Festivals and fairs in Malaga in September 2023 – Autumn activities

weekend calendarSeptember is the month of Fairs and Festivals in many municipalities along the Costa del Sol celebrating Pilgrimages, fruit harvest, patron saints… and many more.

The autumn equinox is around 21 September.

These are days of joy where is mixing the profane with the religious. People enjoy colourful events full of music, culture and dance. If you are visiting Malaga and the Costa del Sol at this time, come and join us!

Fairs and Festivals in September in Malaga

September is a particularly popular month in terms of Fairs and Festivals typical of Malaga. If you plan to visit the province during this month, you can plan what activities you would like to visit.


First fortnight of September

The month of September begins with various Festivals and Fairs in different towns of the province.

Grape Harvest Festival in Manilva

Grape Harvest

The first weekend of September from Friday to Sunday you have an appointment in Manilva. There will be wine tasting and other events such as a Flamenco festival and the Virgen de los Dolores parade.

The event takes place in the centre of Manilva and starts on Friday with cultural and folkloric activities. From 10 pm onwards there is a flamenco festival.

Check our website to know how to get to Manilva by car or public transport.

  • Where: Manilva (Map).
  • When: September 2nd at 7:00 PM and September 3rd.

Ronda Fair and ‘Goyesca Bullfighting’

Feria Pedro Romero en Ronda
Photo of the Feria de Pedro Romero by Andrej Otrebski.

The traditional Fair in Ronda known as the Pedro Romero Fair is held between the last week of August and early September. Not to be confused with the Real Feria de Mayo in Ronda.

It is an event declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest of Andalusia and it  highlights especially the traditional’ Corrida Goyesca’ in the Plaza de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda.

Check our website to know how getting to Ronda by car or public transport.

  • Where: Ronda.
  • When: The first Saturday after September 2nd. It lasts for 6 days.

Popular Vervain in Alhaurín de la Torre

This popular festival takes place at the beginning of the month and begins on the first Friday of September with an inaugural parade of vintage cars, many activities and concerts. This event lasts 4 days.

Location: Parque Municipal de los Patos

Luna Mora de Guaro (Moorish Moon Festival) in September

For two days (usually on the second weekend of September) this white village is a meeting point for the medieval Andalusian culture with the light of 25.000 candles in the streets.

During the Luna Mora festival there are performances, craft stalls and gastronomy stalls. Highly recommended I enjoyed much the food in my last visit.

  • When: The first weekend of September.
  • Where: Guaro (Map).


Embrujo Andalusí Carratraca

Discover the Andalusian culture that impregnates the streets of this town and transport yourself to the past in Carratraca in early September for three days.

You will find a medieval market and activities of all kinds for visitors; from exhibitions and workshops to theatre, dances, activities for children and parades through the streets of Carratraca. There will also be jugglers, tea and Arab sweets and fireworks shows.

The streets of the municipality are lit with 25,000 candles during this festival.

  • Cuando: The first weekend of September.
  • Where: Carratraca (Map)

Mijas fair

Fair in Mijas begins the first half in September. From then there will be events and performances for the entire week.

On the first day of the fair, at nightfall, the Fair lighting will be switched on. The next day the daytime fair officially begins.

  • When: September 6th to September 11th.
  • Where: Mijas Pueblo (Map).


You can check in our website how getting to Mijas by car or public transport.

Ajoblanco Festival in Almachar on the first Saturday of September

Gastronomic event celebrated since 1968 and of free entrance with many activities the first Saturday in September.

The festival includes of course ajoblanco (typical dish made of almonds juice), a gastronomic route and many events for all audiences. There will be regional dances and an Ajoblanco Flamenco Night, for those who like to enjoy Flamenco in Málaga.

  • When: The first Saturday in September.
  • Where: Almachar (Map).

Ardales Fair

This fair is during the first week of September, the exact date may vary every year.

It is a popular festival with band and pilgrimage of the Virgin of Villaverde, figure that is transported to the Guadalhorce Reservoir.

Olive Fair in Alozaina

Between 8 and 12 September is celebrated the collection of the olive in the municipality of Alozaina Malaga. It is celebrated with beer, pork and cheese from the village.

The fair was first held in 1929 and offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about the traditional harvesting of green olives in Alozaina.

