Festivals and Events Malta - Holiday Destinations
The Maltese justifiably have a lot to celebrate, and celebrate they do. Festivals and religious events abound on the island and you won't have to look far to witness some kind of festivity. Below are some events worth a look.
Malta Jazz Festival
The Malta Jazz Festival takes place on the third weekend of July each year. Organised by the Malta Council for Culture and Arts, the festival is held seaside in the city of Valletta and consistently attracts jazz from all over the world. The festival caters for all kinds of jazz lovers with an eclectic mix of musicians and a rapidly growing international reputation.
Mediterranean Food Festival
This famous festival has been held annually since 2002 and boasts some of the best food that Mediterranean countries have to offer. Four days, usually at the beginning of March, offers food and drink in Valletta bringing together chefs and food producers from countries like Egypt, Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Turkey for a foodie's paradise.
Rolex Middle Sea Race
Once a year the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing club and Rolex back a very important yacht race. The Middle Sea Race has been running since 1968 and covers 606 nautical miles around the coast of Malta, along the side of Sicily, and past the volcanic island of Stromboli. Entry is open and around 60-80 yachts compete in October each year.
The festival of St Peter and St Paul is one of the most popular summer festivals and is celebrated by thousands. It takes place at the end of June, the streets come alive with colourful music and dancing, families picnic around the clock in the Buskett Gardens and traditional singing (ghanejja) can be heard.
Festas (feast day)
Throughout the summer months between May and September continuous festas are held in Malta in honour of the patron saints of various villages. They aren't hard to miss - on any given day it's pretty likely that there'll be several running in the height of festa season.
The week long festivities involve days of spiritual preparation and prayer until celebrations can kick in on the actual feast day. Parades with brass bands and elaborately costumed villagers celebrate the saint's feast day with confetti, nougat, and displays Malta's legendary fireworks.