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Festivals & Festivities in Malaga

Below festivals and festivities return every year on the same dates. Most of them are bank holidays, which means that most of the shops are closed during those dates.

1st of January

New year's day. National holiday.

5-6th of January

The procession of the 3 Holy Kings. In Spain this event is celebrated with big parades for children where various famous people get the "honor" to play one of the 3 kings. On the morning of the 6th of January is when the children receive their gifts.

From the 23rd of February

Carnival. The yearly carnival is celebrated all over Spain with events like parades, mask and costume parties.

28th of February

Day of Andalusia. A state holiday throughout Andalusia.

1st of May

International Labor day. A national holiday in Spain.

3rd of May

Cruces de Mayo. This day is celebrated (principally in Granada) with competitions in decorating the most beautiful cross with flowers, but is not a holiday in Malaga.

18th of June

Corpus Christi. This is a religious event celebrated with processions in the center of Malaga, but is not a holiday.

23rd of June

San Juan. San Juan is the longest day of the year and is celebrated with campfires and parties on the beach. (not a holiday)

16th of July

Virgen del Carmen. Virgen del Carmen is the patron of the sea and previously used to be a holiday in Malaga.

Middle of August

The traditional summer town festival "Feria de Agosto". La Feria is a weeklong town festival, which is celebrated during the daytime in the city center and during night in an open square in the outsides of Malaga. The main objective is to have fun and people are dancing, singing, eating, and drinking in the many tents all over the Feria square. In la Feria you can also find horse parades, flamenco concerts and locals in traditional regional dresses.

15th of August

Asunción de la Virgen. This is a national holiday celebrating one of the patrons of Spain.

19th of August

Incorporation of Malaga in the kingdom of Castilla. This is a local holiday in the province of Malaga.

8th of September

Virgen de la Victoria. Local holiday in the capital of Malaga.

12th of October

Dia del Hispanidad. This is a national holiday with official parades celebrating "being Spanish".

1st of November

All Saints day. National holiday in Spain. Halloween is celebrated in some places in Malaga but it is not a Spanish tradition.

6th of December

Constitution day in Spain. This is a National holiday, but is only celebrated with official events.

8th of December

Imaculada Concepción. This is a national holiday celebrating the patron of Spain, la Imaculada Concepción.

25th of December

Christmas day. National holiday.

28th of December

Los Santos Inocentes. Apart from being the day where people makes jokes upon each other (like 1st of April in many other countries), this is celebrated with Flamenco dancing and other festivities in Malaga.

Malaga Events 2024

During any of the events in Malaga, it is wise to book a taxi due to the lack of parking spaces in the centre of town.

Malaga Fair

The fair of Malaga starts in the second week of August. It starts on a Friday and lasts for 10 days, which makes it one of the longest during fairs in Spain. This fair attracts about 2 million visitors, which spend about 30 million euros. They are musical spectacles every day of the fair in Malaga centre and in the fairgrounds, about 4 kilometers from Malaga centre.

On the fairground there are hundreds of attractions for children and adults. Next to the attractions area there is a large area with "casetas", which are temporary bars where you can eat, drink or watch a typical flamenco performance or listen to live music.

The streets of Malaga and the fairground are decorated with lights and there are temporary kiosks where they sell food and drinks.

All ingredients for a good time!

Christmas in Malaga

During Christmas the main streets of Malaga are decorated with lights in any color and shape. On the main roundabout there will be a Nativity scene decorated with flowers and lights. The famous shopping street, calle larios is lively decorated and it looks like this street never sleeps.

There is a Christmas market on the avenue by the cathedral and central park during the month of December, where you can buy nativity scenes, fireworks and handmade items.

In the whole of Malaga there are Nativity scenes to visit and Christmas music performances.

On the main square you will find a massive Christmas tree created of lights.

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