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What’s on in Malaga in February 2024

Another month and another round-up of Malaga events. In this post we look at what’s on in Malaga in February. 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.

Please note that this round-up is a work in progress, so bookmark the page and check back often for updates.

But just because it’s low tourist season doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do and if you are in Malaga, read on for a good mix of film, music, theatre, art and some great markets. Plus, it’s Carnival season!

Read on to discover what’s on in Malaga in February.

Public holidays in Malaga in February

Malaga celebrates the Day of Andalucia on Wednesday 28 February, a public holiday in the city, province and region. Bars and restaurants should be open as usual along with museums and monuments. Note that all museums have free entry on 28 February. 

For a guide to public holidays in Malaga in 2024, read this.

(And don’t forget that February has 29 days this year!

Valentine’s Day 

February also includes the most romantic night of the year, 14 February. We think Malaga is the perfect city to celebrate love in all its shapes and forms and if you need some inspiration, read our ideas for Saint Valentine’s in Malaga.

Carnival 

This colourful event brightens up February and although the fun in Malaga isn’t quite on the same scale at that in Cadiz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Rio de Janeiro, it’s still a great chance to see singing, dancing and wild costumes.

This year, the fun starts on Saturday 3 February and continues until Sunday 11 February. 

You can read all the details about Malaga Carnival in our dedicated post

Malaga carnival 2024

Lux 2024

La Térmica Cultural Centre welcomes another edition of its light exhibition, this time with three digital art installations. The trio, along with other light and sound exhibitions, will be inside and outside of this historic building.

The exhibition starts on 28 February and continues until 10 March. 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).

Flamenco in Malaga in February

There are several flamenco events this month including:

Flamenco in the Soho

The Soho Theatre is running its annual flamenco festival again this year, with three concerts in February:

  • Friday 9 February – Jesús Méndez and Pedro el Granaíno, two of Andalusia’s most renowned singers, bring the essence of flamenco to the stage.
  • Saturday 10 February – Tomatito, a flamenco guitarist who needs no introduction since he’s one of the best in Spain.
  • Sunday 11 February – the Fundación Alcalá brings flamenco song, music and dance to the stage.

More information and links to buy tickets here.

International Flamenco Fashion Show

The Car Museum hosts this event on Sunday 25 February between noon and 9.0pm. There are four fashion shows at noon, 1.30, 5 and 6.30pm, showcasing local and regional talent.

Tickets cost €8 and are available at the museum ticket office or online.

Free flamenco concert

Local singer, Chato de Málaga, performs at the MVA Auditorium on Calle Ollerías on Wednesday 21 February at 7.30pm.

Tickets are free, but you need to get yours from the Municipal Fiestas Department in Camino de San Rafael 99 (9am – 2pm – you can get here on the No 20 bus from the Alameda Principal). Or if there are any left, from the MVA box office on the day (available from 7pm onwards).

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Dance in Malaga in February

There are several free dance events in Malaga this month, two are part of the MAF Festival (cultural events prior to the Malaga Film Festival) and the other opens the second edition of Autóctonxs II at Soho Theatre.

San Bailentin at Muelle Uno

Celebrate St Valentine’s a little earlier on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February by joining free dance classes and live music on Muelle Uno.

Saturday 10 February – join a modern dance class at noon, try out your Latin moves at 1.15pm and turn your feet to tango from 5.30pm.

Sunday 11 February – join a swing class at noon with live music from Los Djangolines.

Traces of Third Skin

Dancer Ana Lessing Menjibar performs parts of her work, Third Skin at the Escuela de Arte San Telmo on Calle el Ejido 3 on Monday 12 February at 7.30pm. Free entry.

Mime

The Lonely People and Círculo Breaking perform mime at the Parque del Oeste (west side of the city, next to the Vincci Malaga hotel on the western seafront) on Saturday 17 February at 1pm.

El pueblo está en la calle

The village takes to the street on Thursday 22 February, when performers from Villanueva del Rosario village dance their walk from the Muelle Heredia bus station (just west of the main Port entrance and opposite Plaza de la Marina) to Soho Theatre. Watch them dance from 7pm. The performance lasts around 30 minutes.

