It hardly seems possible that it’s already time for the events in Malaga in November post – where has the year gone? The latest in our monthly series brings you a round-up of what’s on in Malaga in November.


November comes with several highlights. Top of the list is the Malaga Jazz Festival, celebrating its 31st anniversary this year with some big-name concerts. There’s also some great dance and art plus the usual monthly markets. And the event lots of people have been waiting for – the official switch-on of Malaga Christmas Lights. Read on to discover the best things to do in Malaga in November.

what's on in Malaga in November

Start the month with a day off!

The autumn’s a busy time for public holidays in Malaga. The month starts with a day off and then there are 2 at the beginning of December:


Wednesday 1 November – is a national holiday so shops, businesses and banks will be closed. Most bars, cafés and restaurants will, however, be open for business as usual.


Heads-up for December – Wednesday 6 December and Friday 8 December are both public holidays.

Malaga Jazz Festival

Malaga Jazz Festival 2017

One of the biggest annual events in Malaga and this year the Festival celebrates 31 years. The main concerts take place in the Cervantes Theatre from 8 to 13 November. Read who’s playing when in our dedicated post about Malaga Jazz Festival.


Lots of other jazz events will be taking place throughout the city in squares, hotels and restaurants. The full programme hasn’t been published yet (*sigh*) but expect to see live bands playing in the following squares between 8 and 13 November:

  • Plaza de las Flores (between Calle Larios and Calle Nueva)
  • Plaza del Obispo (opposite the Cathedral)
  • Plaza de San Pedro de Alcántara (off Calle Carretería)
  • Plaza de Félix Sáenz (near Atarazanas Market)
  • Plaza de la Merced



Participating hotels include:

  • Molina Larios
  • AC Palacio
  • La Chancla (in Pedregalejo)
  • Ibis Hotels


And the main jazz venues in the city will be offering a special programme for the Malaga Jazz Festival. The Clarence Jazz Club (next to the Cathedral) has plenty on in November – check out the events here. Jazz on the Wall at the Vincci Posada del Patio hotel offers a good great jazz concerts – see their Facebook page for details. And The Hall on Calle Héroe de Sostoa (near the main train station) also puts on some great jazz. More info here.

What’s on in Malaga in November – Christmas lights

A date for your Christmas in Malaga diary – the Christmas lights will be turned on Friday 24 November. The giant structure for the lights has been up in Calle Larios for several weeks now, but there’s no sign of what the design will be yet. We’ll keep you posted!


What’s on in Malaga in November – music and dance

November welcomes a long list of musical and dance events in Malaga and as usual, there’s something for all tastes and budgets:


Opera fans have a date at the Cervantes Theatre. Puccini’s Turandot will be on Friday 3 November at 9pm and Sunday 5 November at 7pm. Tickets from 22 here.


Flamenco fans also have a date in Malaga in November. 1 of the greatest dancers, Sara Baras, returns to the Cervantes Theatre for 5 nights with her Sombras show. If you haven’t seen her perform before, make sure you do this time. And if you’re a big fan like us, book your tickets now. Wednesday 22 November to Saturday 25 November at 8pm and Sunday 26 November at 7pm. Tickets from €18 here.

ballet events in Malaga

And if you prefer your dancing in tutus, classical ballet fans are in for a treat when the Russian National Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Cervantes Theatre. 29 November at 8pm. Tickets from €15 here. This makes a good pre-Christmas evening out – take in the Christmas lights and then see the ballet.


What’s on in Malaga in November – art exhibitions

As always, events in Malaga in November include lots of great art (whatever your favourite genre). You can read more about art exhibitions in Malaga this autumn here.


CAC Malaga

The Seville artist, Ignacio Tovar, exhibits a series of  abstract works inspired by flamenco dance, music and lyrics. The exhibition in the CAC showcases his work over the last decade and this unusual take on art is well worth a visit. Until 21 January. Free


Francisco Leiro is one of Spain’s most important contemporary sculptors. From Galicia he was something of a pioneer in Spanish art after democracy arrived in the country in 1976. Also unusual (although isn’t everything out of the ordinary at the CAC? 😉 ) but again, worth popping in to see. Until 7 January. Free.


