Malta is an island blessed with year round fantastic weather which means it is an ideal location to host an incredible plethora of events throughout the year that cater to all ages and tastes.
The Islands rich event calendar offers multiple sporting events, on land, sea and in the air and its art scene offers a range of theatre, dance performances, pantomimes, plays and more. With last year’s success and honour of being Europe's Capital of Culture the island has quite a year to follow up on and is in no way slowing down in its timeline of events.
Changing of the Guards
Every last Friday of the month at 10.30am a parade commences in St George’s Square in Valletta. The Armed Forces of Malta Band march down Republic Street to acknowledge the replacement of the Main Guard from The Palace Valletta. It is a traditional and spectacular display to see.
Carnival, 1st to 5th March 2019
Spring is the time for carnivals, and if you are up for a good party, then this celebration weekend will not disappoint. The centre of festivities is Valletta, but there are similar parties in smaller towns. All over the island of both Malta and Gozo you will find people in colourful costumes looking forward to the great parade.
Easter Week, 14th to 20th April 2019
Easter is a big celebration in Malta. Churches are lavishly decorated and glow in the evenings. You shouldn’t miss the magnificent Easter church parades on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Two famous parades take place on Good Friday in Valletta and on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Vittoriosa. Many Maltese participate and re-enact Biblical scenes in costumes. On Easter Sunday in particular, a happy and exuberant atmosphere covers the island.
Malta International Music Festival, 29th April to 10th May 2019
A celebration of music featuring highly acclaimed world famous musicians. Expect classical music in many varied forms, such as solo recitals, chamber concerts and grand orchestral concerts featuring local rising stars and incredible new talent.
Malta International Fireworks Festival, 24th and 4th May 2019
2019 sees the 18th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival which will be taking place over 4 early summer evenings. Each night promises to be a beautiful display of colour with the closing night taking place at Grand Harbour on the 30th April bound to be a true spectacle. Grand Harbour is the perfect setting for this event, during which the anniversary of Malta’s EU membership is also being celebrated. The fireworks festival is the starting signal for many village parties all across Malta.
Medieval Mdina, 5th May & 6th of May 2019
The Medieval Festival puts the entire city in an atmosphere from the Middle Ages, allowing visitors to travel back in time to the days of knighthood. Musicians play on the street corners and the entire city is decorated with flowers to spread a lovely feeling of Spring. Museums, churches and other historic places are open to all visitors this weekend.
All year long, you can experience the history and tradition of Malta up close. Each village has its festival day known as a fiesta. One week is dedicated to its particular patron saint, crowned by a huge party with many fireworks and a church parade the day after. The Maltese will gladly share this tradition with you!
Valletta Green Festival 4th to 6th May 2019
During this festival, the one of the largest open spaces in Valletta, will be transformed into a stunning display composed of no less than 80,000 seasonal flowering plants and flowers. Discover various educational workshops, seminars, music, and entertainment around the Pjazza San Ġorġ and other venues around Valletta.
Rock the Fort 14th June 2019
For the 2nd consecutive year, TEN08 proudly presents Rock the Fort, an open-air rock concert in aid of the Marigold Foundation on Friday 14th June, 2019, from 20:00hrs onwards.
Happening at the Camper & Nicholsons Grand Harbour Marina, Vittoriosa, just beneath the magnificent Fort St. Angelo, this event promises to be an enjoyable night to remember.
An array of Queen classics will be played by a renowned international artist.
Emma Cassar, Events & Marketing Manager at Grand Harbour Marina comments, “We have been delighted to be invited to take part in a Maltese Island event, which is a part of our GHM Crew Culture programme. Last year the crew received front row seats for the sound checks and even helped in the BBQ out of their own good will!”
Malta Fashion Week - date TBA
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta is one amazing week of superb fashion shows, parties, and events that reach the highest standards of similar fashion weeks held in other fashion capitals worldwide. The magnificent capital city of Valletta showcases some of Malta’s best talent in the fashion industry from fashion designers to catwalk models, stylists and make-up artists.
Isle of MTV Malta Special, 27th June 2019
The annual Isle of MTV event attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year. The musical spectacle includes a world-class line-up and offers a unique opportunity to hear the best, hottest musicians live and for free – right on the sunny Mediterranean island of Malta. It’s already clear: this will be one of the must-see music festivals in Europe once again.
Malta International Arts Festival, 29th June to 13th July 2019
The Malta International Arts Festival takes place every year and offers a wide variety of art, such as theatre, dance, music, and painting. Enjoy a large selection of performances from renowned artists, both Maltese and international, in venues such as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the MITP Theatre or the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta. A selection of the presentations is even free of charge.
The Farsons Great Beer Festival, 26th July to 4th August 2019
Great Beer Festival in the small village of Ta’ it’s all about good music, good food and, of course, good beer. Several thousand visitors are expected to attend the free 10-day festival. The programme is filled with lots of entertainment and activities, and a large selection of bars offer food and drink. Numerous live performances featuring hot local musicians and bands can be enjoyed at the open-air stage.
Joseph Calleja and Andrew Bocelli Concert - 24th August 2019
Every year Malta is blessed to witness a spectacular concert by the world famous local artist Joseph Calleja, who this year will be performing with the legendary Andrew Bocelli for a night which will definitely be a highlight of the Summer Calendar.
Notte Bianca, Valletta, 5th October 2019
Palaces and museums are open till late with special discounts on entry, some are also free such as the President’s Palace. The streets are full of life with visual art exhibitions and theatre performances. Music echoes in the streets as local and foreign bands are also on show for your entertainment. Of course, cafes and restaurants will be open until late with food stalls and tables for your satisfaction.
Mdina Classic, 13th & 14th October
The Mdina Grand Prix Classic Car Event is held every year in the month of October. The Mdina street circuit is set in the idyllic countryside beneath the imposing bastions of the Old Capital City. It promises to be a magical weekend of classic car racing. Old classic sports classic to modern age monsters make way for everyone to enjoy.
Birgu Festival, 12th to 14th October 2019
Birgufest, which was once known as ’Birgu by night’, has grown in popularity over the past years. Mainly because of the immense beauty that is interpreted throughout this fortified small city. This historical city is completely lit by thousands of candles sprinkled on every step and every balcony. You’ll be able to find a wide variety of food stalls, restaurants, and bands to liven up the night.
Rolex Middle Sea Race, 19th October 2019
The islands most prestigious sailing event of the year. From Valletta’s harbour, about 70 cruisers embark on a 606-sea-mile journey to pass the Strait of Messina along the eastern coast of Sicily. The trip continues around Stromboli, Favignana, and Pantelleria on Sicily, and then back to Malta through Lampedusa. The different landscapes and textures of the sea make this race a particular challenge and attraction!
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