We have created an agenda with the important dates in the Events Calendar Malaga 2023. Many of our customers who like to plan their next trip to the Costa del Sol taking into account the dates of these events.
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Events in Malaga 2023
In addition to the major events throughout the year there are many more events that do not have an exact date. Instaed they are rather cyclic or depend on other important dates such as the variable date of Easter. Other dates have been taken with reference to previous years. But at least on a large scale you can get an idea!
January in Malaga
Cavalcades of the Three Wise Men in all the municipalities of the Costa del Sol, 5th January
Almond Tree Day in Guaro – Sierra de la Nieves, end of January
Come and see the spectacular almond trees in blossom. There are also several free guided tours and afterwards enjoy a popular tasting in the village square.
Costa del Rock Fest Torremolinos, 8th January
Rock festival in the Municipal Auditorium.
February in Malaga
Rockin’Race Jamboree in Torremolinos, first week of February
Festival dedicated to Root music with a wide range of styles from the 40s, 50s and early 60s. Event website: https://www.rockinrace.com/
Valentine’s Day Malaga
Spending Valentine’s Day in Malaga is a safe bet. Malaga and the Costa del Sol are a top quality destination to spend a few romantic days with your partner.
Flour Carnival in Alozaina, 19 to 21 February
Sopa de los Siete Ramales in El Burgo, 28 February
Gastronomy festival. The municipality of El Burgo is located in the Sierra de las Nieves, a Biosphere Reserve. This village celebrates during Andalusia Day the “soup of the seven branches”, an emblematic dish of the village.
Día de los Polvos in Tolox. Variable date
This fiesta traditionally takes place on the night before Ash Wednesday. Following an old tradition, the villagers throw talcum powder at each other until they are completely floured.
Andalusia Day, 28 February
The day of Andalusia is a public holiday throughout the autonomous community with many festive events.
March in Malaga
Mondeña Soup Day, last week of March or first week of April in Monda
It is a Gastronomic festival of one of the most typical dishes of the area.
During the day, the locals cook this dish in every corner of the village, which can be tasted free of charge by visitors, as well as other typical products of the area.
St. Patricks Day, 17 March
Although it is an Irish holiday, thanks to the large number of Irish expats and visitors, the people of Malaga have embraced this festival.
It is celebrated especially in Benalmádena in the Plaza de la Mezquita and in Marbella, in the Parque de la Constitución, with live music, beer, food and many activities.
April in Malaga
Natura Malaga, beginning of May
Healthy Living Fair, which has established itself as one of the leading events linked to the promotion of healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
Olive Oil Day in Periana, first week of April
Semana Santa (Holy Week)
Easter Week in Malaga is one of the biggest events in the city, attracting thousands of people every year.
Orange Day and Gastronomic Fair in Istán, last week of April
Asparagus Day in Sierra de Yeguas, Antequera, last week of April
International People´s Fair in Fuengirola, end of April and 1st of May
This is one of the most popular local fairs, showcasing the traditions, food, music, culture and dress of over 30 different countries.
Inauguration of the Beach Clubs in Marbella
May Crosses Benalmadena 29 April to 1 May
Streets decorated with flowers, typical gastronomy, music and dances accompany this traditional festivity in the streets of the city centre.
May in Malaga
Loquat Day in Sayalonga, beginning of May
Orange Festival in Coín, second week of May
San Isidro Day in Estepona, 15th May
One of Estepona’s great fiestas is the one celebrated in honour of its Patron Saint, San Isidro Labrador.
White Night in Malaga
Themed night in the public spaces, museums and monuments of the city.
There is free admission between 7 pm and 2 am and a total of 250 activities in the streets and squares of Malaga.
Foreign Residents’ Day in Torremolinos
Every year Ronda takes a trip back in time to the 19th century, to the era of banditry, of the romantic travellers where the whole town dresses up in costumes.
A journey into the past of this legendary land and its signs of identity, with street markets, parades, music and many activities for the whole family.
June in Malaga
International Peoples Fair Mijas, first week of June
Feria de San Bernabé Marbella from the 8th to the 14th of June
The Feria de San Bernabé is one of the biggest fiestas in Marbella.
During one week there are various activities and performances and it is divided into the Day Fair in the old town and the Night Fair in the grounds of La Cañada.
Night of San Juan, 23rd June
On Midsummer’s Eve, 23rd June, the traditional bonfires take place on the beaches of the Costa del Sol. Thousands of people, families and friends gather to celebrate the beginning of summer and the shortest night of the year until the early hours of the night.
July in Malaga
Estepona Fair, first week of July
International Music and Dance Festival Cueva de Nerja, first 2 weeks of July and August
For four days the caves and the famous Balcón de Europa will be filled with music and dance by great artists.
Maritime processions of the Virgen del Carmen 16th July
The processions of the Virgen del Carmen are a seafaring tradition that is lived with fervour and great devotion in the province of Malaga.
From Nerja to Manilva, many coastal towns celebrate large maritime processions on the occasion of the festivities of Carmen.
Starlite Festival Marbella from July to August
Festival Arte Sano Marbella, end of July
August in Malaga
Cueva de Nerja International Music and Dance Festival, first 2 weeks of August
Starlite Festival Marbella from July to August
Malaga Fair from 13 to 20 August
The Malaga Fair is one of the liveliest and most popular fairs in Andalusia. It attracts every year a large number of local and foreign visitors who enjoy lots of music, dancing and cold Cartojal wine to combat the high temperatures.
The fair takes place during the day in the streets of the historic centre. At night it moves to the fairgrounds where people continue to party until dawn.