Children’s Crusade – you’ve still time to catch Markus Schinwald’s video. Based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the weird and wonderful video takes a look at mass hysteria. Until 5 November.


Picasso Museum

surrealist art in Malaga

Female surrealism at the Picasso Museum

The new temporary exhibition at the Picasso Museum showcases female surrealist artists and a collection of their work. The Surrealist Movement was the modern art trend to attract most female artists and true to form, the Picasso Museum has curated works by several top painters. They include Dora Maar (Picasso’s lover), Frida Kahlo, Kay Sage and Dorothea Tanning (her picture above is the leader painting for the exhibition).

Until 28 Jan. Daily 10am-7pm. €5.50. Free entry on Sundays from 5pm. 


Carmen Thyssen Museum

new art in Malaga

Juan Gris and Cubism

This is 1 of my personal favourites so far this year, but then I’ve always been fascinated by Juan Gris. Cubism and Juan Gris displays a large collection of painting, sculptures and drawings in the Cubist style with Cubism artist Maria Blanchard also taking centre stage. A couple of pictures by Dali pop up at the end – you won’t recognise them! And don’t miss the themed gifts in the museum shop window and inside the store!


Until 25 Feb. Tues-Sun 10am-8pm. €4.50. Free entry on Sundays from 5pm onwards. 


This great creative space on Muelle Uno (at the corner with El Palmeral) has lots of art on show. New artists including some local talents exhibit from 29 September to 24 November. Artsenal is open daily from 11am to late. Look out for their free events throughout the month too. Check out their Facebook page for details.

Pompidou Centre


The permanent collection has just left the museum on return to the Pompidou in Paris. A new exhibition, Modern Utopias, arrives 4 December, but until then you can see Daniel Buren‘s screenings. The French artist has been creating art since the 1960s and in Malaga, he’s most famous for his take on the Pompidou Cube. He transformed the transparent cube into a multi-coloured icon when the museum first opened in 2015. The projections show visitors unknown corners of the museum and take a retrospective of his life’s work. Until 14 Jan. Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm.


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La Térmica Cultural Centre

Beatles vs The Rolling Stones is the first new exhibition of the season at La Térmica. It opens 10 November and showcases photos of the 2 iconic groups during their early days in the 1960s in London. British photographers Terry O’Neill and Gered Mankowitz are the men behind the lens at what promises to be one of the most interesting exhibitions this winter. Until 20 March.


Bad Taste comes hot on the heels of the very successful Trash Culture Festival held last month at La Térmica. Photos, sculptures and other art works make up this trashy, kitschy but great fun exhibition. Until 7 January.


Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 1pm and 5-9pm. Free


Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 16 bus from the Alameda Principal.


What’s on in Malaga in November – markets


With Christmas on the horizon, Malaga markets are a great place to start your Christmas shopping. As well as the usual Sunday arts and crafts markets on Muelle Uno and on the western seafront promenade:


Made in Soho Market takes place on Saturday 4 November in Calle Tomás Heredia, 11am to 7pm. As well as arts and crafts, stall sell vintage pieces, organic fruit and vegetables, plants and second-hand clothes. This month’s market also includes a vegan cookery workshop (in Spanish).


El Rastro Cultural takes place at La Térmica Cultural Centre on Friday 3 November from 7pm to midnight. As well as 40 stalls selling vintage goods there’s a roller disco, fashion shows and foodtrucks. Plus a showing of the British Council documentary on pop icon, David Bowie. See David Bowie 5 Years at 9pm, free. Get there early to be sure of a seat – events at La Térmica are more than popular!


Heads-up for Malaga events in December

Malaga Marathon takes place on Sunday 10 December. Sign up is still open if you fancy running past 42km of the city. And we’ll all be keeping our fingers and toes crossed for better weather this year…


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