What is happening this in Malta events calender this year? As you might have read from our history and culture articles, Malta has a vast variety of events for you to enjoy.
Alarms is a re-enactment of the Siege of the Maltese Islands – a two-year siege of the French garrison in the main port of the Maltese island, Valletta and the Three Cities. The 50-minute play demonstrates the arrival of the French under Napoleon, the Maltese rebellion and the arrival of the British who helped defeat the French.
During the re-enactment, the re-enactors from the Historical Re-enactment Group of Malta, are kitted with original costumes and contemporary requisites giving you a very special impression of country’s history. The event occurs six times a year at Fort St. Elmo.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Fort’s entry.
Changing of the Guards
The Changing of the Guards is held every last Friday of the month at 10.30am. The Armed Forces of Malta Band march down Republic Street to the Presidential Palace in Saint George’s Square, Valletta. It commemorates the replacement of the old guard from the Grandmaster’s Palace. The event is quite a sight to behold.
Valletta 2018 Main Exhibition
Valletta 2018’s largest contemporary art exhibition is part of the European Capital of Culture year. It consists of exhibitions set in diverse venues around Valletta and community storytelling performances revolving around the residents of the city. This multi-site exhibition aims to explore island’s relationship with its closest neighbor – the sea.
Carnival, 9th to 13th February 2018
It is mainly celebrated in Gozo, yet it is still one of the favourite Malta events, that brings both locals and foreigners together. The Maltese carnival is one of the oldest cultural festivities on the island. It features marching bands, masked dancers, joyful kids, costumed revellers, late-night parties, giant colourful floats, skilled performers, just to name a few. When it comes to Malta the heart of the action among parents and children takes place in Valletta, however, other towns, cities, and villages in the island also host their versions of the festivities.
The five days of carnival bring the Maltese streets to life making it a good time to let your hair down low and go with the flow.
Easter Week, 25th to 31st March 2018
Easter is a huge celebration in the Maltese Islands with festivities lasting a week. On Good Friday, 17 localities hold a procession through the streets with several statutes, each representing a scene from the Passion of Christ. On Easter Sunday, the statute of the Risen Christ is taken to the church after which revelers enjoy the Easter Sunday feast.
The International Music Festival, 15th April to 1st May 2018
This classical music festival has a varied programme of concerts ranging from symphony orchestra to piano recital concerts. It will host internationally-acclaimed artists as well as young, rising stars.
The music festival will be held at the Robert Samut Hall in Floriana and the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. It is supported by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EFSC), the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the country’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Maltese International Fireworks Festival, 22nd and 30th April 2018
The Maltese are famous for their love and expertise in fireworks. The 17th edition of the festival is a showcase of the best aerial pyrotechnic talent and will host different local and international firework companies. The event will take place in three different locations: Xagħra (Gozo), Marsaxlokk and the Grand Harbour, Valletta.
Medieval Mdina Festival, 14th and 15th April 2018
The Medieval Mdina Festival lets you travel back in time to the Medieval Ages. Activities that take place during the Mdina festival include magic shows, archery, sword fighting, flag throwing shows, parades, spontaneous re-enactments, skirmishes and battles among others.
Throughout the year, especially in summer, villages in the Maltese Islands hold traditional feasts. The locals dedicate an entire week to celebrate a particular village patron saint. Expect a week filled with local and conventional Maltese music, parades, fireworks, all topped off with delicious food and refreshing drinks.
Valletta Green Festival, 4th May to 6th May 2018
This three-day event transforms Pjazza San Ġorġ, one of the largest urban spaces in Valletta, into a colourful floral display composed of thousands of flowering plants. It features a programme of family-friendly activities including music performances, seminars, and educational workshops.
The festival also offers visitors a rare glimpse into the Valletta’s little-known historical treasures such as the Covenant of St Catherine and the four-hundred-year-old gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace.
The Maltese Fashion Week, 28th May to 2nd June 2018
This year marks the 8th edition of the country’s Fashion Week and the 20th edition of the Fashion Awards. During this week, Valletta showcases some of the country’s top-shelf talent as well as all that the local fashion industry has to offer.
The event also gives guests and fashion experts an opportunity to network and exchange ideas about design workshops, fashion exhibitions, pop-up shows, fashion awards and much more.
