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.
Even quieter than usual this February when covid-19 restrictions are in place. This year, there’s no Carnival of course. And note that because of covid events may be cancelled with short notice. If you have tickets for an event, double-check with the venue that it’s going ahead.
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 some great markets. Read on to discover what’s on in Malaga in February.
Public holidays in Malaga in February
Although Malaga celebrates the Day of Andalucia on Sunday 28 February, the public holiday is on Monday 1 March . On Sunday, 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. On Monday, shops, bars and restaurants are open, but banks and businesses close.
For a guide to public holidays in Malaga in 2021, read this.
From the Director’s Viewpoint
Note that due to covid-19 restrictions, this festival has been postponed. CAC contemporary art centre has a Swedish film festival this month showcasing work by female directors.
- King of Atlantis – 3 February at 6pm
- Lucky One – 10 February at 6pm
Entry is free but you need to reserve a ticket online. More information on the CAC website.
Malaga Theatre Festival
Malaga is still celebrating the 38th edition of the Theatre Festival with a few plays and dance performances in February at the Cervantes Theatre and Echegaray Theatre. The majority of the works is in Spanish (and with top Spanish actors), but you’ll have the chance to see top class theatre and some big names on the stage.
Musical events in Malaga in February
Free jazz festival
The MVA Cultural Centre holds its annual Jazz Festival from 24 to 27 February with an impressive lineup given the travel restrictions everywhere.
- Tenoricity perform on 24 February at 4pm.
- Rick Margaritza & Dado Moroni on 25 February at 4pm.
- Maria Joao Quartet on 26 February at 4pm.
- Jazz ‘All Stars’ on 27 February at 4pm.
Entry is free but you need to reserve a ticket beforehand. They become available from 22 February on a first-com-first-served basis and via an online ticketing platform. More information will be available on the MVA website later on in the month. Bookmark it for reference. The MVA is on Calle Ollerías 34.
Save the date and book in time – these concerts always ‘sell out’ quickly.
The Verdi classic comes to the Cervantes Theatre on Friday 26 February at 8pm and on Sunday 28 February at 7pm. Tickets available from €24 here.
Creators of Conscience
120 photos by Spain’s top photojournalists are on display until 19 March in the Sala Mingorance (Archivo Municipal, Alameda Principal 23) and the Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País (corner of Plaza de la Constitución). Both open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 6pm; Sala Mingorance opens at weekends 10am to 1pm; and SE on Saturdays only 11am to 2pm.
Family fun at the Botanics
The Concepción Botanical Gardens have family fun every Saturday and Sunday in January at 11am and 12.30pm. The activity lasts 2 hours and includes games, a puppet show and guided tour of the garden. It costs €7.50 per person (under 3s are free). Maximum 20 people per group, social distancing and masks compulsory. Book your place by phoning 951 92 61 80 o 647 58 54 57.
Art exhibitions in Malaga in February
As usual, there’s a feast of great art in Malaga this month including:
The contemporary art centre next to the vier has 3 exhibitions in February.
Acquaintances. The Right to Come in by Miki Leal – almost 100 works including paintings and ceramics by the Spanish artist including some created especially for this exhibition. Until 21 February.
Cabinet d’Amateur by Pedro Cabrita Reis – a giant retrospective of the Portuguese artist with bronze sculptures and over 220 paintings. Until 14 March.
The Villagers by Rinus van de Velde – a 40 minute film featuring different characters in the village and showcasing the Belgian artist’s creative talent. Until 24 February.
While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking art work and installations.
Tuesday to Sunday 9am-6pm. Free entry.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The next temporary exhibition opens in March so for the time being it’s the permanent collection only. But it’s well worth checking out if you’re interested in Spanish art from the 19th and 20th centuries plus a few old masters. Read the guide to the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, free on Sundays.
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 €11.90 and it includes entry to the museum.
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The most-visited museum in southern Spain has new additions 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. The Museum has just opened a new 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.
Metamorphosis by Miquel Barceló has just arrived in Malaga. Spain’s most famous contemporary artist has nearly 100 works on display that he created between 2014 and 2020. They include ceramics, paintings, watercolours, travel journals and 7 giant bronze sculptures on display in the central patio. Like Picasso, Barcelón sees “every piece of work as experimental”. Until September.
Cherry by James Turrell is the first temporary exhibition of the year, showcasing the Californian artist’s work on light and space. His installations treat both as materials in their own right. Until June.
Open daily 11am to 5pm. Tickets €12 for all 3 exhibitions, €8 Cherry and Barceló, free Sundays after 3pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is currently closed 😞
This art museum in Malaga has a permanent exhibition and 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 art exhibition in Malaga.
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 photographic look at one of the greatest film directors in the 20th century. Until April 2021.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 6pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 4pm.
The Pompidou Centre
The multi-coloured cube includes A Century of Spanish Art from Miró to Barceló exhibition. 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.
Show Your Face – a major exhibition of portraits in photo and film by 26 artists between 1972 and 2011. Until 11 April 2021.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 6pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm.
Top tip – Pompidou Centre and Picasso Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.
La Malagueta Cultural Centre
The Beatles vs the Rolling Stones exhibition brings together photos of the two iconic bands by Terry O’Neill and Gered Makowitz, taken in the 1960s. Situated in the Malagueta bullring, the cultural centre is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 5.45pm. Free entry.
Markets in Malaga in February
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 13 February from 10am to 2pm.
Huelin Park Saturday 20 February 9am to 2pm.
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