Festivals & Events
Valletta International Baroque Festival :
Unique event featuring some of the best ensembles in the baroque music scene located at Teatru Manoel in Valetta, St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s Palace. This is two-week festival In January.
A traditional pattern; extravagantly coloured floats are perched on lorries ready for the procession, children
running around in fancy costumes in Valetta and Gozo
Holy Week & Easter :
This is a religious event to commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. Celebrations taking place in churches. Holy week start on Friday with the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows. Easter day is traditionally celebrated with a special family lunch. It’s also a time to visit relatives and friends and live a moment filled with love.
Malta Fireworks Festival :
An event organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority, at the end
of April to commemorate Malta's accession into the European Union on 1st May 2004, is held
in Valletta's Grand Harbour and other locations.
This event is a two-day music festival which takes place every year in June in the Argotti Gardens in Floriana. The programme includes Għana (traditional Maltese folk music) and also goes beyond the local boundaries.
Isle of MTV :
Annual music festival organized by MTV Europe, part of Viacom Media
Networks and local partners G7 Events ; with the support of the Malta
Tourism Authority ; in Malta since 2007 ;one of the biggest music festivals in Europe.
Malta International Arts Festival :
Festival comprising of a wide variety of art forms, such as theatre, dance, music and art. Venues include the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the MITP Theatre the Spazju Kreattiv at St. James Cavalier in Valletta and others. Village Festas : town or a village is not celebrating the feast of its patron saint or other saints revered in different churches ; starting from the end of May right through the entire summer and well into September.
Malta Jazz Festival:
In July with top international and Maltese artists present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the current musical scene; the festival takes place over three nights at Ta' Liesse in Valletta.
From the end of May through the entire summer and until September, there is hardly any weekend when a town or a village is not celebrating the feast if its patron saint or others saints revered in different churches. You will surely have the chance to see festa fireworksBanners, papier maché statues raised on wooden columns and festoons decorate the main streets. The inhabitants of the town village add mood by decorating their own balconies and rooftops with lit up coloured festoons. It’s also a convivial moment shared with many people!
In October in Valetta, it’s an annual event with a spectacular nocturnal celebration of people, culture and art. Cafes and restaurants remain open until late
Cultural and artistic even in Gozo ; with opera and other music concerts dominate the celebrations, but there are also international conferences, walks< and talks in ancient and historic places, field trips, food and drink events and art exhibitions ; offers also visits and lectures about Gozo heritage
Highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance ; active participation of many; Nativity scenes, displays of cribs, carol services and other events are organised in each locality
Saluting Battery :
One of Malta's most vibrant visitor attractions where history is brought to life daily. Located high along Valletta's eastern historic ramparts, it enjoys unrivalled spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns. It is perhaps the oldest saluting battery still in operation anywhere in the world! An event not to be missed !
Changing of the Guard :
Every last Friday of the month at St George's Square in Valletta ; new guard marches out from the Main Guard in order to replace the old guard which marches out from The Palace Valletta. Following the exchange of ‘duties' the AFM Band conducts a marching display in the same square.
Fort Rinella Historical Reenactments :
Animated tour covering the whole fort ; different aspects from the daily life of the Victorian garrison are reconstructed by our resident historical re-enactment team ; 20-minute film about the history of the fort and its monster gun.
Maltese Artisan Fairs:
Artisan Fairs which promote Maltese Crafts and crafts persons ; organised in Valletta during the Spring and Autumn months whilst Summer fairs are organised in Sliema, Buġibba and Marsascala.
Opens from Mondays to Saturdays, from 09.00 till 19.00 hrs and even later. Retail outlets and shopping centres can be found in all the main cities and villages but espieciall Valletta (Republic Street and Merchants Street), in Sliema ( Tower Road, Bisazza Street and the Strand), in St. Julian's and Paceville ; in Paola town centre; in Ħamrun along High Street; in Mosta around the town centre; in Buġibba and St. Paul's Bay ; and in Victoria (Rabat) in Gozo
Bay street :
Shopping complex located in Saint julians and contains with 37 retails outlets, 8 dinners outlets. Open Monday to Sunday from 10am till 10pm
Tigne Point :
Shopping complex in sliema and the largest retail store in malta. With 14.000 sqm of retail floor integrating fashion, dining, leisure, technology and home ware. Also has a car park space
Food stores :
Park tower, arkadia, corner food, the convenience.
Open Air markets :
Every town and villages has their own version of it.
Shopping for crafts :
High cultural value ; such as knitwear, basket-ware and lace, have a long history for the island