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.
Other highlights include some amazing art, great music (for all tastes), dance galore, fun charity events and of course, the usual markets. Read our guide to the best things to do in Malaga in October.
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Public holiday in Malaga
Quick heads-up: Thursday 12 October is a public holiday in Spain. Banks, businesses and shops will be closed all day in Malaga, but expect to find cafés, bars and restaurants open as usual. The same applies to museums and monuments. Some will close early – for example, the Museum of Malaga closes at 3pm.
The autumn in Spain is packed with public holidays 🙂 For more information, read our dedicated post here.
October in Malaga celebrates Picasso’s birthday – he’d have been 136 this month. As usual, there’s a full programme of events celebrating Picasso’s life and works. Centred around his birthplace, expect to see lots of multi-coloured paper doves and the inspiration behind Guernica. This year’s edition promises to be pretty special as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Musical events in Malaga in October
The list of what’s on in Malaga for music fans runs long this month and as usual, there’s something for everyone.
The Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays Albeniz, Revueltas and Villalobos with Paula Coronas on the piano. Teatro Cervantes, 5 and 6 October at 8pm. Tickets from €9 here.
Pink Floyd Symphonic
Some of the world’s top rock and pop musicians come together to play the best of Pink Floyd. A must for ‘another brick in the wall’ and ‘comfortably numb’ fans. At the Cervantes Theatre on Wednesday 18 October at 8pm. Tickets from €14 on sale here.
Jazz in the Picasso
Warmly up nicely for Malaga Jazz Festival in November the Picasso Museum auditorium (great acoustics) hosts 2 concerts. The James Brandon Lewis Trio (1 of the world’s most promising sax artists) plays on Friday 20 October at 9pm and Craig Taborn on the piano accompanied by sax and clarinet plays on Wednesday 25 October at 9pm. Tickets €10 from here.
Art events in Malaga in October
As always, events in Malaga in October include lots of great art (whatever your favourite genre):
Ignacio Tovar arrives in late October. The Seville artist paints abstract works inspired by flamenco dance, music and lyrics. The exhibition in the CAC showcases his work over the last decade. 20 October to 21 January. Free
Francisco Leiro – Arriving 6 October, 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. 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 unusual video explores mass hysteria. Until 5 November.
The Picasso Museum has said goodbye to the London School and welcomes 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).
10 Oct – 28 Jan. Daily 10am-7pm. €5.50. Free entry on Sundays from 5pm.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
One of the best exhibitions in Malaga this autumn will undoubtedly be this one at the Carmen Thyssen Museum. Cubism and Juan Gris displays a large collection of painting, sculptures and drawings in the Cubist style. Don’t miss the themed gifts in the museum shop window and inside the store!
6 Oct – 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.
Dance events in Malaga in October
As well as celebrating Picasso’s birthday, Malaga turns its attention to dance in October with a feast of performances.
El Amor Brujo – a modern dance set to the classic music by Manuel de Falla and choreographed by one of Spain’s top dancers, Víctor Ullate. Expect an explosion of colour and sound. At Cervantes Theatre, Wednesday 11 October at 8pm and Thursday 12 October at 7pm. Tickets from €14 here.
Mi Carmen Flamenca – Merimée’s classic opera Carmen in a flamenco version. At the Cervantes Theatre, Sunday 15 October at 7pm. Tickets from €11 and available here.
A week of free dance events takes place in Malaga from 16 to 24 October. International and Spanish dance companies will be doing their stuff at a range of venues in the city. Most performances take place at 12.30pm in Calle Alcazabilla (next to the Roman Theatre) and again at 6pm on the esplanade in front of the Cervantes Theatre. There are also choreography classes and workshops. Full details of who’s dancing when here.
Fun & Charity events in Malaga
The annual night walk takes place on Saturday 7 October in aid of Harena, a charity that provides company for elderly people who live alone. The 4km walk goes along the western seafront and starts at the water feature at the west end. Participants get lots of fun neon accessories and you walk in time to music and dance. A great fun event for a great charity, close to my heart as my husband volunteers for them. See you there! Sign up here.
Trash Culture Festival
La Térmica Cultural Centre starts the new ‘term’ with the first Trash Cultural Festival. John Waters, American film director and photographer is the main attraction. Full details of the programme are here. Expect 2 funky evenings with some interesting things to see and take part in. 7 and 8 October 6pm to 1am. Free.
Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 16 bus from the Alameda Principal.
Markets in Malaga in October
Made in Soho Market takes place on Saturday 7 October 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.
La Merced market takes place on Sunday 29 October from 11am to 6pm. Arts and crafts, vintage clothes and a great atmosphere at this market where you’ll also be able to check out the doves decorating Picasso’s birthplace.
Heads-up for November events in Malaga
The Malaga Jazz Festival celebrates its 31st edition in November with lots of big-name events. Read all about it here.
David Bowie 5 years on. Catch the documentary showing interviews with one of the world’s greatest pop stars at La Térmica at 9pm, 3 November. Free entry.
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