Silver Bird

Flamenco dancer Sara Jiménez presents her new work, Ave de Plata (Silver Bird) at the Pompidou Centre on Friday 23 February at 6.30pm. You’ll be able to meet the artist at the end of her performance. Free entry, but you need to get a ticket from the museum, available from 5pm on the day.

Musical events in Malaga in February

As usual, there’s plenty going on musically this month, including:

Magna – Music of the Passion

If you’re a fan of the religious music that accompanies the Easter processions in Malaga, this concert is for you. On Sunday 3 February, six local bands and four from Andalusia come together in a concert celebrating Holy Week music.

The concert takes place from 1 to 6pm in the Malagueta bull ring. Tickets cost from €30 and are available online here.

Aeternum

The 5th edition of this series of concerts showcasing sacred music from around the world arrives towards the end of February. There are four concerts from 21 to 24 February at the Echegaray Theatre. More information and links to buy tickets here.

Jay-Jay Johanson

Swedish singer-songwriter Jay-Jay Johanson, known as the Sinatra of the digital era, presents his new album, Fetish, at the Cervantes Theatre on Tuesday 20 February at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available here.

regresa a Málaga dentro de la de la ruta por España en la que el cantautor sueco, etiquetado como el Frank Sinatra de la era digital, está enseñando su nuevo álbum, Fetish

Jethro Tull

This iconic British band first appeared in the 1960s and are still going very strong. They play at the Cervantes Theatr on Wednesday 21 February at 8pm. Tickets cost from €24. Click here for more information.

David Hazeltine Trio

Hazeltine is one of the world’s top jazz pianists and he’s joined by Xaver Hellmeier on the drums
and Joan Codina on double-bass. Enjoy them at the Cervantes Theatre on Sunday 25 February at 7pm. Tickets cost €15 and are available here.

Angela Hoodoo

American blues, folk and rockabilly singer performs at the Echegaray Theatre on Thursday 29 February at 8.30pm. More information and link to buy tickets here.

Free Jazz Festival

The MVA Cultural Centre holds its annual Jazz Festival from 28 Feb 1 March:

  • Wednesday 28 February – Doug Weiss & Pasquale Grasso Trio at 8.30pm. 
  • Thursday 29 February – Luigi Grasso & Gregory Hutchinson Quartet at 8.30pm.

Entry is free but you need to reserve a ticket beforehand. They become available from 26 February on a first-come-first-served basis and via this online ticketing platform. Bookmark it for reference. The MVA is on Calle Ollerías 34. 

Save the date and book in time – these concerts always ‘sell out’ quickly.

Free concerts in Malaga

There are several free concerts this month including:

Museum of Malaga

The Malaga Youth Orchestra will be performing Mozart’s Jupiter symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No 2, Opus 36 at the Museum of Malaga on Sunday 11 February at noon.

The Municipal Band will perform film soundtracks on Saturday 24 February at 6.30pm.

Botanical Gardens

The Municipal Band is playing in these lovely gardens on Sunday 11 February at noon. The programme is, as always, mixed and includes music by Aran Kachaturiam and Jacob de Haan, plus the usual pasodoble to finish. Free entry, but you need a ticket to get in. Available from this link from 11am on Thursday 8 February (note that the link doesn’t work until then).

If you can’t get tickets, you can still enjoy the concert as if you pay to enter the gardens. Just go up to the main house and stand by the railings over the esplanade where you see the band. You won’t get a seat, but the acoustics are just as good and you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the band!

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The Malaga University Youth Choir sings on Saturday 24 February in the lovely patio at 5.30pm.

Entrance is free to all the above concerts and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so get in the queue early to be sure of a place. 

Muelle Uno

You can enjoy film soundtracks from children’s movies at That film sounds familiar… Kids! on Saturday 17 February at 1pm.

Galician wine tasting

Our friends at Winederlust has a great event this month, when they’ll be tasting six wines from Ribeira Sacra and Ribeiro, paired with three cheeses. Join them on Sunday 18 February at 4pm at Villa Antumalal in El Limonar. Price €45 per person. More info and link to book here.

