4 Things to Do in Malaga in September: How to Welcome Fall

September is a lovely month in Malaga. It’s still warm enough to go to the beach on the weekends, but without the scorching August heat. The city is alive as locals have returned from vacation, and the city retains its authentic charm, making it the perfect time to visit and explore. Here are some tips for things to do in Malaga in September.

Top Things to Do in Malaga in September

1. Step into a Goya painting at the Feria Goyesca in Ronda

The Feria de Pedro Romero takes place from late August until early September in Ronda, a small town in Malaga province (and a fabulous day trip from the city!). Historians consider Ronda the birthplace of modern bullfighting, whose matadores the iconic Spanish painter Francisco de Goya portrayed in many of his works. It’s only appropriate, then, that part of the fair is dedicated to making Goya’s works come alive in the modern age.

During the festival, you’ll see a parade of carriages with women and men dressed in period clothing and hear flamenco and international music filling the air until late into the evening. Make sure to reserve your hotel ahead of time, though—this festival is one of the most popular things to do in Malaga in September.

One of the best things to do in Malaga in September is go to a festival. The Feria Goyesca happens every September in Ronda (Malaga) and is well worth the road trip!
Beautifully dressed women at the Feria Goyesca in Ronda. Photo credit: José Manuel

2. Celebrate local wines at the Wine Harvest Fair in Mollina

Every year during the second weekend of September, the town of Mollina (about 60 kilometers from Malaga capital) celebrates the wine harvest with a wine-themed fair. If you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, this will certainly top your list of things to do in Malaga in September.

Events include wine tastings, a ride through the city on a unique “wine bike,” horse shows, and the opening of the fairgrounds. This, along with the local wines and regional gastronomy, makes for a great weekend escape!

One of our favorite things to do in Malaga in September: take a day trip to Mollina and experience the wine festival!
Who’s up for enjoying some of Malaga’s delicious wine?

3. Enjoy a cross-cultural weekend at the Festival de la Luna Mora

Guaro is a town about 44 kilometers outside Malaga capital. In early September, they celebrate a festival that brings together the roots of Andalusian culture. The Luna Mora Festival aims to show the cross cultural influences from the three dominant religions that coexisted in the town years ago: Christian, Muslim and Sefardi.

You can support local artists selling artisan crafts, enjoy diverse concerts, and take part in unique workshops and parades. And of course, you can devour all the local food and drink your heart desires! This is a great option for those traveling with the whole family. It’s something that visitors of all ages can enjoy!

The Festival de la Luna Mora is another fantastic family option for things to do in Malaga in September
Candlelit street during the  Luna Mora Festival. Photo credit: Astuto Roedor

4. Be curious on European Researchers Night

On one evening in late September, you can join people in 350 cities across 32 European countries in celebrating the European Researchers night. At Malaga’s edition, you will have a chance to get up close with sea life, learn about groundbreaking women in science, and even extract your own DNA to take home! Those are just a few of the dozens of activities scheduled for this innovative and fascinating event. Activities take place in different venues around the city, so be sure to check the schedule to find out what most interests you.

Want to get away? Here are some of the best fall weekend destinations near Malaga.

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There are so many things to do in Malaga in September! Start planning your itinerary now so you don't miss any of these excellent festivals or activities.

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