This month arrives loaded with festivals, activities and fairs in Malaga. I have decided to write this article about the most popular fairs in August so that whoever thinks fit can decide which one is of interest.
If you do not come in August but found this article, it means you plan to do it sometime, so you may also find this entry interesting. You can decide which fairs or festivals interest you more so you can better plan the range of days to take the deserved vacation.
If you are wondering about August in Malaga, just check my other post.
Festivals and fairs in August
There are many festivals and fairs in the province that you should not miss. If you want to learn more about the culture and customs of your tourist destination, visiting this kind of events is a very good choice.
Fairs in the province have a historical character and long tradition. In Andalusia the fairs in general were in their beginnings cattle markets. Other fairs like the one of Malaga were acts of celebration after que conquest of the city.
The following list is sorted according to the date they celebrate the event:
First week of August
Fairs and other events that take place during the first week of August:
The first Wednesday in August begins Alora Fair with the official lighting at night and the festival ends the following Sunday with fireworks.
You will find live concerts and activities for all ages. In 2017 as example, they organized a water slide in the middle of a street during the Friday Fair, while on Saturday it was the Perotas Soup Day, a typical recipe of Alora.
The first Day Fair for those who want to visit the fair during the day is on Thursday at Plaza Fuente Arriba from noon.
- When: 31 July to 5th in August.
- Where: Alora (Map). You can arrive by car or train, keep in mind that last trains are usually crowded.
Benalauria Fair: Moors and Christians event
The fair of Benalauria mixes tradition and present in an event that make use of the urban centre to recreate theatrical confrontations between Moors and Catholics during the sixteenth century.
This representation can be seen every first Sunday of the month, the last day of fair.
The fair is celebrated during the first week of August.
- When: The theatrical event is the first Sunday and the fair is the first week of August.
- Location: Benalauria (map)
Fiesta del Gazpacho in Alfarnatejo
Who does not fancy a cold gazpacho drink during a hot summer day? Although it seems a lie, many tourists are afraid of this delicious drink, they use to think of it as a cold soup. If you are one of them I bet that you are one of those who have the fear in their face when trying this typical drink, that is not considered as a cold soup in Spain but a summer drink.
The gazpacho festivity is a good opportunity to take away your fears and try this delicious recipe. There are many kind of gazpachos I recommend you to try at least a few of them, nobody should reject such a healthy drink made of vegetables.
If you want to make your own homemade gazpacho you can visit the link.
- When: First Saturday in August.
- Where: Alfarnatejo (Map)
Iznate gastronomic festival: Muscat grape day
On August 5 Iznate will offer many typical dishes to all visitors who come to any of the various points located by its streets. A good excuse to walk around this nice town on foot and eat free on the way.
As it could not be otherwise there will be the typical wine and grape of the region.
- When: First Saturday in August from 7:00 pm.
- Where: Iznate (map)
Second and third week in August
Fairs and activities during the second and third week of the month.
Nasrid night and Cultural Week in Montejaque
In August it is already common in this municipality to lit the streets with candlelights and celebrate medieval activities.
Musical performances, dance or shows with fire are some of the activities that you will find in Montejaque if you decide to visit during this night on August 10.
- When: Second or third week in August.
- Where: Montejaque (Map)
The Cultural Week is a week full of activities, concerts and events for all ages in Montejaque
- Cuando: the week after the first Saturday in August.
- Lugar: Montejaque (Mapa)
Fair and Water Festival in Jimera de Libar
As you can deduce by the title of this festival, water is the protagonist of this festival. In addition to the water festival there is a great gastronomic tasting of roasted chorizo at 1:30 pm.
The water party is a battle between all the assistants, so if you plan to go better be ready.
- Where: Jimera de Libar (Map)
- When: Second weekend in August.
There is also another event called ‘ Night of Terror’ the first Saturday in August.
I could not talk about events happening in August without naming Malaga fair. An experience that extends over a week in both the historic centre of Malaga and the fairgrounds.
This year the fair takes place from 11th to 19th of August.
If you want to know the fair program or many other details you can visit our dedicated section to Malaga fair.
- Where: In fairgrounds (map) and in the historical centre of Malaga (map)
- When: From 11th to 19th of August.
- Activities and concerts.
Antequera fair is divided like the one in Malaga, day and night fairs.
The inauguration of the fair this year begins with the lighting on August 22 and ends with fireworks the night of August 26.
The Saturday before the end of the fair takes place the ‘Dia del Caballista’ with a popular parade.
- When: 22st to 26th of August.
- Where: Fairgrounds and Old Town (map)
The Guaro Fair in 2018 is from 23 to 26 August and begins with fireworks at 6pm.
There are special events for children on Friday, August 24th at 5pm.
As every year, the previous day is dedicated to honoring the grandparents of the town in a big dinner with the performance of local artists.
For more information, you can consult the programming here (in Spanish).
4th week in August
Fairs, markets and other activities happening within the last week of August.
3 Cultures festival in Frigiliana
This beautiful east municipality celebrates just before August ends a meeting between the different cultures who settled in Andalusia: Catholic, Jewish and Arabian.
There is a souk with all kinds of handicraft products and musical performances.
- When: The event is from 23rd to 26th of August.
- Where: Frigiliana (Map)
Festival of Moorish Rebelion Istán
If you are near Marbella or plan to visit it at the end of August you can stop by Istan. In this municipality there is a festival called ‘ Rebelion Morisca’, a theatrical representation in the streets that shows the fight of the Moorish against the strong repression to which they were subjected in the middle of the 16th century.
There is a medieval craft market and other activities of the historical era it represents.
- When: Last week in August.
- Where: Istan (Map)
Douglas Days in Tebas
This festival celebrates one of the historical battles during the capture of the Nasrid fortress of Tebas. A Scottish knight ‘Sir James Douglas’ participated and died in the conquest of this fortress while bringing the embalmed heart which belonged to the dead King of Scotland, who in life longed to take part in some epic battle.
During those days a medieval atmosphere is recreated in the streets of the municipality while actors do a theatrical performance of the great battle.
You will find a medieval market with handcrafts typical of the region.
- When: During the first or last week in August. (24, 25, 26 August in 2018)
- Where: Fortress and streets in Tebas (Map)
Medieval market in Torre del Mar
Variety of stalls in a medieval market offering all kind of products related in some way to the sea. There will be shows so it is a good option for spending a family weekend.
- When: Usually the last weekend in August.
- Where: Torre del Mar (Velez-Malaga) https://goo.gl/maps/BaDU7JAKnmx
Are you going to visit any of the recommended activities in August?