Your guide to 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 2019. 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. This year’s dates to save are Saturday 23 February to Sunday 3 March. Read all about it here.
Mainly takes place in: Calle Larios and Plaza de la Constitución
Best events in Malaga in March
Easter, one of the most important events in Malaga, can take place in March, but not in 2019. So, this year look out for Malaga Film Festival from Friday 15 March to Sunday 24 March. For more information, click here.
Mainly takes place in: the Cervantes Theatre and Cine Alberniz on Calle Alcazabilla.
Best events in Malaga in April
The grand pageantry of Easter takes place in April this year. 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 14 April to Sunday 21 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
The 6th Malaga Gastronomy Festival happens in May. The city’s biggest culinary event and a must-visit for any discerning foodies takes place from 23 May to 26 May.
Mainly takes place in: Plaza de la Marina.
Best events in Malaga in June
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. Date for 2019 to be confirmed.
Also in June is the Night of San Juan, celebrating the summer solstice. This year, it falls on a Sunday (23 June). Read more here.
Best events in Malaga in August
August means feria time when the city celebrates for 10 days in a row. This year’s dates for Malaga Fair are Thursday 15 August to Saturday 24 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 2019 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 33rd edition in 2019 with big-name artists and bands from the world of jazz. No confirmed dates for 2019.
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 2019 has yet to be confirmed but expect it to be Friday 29 November at 7pm. The Christmas light display stays on until 7 January.