Things to do in Malaga in November 2021

November in Malaga is neither grey nor cold or gloomy, but has plenty to offer!

This November in Malaga we can enjoy several Music Festivals, along with the long-awaited switch on of the Christmas lights in Malaga city. All the information in our Events Calendar below.

Things to do in Malaga in November

Popular Chestnut Roasting Ojen

Chestnut Feast Toston Ojen 2019

The chestnut roasting 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 along with roasted chestnuts, brandy, bacon and freshly grilled chorizo. A unique festival for tourists.

When: 7 November, starting at 10 a.m.
Where: Ojén
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Campillos Ham Fair

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A Festival of Provincial Tourist Singularity of regional reference. The fair promotes artisan products derived from pork (black pudding, chorizo, sausages, etc.), with ham as the main product.

Other traditional products, such as traditional sweets, cheese, olive oil, etc., can also be tasted.

This gastronomic event is celebrating its thirteenth edition this year in the José María Hinojosa Park.

In addition, from 29 October until 7 November there will be fairground rides at the end of the park for the enjoyment of children and young people, as well as a tourist train whose service will be free and which will travel through the streets of the municipality throughout the day, offering a guided tour of the most emblematic places in Campillos.

When: 7 November

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Malaga International Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers have a great appointment in Malaga at the 35th edition of the International Jazz Festival from 4 to 10 November, with seven performances with reduced seating capacity (50%) and open-air stages. This year’s line-up includes José James, Tigram Hamasyan (cancelled), Richard Bona with Alfredo Rodríguez Banda, Kyle Eastwood, Toni Di Geraldo, Tete Leal and Robin McKelle.

The performances will be held with full health guarantees.

When: From 4 to 10 November.
Where: Cervantes Theatre
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Malaga Book Fair

The Malaga Book Fair is half a century old this year and will be held from 5 to 14 November in the central Plaza de la Marina with a wide-ranging programme dedicated to literature and the world of books.

There will be 47 stands, literary performances and 300 author signings from Monday to Friday from 11am to 2pm and from 4.30pm to 8.30pm; on Saturday from 11am to 3pm and from 4pm to 9pm; and on Sunday from 11am to 3pm and from 4pm to 8pm.

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Estepona Orchid Fair

The Botanical-Orchidarium Park of Estepona will be holding the 6th and 7th November the VI Orchid Fair with various exhibitors-vendors and a wide range of species, where visitors will be able to enjoy and purchase both decorative and collector’s orchids.

In addition, during the Orchid Fair there will be a conference on the hidden intelligence of plants (Saturday 6th at 12 noon in the Padre Manuel Cultural Centre) and a practical workshop on orchid cultivation and flowering (Sunday 7th November at 12 noon).

You can book your place for the workshops by emailing or by calling the Orchid Centre on 951 51 70 74.

When: 6 and 7 November, from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday.
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La Merced Craft Market

This popular craft market takes place in the central Plaza de la Merced in Malaga.

Next edition: Sunday 7th November, from 11 am to 8 pm.
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Blues at Moonlight Benalmadena

Next November 2021, the 13th edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender, the international festival of Rockabilly and American roots music, will be held at the Sunset Hotel Beach in Benalmadena (Malaga), with live performances and DJs in the afternoon and evening.

Festival website:
When: 25 to 28 November
Where: Sunset Beach Hotel, Avenida del Sol 5, Benalmadena
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Black Friday Malaga

Although Halloween in Malaga is here since a few years now, Black Friday is also an event imported with great success from the USA. In Malaga it has only been around for a decade, but every year it is gaining more and more followers among shopping lovers, so let’s go shopping!

In the historic centre of Malaga “Black Friday” has been renamed “Bat Friday” and in addition to discounts customers can enter a raffle. It might be interesting if you feel like coming back from Malaga with some presents.

Here are some valuable tips to make your Black Friday in Malaga an enjoyable experience.

When: 26th November
Where: Malaga, streets in the centre
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Christmas lights switch on in Malaga city

This year the lighting of the Christmas lights in Malaga takes place on the last Friday, 26th of November.

If you are in the city or in a nearby municipality, don’t miss the spectacular lights in the centre, especially in Calle Larios, the city’s main shopping street and the Plaza de la Constitución, watch the video to get an impression!

The Christmas lights switch-on coincides with Black Friday, the Friday of discounts, an initiative imported from the United States to encourage consumption, which is the starting signal for Christmas shopping.

When: 26 November until Epiphany
Where: Calle Larios and Plaza de Constitución, 7 pm.
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Christmas lights switch on in Fuengirola

Fuengirola has one of the most spectacular Christmas illuminations on the Costa del Sol, especially in the Plaza de la Constitución and the streets in the centre.

When: 26. November 2021
Where: Plaza de la Constitución, Fuengirola
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Fuengirola Christmas Market

In the most central square of Fuengirola there is a Christmas market with wooden stalls. It is worth mentioning that this coastal town has one of the most spectacular Christmas illuminations on the Costa del Sol, especially in this square and the surrounding streets. We can recommend an afternoon stroll in the town centre at this time of year, you will love it!

When: 26. November 2021
Where: Plaza de la Constitución, Fuengirola
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Christmas lights switch on in Marbella

Marbella is announcing for this Christmas season a spectacular illumination of almost 140 streets and 15 squares.

In both San Pedro and Marbella there will be light shows and music, with three shows at 6:30, 8 and 9 pm from the 26th of November until the 5th of January. The songs that will be played will be “All I Want for Christmas is You’ by Mariah Carey, ‘Jingle bell rock’ by Hillary Duff and ‘En Navidad’ by Rosana.

Christmas lights switch on in Estepona

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We are awaiting confirmation of dates and activities.

Christmas Garden in the Botanical Garden of La Concepción

At nightfall, the Jardín Botánico – Histórico La Concepción in Málaga will open its doors every night from 27 November 2021 until 09 January 2022 for a very special walk.

Millions of points of light will illuminate a circular path approximately 2.2 kilometres long and transform one of the most beautiful and important tropical gardens in Spain into a magical ocean of splendour.

Tickets are €12 on weekdays and €14 on public holidays and holiday eves. 24 and 31 December and 5 January closed.

The event will be held from Monday to Sunday with daily shows, starting at 6:30 pm and the last one at 9:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased exclusively through the website

The Christmas Garden will be open from 27 November 2021 to 09 January 2022 from 6:30 pm to 11 pm.

How to get there:
Public transport:
Bus: 2, 15 minutes’ walk
Malaga Tour: 91, from the Automobile Museum and Train and Bus Station (1,30€)

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