Málaga’s August Fair is the summer event in the Mediterranean. Fun and folk culture come together in a very popular nine-day event that turns the city into a big party. The Big Week of the capital of the Costa del Sol unfolds in two different venues. While the Day Fair takes place in the historic district, dressed up with thousands of lights and flowers, the Cortijo de Torres Fairground is home to activities night and day.
Celebrations begin with the opening speech and a music and fireworks show on La Malagueta beach. The old town is wrapped by the festive atmosphere during the day, and there is no time for rest. Locals and out-of-towners enjoy the music, the dancing and the wine at the stands, in bars or on the streets. A traditional note is added by bands of verdiales hailing from all over the province and flamenco shows.
Cortijo de Torres Fairground
In the evening, the Fairground becomes the nerve centre of the Night Fair, but activities go on during the day too. On a surface area of 512,000m2, it houses rides, stands and almost 180 gazebos. In addition, five different venues in town play host to shows like the Ciudad de Málaga Flamenco Festival, Copla Night and children’s plays, among others.
The most moving religious act is the flower offering to Our Lady of Victories. A delegation led by the flag-bearer, comprised of horsemen and wagons, comes to the shrine of Málaga’s Patroness and pays tribute to Her. The image of Our Lady of Victories was a gift to Málaga from the Catholic Monarchs after they conquered the city on 19 August 1487. The city authorities then decided to organise a festival every year on this date to commemorate those events.
Music, art, bullfighting
The programme of the August Fair is packed with activities for all ages and stages. There are dance performances, street parades, even an Intercultural Dance and Music Festival on Paseo del Parque. On the occasion of Málaga’s Great Week, there is an arts and crafts market, and special exhibitions at most museums.
La Malagueta bullring plays host to major bullfights in the afternoon and horse carriage driving shows in the evening. On Alcazabilla Street there is a Magic Fair for children. To bring events to a close, a cavalcade recreates the entrance of the Catholic Monarchs in Muslim-ruled Málaga in the fifteenth century.
Public means of transport carry visitors to Cortijo de Torres. There are special city and inter-city buses during the August Fair, connecting the Fairground with various districts in Málaga City and neighbouring towns like Rincón de la Victoria, Benalmádena, Alhaurín de la Torre or Casabermeja.