The same as in other municipalities, the fair of Malaga, also known as the Fair of August, has its origin in the commemoration of the conquest of the city in 1487. This first celebration took place on the 15th of August in 1491, although it was finally changed to the 19th of August the following year and the celebration consisted in a procession that left from the Malaga cathedral until the Santiago church.
In 1887 it changed back to the original date of the invasion of Malaga by the Christian armies and during the celebration they carried out a procession that simulated the entrance of the Kings and their army, with exhibitions, concerts and bullfights.
The fair of Malaga has changed its location throughout the history, from the 'Muelle de Heredia' to the 'Cortijo de Torres', which is its current location.
The fair of Malaga in August, a month of high season for the tourism in Malaga, which is why the majority of tourists that visit the Costa del Sol, also visit the fair to enjoy this event which is celebrated once a year.
The night fair
This is the main fair in Malaga and is celebrated as its name indicates at night. We’ll find the fair huts and the mechanical rides in the 'Cortijo de Torres', known as 'Feria de Noche' (the night fair) which is divided into well differentiated areas:
-Fair huts area: Where we’ll find fair huts with 'sevillanas', food and drink, commercial music and others with a youthful atmosphere, all of them well separated and differentiated from eachother.
-Mechanical rides area: Where we’ll find funfair rides for all ages. From a large wheel to fun bumper cars.
There are also different options to eat or to buy souvenirs:
- Stands to buy different kinds of items and others to eat sweet pastry puffs (‘buñuelos’), sliced coconut, lupines,...
- Fast food stands with hamburgers, hot dogs, etc...
- Typical local food in the fair huts
The day fair
In the centre of Malaga they also celebrate the 'Feria de dia', where a great amount of people gather around drinking and dancing. The streets of Malaga are decorated with floral decorations and they host shows, dances and events in general for the enjoyment of the visitors.
During the fair of Malaga there is a special bus service that goes from Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol, Casabermeja and Cartmana Station amongst other places.