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 2019.

From 5th September – Live Music in the Mercado de San Francisco

music schedule mercado san francisco

There’s been something of a chilled live music scene emerging on the terrace of Velez’s Mercado de San Francisco over the summer. And the fun continues on Thursday and Saturday nights (from 21.30) in September.

Tapas in El Restaurante de Mangoa, followed by a craft beer or two in El Almacen washed down with some live music in the open air – what could be better?

Through-out Autumn –  Art and Craft Workshops, Mercado de San Francisco, Velez-Malaga

Tallers de art con Sabatha

Fun workshops for children and adults are being held in the craft corner of the Mercado de San Francisco in Velez.

6 September – Festival XXI Noche Flamenca de Algarrobo

noche flamenca Algarrobo

Algarrobo’s festival is the appropriate end to a summer of amazing flamenco in the Axarquia. On the Friday, things get underway at 22.30hrs in the Escalerilla park in Algarrobo Pueblo.

There’s some serious local and national talent appearing, too, with the likes of Rosi Campos and Arturo Ruiz performing alongside the 12 year old, Esmeralda Rancapino from a very famous flamenco family indeed.

7 September – 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.

7 September – Street Party, Velez-Malaga

Street Party in Velez

7 September – Pisa de la Uva, Riogordo

Pisa de la Uva, Rio Gordo

8 September – Triathlon, Frigiliana

Triatalon, frigiliana

6-8 September – Feria de las Maravillas, Maro

Feria de Maro 2019

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.

8 September – Fiesta de Viñeros, 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.

11 – 15 September – Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos, Alfarnate

Fiesta de Alfarnate 2019

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.

5-8 September – International Festival of Cultures, Torrox Costa

Festival International de las culturas

Running from the Thursday to the Sunday, Torrox’s Avenida del Faro gives itself over to a celebration of all things fun, with some food stalls and live music thrown in for good measure.

10 September – Upcycling Furniture/Chalk Paint Workshop, Velez-Malaga

Taller de Cambialo - Mercado de San Fransisco Velez

13, 20 & 27 September – Friday Night Flamenco in Velez-Malaga

flamenco abierto nights velez malaga

September sees the start of the autumn cycle of Friday night flamenco in Velez-Malaga. If you’re visiting the Axarquia, as one of the few places you can catch high-quality, authentic flamenco in the area, it’s a real must-do. If you’re a resident and you haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for?

Find out more about Flamenco Abierto nights in Velez.

14 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 Mala Rodriguez to Macaco.

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

From 15 September, Free Visits to the Cueva del Tesoro, Rincon de la Victoria

Cueva del Tesoro, RIncon de la Victoria

From 10 – 11.oo hours Monday to Friday there’s free entry into these fantastic caves.

15 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. Don’t miss the flamenco night at 20.00hrs with a awesome La Tana.

17 September – Intensive Sevillanas Course, Torrox

Sevillanas Course

Always fancied joining in when at fiestas and ferias? Well, here’s your chance to get a taste of how to dance Sevillanas.

20, 21, 22 September – Fiesta de la Quema, Algarrobo Pueblo

Fiesta de la Quema, Algarrobo

21 September –  Verdiales Competition in Benagalbon

Verdiales Competition

21 September – 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.

25 September – 29 September – Velez-Malaga Feria

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 notable names: (yet to be released)

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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