What’s On in September

flamenco dresses at velez feria

September: the summer may be over – officially at least – but that doesn’t mean that there’s any shortage of things to do in the next month.

From ferias and top-class flamenco to mouth-watering food and drink festivals, we’ve run the rule over what’s on in the Axarquia in September.

31 August & 1 September – Festival XXI Noche Flamenca de Algarrobo

flamenco festival algarrobo

Algarrobo and Mezquitilla’s festival is the appropriate end to a summer of amazing flamenco in the Axarquia. On the Friday, things get underway at 22.30hrs on Mezquitilla’s Paseo Maritimo; then on the Saturday night the action kicks off again in the Escalerilla park in Algarrobo Pueblo.

There’s some serious local and national talent appearing, too, with the likes of the Fiesta Gitana de la Calle de los Negros performing alongside one of the hottest voices in flamenco at the moment, Pedro El Granaino.

1 September – Fiesta del Ajoblanco, Almachar

fiesta del ajoblanco almachar

The first of the September food festivals, Almachar’s Day of Ajoblanco is well worth a visit with plenty of opportunities to try the lovely cold almond and garlic soup – washed down with a complimentary glass or two of Malaga wine, of course.

One of the region’s flamenco strongholds, there’s always plenty of live guitar, dance and song, as well.

4 & 11 September – Samaruco at Bahia de Tanit, Torre del Mar

samaruco flamenco

It’s no big secret that we love our flamenco here at Mi Velez Malaga. For a couple of Tuesdays in September the ultra-talented Samaruco – Ruben Portillo Ponce (guitarra), Mamen Ruiz Pino (cante), Emilio Martin (violin) and Rebeca Lauret (baile) – will be performing at Bahia de Tanit in Torre del Mar.

More information: Tuesday 4th and 11th September – 21.00hrs; Bahia de Tanit – Paseo Maritimo de Poniente, Torre Del Mar. Entrance: free with your meal/drink.

6-8 September – Feria de las Maravillas, Maro

feria de maro

Amongst all the bigger towns’ summer and autumn festivities, tiny Maro often gets rather forgotten about. Which is a shame, because it’s a cracking little feria. Our advice: spend the day on one of the region’s best beaches, brush the sand off come the evening, slip into something smarter, and party the night away.

9 September – Fiesta de Viñeros, Moclinejo

fiesta de vineros moclinejo

Moclinejo’s early autumn wine festival involves the small matter of 1,500 litres of vino de Malaga and a huge paella being handed out free to the many hungry and thirsty attendants.

Held at the end of a back-breaking wine harvest, aside from the partying there’s traditional grape-crushing by foot and even a special mass and hymns sung in honour of the doughty wine harvesters past and present.

10 September – Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos, Alfarnate

With plenty of pageantry, dressing up and play-acting, Alfarnate’s ‘Moors and Christians’ festival is a great one for the kids. The festival stretches all the way back to the 17th century (when it celebrated the expulsion of the Moors and, later, the Moriscos) and the town decks itself out from top to bottom in its finest late medieval attire.

As with all Andalucian celebrations, though, it doesn’t come at the expense of plenty of eating, drinking and a long night of partying.

13-16 September – Oktoberfest Torrox

beer glass at oktoberfest torrox

As the name suggests, this festival in Torrox is really about one thing: beer – lots and lots of beer. Running from the Thursday to the Saturday, Torrox’s Avenida Esperanto gives itself over to a celebration of all things brewed, with some food stalls and live music thrown in for good measure.

14-16 September – Salares Festival Arabe Andalusi

salares festival arabe andalusi

High up in the foothills of the sierra, with its narrow whitewashed streets crowned by a Mudejar minaret, Salares is a suitably atmospheric setting for this celebration of Andalucia’s Moorish past.

Over the course of the three days you can expect dance troupes, tastings of Moorish-style refreshments, a small market of artisanal wares and local produce, guided historic tours of the village, equestrian exhibitions and late nights of flamenco performances.

15 September – Chanquete World Music Festival, Nerja

chanquete world music festival nerja

Taking place on Nerja’s Playa el Payazo from 1600 on the Friday to 0600 the next morning, this festival is like a long, final goodbye to the summer. It’s got a proper beach party vibe and there are some big names appearing, from Juanito Makandé and El Canijo de Jerez to Bebe and the extraordinary Tomasito (fresh from bringing the house down at Velez’s Acompasado festival earlier in the summer).

Tickets: €29. More information: Chanqueteworldmusic.com.

16 September – Dia de la Pasa, El Borge

dia de la pasa el borge

As if goaded into action by neighbouring Almachar’s food festivities earlier in the month, El Borge pulls out all the stops for its big autumn fiesta. Another oh-so typical Axarquia occasion, there’s flamenco, verdiales and rociero groups, along with traditional grape harvest-related displays. Gallons of gazpacho and tonnes of cold meats are served up to stave off the worst effects of the liberal amounts of Moscatel wine that’s swilling around.

26 September – 1 October – Velez-Malaga Feria

feria de san miguel solea lantern

The month finishes with a big bang in the form of the Velez feria. The Feria de San Miguel, to give it its correct name, is when the whole town really lets its hair down for, well, the best part of a week, all in.

It’s essentially broken into two parts: it starts with a raucous (but still family-friendly) riot of spotty dresses, Sevillanas and daytime eating and drinking for the feria del dia, before it decamps out to the feria ground for fairground rides and late night partying in the evening.

This year, there’ll be music from three notable names: Arcangel, one of the most respected flamenco voices around, will perform after the ‘pregón’, or curtain-raiser, at 22.30 on 25th September; Siempre Asi, cheerful and wildly popular feria fodder, will be appearing on 27th September in the municipal feria tent at 23.00 and Pop sensation Antonio on 29th September at 23.30 (for tickets to see Antonio José, buy here.)

We will update our Feria events page when more information is release and the full schedule will be available from the tourist office in Velez a little nearer to the time.

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