo Genovese Trio tickets available at 10am on 20 February for the concert on Thursday 27 February at MVA.
- Roberta Gambarini tickets available at 10am on 21 February for the concert on Friday 28 February at MVA.
- Jazz Masters tickets available at 10am on 22 February for the concert on Saturday 29 February at the Edgar Neville Auditorium.
Save the date and get online in time if you’re really keen because these will go quickly.
A brand new cultural centre has just opened at La Malagueta bullring (we think that’s a much better use for the space 😉 ) and the first event features photography by one of Spain’s greatest film directors, Carlos Saura. Titled Flamenco, the exhibition includes 83 photos of Saura’s films and plays such as Carmen and Blood Wedding. A real treat for both photography and flamenco fans. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 8pm until 17 May. Free entry.
New art installations
The Pompidou Centre and Russian Museum both get new installations this month, created by artists live as you watch. Julio Anaya creates ‘Mijhailovsky Palace: an accumulated 25 years’ on the wall opposite the escalators at the Russian Museum on Friday 21 February at 7pm and Charo Carrerra paints ‘If I, if you’ on the long stairway at the Pompidou on Saturday 22 February at 7pm. Free entry, but you need a ticket, available for ticket offices at the museums in advance.
Art exhibitions in Malaga in February
As usual, there’s a feast of great art in Malaga this month including:
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum continues with its temporary exhibition Arabian Fantasy featuring paintings by Spanish artists between 1860 and 1900. The central theme is North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria) and the 70 works depict the people, customs and landscapes found by the artists in the second half of the 19th century. Be sure to check out the great themed gifts in the museum shop. Until 1 March.
From 21 February, the Museum welcomes an exhibition by Toulouse Lautrec. The Circus includes 39 drawings done by the French artist in 1899 featuring clowns, acrobats and animal tamers. Until 7 June.
Tues-Sun 10am-8pm. €10 combo ticket for permanent and temporary exhibition. Reduced rate of €6 if you visit between 2.30 and 4pm. Free entry on Sundays from 5pm onwards.
Both the Picasso Museum (see below) and Carmen Thyssen Museum have lovely cafés serving coffee, light snacks and lunch.
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The most visited museum in southern Spain (and one of the top museums in Malaga) has just said goodbye to one of the big art exhibitions in Malaga and from 27 February hosts Genealogies of Art or the History of Art as Visual Art. The slightly complicated title basically looks at the different ways of curating art and will include works by some of the world’s most famous artists. Expect to see Cezanne, Delauney, Giacometti, Matisse, Mondrian and of course, Picasso.
From 27 Feb to 31 May. Daily 10am-6pm. €5.50 (€10 combined permanent and temporary exhibition).
Note that during March, renovation work takes place in the rooms showing the permanent exhibition. Picasso’s paintings and art works will be on display instead in the downstairs rooms.
This art museum in Malaga is about to say goodbye to the exhibition on Women in Art in Russia. The interesting collection includes early icons, typical costumes, objects from the Russian court and lots of portraits showing women in all facets of life. Well recommended. You can also see:
In Search of Shambhala: 70 works by the master of Russian symbolism, Nikolai Roerich, are on show. Roerich was one of the most prominent artists in Russia during the first half of the 20th century as well as an archaeologist and promoter of culture and peace. He journeyed to the East for five years between 1923 and 1928 and Tibet and the Himalayas (see the photo below) make up one of the main topics for his paintings. You can also see his take on Russian legends and folklore in paintings that remind you of comic strips.
Anna Ajmátova: the Russian poet takes central stage in another of the temporary exhibitions and continues the Russian Museum’s theme of women this year. The collection showcases portraits of Ajmátova and the men in her life alongside her poetry and books.
Until 1 March. Tues-Sun 9.30am-8pm. Entry to the temporary exhibitions costs €4, a combined ticket €8. Free entry on Sundays after 5pm.
Look out for a dedicated post on the new exhibitions at the Russian Museum in Malaga.
