What’s On in October

Autumn in Andalucia - Pomegranates

After the non-stop activity of the summer, you might think there’d be something of a lull in the Axarquia as the region heads into autumn.

But from the last of the summer ferias to seasonal food and harvest festivals via ground-breaking art exhibitions, October in the Axarquia is packed with things to do. We’ve picked out a few that are absolutely not to be missed…

Ferias and Fiestas

3-7 October: Torrox Feria

Along with Nerja (see below) Torrox’s feria is the last of the Axarquia’s summer fairs. Expect plenty of the usual feria fun over the course of the first weekend in October.

Feria de Torrox

More information and schedule: Facebook.com/AytoTorrox/.

9-14 October: Nerja Feria

Nerja Feria extends from Calle Antonio Millon, Plaza Tutti Frutti, the Balcon de Europa and the Plaza de Espana (for the day fair) to the Los Huertos car park for the rides and concerts of the Feria de Noche in the evening.

Matched only for size by Velez’s Feria de San Miguel, from day-time flamenco shows, dance troupes, brass bands and equine events to live music in the evening, plus plenty of eating and drinking throughout, there’s far too much going on at Nerja’s feria to list in this short what’s on mention.

This year it all kicks off on the Tuesday before finishing up on the Sunday, when, with one final swish of a brightly coloured flamenco skirt, feria season is over for another summer.

Feria de Nerja

More information and programme: Facebook.com/feriayfiestasdenerja/.

12-13 October: Feria de la Mula, Arenas

Tradition with a capital ‘T’, Arenas’s Feria de la Mula is an homage to the humble mule. It’s a great event for the kids, particularly, with fireworks and dancing, plus lots of donkeys, horses and intriguing agricultural equipment to go with the undoubted stars of the show, the mules themselves.

Feria de Mula, Arenas

6 – 7 October: Fiesta Monfi in Cutar

Cutar’s hardly a big place, but they certainly pack a lot into their Al Andalus-inspired Fiesta del Monfi. Over the course of the two days, there’s Moorish-infused flamenco and Sephardic concerts, a street market, chess competitions, magic shows, educational workshops and tastings of local delicacies – to name but a few things they’ve got on.

Fiesta de Monfi

13 October: Festival of Verdiales, El Borge

There’re few things more Andalucian than Verdiales, and this festival of traditional folklore dance and music kicks off in the lovely village of El Borge on 13th October.

Fiesta de Verdiales

12 – 13 October: Beer Festival in Torre del Mar

Fiesta de la Cerveza

Art

5-7 October: Frigiliana Art Walk

The second year this event has been held in the Axarquia, Frigiliana’s Ruta del Arte is certainly a compelling concept. A walking tour of the homes, workshops and assorted galleries and creative spaces of over 31 different artists, it’s all set to be an inspiring couple of days of art in one of the region’s most beautiful settings.

Frigiliana Art Walk Map

Frigilana Art Walk

More information and schedule: Facebook.com/rutadelartefrigiliana/.

5 October: Jo Wang – Herding Spaces, La Azucarera, Torre del Mar

It’s all change in October down at Tr3s Puertas in Torre del Mar as they host Norwegian Jo Wang in an event in the old sugar factory. Each display by Wang is unique as his work feeds off the audience and the space itself. Be prepared for an acoustic awakening.

Jo Wang

More information: Tr3spuertas Event

Competa – International Symposium: Art Luz

Until 2 December: Picasso: Amor y Deseo – CAC Velez-Malaga

51 pieces of Pablo Picasso’s work are curated in the CAC in Velez. Open Tues – Sat 10 – 14hrs and 17 – 20hrs. Sun 10 – 14hrs. CAC Gallery, Calle Feliz Lomas 27, Velez-Malaga

Picasso at CAC Velez-Malaga

Music

4, 11 & 25 October: Live music in Mercado de San Francisco

There are three music concerts on this month at the new event space/gastro hub of the Axarquia, the Mercado de San Francisco.

4 & 25 October: Georgette Cullum (British singer/songwriter) from 21.30hrs

Entrance: Free

11 October: Nico Mejía (singer) from 21.30hrs

Flamenco

The Peña Niño de Velez and Flamenco Abierto are on a break after a very busy summer – watch out for their dates in November.

11 October – Raices Grupo Flamenco

Where: Teatro del Carmen, Velez-Malaga

What: A flamenco music and dance performance from guitarist Arturo Ruiz, cantaora Rosa Linero, flautist Alfonso Marquez, and accompanying percussionists, Carlos Leal and Cristina and Alicia Martin. Tickets: 10€. For more details, see here.

Cycling

20-21 October: Time Trial – El Desafio del Buda, Velez-Malaga

The Desafio del Buda mountain biking event is broken up into two parts: a rural marathon, and a time trial through Velez’s historic centre. The latter may only be a shade over 2km, but with many a twist and turn – not to mention some seriously steep climbs – through Velez’s old streets, it’s a real challenge for even the most experienced mountain bikers.

El Desafio del Buda

More information and sign-up details: Eldesafiodelbuda.com.

7 October: Dia de la Bicicleta

Competa has a dedicated ‘Day of the Bike’ to encourage cycling, fun for all the family:

Cia de la Bicicleta, Competa

28 October: Ruta Balcon de la Axarquia, Comares

In Comares there’s a 40km bike route through the countryside…

Cycling events Axarquia

Learning

Every Tuesday, Language Exchange

Language exchange Velez-Malaga

Where: Baba Budan Cafe, Mercado de San Francisco, Velez-Malaga

What: Go along, have a coffee and practise Spanish in exchange for your language – the best way to learn and develop.

When: Every Tuesday at 17.00hrs

Cost: Free

Every Friday, Meriendas Flamenkas – Sevillanas Dance Lessons

Where: Bodega Mi Flamenka, Avenida Doctor Marañón, 1. Torre Del Mar

What: Learn to dance sevillanas

When: Every Friday at 17.00hrs

Cost: 8€

Phew! Autumn isn’t looking too shabby.

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