Malta hosts incredible events throughout the year that cater to all ages and tastes offering 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. Explore some of Malta’s events below.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day has become a day of international acclaim, celebrated with enthusiasm around the world every year, and with Malta also joining in on the annual celebrations. The 17th of March is the day when, according to tradition, St Patrick – a Christian missionary in Ireland and the country’s Patron Saint – died in 461. Every year, the Spinola Bay ‘Love Sign’ area is packed with thousands of people enjoying a day out and partying in the sun. If you’re going out and taking part in the festivities, make sure to join the fun responsibly.
Festa Frawli – Strawberry Festival
7th April 10:00 to 17:00, Mgarr
The picturesque parish square in the agricultural village of Imgarr, surrounded by lush green valleys will once again host ‘Festa Frawli’ – the annual Strawberry Fair. Now in its 12th edition, this event is now a much- awaited fixture in the Maltese calendar. A constant supply of freshly picked strawberries will be on sale throughout the day, ferried regularly to the square by the farmers themselves. A wide variety of desserts, snacks and beverages will be available in our open-air kitchen, all made with fresh Imgarr strawberries.
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.
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 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.