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The dates for 2019 are the best that I have. In some cases the dates are for 2018 where I have no better information and I have clearly marked these.
Many events are normally held in Plaza de la Nogalera but that will not be possible from October 2019 for about 18 months while the works to improve the railway station access continues.
Some events such as outdoor theatre will be different next year and may be at different dates. They are included here to give a general view of what to expect in Torremolinos.

JANUARY


Tue 1st - New Year's Day. This is a national public holiday and many shops will be closed.

2nd to 4th (2020) - Royal Mailman. Plaza Costa del Sol. Letters for the Three Wise Men as children in Spain get their presents on the morning of 6th January rather than 25th December.

Sat 5th - Eve of Three Kings or Three Wise Men. There is the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos or the parade of the three kings. There are many floats often with cartoon characters and normally some real camels. The floats are staffed partly by children who throw sweets (several tonnes) to the children waiting at the side with open carrier bags and upturned umbrellas to ensure a good catch.
The route for 2018 is shown below. It generally doesn't change and normally starts at about 5.30pm. Some pictures and video of the Three Kings Parade 2017.

Sun 6th - Epiphany (Three Kings). National Public holiday (As this is a Sunday, the official holiday day will be on Mon 7th). Many shops will be closed or will close early as Spanish owners go home for a family meal.

Fri 25th - Burn's night (UK). A few bars will celebrate with haggis and a piper.

FEBRUARY


Thu 7th to Sun 10th - Rockin' Race Jamboree. Lots of Rockabilly bands and now over 25 years running. Attracts visitors from all over Europe.
In 2020 it will run from Thu 6th to Sun 9th. More details
Rockabilly Poster


Fri 8th - Flute and Guitar Concert. Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre. Free entry.

Wed 13th - St Valentine's Concert. Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre. Free entry.

Thu 14th - St Valentine's Day. Some restaurants will be doing special meals. Generally you will need to book in advance.

Fri 22nd to Thu 28th - International Dance Competition. Cancelled for 2019.

Thu 28th - Andalucia Day. Public holiday in Andalucia. There is a market for Andalusian products from 10am to 9pm in Plaza Costa del Sol with gastronomic and handmade products. Live music and typical dancing.

MARCH


Fri 1st - St David's Day (UK). Not much happens here or in UK.

Tue 5th - Shrove Tuesday. Pancake day in the UK. Traditional preparation for the 40 day fasting of Lent. Pancakes are a way of using up eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting starts. It will be Tue 25th February in 2020.

Wed 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - Artesan Market. Avenida Palma de Mallorca.

Fri 8th - LGBTI Carnival. Held in Nogalera Square. Music on 8th and Drag Queen contest on 9th.

Sun 17th - St Patrick's Day 16th and 17th in Plaza de la Nogalera from noon to 6pm with music, dancing, food and Guinness. There is also a fancy dress competition. Some bars will also celebrate this and Guinness hats are usually involved.

Tue 19th - Fathers Day in Spain. Very low key here.

Wed 20th - March Equinox. Normally taken to be the start of Spring. It will be the same date in 2020

Sat 23rd - Carnaval. This can be towards the end of February but can be March as in 2019 depending on dates for Easter. There are numerous activities such as Chirigotas (critical, funny carnival songs sung by groups) contest, carnival parade in the town centre and in La Carihuela, costume contest for children and a Grand Carnival Ball at the Palace of Congresses.

The parade is on Sat 23rd and the parade in La Carihuela for the burning (Plaza del Remo) of the sardine is on Sun 24th. The Grand Ball is on Sat 30th.
Carnaval Sardine
More pictures and video of the Carnaval, singers and sardine burning.

Sat 30th - Clocks go forward an hour It will be darker in the mornings and lighter at night. It will be on Sat 28th in 2020

Sun 31st - Mothers Day (UK). It will be Sun 22nd in 2020

APRIL


Mon 1st - April Fools' Day (UK). In Spain, the equivalent is on 28th December, Dia de los Santos Inocentes.

Fri 12th & Sat 13th - Foreign Residents' Day. Plaza de la Nogalera. Noon to 11.30 on both days. Great event with dancing, music, food and drink from up to 18 countries. The date varies - probably depends on Easter dates. 2020 dates unknown.
Some pictures and video from 2019.