Gustav Klimt’s gold features in the multi-media art exhibition on Muelle Uno. The exhibition offers an immersive experience into the Austrian painter’s work with video projections of his paintings and quotes, similar to the Van Gogh Live exhibition in Malaga last year. Tickets cost €11 (€13 at weekends) for adults with various discounts available for family groups and Malaga residents (Mondays only). See all the gold at the space in the intersection between the Pergola and Muelle Uno until 19 April. Open daily 10am to 10pm. More information here.
CAC Malaga has 3 main exhibitions this month.
Carlos León – one of the most important contemporary artists in Spain at the moment, León exhibits From a Distance, 48 paintings of landscapes, gardens and everyday objects. All created between 2009 and 2019. Until 26 April. See these in the largest exhibition space at the art musuem.
Robert Motherwell – a collection of 26 works on paper showcasing the American abstract artist’s work in collages go on display from 7 February. The works show the development of Motherwell’s collage technique between 1960 and 1989. Until 17 May.
Eulalia Valldosera – the video room at CAC shows nine videocreations by the Catalan artist. All intend to make us aware of our identity and what’s beyond us. Until 12 April.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. Free.
The iconic multi-coloured cube has just said goodbye to the Modern Utopias exhibition and the main spaces within the museum are closed until 12 March. The new exhibition for 2020-21 is called From Miró to Barceló: a century of Spanish art in Paris. Meanwhile, you can see:
Alechinsky in the Land of Ink – a retrospective including 75 works by the Belgium artist, known for his inventive use of materials. The exhibition includes works from 1952 when he moved to Paris to the present day. Don’t miss the paintings on top of old manuscripts and mariners’ maps. Until 12 April.
Remember those? This interactive space that is perfect for kids plays homage to the earliest cinema will teach you how to make a magic lantern. Until April 2020.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7
Top tip – Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and Jorge Rando Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.
Surrealist Lee Miller – a model for Vogue, a World War Two correspondent and Man Ray’s lover, assistant and muse, Lee Miller ranks among the world’s most famous photographers. You can see over 100 of her photos on display until 26 February. Free entry. Get to La Termica on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal or walk along the western seafront.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 1pm and 5-9pm. Free
Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal.
What’s on in Malaga in February – sporting events
As usual, there’s plenty going on in the sporting scene over the next month, particularly as Malaga celebrates being European Capital of Sport 2020. February events in Malaga include the Copa del Rey basketball championship – full details here (in Spanish only). If you’re a runner, here’s our pick of what’s on in Malaga in February:
One of the most challenging sporting events of the year takes place on Saturday 29 February at 10pm in the old quarter. The 10k run includes a run up to the Gibralfaro (north and south sides) as well as round the main historic sights in the city. It’s meant as a fun run, although don’t be surprised to see some serious athletes competing. And it’s in the dark so an extra challenge. If this appeals, you can sign up here. Or if you’re in town on the evening, cheer us on!
Markets in Malaga in February
One of the most popular monthly events in Malaga starts 2020 with stalls selling vintage items, food trucks and cultural events at La Térmica. They include a concert by Poetic Trio and Harakiri Beach. Friday 7 February from 7pm until midnight. Get to La Térmica on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal.
Arts and Crafts
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 and a visit to Artsenal, a great art centre on the corner of Muelle Uno.
Soho Market returns (at last!) with the first of the new season on Calle Tomás Heredia with stalls selling arts and crafts and vintage items. Sunday 23 February 11am-7pm
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 8 January from 10am to 2pm.
Huelin Park Saturday 22 February 9am to 2pm.
Heads-up for March
Malaga half-marathon – in its 30th edition, this is fun annual event and celebrating a big anniversary this year. See some interesting corners of Malaga as you run the 21k. Sunday 22 March – sign up still possible here. See you there!
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Heads-up for events this year
The Cervantes Theatre celebrates its 150th anniversary this year with a long list of concerts and performances. The Theatre has just released the programme until August and there are some great events coming up: Tutto Puccini, a celebration of the Alicia Alonso centenary, Carmen Linares, Flashdance… Take a look and book your seats now.