THREE KINGS PARADE
In Spain, it is the Three Magic Kings (Three Wise Men) who brings gifts to children every Christmas, the night of January 5th. The Cabalgata de Reyes Magos (Three Kings Parade) is a typical parade of floats that is celebrated every January 5th in the afternoon. The Three Kings are the stars in this thematic parade through the main streets of the historic centre. They come accompanied by their assistants, groups of dancers and band that animate the public. The assistants are in charge of distributing the millions of candies, which are thrown along the route.
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CARNIVAL IN MALAGA
The Carnival, a popular festival full of colours, is held every year in Malaga, both in the historic centre and in the rest of the city’s neighbourhoods. The party begins in Malaga with a contest of singing groups at the Teatro Cervantes. In addition, for about ten days, there are events such as parades of masks and costumes, activities and contests for children and each neighbourhood organizes its tasting of typical dishes. The Carnival is celebrated the week before the Ash Wednesday and ends with the Fireworks on the beach.
DAY OF ANDALUSIA IN MALAGA
Special day on February 28 commemorates the Independence of Andalusia by becoming an autonomous community. This day is a holiday in the province and is marked by the different acts that are celebrated throughout the province of Malaga. The city offers a wide variety of concerts, food festivals and markets.
MARCH / APRIL
HOLY WEEK IN MALAGA (EASTER)
The traditional processions of Holy Week began to be celebrated in Malaga after the entry of the Catholic Monarchs in the city in the 15th century. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the huge thrones of different brotherhoods make the streets of Malaga an art scene full of colour and majesty. Every year Holy Week represents a real spectacle with its thrones, thousands of Nazarenes with their costumes, bands of music, aromas of incense and flowers, military accompaniments and thousands of people who come to see the processions. Undoubtedly, it is worth visiting Malaga during Holy Week as it offers an unforgettable show.
MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL
Malaga Film Festival was born in 1998 and during its editions it has become famous nationally and internationally. Each year, it projects the most relevant premieres of the year of Spanish cinema, awards the best films of the year, pays homage to different personalities of the film industry and organizes numerous cycles, exhibitions and parallel activities. The Festival is celebrated in spring annually.
THE NIGHT IN WHITE
La Noche en Blanco (The Night in White) is an initiative that allows people to experience culture in a special way. Throughout the night the whole city and visitors go out to the streets to visit museums, monuments and enjoy free concerts and activities as art, museums, exhibitions, urban and street artistic performances, literary and scenic arts, music and much more. This event is considered one of the most important cultural events in the city and becomes a cultural treasure for all who visit it.
SAINT JOHN’S EVE
The night of June 23 celebrates the arrival of summer in several Mediterranean countries. In Spain, it has become a big party and celebration where thousands of people go out to the beaches to celebrate. The night also brings several traditions to fulfil. Build the bonfires, burn the papers with written wishes, burn the “júas” rag dolls representing a popular character and bathe in the sea at midnight, hoping to get up more beautiful the next day. Besides, good music and famous sardines espetos turn the night into the magical one.
THE FESTIVAL OF THE VIRGEN DEL CARMEN
The festival of the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated July 16. That day is dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen and sailors and is an opportunity to pay a tribute to the fishermen who lost their lives at sea. Thousands of people celebrate and accompany their patron, who is beautifully adorned with flowers, in a procession through the streets of the city and a numerous boats accompany it by the sea.
Starlite Marbella is a musical festival that takes place every summer, in an outdoor rock amphitheatre, in the city on Marbella. It has become the longest-running festival, with more than 45 days of concerts. It also offers a set of activities of cinema, fashion, art and gastronomy and every year the Starlite Gala takes place, the charity event rewarding solidarity work. But it’s the names of guests like Enrique Iglesias, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Eros Ramazzotti, Ricky Martin which attract thousands of people to spend an unforgettable time.
