April 2019 is packed with events and feasts that you can attend. When visiting the feasts in Malta, you will get a first-hand experience of Malta’s traditions. Furthermore, this list of events and feasts ensures that you never run out of things to do, during your stay in Malta. Whether you are a tourist, expat or local, you can enjoy these exciting events this month.
Top Events & Feasts this month
Saturday, 6th April – Manon Lescaut
The outstanding opera by Giacomo Puccini will commence at 7.30pm and will feauture OPERA + weekend and a 3 day cultural bonanza. After an absence of 40 YEARS, on the 6th of April, the renowned Manon Lescaut, will return to the operatic stage. Furthermore, following her success in Madama Butterfly in 2017, Miriam Gauci will also be performing on the day. The production will be featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir, conducted by Colin Attard.
Location: Teatru tal-Opra Aurora, Victoria
For tickets & information visit – Gaulitanus
Saturday, 6-7th April – Festa l-Kbira
Enjoy this once a year experience. On this day, four feasts and two band clubs come together to celebrate together. This feast features the four titular statues of Valletta, combined with brass band music, ample cheer and celebrations from the locals, creating an authentic Maltese feast.
The four saints celebrated at this feast are St Dominic, St Paul, St Augustine and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For more information on the feast visit the Valletta 2018 website.
Sunday, 14th April – San Publiju
Smaller feast than the previous one, however, still can be quite fun. Celebrations will commence in the Parish Church and then continued in the streets of Floriana. Here you can find many locals celebrating together, good music, local band and entertainment.
Thursday 11th – 14th April – Tour Ta’ Malta
Probably the friendliest road race you will find in Europe, also known as the ‘tour of friendship’. This is not meant to promote professional racing, nor winning money, but highlights the love for cycling with the aim to connect cyclists from around the world. There are no prizes, however, like with anything, there is ample competition for the first place. The race consists of a four stage road bike race around Malta and Gozo.
Saturday 13th April – Nickelodeon
Despite mainly being for young children, this event can be enjoyed by most age groups. This consists of a treasure hunt in various localities around Malta.
Thursday 18th April – Maundy Thursday – The Seba Visti
Also known as the Seven Visits, a Catholic tradition practiced in many countries. Visit the beautifully decorated churches with their representations of the Easter Story and Alter of Repose covered in white flowers.
For more information visit Malta Shoreline Excursions
Friday 19th April – Good Friday
This annual traditional event of Good Friday is celebrated across various localities in Malta and Gozo. Here you can find many traditional events featuring the procession and a number of statues representing the scene of the Passion of the Christ.
Sunday 21st April – Easter
The opposite vibe of Good Friday. In contrast to the sad and sombre moods on Friday, on Sunday 21st, Malta celebrates the ‘awakening of Christ’. This joyous occasion is celebrated throughout Malta and Gozo and you can find many activities and events on the day. The churches are festooned, the streets are decorated and statues of Risen Christ are paraded through the streets. In some villages, locals run intervals of 100m while carrying the statue. Many families celebrate with a lunch of lamb, traditional figolli and Easter eggs.
Wednesday 24th April – Malta International Fireworks Festival
If you have been in Malta before, you are definitely aware that the Maltese are prone to celebrate with ample fireworks. Their expertise and passion for fireworks bring some of the most beautiful fireworks displays in Europe, winning several international accolades. This year marks the 18th edition of Malta’s fireworks festival and most displays will be synchronised to music.
On the 27th of April, this festival will also be celebrated in Gozo.
Visit their website for more information.
Enjoy your time in Malta.