Nobody needs a special reason to visit Malta.
Stunning natural landscapes, captivating cultural sites, and the lure of the beautiful blue Mediterranean should be enough to persuade any tourist to visit Malta this summer.
But adding to Malta’s eternal appeal is the fact that it’s actually quite a happening place – especially in the summer months.
Summer is an especially popular time to visit Malta, not in the least because there’s so much going on.
To give you a taste of what to expect in Malta this summer, here’s a rundown of four essential dates to put in your calendar.
Malta International Jazz Festival 2018
Held from the 16th to the 21st of July, Malta’s International Jazz Festival is a highlight of the Maltese cultural calendar.
If you’re into jazz, you’re in for a treat.
Hosting some of the biggest names in jazz today – Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Nasheet Waits, John Patitucci – Malta’s International Jazz Festival is a world-renowned showcase of contemporary jazz.
The styles on offer are eclectic and, regardless of your sympathies or the extent of your jazz knowledge, you’ll find something to tap your foot to.
Malta’s International Jazz Festival isn’t exclusively for jazz aficionados.
The organizers of the Jazz Festival are acutely aware that, despite the caliber of the festival itself, Malta is a country with a relatively underdeveloped jazz scene.
That’s why mainstream music mingles with cutting-edge avant-garde jazz styles at this Malta music festival – every night there’s a double billing of the experimental and the familiar.
The organizers see the role of the festival as nurturing an awareness of jazz worldwide and within the islands.
Over the years they’ve had some success, and since the festival’s origins, many local artists have emerged on the scene.
As the name suggests, the International Jazz Festival is therefore also about cultivating links between the local and the wider European and international scene.
But the jazz festival isn’t just about jazz.
Even if you haven’t a musical bone in your body, you’ll still appreciate the magical environs of Valletta’s magnificent Grand Harbour, as well as the selection of drinks and food on offer.
The 13th-15th August are also important dates to put in your diary.
Malta is well known for its splendid festi, and the Santa Marija is the festa to end all festas.
In the summer season, between the months of May and September, every village in Malta and Gonzo come together to celebrate their respective patron saints.
How do they celebrate? With food, fireworks, and revelling, of course.
Usually, there is a street parade, a marching band strikes up a tune, and the village is decorated in beautiful lights.
Almost every weekend in Summer there is a festa somewhere, but Malta in August is especially festive, as the season comes to an impressive crescendo mid-August with the feast of Santa Marija.
This is one of the most popular festi in Malta, and at least eight villages and towns around the island – Għaxaq, Gudja, Attard, Mosta, Mqabba, Qrendi, Birkirkara, and Victoria – celebrate it.
But the participants of these parties are not limited to the inhabitants of those villages.
Every year, people from around the islands gather, along with tourists, to pay homage to Santa Marija.
The 15th of August is also a date associated with World War II.
On the 15th of August 1942, crucial supplies of fuel and food arrived in Malta, and so Santa Marija’s day has taken on a special significance for the people of Malta.
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Delicata Wine Festival
At the Delicata Classic Wine Festival, held from the 9th to the 12th August, and from the 30th August to the 2nd September, you don’t need a special occasion to celebrate.
Established over a century ago, Emmanuel Delicata is Malta’s oldest family-run winemaker, and every year they celebrate Maltese wine, Maltese culture, and Maltese culinary achievements by throwing two big parties.
The first of these parties are held in the beautiful Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, while for
the second you’ll have the pleasure of visiting Nadur, the viticultural heart of Gozo.
Both the festivals are timed to coincide with the start and finish of the Maltese grape harvest.
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Wine festivals are unfortunately less entertaining for the little ones in the family.
While you can keep them in safe hands with registered and experienced au pairs.
However, you are bound to miss them. But Malta also hosts some entertaining summer events related to more sober activities.
Taking place between the 13th and 17th June at the Eden SuperBowl in St Julians is the 27th
If you’re in Malta during June and are a bowling fan, then this is a calendar highlight.
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Valletta Film Festival
For the film enthusiasts, the Valletta Film Festival, running from the 8th to the 17th June, should
be firmly on your radar.
Screening over forty feature films and twenty-five short films, the festival takes place at cinemas, both indoor and open-air, around the city.
Whatever your interest, you’ll definitely find an event in Malta this summer.
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