Festival of the Three Cultures Frigiliana
The famous white village Frigiliana hosts for 3 days the Festival of the Three Cultures. During these days, the village is transformed to be an example of peaceful coexistence beyond beliefs and religions.
This village in the Axarquia region is known as “Villa de las tres Culturas” because of the different civilisations that have passed through its streets: Arabic, Jewish and Christian.
September in Malaga
Mijas Pueblo Fair from 7th to 12th September
Festival de la Luna Mora in Guaro, second weekend of September
Every year there are different artists offering music and dance with Arabic, Andalusian, Sephardic, European and Mediterranean influences.
Tourists and locals alike enjoy this great festival in the streets and squares illuminated by 20,000 candles under the stars of a warm summer night.
There is a wide range of crafts and gastronomy on offer. In addition, you can enjoy concerts in the Luna Mora Auditorium, workshops, storytelling, parades and much more.
Pasarela Larios / Fashion Week Malaga
Pasarela Larios, the longest Haute Couture catwalk in Europe in Calle Larios in Malaga.
Tourist Day in Mijas Pueblo, 16th September
Pilgrimage and Fair of San Miguel in Torremolinos
During the last week of the month. Considered one of the largest urban pilgrimages, the Romeria of Torremolinos is attended by thousands of people.
Many of the opulently decorated carts are pulled by oxen, there are typical Andalusian costumes, decorated horses, good food and dancing.
Día del Boquerón Victoriano – Rincón de la Victoria
Gastronomic fair of this typical fish taking place the last week of September.
Manilva Harvest Festival
This festival stands out for its uniqueness and the treading of the grapes to extract the first grape juice of the year, which is then distributed among the visitors.
World Tourism Day in Malaga 27th September
World Tourism Day in Malaga will feature an open day, where monuments and museums will offer free admission. In addition, some of them will also offer guided tours.
October in Malaga
Sopas Perotas Day in Álora
Gastronomic festival where is all about this typical soup, takin place the first Saturday of October.
Feria Virgen del Rosario Fuengirola, from 6th to 12th of October
The Feria del Rosario held in honour of the patron saint of Fuengirola. It is one of the most outstanding in Andalusia due to its typicality, the traditional costumes. But above all for the great prominence given to the horses and beautiful, decorated carriages.
Feria de Nerja, from 8th to 12th of October
Fiesta in honour of the patron saint of the town, the Virgen de las Angustias. There are taking place processions, Flamenco, folkloric performances and more, mixing culture, gastronomy, religion, music and folklore.
Marbella 4 Days walking
In autumn Marbella will welcome again hikers from all over the world. Every year in the middle of October Marbella 4 Days walking takes place.
During this event thousands of people come together to walk a route of 20 or 30 kilometres each day. Complete information and registration at: http://www.marbella4dayswalking.com
Chestnut Festival in Pujerra, 31 October
During this festival day you can enjoy music and dancing in the streets of the municipality.
Furthermore you can taste more than 50 dishes made from chestnuts and accompanied by aniseed or brandy. You can also visit numerous stalls displaying typical chestnut harvesting clothes and tools.
Chestnut and Wine Festival in Yunquera
This village is one of the best known in the Serranía de Ronda and is dedicated to the cultivation of chestnuts.
At the end of October, it celebrates its festival around this delicious fruit. You can taste it roasted, in syrup, boiled, candied or simply picked directly from the tree; together with wine made from the exquisite grapes grown in the area. There are also many parallel activities.
Halloween in Malaga
Almost every coastal town has some kind of spooky celebration, while in the mountain villages are usually celebrated the traditional ‘tostones’ (chestnut roast). Take a look at our Special Edition Halloween Malaga 2022.
November in Malaga
Tostón Popular Ojén
The Tostón Popular takes place on the first Sunday after All Saints’ Day, a very popular tradition in the village of Ojén (Marbella), a day of traditional gastronomy and popular games together with roasted chestnuts, brandy and ham.
Blues at Moonlight Benalmádena, first week of November
The International Rockabilly and American Roots Music Festival takes place every year. It traditionally takes place at the Sunset Beach Hotel in Benalmádena. There is a huge line-up of live music and DJs.
Festival website: http://www.bluesatmoonlight.com/
International Jazz Festival of Malaga, second week of November
Switching on of the Christmas lights in Malaga city
December in Malaga
Festival of Rondeles Casarabonela
Every 12th of December at night there is a procession of fire through the streets of the village to the church square.
Migas Day in Torrox
On the Sunday before Christmas Day, this gastronomic festival takes place, with numerous “pandas de verdiales” (groups of typical “verdiales” music) who stroll through the streets of Torrox.
Sabor a Málaga Fair from 4 to 8 December
A great gastronomic fair in the centre of Malaga with the best local products.
Christmas market in Malaga city centre
With usually more than 70 stalls, it is a fantastic place where spending an afternoon with friends or with the family. You can find it near Plaza de la Marina square.
Christmas market in Torremolinos
Stalls where buying typical Christmas items and where children can also visit Santa Claus until the 25th, and the Three Kings the first days of January.
Christmas market in Nerja
You will find in this market in Nerja all kind of handcrafts and other items that might be of interest.
Christmas market in Muelle Uno (Pier One)
Pier One is a hive of activity all year round with live music, events of all kinds and many markets for every occasion.
Benalmadena International Christmas Gathering
Christmas Market in Arroyo de la Miel / Benalmadena
New Year’s Eve Chimes in Malaga
Costa del Sol Music Festivals 2022
If you are into music festivals, then you’re in for a treat this summer 2022!
Finally, for all of you who want to know more about music festivals there is an article about Music Festivals on the Costa del Sol . There’s sure to be something for you!