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A year of the best events in Malaga

There’s no doubt about it – Malaga might not be a big city but there’s plenty going on and year-round. Read on to discover our round-up of the best events in Malaga with dates for 2024. Grab a coffee and your diary and save those dates!

Best events in Malaga in January

The biggest event at the start of the year takes place in the afternoon and early evening of 5 January. The Three Kings Parade is one of the most magical nights of the year and well worth catching if you’re on holiday in Malaga at the time. Read about it here. 

Mainly takes place in: Paseo del Parque and the old quarter.

Malaga also celebrates its Theatre Festival in January. Performances are mostly in Spanish, but occasionally foreign theatrical and dance companies visit the city and take part in the festival.

Best events in Malaga in February

February is carnival time when the city lives a week of dressing-up and fun. The dates to save for 2024 are Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 February. Read all about it here.

Mainly takes place in: Calle Larios and Plaza de la Constitución

Best events in Malaga in March 

This year, look out for Malaga Film Festival in its 27th edition from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 March. For more information, click here.

Mainly takes place in: the Cervantes Theatre and Cine Alberniz on Calle Alcazabilla.

Find a hotel in Malaga

Whatever time of year you visit Malaga, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Check out our two invaluable resources:

Definitive guide to every neighbour in the city to help you decide where to stay in Malaga

List of tried and tested hotels in Malaga, all come recommended.

Best events in Malaga in April

Easter, one of the most important events in Malaga, takes place in March in 2024.

A week-long of solemn processions run through the city centre in one of the biggest occasions of the year. In 2024, Holy Week is from Sunday 24 to Sunday 31 March.

Mainly takes place in: the old quarter. All processions go down the Alameda Principal and up Calle Larios.

Best events in Malaga in May

Look out for the Noche en Blanco, a celebration of culture in Malaga when all monuments and museums open until the small hours. Numerous performances take place all over the old quarter. The date in 2024 is Saturday 18 May.

Best events in Malaga in June

The main event in June is the Night of San Juan, celebrating the summer solstice. This year, it falls on a Sunday (23 June). Read more here.

Mainly takes place in: Malaga beaches, with the firework display from midnight at the western end of La Misericordia beach.

Best events in Malaga in August

August means feria time when the city celebrates for 8 days in a row. This year’s dates for Malaga Fair are Saturday 17 August to Saturday 24 August.

Malaga Fair decoration in Calle Larios

Mainly takes place in: Calle Larios and Plaza de la Constitución by day and at the fairground by night.


Splurge hotels

Only YOU Malaga

Housed in the Port side of the Equitativa building, Only You is a 5-star hotel and all about views and luxury touches. The entire establish …

Mid-range hotels

H10 Croma Malaga

With a central location next to the river, H10 Croma Malaga carries the signature of renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, with a modern …

Mid-range hotels

Atarazanas Boutique Hotel

Handily placed in the centre of town, Atarazanas Boutique Hotel offers a good accommodation option in Malaga. Its rooms are good value and …

Best events in Malaga in September

The last of the summer sees Malaga Fashion Week that includes Europe’s longest catwalk – the blue carpet stretches the entire length of Calle Larios. It takes place on a Friday and Saturday in September, dates to be confirmed for 2024.

Mainly takes place in: Calle Larios.

Best events in Malaga in October

October celebrates Picasso’s birthday with a range of cultural events in the city. The great artist would have been 143!

And then, of course, there’s Halloween.

Best events in Malaga in November

One of the biggest musical events in Malaga takes place. Malaga Jazz Festival celebrates its 38th edition in 2024 with big-name artists and bands from the world of jazz. Dates to be confirmed

Best events in Malaga in December

The prettiest event in Malaga definitely with thousands of lights twinkling throughout the city. Calle Larios has a sound and light display along its entire length and most of the city centre has lights and decorations.

Splurge hotels

Vincci Larios Diez

Calle Larios is famed as one of the most elegant shopping streets in Spain and Vincci Larios Diez Hotel occupies one of the loveliest buildings on the street. The 1821 townhouse once housed the Almacenes Gómez Raggio store, one of the top shopping spots in its day, and is now home to one of Malaga’s newest hotels. …

Official switch-on date for Malaga Christmas lights in 2024 has yet to be confirmed but expect it to be Friday 22 November at 7pm. The Christmas light display stays on until 6 January.

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