Malta Events Calendar 2017
Six times per year, Fort St. Elmo gives you a very special impression of Malta’s history. The “Historical Re-enactment Group of Malta” reconstructs in loving detail the onslaught of the French under Napoleon (1798-1800). In a 50-minute play, the arrival of the French, the Maltese rebellion and the arrival of the English who helped beat the French, is being re-enacted in original costumes and with contemporary requisites. Cheap tickets are available at the Fort’s entry.
Carnival, 24th to 28th February, 2017
Spring is the time for carnivals, and if you are up for a good party, then this celebration weekend will not disappoint you. The centre of festivities is Valletta, but there are similar parties in smaller towns. All over the island, you will find people in colourful costumes looking forward to the great parade. The party continues well into the night in Paceville! Don’t miss this colourful side of Malta!
Easter Week, 10th to 16th April, 2017
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 Qormi 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 Fireworks Festival, 22nd and 30th April, 2017
The fireworks festival has tradition in Malta. It is being attended by locals and tourists alike. Valletta’s Grand Harbour is the perfect setting for this event, during which the seventh 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, 29th to 30th April, 2017
The Medieval Mdina 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 on this weekend.
All year long, you can experience the history and tradition of Malta up close. Each village has its festival day. 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!
Malta Fashion Week, 21st to 27th May, 2017
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.
Malta Music Week, 23rd to 27th June, 2017
The Malta Music Week marks the end of another scholastic year and the start to another fabulous summer ahead in Malta. The M.M.W is a week filled with parties in different locations and vibes for all. This is a truly magical week full of freedom and enjoyment.
Isle of MTV Malta Special, 27th June, 2017
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.
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Malta Arts Festival, 23rd June to 15th July, 2017
The Malta 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.
L´Imnarja Summer Folk Festival, 28th to 29th June, 2017
This festivity dates back even before the arrival of the Knights Hospitaller in 1530. Its name “L’Imnarja”, “Festival of Light”, has its origin in the many solstice fires that originally accompanied the festivities. Today, the party is located in Buskett Gardens: family and friends use this day for a picnic, wine is flowing and national delicacies, such as a traditional rabbit dish, are being served. In the evenings, singing, guitar playing and local folk music provides entertainment.
Sliema Art Festival, 14th to 16th July, 2017
The Sliema arts festival is another event full of summer vibes, sun and music. Situated right on the Sliema promenade, this little stretch of land is filled with artistic events for three days. The works of art include freestyle art work, reggae music, live bands, and the super electro swing set which always gets everyone dancing. With the summer moon and music in the air, this truly is magical Malta.
The Malta Jazz and Rock Festival, 20th to 22nd July, 2017
Three Mediterranean nights full of international jazz in one unique, spectacular scenery beneath Valletta’s stronghold and in front of the great docks. Fans of Jazz will gladly use this chance to spend beautiful evenings with world-famous artists in July.
The Farsons Great Beer Festival, 24th July to 6th August, 2017
At the Farsons Great Beer Festival in the small village of Ta’ Qali, 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.
Victory Day, 8th September
The 8th of September is a very special holiday in Malta, as it encompasses three different events: the religious festival of the birth of the holy Virgin Mary, the day that the siege of 1565 ended, and the day on which the Italian army was defeated by the British in the Second World War. The festivities take place in Senglea, Naxxar, Mellieha and Xaghra, on Gozo. Since 1878, the big harbour basin hosts a rowing regatta every year between six teams of Malta’s biggest harbour areas – a huge spectacle!
Independence Day, 21st September
Malta won its political independence from Great Britain in September 1964. During the night of 21 September, the Maltese flag was raised in the Independence Arena in Floriana, to the cheers of a huge crowd of people. Since then, many festivities and activities take place on every 21 September, to properly celebrate this day.
Malta International Airshow, 23th to 24th September, 2017
Held annually each September at the Malta International Airport, the Malta International Air Show, is one of Malta's largest outdoor events and has gained the well-earned reputation as one of Malta's top outdoor family activities and for tourists alike.
Mdina Classic, 5th to 8th October, 2017
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 to way for everyone to enjoy.
Notte Bianca, Valletta, 7th October, 2017
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.
Birgu Festival, 14th October, 2017
Birgu fest, 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, 21st October, 2017
This year, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has its 32nd anniversary. 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! The race will be held on the 19th of October.