Sun 14th - Palm Sunday. Procession through the streets. Will be 5th in 2020
More info

Tue 16th - Holy Tuesday. Procession through the streets. Will be 7th in 2020
More info

Thu 18th - Holy Thursday. National Public Holiday. Will be 9th in 2020
There is no parade in Torremolinos.

Fri 19th - Good Friday. Procession through the streets. More info.
National Public Holiday. This will be 10th in 2020. Some shops will be closed. Some bars and restaurants may do Hot Cross Buns.

Sun 21st - Easter Sunday. Procession through the streets. More info
This will be on 12th April 2020.

Mon 22nd - Easter Monday (UK). Not celebrated in Torremolinos. Will be 13th in 2020

Tue 23rd - St George's Day (UK). Nothing much happens here or in UK.

Fri 26th to Sun 5th May - Ruta de la tapa. Lots of bars and restaurants invent a new tapa for this event. More info

Sat 27th - King's Day (Konigsdag). Dutch event held in La Carihuela. People dress in orange and there is traditional Dutch food.

Sat 27th - Day of the Book. Games and workshops in Plaza Costa del Sol.

Sat 27th - International Day of Jazz. Municipal Auditorium.

Variable date - Verdiales Day. Near the San Miguel hermitage in Pinar de los Manantiales. Traditional singing, music and dance plus local cuisine. Nothing happened in 2019

Variable date - Fashion Show. Nogalera Square with fashions from local shops. Nothing happened in 2019

MAY


Wed 1st - Labour Day. National Public holiday. Many shops will be closed.

Sun 5th - Mothers' Day (Spain). Sun 3rd in 2020

Mon 6th - Early May Bank Holiday (UK).

Fri 10th to Sun 12th & Fri 17th to Sun 19th - Ruta del Rock. More info

Sat 25th to Sun 2nd June - Torremolinos Pride. Organised by LGBTI. Mostly in Plaza de la Nogalera for the second weekend. Expected to be 30th May to 7th June in 2020
Here are some pictures of the procession 2019.

Mon 27th - Spring Bank Holiday (UK).

Normally Early May - May Crosses. Various altars and crosses of flowers decorated in various ways. Nothing happened in 2019.

Wed & Fri through May - Artesan Market in Avenida Palma de Mallorca

JUNE


Wed 5th to Fri 7th - Fish & Fresh. Lots of chiringuitos will be taking part. Enjoy a ration of boquerones, calamares, rosada, changuetes or sardines for 6€.

Middle of the month - Festival de las Culturas. Normally in Plaza de la Nogalera with food and dance from many countries. Not planned for 2019

Fri 21st - June Solstice. Normally taken to be midsummers day. It will be on Sat 20th in 2020.

Fri 21st - Family Magic Show. The magical journey of Patri Zenner. Plaza Costa del Sol at 9pm. Patri Zenner on Facebook

Fri 21st to Sun 23rd - Ecoweekend Festival. Gardens of the Pablo Picasso Cultural Centre. 11am to 11pm (8pm Sunday).

Sun 23rd - Noche de San Juan. 24th is the Dia de San Juan, the only saint whose birth is celebrated rather than their death.
Bonfires on the beach at night with much dancing and drinking. Jump over the fire and then dip in the sea to cleanse your sins. This was originally a pagan festival based on the June Solstice or Midsummers Day, 21st June in 2019. The Noche de San Juan will be on Tuesday 23rd in 2020

Thu 27th to Thu 12th September - Book fair. Plaza de la Nogalera. 11am to 2pm and 7pm to 1am. The description says the books are second hand or 'used' but this is not the case. Lots to choose from.

Fri 28th & Sat 29th - 18th Annual Christian Expression. Plaza de la Independencia.

End of June - 'Birra & Art' Beer Festival. Plaza Costa del Sol. Beers from local craft breweries. Usually on for three days. Nothing happened in 2019

Wed & Fri through June - Artesan Market in Avenida Palma de Mallorca Also a similar market on Saturdays in la Carihuela.

JULY


Sat 6th - Folklore Festival Folk singing and dancing in Plaza de la Independencia.

Sat 6th - Torremolinos Choirs Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre.

Wed 10th - Torremolinos is Jazz Plaza de Andalucia.

Thu 11th - Canadian Dance Team Plaza de la Independencia.

Sat 13th to Tue 16th - Feria de la Virgen del Carmen. Traditional procession in La Carihuela. Tribute paid to the patron saint of fishermen. The statue of the Virgin del Carmen is placed in a boat and goes out to sea as a blessing to the water.
Dancing, music and amusements in Plaza del Remo. It is said to have started with the Carmelite hermits in 1251.
The 16th is a local public holiday and will be on Thursday in 2020

AUGUST


Thu 1st to Sun 4th - Foodtrucks Festival. in Plaza de la Nogalera.

