Top Malta Festivals You Should Not Miss

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The Mediterranean lifestyle provides the ideal balance to transition between day and night, work and play, family and friends. Malta, is by no means, an exception. Although the island is small, activities are abundant and events are…eventful!


You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment in Malta. There is something for all ages. Whether you are looking for nightlife events or exciting Malta festivals, you’ll be surprised that you’ll never be disappointed.


Here is a list of Malta festivals that you absolutely cannot miss!


Lost & Found

One of Malta’s most popular festivals usually happens in May, during a bank holiday weekend. Lost & Found is presented by Radio One’s famous DJ Annie Mac and this festival brings the best dance scenes in Malta. Due to Malta’s fabulous sunshine during this time of year, the festival attracts a lot of tourists to the festival.


Earth Garden Festival

This Malta festival happens around the end of May, beginning of June, kicking off summer in style. Earth Garden is not a day event but rather a four-day festival consisting of ethnic markets, musical acts, camping areas, food courts, a fun park and a techno stage. The best thing about it? You can actually camp there to experience the full four days.


Isle of MTV

Isle of MTV is an event that has been happening for over ten years. Initially, the contract was for three years but the event took the islands by storm and it’s here to stay. The event happens in Valletta at the Fosos Square where a number of famous artists come to perform for the night. Previous acts included Akon, One Republic, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Rita Ora, and more.

Isle of MTV

Malta Music Week

This music week takes place at the end of June or at the beginning of July. Apart from the acts during Isle of MTV, this week is jam-packed with nights at the club, parties and performances. If you’re a fan of music and having fun, this event is surely not to be missed.


The Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival happens yearly in springtime, usually during the month of April at Mgarr in Malta. This day festival is a must to visit. From fresh strawberries to numerous desserts and beverages featuring strawberries, you’re bound to have the best time with locals and tourists. Folk music and entertainment are offered throughout the event.


Notte Bianca

Notte Bianca is one of the biggest cultural events on the island. This Malta festival usually takes place in October in Valletta. State palaces and museums open their doors to the public free of charge. Malta’s capital city is transformed into theatrical performances and concerts along the quaint streets. Shops, cafes and restaurants extend their hours for this festival.

Strawberry Festival

Malta International Jazz Festival

The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place in July and it features a line-up of local and international artists. Held in the most majestic of settings, the Grand Harbour, get ready for a musical weekend that will blow you away.



Malta is transformed into a feast of costumes, colours and excitement during this festival. Carnival takes places in February, the weekend right before Lent. Most of the activities happen in Valletta such as the carnival float parade and witnessing extravagant costumes. Nadur on the island of Gozo is also popular for an ‘adult’ carnival since this Carnival is considered to be more grotesque and macabre.


Merchandised Ground Festival

Our island is known for its fireworks. The Merchandised Ground Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Malta. This festival holds a competition for different fireworks factories to exhibit two Catherine wheels to the public. The firework display is accompanied by music and it’s definitely fun for all to watch!


Malta International Fireworks Festival

Another fireworks festival that usually takes place around April or May. This festival attracts various pyrotechnic companies from countries all around the world. Both local and foreign companies can participate in this competition to compete for the title of ‘Best Firework Company’.


Valletta Film Festival

This Malta festival takes place during summer, usually around June. For an entire week, the capital city of Valletta turns into a cinematic experience. Various spots around Valletta will be showing short films and screenings. Conferences and debates about the film industry also take place. If you’re a film buff, this festival is definitely not to be missed.


Farsons Beer Festival

The Farsons Beer Festival is extremely popular with the locals. The festival takes place in July and August at Ta’ Qali, an open-air venue. You will have an unforgettable experience here. Over 70 performances are held throughout this festival. Plenty of bars will be selling food, and of course, beer, including the famous traditional Cisk!

Malta Fireworks Festival

Glitch Festival

A festival for young adults who want to have a good time in Malta. Taking place in August, Glitch Festival is held at Buskett. It’s a chance to dance the night away to techno and dance music. It’s a highly requested event so make sure to book in advance for this one.


Delicata Wine Festival

This wine festival happens in early August at the Upper Barrakka Gardens. It’s the perfect opportunity to drink wine and chill out while you’re on holiday. Entertainment by local artists and food stalls are also present in the gardens. Get ready for the perfect evening!


Rock the South

This festival is ideal for people who enjoy alternative music. Rock the South takes place in April at Zion Reggae Bar in Marsascala. A vast range of musicians, as well as DJs, perform during this festival so a great time is guaranteed.


Village Festas

Malta is known for various towns and villages to hold their own traditional festa to commemorate their patron saint. Apart from religious ceremonies, you should not miss this experience when you’re in Malta. Fireworks, food stalls, and more are always present on the day of the festa.


Holy Week

Malta is a known Catholic country. Holy Week, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday, are heavily celebrated here. Processions and religious ceremonies are carried out in various villages. Easter Sunday is traditionally spent eating with family and friends! The Maltese love their food!

Traditional Feast

Don’t miss out on these festivals! There’s always an event in Malta that is worth looking into. All you need to do is pick your ideal festival, choose your travel dates and book your stay at AX Hotels in Valletta, Sliema or Qawra.


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