What’s on in Malaga in October 2021

The latest in our monthly series of Malaga events looks at what’s on in Malaga in October, a special month for the city because it’s Picasso’s birthday month. This year also celebrates the 17th anniversary of the Picasso Museum. Other highlights include some fantastic films, amazing art, great music and of course, the usual markets. Read on to find out what’s on where and when. 

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

Autumn in Malaga

This is one of the loveliest times of year in the city. Balmy temperatures, not many people at the beach (and the sea is the warmest it gets) and lots of things to do. To catch autumn leaves, head for the Botanical Gardens towards the end of the month or take a day trip to Ronda where the chestnut tree forests turn brilliant orange and magenta, again towards the end of October.

If you need an excuse to visit Malaga in the autumn, here are 10 to inspire you!

Public holiday in Malaga

Quick heads-up: Monday 12 October is a public holiday in Spain and Malaga. Banks,businesses and some small shops will be closed all day in Malaga, but expect to find most large shops cafés, bars and restaurants open as usual. The same applies to monuments and museums.

The autumn in Spain is packed with public holidays 🙂 For more information, read our dedicated post here.

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Film in October 

The Albeniz Cinema on Calle Alcazabilla has a weekly programme of films in their original version and you can also see the following: 

French Film Festival 

This year sees the 26th edition and it takes place from 16 to 20 October. Films will be screened at the Albeniz Cinema, the Pompidou Centre and the Alliance Française (Calle Beatas). All films are in French with Spanish subtitles. You can see the full programme here

poster for French Film Festival Malaga 2020

Mexican Film Festival

The CAC art museum screens a series of Mexican films every Wednesday in October at 7pm. Entry is free, but you need a ticket available online here

  • 7 October – El Comienzo del Tiempo by Bernardo Arellano
  • 14 October – Enamorándome de Abril by Joel Nuñez
  • 21 October – La Carga by Alan Jonsson
  • 28 October – Cuando los hijos regresan by Hugo Lara


Tapas Trail 

Dates not yet confirmed for 2020: The annual Cerveza Victoria tapas trail runs in October in the city centre and Soho. 29 venues have created innovative tapas based on food from around the world in honour of the centenary of Malaga Airport. A tapa and Victoria beer cost €2.90 and there are some seriously creative dishes on offer. Full details to follow.

Blind Beer Tasting 

Taste the nuances of 4 artisan beers (brewed on site) and learn about brewing while you’re there at La Fábrica de Cerveza in Soho (Calle Trinidad Grund 29 – parallel to the Alameda Principal). Friday 9 October at 6pm. Tickets cost €15 per person and are available online here. (Event in Spanish.)

Musical events in Malaga in October

The musical list of what’s on in Malaga runs long this month and the highlights include:

Jazz & Blues 

The Pepa Niebla Quintet perform at the MVA Auditorium on Calle Ollerías on Thursday 8 October at 9pm. Free entry, but you need to get a ticket online here. Booking open from Thursday 1 October at 10am. 

Terral Season

This annual season of concerts (named after the inland wind that blows scorchingly hot in the summer) usually takes place in July and August, but this year it started in September and runs right through to November. There’s an excellent round-up of musical events ranging from classical to jazz via flamenco and pop. Highlights this month include the flamenco performance called Piedra y Camino. You can see the complete programme here . Concerts take place in the Cervantes Theatre and tickets cost just €12. 

Lalo & Mendelssohn

The Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra perform on Friday 23 October at 8pm in the Edgar Neville Auditorium on the western seaside (Diputación building). Tickets from €15 available here.

Flamenco vibe

The Trio Arbós accompany singer Rafael de Utrera for an evening of flamenco at the Picasso Museum on Tuesday 6 October at 8pm. Tickets available from the Picasso Museum ticket office or online via this link

Sunday lunch time concerts

The Museum of Malaga welcomes the Vandalia Trio on Sunday 11 October at noon. Free entry, but you need to prebook your tickets (max. 2 per person) via this link. Booking opens on the Monday before the concert (Monday 5 October in this case). 

Flamenco in Malaga in October

Local singer Sefhora Santiago (from Vélez-Málaga) and guitarrist Luis Santiago perform at the MVA Auditorium on Calle Ollerías on Monday 26 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are free, but you need to get yours from the box office on the day from 9.30am. 


Dance in Malaga in October

Post for dance in Malaga in October

Danza Malaga 2020 takes place this month with a feast of performances featuring a range of different dance styles. On the stage will be tango, flamenco, contemporary, dance with puppets… and talk shows with some of Spain’s most famous dancers including renowned flamenco dancer, Cristina Hoyos. The performances take place at the Echegaray Museum and tickets cost €15 each. For a full programme of these dance events in Malaga click here.