Art exhibitions in Malaga in February

As usual, there’s a feast of great art in Malaga this month including:

CAC Malaga

CAC has the following exhibitions in February

nadie es nada

A retrospective of the acclaimed Spanish artist, Eduardo Gruber. Nobody is Nothing showcases nearly 90 works, mostly from the last decade and many seen for the first time in an exhibition.

Gruber offers a provocative look at the world, with thought-provoking paintings on war, free will and time. There’s also a selection of paintings of women prisoners held at the Sydney gaol in the early 20th-century, with a short story by Gruber on each.

Until 3 March.

Structures and Connections

Seville born artist Gerardo Delgado’s exhibition includes 18 works, created over the last two years. The paintings all feature bright colours and different lineal combinations.

Until 18 February.

While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking artwork and installations.

Tuesday to Sunday 9am-9.30pm. Free entry. 

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The museum continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.

Fiercely Human – 17th-century Spanish art comes into its own at the Carmen Thyssen Museum with this exhibition of works by Spanish painters of saints, whose dramatic images were designed to draw people to religion. The exhibition includes modern takes on saints, such as Carlos Saura’s painting above. Until 18 February 2024.

Man Ray – the stunning Sala Noble at the museum welcomes an exhibition of Man Ray photos from the 1920s. They include portraits, nudes, Raygrams and self portraits of the artist himself. Until 21 April.

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 €12.90. 

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. Tickets cost €10. Free entry on Sundays after 4pm. Note that if you’re resident in Malaga (you need to show proof), the entry fee is €6.)

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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 also has a 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.

The Picasso Museum has also welcomed the second of its big exhibitions commemorating the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death last year. The Echo of Picasso examines the enormous influence the artist has had on other creators, both his contemporaries and those living now.

The exhibition showcases the work of 30 artists, all influenced by some aspect of Picasso’s creativity. The specially curated collection includes paintings, sculptures and installations, all of which are placed within the concept of Picasso and his work.

Until March 2024

Open daily 11am to 6pm. Tickets €9, free Sundays after 4pm.

Buy your Picasso Museum ticket in advance

Russian Museum

Although this art museum in Malaga is no longer showing artworks from the Russian State Museum, its latest exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the alternative collections. 

Ahead of his time – dozens of artworks from the huge collection owned by José María Castañé. Divided into four sections, it showcases work by Russian artists as well as key figures from 20th century art such as Paul Delvaux, David Hockney, Eduardo Arroyo and Diego Rivera.

The two largest sections cover 20th century Russian art and contemporary art.

Different perspectives – two award-winning photographers, Elena Anosova and Javier Arboledas showcase their images of two different parts of Russia. Anosova focuses on a remote part of southern Russia, where his family comes from, and reflects on isolation and collective memory. Arboledas looks at Sosnovy Bor, one of the secret cities built during the 1950s in the USSR, and his pictures reflect on memory and utopia.

In the flow – German artist, Boris Groys, who spent many years in Russia, has three videocollages on display.

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

Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, is our favourite so far. 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.

Read about the latest collection at the Pompidou Centre

Magical Thinking

This exciting exhibition showcases the creations by Ettore Sottsass, who turned his hand at drawing, product and furniture design and sculptures. Until 24 February.

Future fossils: exploring virtual scenarios

This new exhibition brings together work by two artists, Ida Kvetny and Diana Velasco. Their individual and joint works look at the meaning and differences between the past and the future, real and virtual, and fact and fiction.

One of the highlights is CryptoPong Participate #2 Málaga (2024), an interactive installation, based on NFT. Until 9 April.

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm. 

La Térmica Cultural Centre

As well as Lux 2024 (see above), La Termica Cultural Centre has one exhibition this month, We are made of star dust by Aaron Johnson. The 16 paintings, created over the last three years, showcase Johnson’s use of liquid acryllics on damp canvas.

Free entry. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. 

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 February

Arts & 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.

Merced Market is on Sunday 4 February on Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 7pm.

Soho Market on Calle Tomás Heredia with stalls selling arts and crafts and vintage items from 11am to 7pm on Sunday 25 February.

Organic food markets

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 10 February from 10am to 2pm.

Huelin Park Saturday 24 February 9am to 2pm.

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