Malta Events Calendar 2018
Malta hosts an incredible plethora of events throughout the year that cater to all ages and tastes. Malta rich event calendar offers performances, festivals, exhibitions and feasts from local and international entertainers and exhibitors all year round. Malta welcomes every year multiple international contemporary, classical and jazz artists hosting multiple concerts and festivals throughout the year.
Malta plays a host to multiple sporting events, on the land, sea and in the air and its art scene offers a range of theatre, dance performances, pantomimes, plays and more. Explore some of Malta's events taking place this year below.
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.
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.
Valletta 2018 Main Exhibition
A multi-site exhibition invites you to discuss ideas and discover the concept of an island and what it is like to be an island-state by focusing on paradoxes and connections in relation to the sea and the land. It will include exhibits and specifically created commissions of over 25 international artists.
Carnival, 9th to 13th February 2018
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, 25th to 31st March 2018
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 Music Festival 2018, 15th April to 1st May 2018
The European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) in conjunction with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the Valletta 2018 - Capital of Culture will offer the opportunity for patrons to attend a range of events. Expect classical music in many varied forms, such as solo recitals, chamber concerts and grand orchestral concerts featuring word acclaimed artists, rising stars and incredible new talent.
Malta International Fireworks Festival, 22nd and 30th April 2018
The fireworks festival has a 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 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 and 6th of May
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 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 festa. 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 May to 6th May 2018
During this festival, the Pjazza San Ġorġ, one of the largest open spaces in Valletta, will be transformed into a stunning display composed of no less than 80,0000 seasonal flowering plants and flowers. Discover various educational workshops, seminars, music, and entertainment around the Pjazza San Ġorġ and other venues around Valletta.
Malta Fashion Week, 26th of May to 2nd of June 2018
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.
Earth Garden, 31st May - 3rd June
Earth Garen Festival is an outdoor Non-Mainstream Music Festival. The Festival features 5 different music stages: Roots Stage, Enchanted Forest, Electronic Sphere, Strawberry Hill and a very well organized live Jamming Area.
This is the festival that starts kick starts Summer in Malta and guarantees loads of fun and great music within an eco-friendly and welcoming environment.
Malta Music Week, 27th of June 2018 to 1st of July 2018
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 of June 2018
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.
Check out our blog post for more information.
Arti Fil-Misraħ, Every Friday in July
The streets of the northern town Mellieħa are transformed every Friday in July showcasing local artists, musicians, artisans and similar talents for the locals and tourists to enjoy. A perfect way to start your weekend.
Malta International Arts Festival, 1st July to 16th July 2018
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.
L´Imnarja Summer Folk Festival, 29th of June 2018
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 provide entertainment.
The Malta Jazz and Rock Festival, TBC 2018
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, 26th July to 4th August 2018
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.
Mdina Classic, 13th - 14th October 2018
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.
Notte Bianca, Valletta, 6th October 2018
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, 12th to 14th October 2018
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, 20th of October 2018
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.