A weekend of connections 

Join Adriana Gallegos for a weekend of stunning scenery in the Malaga countryside, heartfelt connections and fine cuisine. The weekend takes place from 16 to 19 October and includes a special guided tour of El Caminito del Rey, the art of storytelling and the chance to cook with the chef. You’ll stay in a traditional Andalusian cortijo in the Sierra de Alcaparaín mountains, near Ardales and have the chance to reconnect with yourself, others and nature. For more information, click here or watch the Facebook Live video

Architecture Week

Malaga’s Architects’ Associations celebrates Architecture Week between 5 and 10 October with talks and guided tours of iconic buildings/settings in the city. Tours include visits to the recently remodelled Alameda Principal, the new Guadalhorce River Bridge, Parque del Oeste and the Malaga Patterns route. Numbers are limited for both tours and talks – book your place online from 1 October. 

Open doors at museums

To be confirmed: The Picasso Museum celebrates its 17th anniversary this month. On Saturday 24 October, the Museum has a series of family-friendly activities based around the Picasso exhibition (see below) with workshops and debates. On Tuesday 27 October, the Museum has free entry all day. 

Book Fair 

St George’s Church are holding a book and art fair on Sunday 25 October at 12.30pm selling second-hand books in English and other languages including Spanish. You can also take home a painting. Free glass of wine with every purchase! St George’s Church is in the English Cemetery (well worth a visit), on Avenida de Pries, a short walk east from the bullring in La Malagueta. 

Art events in Malaga in October

As always, events in Malaga in October include lots of great art (whatever your favourite genre):

Russian Museum

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

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 photographic 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.

Picasso Museum

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. 

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets €9, free Sundays after 5pm.

CAC Malaga

This avant-garde art museum has 2 main exhibitions showing this month: 

The Dark Side by Philippe Pasqua – in the large space at the museum entrance, the French artist exhibits 40 of his paintings (portraits, faces and nudes) created since 1990. Until 29 November.

Philippe Pasqua new art in Malaga

Ergo Sum by Bosco Sodi – 30 giant paintings (in monochrome black) line the walls and golden nuggets dot the floor. See these unusual works by the Mexican artist until 6 December.

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

Carmen Thyssen Museum 

As well as its permanent collection – discover it here – this art museum in Malaga is showing a timely exhibition. Masks reflects on the transformation of the human figure through masks in modern art. Works on display are by artists such as Goya, Picasso, Gargallo and Modigliani. 

The lovely café at the Carmen Thyssen Museum is open for drinks and snacks during the Museum opening hours. We love their lunchtime menu (€11.90).

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, free on Sundays after 5pm.


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.

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. 

Top tip – art museums in Malaga have free entry on Sunday afternoons.

Guided garden tours

Soak up the feel of autumn at the lovely botanic gardens on a guided evening tour. They take place this month on Saturday 3, 10 and 17 October at 8pm and last for an hour and a half. The tour includes a walk around the historic part of the garden, a peek inside the library in the house and a stroll to the mirador. Cost is €7.50 per person and you can book by phoning 647 585 457 or 951 926 180 or writing to infojbotanicomalaga@gmail.com. 


Malaga Patterns

A small exhibition, but well worth seeking out showcases iconic designs from Malaga walls, floors and businesses. See how many you recognise upstairs at the Ateneo de Malaga (on Calle Compañía at the entrance to Plaza de la Constitución. Free entry and open Monday to Friday 6 to 8pm. There’s also an interesting art exhibition in the hall of this historic building. 

design on display at Malaga Patterns

Photography exhibitions

La Termica Cultural Centre starts its season of exhibitions with a display of photos of rock star icon Marilyn Manson taken by one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, Perou. “21 years in Hell” showcases Manson in (as you’d expect) various guises. 

See it from 23 October until 22 January 2021. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8pm. 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). 

Markets in Malaga in October

Organic markets

The best autumn produce (think sweet potatoes, figs, custard apples and Muscatel grapes) are now in season and these markets sell them plus products, all grown and produced locally in the Guadalhorce River valley. Saturday 10 October on Calle Cervantes and Paseo de Reding (near La Malagueta) and Saturday 24 September in Huelin Park. 10am to 2pm.

El Zoco 

The arts and crafts market takes place on Muelle Uno every Sunday in October from 11am to 7pm. 

Soho Market

To be confirmed: this arts and crafts market reopened in September and fingers crossed that it will continue for the next few months. Enjoy arts and crafts, vintage clothes and a great atmosphere on Sunday 26 October between 11am and 7pm on Calle Tomás Heredia, the large pedestrian side in the middle of Soho. 

Read about markets in Malaga.

Picassian October

October in Malaga celebrates Picasso’s birthday – he’d have been 138 this month. As usual, there’s a programme of events celebrating Picasso’s life and works, but at the time of writing (early October), we are still waiting for events to be confirmed. Centred around his birthplace, expect to see lots of multi-coloured paper doves and the inspiration behind Guernica. This year’s edition is the 33rd anniversary of the event.

Heads-up for November

As usual, November will have a fully packed month of events. Sign up for our free fortnightly Malaga newsletter to be the first to know! 

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