Program: https://static.malaga.es/municipios/subidas/archivos/0/5/arc_218450.pdf

Check this map to know how getting to Alozaina.

Wonder Fair in Maro, Nerja

The Feria de las Maravillas or Wonder Fair in English, usually takes place around the 8th of September, but there is no official information yet.

It is an old popular Fair with origins in the sixteenth century and has a parade of the Virgin of Las Maravillas with many activities and a fireworks show.

There are many activities with music, barbecues on the beach and much more.

  • When: From 6 to 9 September.
  • Where: Maro, Nerja (Map).

Pasarela Larios – Fashion Week Malaga

This year, many high fashion designers, stylists and exclusivity meet again in the city of Malaga. There will also be a creative fashion contest that aims to promote the youngest talents.

Calle Larios will be adorned with a large carpet where the models will parade in this popular event that each year attracts more than 15,000 people.

Fair of Santo Cristo in Casares

On the second weekend in September the Santo Cristo Fair takes place in Casares. Traditionally celebrated to commemorate the end of the harvesting season in the summer.

The festival features processions, music, dances and fireworks.

  • Location: Casares (map).
  • When: Second weekend in September.

Anchovie Day in Rincón de la Victoria

The last weekend of September there are free anchovies tasting at Rincon de la Victoria in an event called Anchovy’s Festival or Day.

The event begins at 12.30 pm next to the promenade and close to the old train station.

Spanish anchovies tapa

Second fortnight of September

The second half of September also offers numerous activities for the visitor. You will find fairs and activities for the whole family.

World Tourist Day

The World Tourist Day is the 27th September and there are events to welcome the tourists visiting Malaga.

Depending on the municipality where you are there will be different events. In Mijas, the main square had in the past events Flamenco performances and a free sweet wine tasting.

Other municipalities offer free food tasting.

World tourism day in September

Raisin day in El Borge

They celebrate the Raisin Day the third Sunday in September.

Typical dancing performances, wine, cold meat and typical products from the area. Along with rocieros and verdiales choirs, visitors can enjoy raisins, muscatel wine, sausages and other typical products of the Axarquía. You will also be able to learn in a visual way how the different products are elaborated, from the harvest to the packaging and crushing of the Muscat grape. The must produced can be tasted by visitors.

Istan Fair and San Miguel Pilgrimage

The Istan Fair and San Miguel pilgrimage are celebrated the first Sunday closer to the 29th in September and lasts 5 days. It begins with a pilgrimage to the hermitage of San Miguel, located in a cave, dressed in the traditional costumes of Istan. Once at the hermitage, all participants gather for a day of fun.

  • Where: Istan (Map).
  • When: The first weekend closest to September 29th.

Almond Day in Almogía

During this day the aim is to promote local products and traditions in the farming of almonds.

There are activities for all ages, performances and desserts made with almonds. The children can take part in animation workshops to learn all the work related to the almond.

Torremolinos fair and San Miguel Pilgrimage

The Torremolinos Fair lasts 5 days. On the Sunday before that date, the San Miguel pilgrimage takes place to Los Manantiales, a pine forest on the outskirts of the municipality.

Day Fair features dancing, music and other events at the main squares and the centre of Torremolinos.


At night, the Fair moves to the fairgrounds with booths, musical shows, mechanical attractions and lots of fun.

Check our website to know how to get to Torremolinos by car or public transport.

  • When: From 27 September to 1 of October.
  • Where: Torremolinos Fairgrounds (Map).

Nights of Bella Jarifa in Cártama

If you want to know Cártama during the weekend illuminated by candles and immersed in a medieval atmosphere of magic, parades and activities you can not miss the Nights of the Bella Jarifa in Cártama.

  • When: From 29 September to 1st of October.
  • Where: Cartama (Map).

Transport options

Visiting us in September? Then you should be ready for joining any of the activities above. Most of the municipalities with Fairs and events have no easy access by public transport means, so continue reading to know other options.

It is recommended to drive your own vehicle, so if you are planning a visit during September you can rent a car in Malaga and enjoy any of the activities or Fairs taking place.

Another option is a transfer; this transport means is a very comfortable choice that will take you to your desired destination and pick you up for returning at the requested time. I can recommend malagatransfer.co.uk, but you can check the most popular and trusted websites for transfers in Malaga here.

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