Tue, Wed & Thu - Cinema on the Beach. Popular films shown on Playamar beach in the evenings.

Wed, Fri & Sat - Artesan Market. Wed & Fri in Avenida Palma de Mallorca; Sat in Pasaje La Carihuela.

Fridays - Beach Volleyball. Playamar Beach at 4.00pm

Thu 15th to Sun 18th - Cuban Festival. Plaza de la Nogalera.

Thu 15th - Assumption of Mary. National Public Holiday.

Mon 26th - Summer Bank Holiday (UK).

Wed 28th to Fri 30th - Puppet Festival. Three different locations.

Sat 31st - 31st Torremolinos Flamenco Festival. Held in the Bullring.

SEPTEMBER


5th - Tourist Day. 2018. This takes place on the first Thursday in September. Celebration of tourists who have been visiting from the 1950's. Usually in Plaza de la Nogalera.

13th to 4th October - Coctelmolinos Various bars, cafes and hotels create a new cocktail for you to try. 2019 is the first year of this event.

22nd - Romeria. Lots of horse men, women and children, horse carts and traps, bull carts and old tractors head through town towards Los Pinares de los Manantiales. Lots of dancing, drinking and eating.

26th to 30th - Feria de San Miguel. Separate day and night events with a massive fair at night.

29th - Dia de San Miguel. Patron Saint of Torremolinos and the name of a popular beer. 30th is a local holiday

OCTOBER


12th - Spain Day (Dia de España) Also known as Columbus Day. National holiday with parades and municipal band.

17th - Oktoberfest. 2018. Usually last Thursday in the month up to the Sunday. Personally a disappointing event in Nogalera Square. Just a couple of German beers and expensive hot dogs.

Date varies - Diwali Festival (Festival of Lights). Hindu New Year celebrated in Plaza de la Nogalera on the last Saturday in October. Food, drink, dance, henna tattoos, handicrafts and craft market.

26th - Clocks go back one hour.

31st - Halloween. Lots of parties in pubs.

NOVEMBER


1st - All Saints Day. National Public holiday. This will be a Sunday in 2020, so the holiday will be on 2nd.

5th - Guy Fawkes. Bonfire night (UK). UK thing. Nothing to do with Spain.

15th - Ruta del Rock. 2018.

30th - St Andrew's Day.

DECEMBER


1st to 14th February - King for a Day. Shopping promotion.
Early December - Nativity Scene. At the Ayuntamiento. Date uncertain but usually on show until early January.

Early December - Christmas Market. Will be held in Plaza Costa del Sol.

5th - Christmas lights turned on at 8.30pm. Also a 'Black Friday' shopping event (Yes it is Thursday).

6th - Constitution Day. National Public holiday. This will be a Sunday in 2020 so the holiday will be on 7th.

7th - Children's Entertainment. Plaza Costa del Sol noon to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

8th - Immaculate Conception. National Public Holiday. As it is a Sunday, 9th is a public holiday this year.

13th - Concert. La Pili and Ana Paz in the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre at 8.00pm.

14th - Children's Entertainment. Plaza Costa del Sol noon to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

20th to 23rd - Santa's Grotto. Plaza Costa del Sol 11.00am to 1.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

21st - 5th Charity Toy Run. Komando Animoto Motoclub starts from Plaza Blas Infante at 11.00am.

24th - Christmas Eve Party. Plaza Federico García Lorca at 1.00pm. Performance 'Navidad Flamenca - Casa Pestiño'.

25th - Christmas Day. National Public Holiday Possibly a party in the Auditorium, Príncipe de Asturias.

26th - Boxing Day (UK). Not celebrated in Spain.

26th to 30th - Children's Festival. Board games and more in the Palacio de Congresos from 11.00am to 8.00pm.

27th - Theatre 'A Christmas Carol'. Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre at 8.00pm.

28th - Day of the Innocents. This is like the UK April fools' day.

28th - Concert 'Movie Tunes'. Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre at 8.00pm.

31st - New Year's Eve. Party in Plaza Blas Infante from 11.00pm. Tradional eating of twelve grapes, one for each time the clock strikes - for good luck in the coming year.


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Last updated 21st November 2019