Things to do in Malaga in May 2024

Spring is one of the best seasons on the Costa del Sol. Discover everything you can do in Malaga in May, when you can enjoy many outdoor activities.

We will present you some of the events and activities that take place this month; start planning your visit and take advantage of driving your own vehicle in Malaga.

Things to do in Malaga in May 2024

White Night Málaga

Noche en Blanco Málaga

On Saturday 18 May, the great night-time cultural event will return to Malaga.

This year La Noche en Blanco celebrates its fifteenth anniversary, this time under the theme of ‘Magic’.

From 8 pm until 1 am you can enjoy participatory culture in the streets of Malaga.

  • When: 18 May
  • Where: Malaga Centre, Museums and associated venues

Defected Marbella

Defected Marbella

Defected, the globally acclaimed house music institution, lands at the Marbella Arena to bring the best of house music and artists such as Armand Van Helden, Sam Divine, Enzo Is Burning and Olive F.

Tribute to PINK FLOYD, Benalmádena

Tributo a PINK FLOYD, Benalmádena

Come and enjoy an incredible tribute to PINK FLOYD. With a great staging of great audiovisual and musical quality, true to the spirit of the legendary group.

The concert takes place in the open air stage at the Benalmádena Municipal Auditorium at 9:30 pm.

Ocean Club Marbella Opening Party

Ocean Club Marbella
Ocean Club Marbella

For fans of sun and beach parties the opening of the season of the best beach clubs in Marbella is the countdown that summer is not far away.

Ocean Club Marbella will have its opening party this year on 3 May.

International People´s Fair Fuengirola

The popular Fuengirola International People´s Fair is one of the star events on the Costa del Sol calendar.

This fair, which attracts almost a million visitors every year, stands out for its lively and colourful atmosphere, where more than 30 nationalities living in Fuengirola present their customs and traditions, gastronomy and dances. A multicultural event not to be missed!

This year, 33 countries will be represented: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The parade of the fair will be held on the first day and will have more than a thousand participants, starting from the Plaza de España, from 11:30 am, until arriving at the fairgrounds.

  • When: 1 to 5 May, from 1 pm to 4 am. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1 pm to 2 am.
  • Where: Fuengirola Fairgrounds
  • How to get there

FreakCon Torremolinos

FreakCon Torremolinos

On the 25th and 26th of May, the biggest geek culture festival in Spain will celebrate its eighth edition at the Palacio de Congresos in Torremolinos.

There will be indoor and outdoor activities, food trucks, performances and many novelties.

Pride Torremolinos

Pride Torremolinos

The ninth edition of the LGTBIQ+ Pride of Torremolinos will take place from the 30th of May to the 1st of June.

Exhibitions, cinema, concerts and parties are some of the attractions of these festive days, although the parade is undoubtedly the most important moment.

Highlights of Pride Torremolinos 2024

Thursday 30 May
12 noon: Unfurling of the LGTBIQ+ flag in the Plaza de la Nogalera.
9 pm: LGTBIQ+ flag raising and opening speech at the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre.
Friday 31 May
From 9 pm onwards: Concerts by Chanel, Varry Brava, Nebulossa will take place at the Cultural Centre.
Saturday 1 June
5 pm: Concentration of floats at the gates of the Town Hall.
6 pm: Start of the parade that will end at the Cultural Centre.
9 pm: Performances by Rocío Saiz, Amatria+Trashi, Mario Jefferson, E’feme and Falete, the LGTBI Choir of Torremolinos, Drags and DJs.
Sunday 2 June
From 5 pm party at El Bajondillo Beach, next to Edén Beach.

Benalmádena Triathlon

Triatlón de Benalmádena

A new edition of the Benalmádena Triathlon will take place on Sunday 26th May at the Club Náutico Marítimo de Benalmádena, in the Puerto Deportivo.

The event consists of a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Cirque du Soleil in Malaga with ‘Alegría’

Cirque du Soleil returns to Malaga with its most iconic production, Alegría, the Canadian company’s first production to be seen in Spain.

Its Grammy-nominated soundtrack, which included the iconic song of the same name, remains Cirque du Soleil’s best-selling and most-played album to date.

The show will visit Malaga from 31 May to 30 June at the Recinto Ferial.

Spring Fair in Coín

Feria de Primavera Coín

Coín celebrates its spring fair from the 1st to the 5th of May. During 5 days there will be a range of activities, concerts and the typical fair stands at the fairground, DJs, Flamenco. The periurban park will host a large amusement park for children.

On the 1st of May there will be an ascent to the hermitage of the Santísima Virgen de la Fuensanta, Patron Saint of Coín. The celebration of the Fiesta de la Cruz de Mayo will take place on the 3rd with processions through the streets of the town.

Craft Market La Merced, Málaga

Every first Sunday of the month you have this colourful artisan market in the heart of the old town, Plaza de la Merced.

An ideal plan if you are an urbanite and enjoy a pleasant Sunday stroll under blooming jacarandas and then have a drink in the many terraces and restaurants that surround the square.

Candelight Concerts Málaga

In the María Cristina Concert Hall, a 15th century Franciscan monastery located in the heart of Malaga, with exceptional acoustics and unique beauty.

Recently more and more unique venues in Malaga are joining this experience, such as the Carmen Thyssen Museum and now also the Gran Hotel Miramar.

We can personally recommend this experience of classical concerts and tributes by candlelight.

