The Malaga Fair. The Malaga festival is one of the most popular festivals in Spain and attracts every summer hundreds of thousands of visitors.
In Malaga, Spain, a Spanish festival known as the August Fair (Feria de Agosto) or Malaga Fair (Feria de Málaga), as it is often called, is celebrated annually. The Malaga festival is one of the most popular festivals in Spain and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors, many of whom spend their summer vacation on the Sun Coast (Costa del Sol) of Spain, where Malaga is located.
The history of the Malaga Fair goes all the way back to 1487 when, on the 18th of August, the Catholic Kings re-conquered the city which had been in Muslim hands for nearly eight centuries. The Spanish Kings ordered the creation of the Malaga City Council with the purpose of organizing the city. It was decided that a Malaga festival would be arranged every year to celebrate the recapturing of the city by the Spaniards. The Malaga Fair was dedicated to the Virgin Victoria, the new Patron Saint of the city.
The 15th of August, Assumption of Mary day, was chosen in the beginning to commemorate the new Spanish festival. The first Malaga Fair celebration was held on that day in 1491 with a procession of the Virgin through the city from the cathedral to Santiago Church. The next year the festival was moved to the 18th of August, the anniversary of the day the city was returned to Spain, and a bull fighting event was added to the Malaga Fair celebration. By the 18th century, firecrackers, fireworks and other events had been added to the Spanish festival.
One of the biggest celebrations of the Malaga Fair took place on the 400th anniversary of the city’s recapturing by Christian armies. Recorded clearly in historical documents from 1887, the festivities included the traditional Virgin Victoria procession while the city staged a reenactment of the moment when the Christian monarchs and army entered the city and reclaimed it. Races, floral exhibitions and concerts were also held in addition to the typical bull fighting events that traditionally take place during festivals in Spain.
Nowadays, the Malaga Fair is celebrated in the Cortijo de Torres neighborhood, where the Palacios de Ferias and Congresos de Málaga buildings are located. However, the popular Spanish fair has also been celebrated in other locations such as the Muelle de Heredia, the park and the Teatinos district, among other very well known sites in Malaga.
The Malaga fair is not only celebrated at night in the Cortijo in what is known as the Night Fair (Feria de Noche) but also continues during the day throughout the city. This part of the Spanish fair is known as the Day Fair (Feria de Día) during which Malaga’s historic city streets fill with thousands of people who come to enjoy the summer on the Sun Coast. They fill the bars as they snack on tapas accompanied by popular Malaga wines. The Day Fair in Malaga includes dancing, food stands, activities for children and flamenco performances. Flamenco is an important part of the Malaga Fair celebrations as the city is a cultural epicenter for flamenco music and dance. Throughout the Day and Night Fair, traditional Andalusian copla songs of all kinds accompany the celebrations.
If you visit the Sun Coast of Spain and make your way to Malaga in August, do not forget to stop by the Malaga Fair. The city ensures optimal public transport in the way of city and regional buses with services to Malaga in order to allow as many people as possible the possibility of experiencing one of the most important festivals in Spain.
Enjoy the Feria de Málaga, one of the most important Spanish festivals!