Malta has a full annual event calendar where there is plenty to do between enjoying the excellent local cuisine and relaxing in the almost ever-present sun. Choose you event and book your visit.
Lets start in February 2020.
Carnival Celebrations in Valletta will be celebrated between the 21st and the 25th of February 2020. Carnival balls and parties are organised in various localities around Malta and Gozo. For the 5 days of carnival, anyone can dress up, cover his face with a mask and fool around the streets. Enjoy a traditional ‘Prinjolata’, a special cake, in a form of a bell, made up of sponge, almonds and egg. This is then coated in meringue and decorated with chocolate.
Sees the Malta Marathon. The marathon is full of great scenery and architecture. Find out all you need to run in the Malta Marathon. Date 1st March 2020
Malta International Fireworks Festival, organised by the Ministry of Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority will be held on the 18th to 30th. This spectacular event is held in Valletta’s Grand Harbour and other locations around Malta and Gozo. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the spectacle free of charge.
Chasing the Sun Music Festival from the 21st – 25th May. New urban and dance music festival with 8 events over 5 days including our opening party, beach club parties and open air parties
Lost and Found Music Festival runs from the 30th April to the 3rd May. Annie Mac, a popular Irish DJ, hosts the Lost and Found Festival every spring.
The Maltese love music and the summer Malta Arts Festival, usually held in June and July combines music with visual arts and theatre, food and wine. Mostly held in Valletta, this festival makes use of the new Pjazza Teatru Rjal, a 21st-century open-air theatre built inside the Second World War ruins of Valletta’s neoclassical National Opera House. Dates have yet to be announced.
The 10th of July sees the BBC Concert Orchestra bringing inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere. The orchestra can turn its hand to classical, jazz, film music and crossover, and has performed all over the world. It will return to Malta in 2020 for a special BBC Radio 2 ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ concert.
It is a busy month with many events. The Malta Jazz Festival runs from the 15th to the 20th July. A line-up of top international and Maltese artists present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the current musical scene.
Isle Of Malta on July the 15th. The free Isle of MTV Malta concert 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 hottest hit music stars live.
Celine Dion is preforming on the 27th July 2020 in Floriana as part of her World Tour.
Summer Daze is Malta’s biggest dance music festival, in association with Creamfields and BBC Radio 1. August the 9th to the 16th. Some of the world’s biggest pop acts and DJs will be locked in for the third edition of the festival.
The Malta Pride 2020 March takes place on Saturday, September 12th in Valletta. Another highlight of this weeklong festival is the after-Pride dance party, featuring top local & international DJ’s and performers.
The 3rd sees Notte Bianca, Malta’s biggest annual “white nights” artsand culture festival. For one special night every October, Notte Bianca lights up the Valletta cityscape with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge. Festival goers can expect to experience the very best in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literary events, as well as an exploration into the emerging world of new and digital arts.
9th and 10th is Birgu by Candlelight. It’s one of the most magical nights in Malta’s annual events calendar. Birgu by Candlelight is a treat for all the family in Vittoriosa, one of Malta’s most historic cities. Two days and nights of cultural activities including music, dance and pageantry culminate in Birgu by Candlelight on Saturday night, when the medieval streets are lit by thousands of candles.
On land, Malta Grand Prix on 7-8 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.
The Three Palaces Festival sees concerts in Malta’s historic presidential palazzi, this year from 3-12 November.
All year round:
Let’s finish off with the traditional Malta festa. Almost every weekend from May to September one village or another will be having a festa – a parish feast dedicated to the patron saint of the local church.
The Maltese festa is a colourful, musical, boisterous occasion, as secular as it is religious – and everyone is welcome.
During these days the main streets and squares, balconies, and rooftops of houses are decorated with bright festoons, illuminations, national or other coloured flags, statues, and flowers.
And that’s just Malta’s own festivals. The Maltese make the most of the international festivities too. Easter is accompanied by processions and picnics, Christmas by nativity scenes galore – and in Gozo even a whole living ‘‘village’’ completes with a stable of animals and a (usually fully-occupied) inn