FERIA DE MALAGA
The Feria de Malaga, held in the second half of August, is the most popular traditional festival in Malaga. With joy, thousands of locals and tourists open the festival at the beach of Malagueta with fireworks and with that it starts eight days of a colourful and very lively festival. The streets of the historic centre are decorated with lanterns and floral decorations. Shows for children and adults, dances, parades showing folklore, flamenco and much more is present throughout the fair. Apart from the activities the festival offers the booths where to eat, drink and dance until dawn.
LA VUELTA (TOUR OF SPAIN)
The Cycling Tour of Spain, known simply as La Vuelta, is a cycle race in stages divided throughout Spain. It is celebrated between the end of August and the beginning of September. The province of Malaga hosts the main start of the race and also has the 4 different stages through cities such as Malaga, Marbella, Mijas and nature landscapes such as Caminito del Rey. The coast and the mountains are an exceptional framework that offers the possibility for fans of this event to enjoy not only sports but also exceptional landscapes.
FESTIVAL OF THE VIRGEN DE LA VICTORIA
Virgen de la Victoria, the patron saint of Malaga, is celebrated on September 8 with procession through the main streets of the city centre, with a floral offering and dance and music groups.
LARIOS MALAGA FASHION WEEK
The emblematic Calle Marqués de Larios surprises and changes its habitual appearance to give a place to an atmosphere of creativity and fashion. The runway of Larios Malaga Fashion Week is the most important fashion event in Malaga. It is the longest haute couture show held in Europe, on a blue carpet over 300 meters. The event attracts more than 15,000 people a day, all of them want to see the designs of more than ten companies form the national and international scene.
WORLD TOURISM DAY
The monuments and museums of the city every year on September 27 celebrate World Tourism Day. The day offers open doors, where tourist establishments such as museums, centres and points of interest will offer free admission and even guided tours in different languages.
URBAN RACE MALAGA CITY
The race organized by the City of Malaga is one of the most important events in the city. This is a 10km race is to compete, but also, for most, it is a sport festival where people of all ages participate to enjoy the event. The Mini Race of 4 kilometres is also offered for children and families.
The celebration of Halloween in Malaga is celebrated, as in the rest of the world, the night of October 31. The most terrifying night of the year in Malaga acquires Mediterranean variations with respect to the original mode and offers some colours and carnival changes. During Halloween there are many special events and activities, among which the terrifying visit to the botanical garden as Night of Terror, Night of the Living Dead or the March of Zombies.
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
International Jazz Festival of Malaga counts every year on its program including jazz legends and representatives of new trends. The program is completed with Fancinemajazz, the concert with an exquisite tour of some compositions awardees with the “Oscar to the best original song” award. In addition, the festival offers numerous live music sessions throughout the city and bars, restaurants, hotels host jam sessions and free performances.
LIGHTING OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Christmas lighting on Calle Marqués de Larios is an unforgettable part of Christmas in Malaga. A show of lights and music fill the street with thousands of people daily for more than a month. The first lighting show is held every year at the end of November with concerts and street artists.
MALAGA IN CHRISTMAS
Not only on December 25 the city of Malaga offers the Christmas celebration. The capital of the Costa del Sol stands out every year for its spectacular decoration and Christmas lighting in the main streets and squares. Throughout this month there are several activities such as nativity scenes, ice-skating rinks, concerts, etc. In addition, at Paseo del Parque typical Christmas market takes place at these dates.
December 28th is the day of the Holy Innocents in Spain. In addition, the Fiesta mayor de Verdiales (Verdial Festival) is celebrated. During this day many musical groups of the neighbouring towns and the city meet to spend a day with a lot of music, singing and dancing accompanied by string and percussion. This festival has been held for more than fifty years and is a manifestation of the popular culture of Malaga. Tradition and joy are the protagonists of this party.
CITY OF MALAGA MARATHON
For nine years, the city of Malaga hosts the Zurich Malaga Marathon in December, a 42-kilometer race around the city. It is and ideal event to challenge yourself and see some of the best places in Malaga. Each year has more than 3000 athletes who try to win, make a personal mark or simply reach the finish line. In addition, the event has a calendar full of activities.