The Verdial Festival has been held on 28 December, the feast of the Holy Innocents, for over fifty years. Verdiales are a festive musical manifestation of peasant origin, consisting of a particular kind of fandango sung and danced to the accompaniment of a small orchestra consisting of a violin, two to four guitars, a tambourine, two or more pairs of cymbals, several percussion sticks (castanets) and, in some cases a lute or mandolin. The mayor takes part in these proceedings; brandishing his staff of office, he appoints the singer and authorises the start and end of the piece.
The standard bearer is also present. He marches alongside the mayor in front of the group waving a Spanish, Andalusian or Málaga flag. The Verdial Festival is one of the city's strongest cultural expressions: it has strong ties with Málaga although it is particularly relevant to the region of Montes and the songs and dances are the reflection of a special ecological and cultural context. For this reason, the festival is in the process of being protected because of its cultural interest. The people of Málaga enjoy their local wines during the fiesta as well as listening to the performances of the different groups.