The Málaga Fair, which is the biggest street party in Andalucía lasts from 11. to 19. August 2018.
The spectacular opening ceremony begins already on Friday the night before.
On Friday 10. August, just before midnight, the traditional opening ceremony takes place on the Málagueta Beach. It’s the popular Spanish group Efecto Mariposa who is inaugurating the Fair this year. At midnight there is a spectacular firework and afterwards the party continues with a concert by Efecto Mariposa at the beach. As usual there is free entrance to the opening party.
About the Málaga Fair
The Fair in Malaga is considered one of the world’s biggest street parties and is a colorful experience. At daytime there is a huge street party, primarily in the old city centre and down by the harbour.
In the evening the party moves out to the 800,000 square meter fair ground, where there is a large tivoli and entertainment area. The party goes on until dawn every day.
There will be a lot of artists performing at daytime in the old city centre around Calle Larios. Every day there will be performances at Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza de la Merced, Plaza Mitjana, Plaza las Flores, Plaza del Obispo and Plaza de San Pedro Alcántara.
There are traditional bullfights almost every day. In addition there will be performances in Plaza de la Merced and in Calle Larios.
The true joy of this fair is that you will be sourrounded by people of all ages from all over the world, dancing and celebrating. Many Spaniards will be dressed in their festive outfits and lots of horses can be seen at daytime at the Fair Ground.
Various artists will be performing on these locations:
- Plaza de la Constitución: From 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Plaza de la Merced: From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Plaza Mitjana: From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Plaza Las Flores: From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Plaza del Obispo : From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Plaza de San Pedro Alcántara: From 1 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you like horses, you should go to the Fairground. Horse riders from the Málaga Province come to the Fair Ground during day time dressed up in their finest traditional clothes.
The Fair is visited by millions of residents and tourists every year. A number of cruise ships with thousands of passengers are also arriving during the Fair. In connection with the Fair Ground, there is a big parking lot, but it’s smart not to bring the car to the Fair. The commuter train is a much better option. Many people choose to park for free at Plaza Mayor and then take the train to Málaga.
If you want to get to the day Fair in the centre you should get off at Málaga Central. If you are going to the evening Fair it is easiest to get off at Victoria Kent.
There are also bus services from Benalmadena Costa, Torremolinos, Rincon de la Victoria, Alhaurin de la Torre, Casabermeja, Santa Rosalia o Cartama.
For more info, this is the PDF program in English: feria.malaga.eu