Music Week, 28th June to 01st July 2018
The country’s tourism authority (MTA) in collaboration with G7 Events will host this year’s M.M.W. The event will feature partying at the island’s hottest clubs as well as beach and pool parties. The M.M.W is a great time to explore local clubbing and nightlife scene in the Maltese Islands.
Isle of MTV, TBC 2018
The M.M.W will culminate in Isle of MTV, one of the largest open-air pop concerts in Europe. This mega-concert in Floriana will feature performances by world-class, chart-topping artists.
Arti Fil-Misraħ, Every Friday in July
This event is held every Friday in July in Mellieħa. It gives local musicians, artisans, and artists the opportunity to showcase their talents to the locals and tourists.
The International Arts Festival, 1st July to 16th July 2018
The arts festival in the Maltese Islands is an annual showcase of local and international artistic excellence. This year’s event features a wide variety of innovative performances including community projects, site-specific curation, visual arts, music, installations and much more. The performances will be held in venues across the capital city including the Mediterranean Conference Centre and the ruins of Valletta’s Neoclassical Royal Opera House.
The Harvest Festival of L-Imnarja, TBC 2018
This is one of the oldest feasts on the island dating back to 1530. The name “L’Imnarja” means “Festival of Light” and is reflected in the way natives celebrate – lighting bonfire and candles. The feast is held in Buskett Garden, a small tree grove located approximately one kilometre away from Rabat.
Eating traditional rabbit dishes is synonymous with the festival. Other activities that happen during the event include guitar playing, folk music performances, agricultural fairs and drinking local wine.
The Jazz and Rock Festival, TBC 2018
This festival wows not only with its lineup of some of the celebrated rock and jazz artists but also with its setting on the banks of the Grand Habour.
The Farsons Beer Festival, 24th July to 6th August 2018
Organized by the Maltese beer company, Farsons, Farsons Beer Festival is one of the many highlights of summer on the island. Thousands of visitors gather to enjoy locally brewed beer, comedy acts, live music and eat a variety of foods.
Children can also attend since there are daily kids shows and kiddies rides open throughout the night.
Il-Vitorja (Victory Day), 8th September 2018
Victory Day, also known as Otto Settembre, is a Maltese national holiday commemorating three historical events – the end of the Great Siege against the Turks in 1565, the defeat of the Italian army in 1943, and the end of the French occupation of the island in 1800.
The festivities involve music and artistic performances, wreath-laying ceremonies at the Great Siege Monument and a military parade by the Armed Forces of the country. In the afternoon, the historic regatta organized by the Maltese Council of Sport takes place in the Grand Habour.
Independence Day, 21st September
This day commemorates country’s independence from Britain in September 1964 and the beginning of the country’s parliamentary democracy. Today, the Maltese people celebrate this holiday in different ways including laying wreaths at the Independence Monument, a military parade in Valletta, music concerts, and a Pontifical Mass.
The Maltese Islands International Airshow, TBC 2018
The international airshow is one of the island’s largest outdoor functions as well as a top outdoor activity for families and tourists alike. The event is held annually at the island’s national airport. It hosts different aircrafts from all around the world including civil and military airplanes.
Mdina Grand Prix, 7th to 10th October 2018
The Mdina Grand Prix is a classic car event held annually in October. During the event, vintage automobiles are put to the test on a track of sweeping curves and tight bends winding through the scenic streets of Mdina.
The Grand Prix is loved by drivers and spectators alike not only because it is exhilarating and beautiful but also because it features extremely rare models of cars from the past century.
Notte Bianca, 6th October 2018
During this special night, museums, cultural centres, heritage sites and some historic buildings open their doors all night long to host a variety of activities. Locals and tourists can expect to experience the very best in visual art exhibitions, theatre performances, music, and dance. Cafes, shops, and restaurants also stay open till late in the night.
Birgufest, 12th to 14th October 2018
Birgu Festival gives you the opportunity to learn the city’s rich history. During this weekend, you get to step inside buildings and churches that are not normally open to the public as well watch different historical re-enactments. At night, the city is illuminated by thousands of candles, and the celebrations continue with performances, musical concerts and a variety of local food.
Rolex Middle Sea Race, 20th October 2018
One of the most popular Malta events on the calendar! The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of this epic offshore race. This year’s edition features about 70 cruisers who embark on a 606-sea-mile race from the Grand Harbour to the Strait of Messina along Sicily then back to the Maltese island through Lampedusa.
Hope you enjoy this Malta events calendar and everything Malta has to offer!