The most eagerly anticipated summer party in Malaga is coming up: Malaga’s August Fair, which this year is being held from Saturday 12 August to Saturday 19 August. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity to enjoy music, dancing and fun.
Centre of Malaga or Real Cortijo de Torres?
The first thing to know if you visit the Malaga Fair is that you can choose between two spaces. One of them is the historic centre of the city, where during the day you can enjoy tapas in the bars and booths located in Plaza de la Constitución. The Real Cortijo de Torres also has an entertaining daytime atmosphere. In its booths you can eat, drink and dance throughout the day and extend the fun through the night into the early hours of the next morning. As the sun goes down, the gateway to the Real Cortijo de Torres lights up and the night-time fair begins. Here you can enjoy attractions for children, live performances, music and dancing in the booths.
The fair is the ideal opportunity to wear the most genuine Andalusian outfits: flamenco dresses for women and traditional short-waisted jackets for men. If you want to buy one, you’ll find several specialized shops in the areas of Calle Carretería and San Juan, in Malaga’s historic centre.
Events and shows
The Malaga Fair offers more than a hundred free shows. Festivities begin with the traditional fireworks on Malagueta beach on the night of Friday 11 August. On the morning of Saturday 12 August, there’s a pilgrimage to the Santuario de la Victoria, accompanied by horseback riders and carriages. In the evening, in the Real Cortijo de Torres you can enjoy the concerts and performances taking place in the Cortijo de Torres Auditorium.
The fair is the time to enjoy the most traditional dishes: “pescaíto” (fried fish) accompanied by salads; cold soups, such as porra or gazpacho; and a wide range of tapas accompanied by a cold beer or glass of wine to liven up the party.
A little history
The Malaga August Fair commemorates the Christian reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city on 19 August 1487, the day Isabel and Ferdinand brought the city under the Crown of Castile.