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 2021. Grab a coffee and your diary and save those dates!

Note that all events in 2021 are subject to the covid-19 situation. 

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 (cancelled in 2021) 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. This year’s dates to save are Friday 21 February to Sunday 1 March. Read all about it here.

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

Best events in Malaga in March & April

Easter, one of the most important events in Malaga, takes place in March and April in 2021.

A week-long of solemn processions run through the city centre in one of the biggest occasions of the year. This year, Holy Week is from Sunday 28 March to Sunday 4 April.

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. Bookmark this page for the date for May 2021.

Best events in Malaga in June

This year, look out for Malaga Film Festival in its 24th edition from Friday 4 June to Sunday 13 June . For more information, click here.

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

The 8th Malaga Gastronomy Festival also happens in June. Dates for the city’s biggest culinary event and a must-visit for any discerning foodies in 2021 have yet to be confirmed.

Mainly takes place in: Plaza de la Marina.


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

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 14 August to Saturday 21 August.

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


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 evenings in late September. No confirmed date for 2021 yet.

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. 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 will celebrates its 35th edition in 2021 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. Official switch-on date for Malaga Christmas lights in 2021 has yet to be confirmed but expect it to be Friday 26 November at 7pm. The Christmas light display stays on until 5 January.


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