Programme May

Tribute to Queen at the Gran Hotel Miramar. 5 May in 2 sessions at 7 pm and 9 pm.
Tribute to ABBA at the Museo Carmen Thyssen. 11 May in 2 sessions at 8:30 pm and 10:15 pm.
Candlelight Ballet: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at the Sala de Conciertos María Cristina, on 17 May in 2 sessions at 5:45 pm and 7:45 pm.

Dramatised night-time tours at the Automobile Museum

Museo Automovilístico
Automobile Museum Malaga

Historia Viva Málaga has set up dramatised visits at night to the Automobile and Fashion Museum in Málaga. Visitors can learn about the history of historic cars through relevant characters.

Among these characters are Agent 007, who is renewing his licence to kill, or Amelia Earhart, the first woman aviator to cross the Atlantic, Coco Chanel or Salvador Dalí.

During a tour lasting an hour and a half, these characters will bring the public closer to the art and fashion of several centuries.

  • Tickets at the Website or by contacting via telephone or WhatsApp at 607 285 570, indicating the activity and day chosen, a full name, number of places and a contact telephone number.
  • When: The first Friday of every month (as long as the museum’s calendar of events allows) and in two sessions: 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.
  • Where: Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda Málaga
  • How to get there

Guided tours at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

Visitas guiadas en el Jardín Botánico Histórico La Concepción
Guided tours in La Concepción Garden are back. Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción on weekends, either during the day or at night.

“Charming walks” will be on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon. On Fridays at dusk there will be “Nights with history” (from October to March at 8 pm, from April to September at 9 pm.).
The guided tours last approximately 1 hour and a half.

Brunch Electronic Málaga

Brunch Electronic

This new daytime Techno and House music festival takes place in the Cortijo de Torres Municipal Auditorium. It features the most relevant DJs on the scene.

The event starts every day at 6 pm and ends at 2 am. Throughout the day there are parallel activities, games and rest areas.

Marenostrum Fuengirola concert tickets this summer

Marenostrum Fuengirola
Tickets are now on sale for the shows that are scheduled for this summer at the magnificent open-air concert venue, next to the sea and Sohail Castle.

There is a variety of shows including flamenco, pop, rock, Latin or metal music, as well as various music festivals.

Marenostrum Fuengirola Concerts

Discover all the artists this year and full info, in our article Marenostrum Fuengirola.

Tickets can be purchased through the official Website.

Music Festivals

You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy live music at some of the best venues in Malaga!

As you know, on the Costa del Sol the season starts early. So in April we can already enjoy Brunch Electronic, probably the biggest electronic music festival in Malaga. The spring dates will be April 2nd, 20th and 27th.

Here you have all the Music Festivals on the Costa del Sol 2024, so you won’t miss a single one!

Gastronomic festivals in Malaga in May

Sugarcane Honey Day in Frigiliana

Día de la Miel de Caña en Frigiliana

On the first Saturday in May Frigiliana celebrates the gastronomic festival that pays tribute to its most peculiar product, the “miel de caña” (sugar cane honey).

During this day you can see the process of its elaboration from the sugar cane in the sugar mill factory and taste the sugar cane honey.

Loquat Day in Sayalonga

Día del Níspero en Sayalonga

On the first Sunday in May, this gastronomic festival revolves around the loquat.

The fruit is distributed among visitors and loquat products, such as jam and liqueur, can be purchased. The day will be enlivened with local wine and folkloric performances in the main square.

Orange Festival in Coín

Fiesta de la Naranja en Coín

On the first Sunday in May, the orange festival takes place in Coín. Make the most of a visit to the beautiful Guadalhorce Valley, also known as “the orchard of Malaga”.

During the day you can try many products made from oranges, in salads, juice, desserts and even the famous “sopa hervía” (boiled soup).

Cachorreña Festival in Alhaurín El Grande

Fiesta de la Cachorreña en Alhaurín El Grande

Gastronomic event where you can taste the famous cachorreña soup and the famous mojete alhaurino, a salad of oranges, which will be distributed free of charge.

Snail Day in Riogordo

On the last Sunday in May Riogordo holds the Día del Caracol (Snail Day). The famous snails in broth will be distributed free of charge among the attendees. There will also be stands with local products.

The Weather in Malaga in May

The weather in May in Malaga is a pure delight. Although technically still “pre-summer”, for our Nordic visitors, they are already purely summer temperatures, without reaching extremes.

Plaza de las Flores en Estepona
Plaza de las Flores in Estepona. Credit: Depositfotos

However, here we have to make a small footnote. Due to climate change, while we are writing this post, we have already had several episodes of Terral wind. This is a dry and very hot wind, very typical in summer that stands out for very high temperatures.

So, in March and April we have already had a few days with temperatures around 30ºC. If we continue with this trend, we can also expect days with temperatures well above average in May.

“Normally”, in May in Malaga the temperatures oscillate between 22ºC and 26ºC.

Is it possible to swim in Malaga in May?

That will depend on the individual sensation of cold. The temperature of the sea water begins to increase, with an average of 18.5°C and many people are already enjoying the good weather on the beach.

Many people now also enjoy a bath. Even if the water is still a little cold, the sun warms you up right away.

Málaga playa mayo
La Malagueta beach in Malaga, May 26, 2022. Credit: Depositfotos

What clothes to bring in Malaga in May?

Now you can bring your favourite summer clothes: short-sleeved shirts, light fabric pants, shorts and dresses, sandals and a swimsuit. Do not forget the sun protection accessories: glasses, cream and hat.

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