• Malta Calendar: what’s on in Malta (January – March)

    Malta Calendar: what’s on in Malta (January – March)

    From theatre and music to sports and national holidays, there’s always something going on in Malta! So much so that there is a calendar full of exciting shows, festivals and events. Whether you wish to plan your holiday around a particular event or if you’d simply like to see what’s going on during the month you have booked, we’ve got the full breakdown for you. We’re starting off with Malta’s events for the first quarter of the year covering January – March… Enjoy!



    1st – 6th: Sleeping Beauty (Teatru Manoel, Valletta)

    3.00pm & 8.00pm

    Do you love the theatre? Well, so does Malta! From the beginning of the year the panto of Sleeping Beauty comes to life. With starting times at 3.00pm and 8.00pm, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to catch the show in the new year. With enchanting characters from the evil Maleficent to the innocent Princess Aurora, your attention will be fully invested in this entertaining show.

    Need a brief summary of the panto? The wicked fairy, Maleficent casts an evil spell on Princess Aurora at her christening. Eighteen years later, the spell has put Aurora to sleep. Prince Charming employs the help of Dame Nanna Kola and Muddles to fight off Maleficent and her army in the hope of breaking the spell once and for all.

    11th: Winter Serenades (The Grand Ballroom, Phoenicia Hotel)

    7.30pm – 10.00pm

    11th – 25th: Valletta Baroque Festival (Teatru Manoel, Valletta)

    12.00pm, 2.00pm, 4.00pm, 6.00pm, 7.30pm and 9.30pm

    The Valletta International Baroque Festival shares the island’s Baroque roots with locals and visitors alike. In the historical Teatru Manoel you can enjoy compelling musical programmes consisting of operas, concerts and dramas. Plus, if you’ve got the little ones with you, there’ll be a children’s event just for them.

    So, whether it’s Handel and Vivaldi that interest you or Barock ‘n’ Roll, there are many programmes to enjoy during the Valletta Baroque Festival. These Baroque performances won’t be exclusively held at the Teatru Manoel, certain programmes will take place at other venues around Valletta, such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Make sure you check ahead of schedule at www.teatrumanoel.com.mt.

    13th:  In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)

    11.00am – 11.45am

    15th: Inspired by Baroque (Teatru Manoel, Valletta)

    7.30pm – 10.00pm

    20th: Go Sport Attard 10K (Attard)

    7.00am – 12.00pm

    25th: Changing of the Guard (St. George’s Square, Valletta)


    Changing of the Guard in Malta

    Image credit: visitmalta.com

    At 10.30pm catch a glimpse of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. During which, the Old Guard passes over his duties to the New Guard by handing over the key to the Presidential Palace door. Plus, the Armed Forces of Malta will put on a musical exhibition during this ceremony.

    26th: The Romantic Symphony (Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta)

    8.00pm – 10.30pm

    27th: In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)




    2nd:  Premiers – American & Maltese (Teatru Manoel, Valletta)


    8th:  Mozart’s Great Mass (Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul, Mdina)

    8.00pm – 10.00pm

    Classical music lovers rejoice! The Malta Orchestra put on a musical performance of the classical great, Mozart. The Great Mass, written by Mozart himself, was left unfinished along with its successor The Requiem. However incomplete Mozart’s piece of music may be, it was written during a difficult period of his life (just after his wife’s recovery from a severe illness). Yet, it is some of his finest work, so it is sure to be a pore-raising experience in the breath-taking Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul.

    The event is free and as a result seating is offered on a first-come first-served basis. Mozart’s Great Mass is taking place in aid of CaritasMalta who provide help to those who need it the most. Therefore, donations will be accepted at the door.

    10th:  Agones SFC Duathlon (Coast Road, Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq)

    7.00am – 1.00pm

    13th: In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)

    11.00am – 11.45am

    16th:  Beauty and the Beast (Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, Ta’ Qali)

    Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

    Image credit: maltaorchestra.com

    8.00pm – 10.00pm

    Release your inner child as you delve into your love for fairytales and Disney! Live music from the 2017 film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast will be performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Beauty and the Beast’s musical score composed by Alan Menken is conducted by Kevin Abela as the movie unfolds on the big screen.

    17th:  In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)

    22nd:  Changing of the Guard (St George’s Square, Valletta)


    22nd – 23rd:  Arrival the Abba Show (Republic Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta)

    8.00pm – 11.00pm

    23rd:  Birds in Music (Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana)

    7.30pm – 9.00pm

    24th:  Gig Malta Marathon (Mdina – Sliema)

    7.00am – 1.00pm

    Gig Malta Marathon

    Image credit: Malta Tourism Authority/maltamarathon.com

    Whether you’re an avid runner yourself or just like to cheer on those competing, the Gig Malta Marathon is one not to be missed. In fact, it is the largest race in Malta thanks to a whopping 4,500 participants, with more than half coming from overseas to take part.

    Not only will participants receive a medal at the end of the race, but they also get to experience Malta’s hidden beauty. They’ll be running through small villages and stunning towns as they make their way from Mdina to Sliema. Plus, with 32 live bands performing along the route, they’ll be plenty going on to keep everyone entertained.

    In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)

    28th – 5th March:  Carnival (Malta & Gozo)

    All Day

    Carnival in Malta

    Image credit: festivalsmalta.com

    Experience one of Malta’s oldest festivals as it dates back to the Knights of St John. This truly is a festival which everyone can get involved in, from the young to the old and the rich to the poor. It influences togetherness like no other festival as revellers keep traditions alive. Expect extravagance and satire as people dress up and celebrate all over the island, but especially in Valletta.

    Admire the floats as they pass by, dancing (both choreographed and improvised) and costumes which are eye-catching to say the least. Workshops also take place to help people understand the roots and significance of Maltese carnival. So, get your dancing shoes on and enjoy the carnival!



    Malta triathlon

    Image credit: simonephotos/triathlonmalta.org

    3rd:   Triathlon – standard distance season opener (Malta & Gozo)

    This annual race is a test of stamina, strength and endurance. It’s the perfect time to get in shape and see if you can defeat one of Malta’s toughest challenges. Swim, ride and run to the finish line… It’s probably a good idea to get training right away then!

    4th – 10th:  Cosi Fan Tutte (Teatru Manoel, Valletta)


    16th:  Mahler’s Fifth (Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta)

    Mahler's Fifth Malta

    Image credit: visitmalta.com

    8.00pm – 10.00pm

    The Mediterranean Conference Centre puts on a great night of classical music. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra host a range of performances from the late Romantic period. This includes a finale to the night with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, which brings an emotional end to the performance thanks to the symphony’s expressive range.

    17th:  In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)

    11.00am – 11.45am

    19th:  San Guzepp (Malta & Gozo)

    19th – 19th April:  Gaulitana: A Festival of Music (13th Edition) (Various localities around Gozo)

    Gaulitana Music Festival

    Image credit: visitmalta.com

    Experience a variety of genres and musical styles at Gaulitana. Attracting a range of artists and musicians both local and international, you’ll be in for a treat during this music festival. Not only will there be live performances throughout this period, but also an informative programme and influential talks.

    Gaulitana runs for a total of five weeks in different areas around Gozo and it is then topped off with an OPERA+ Weekend. For all things musical, this festival is definitely not one to be missed!

    22nd:  Music of Mystery & Magic (School’s Performance) (Teatru Manoel, Valletta)

    10.00am – 11.30am

    23rd:  Music of Mystery & Magic (Teatru Manoel, Valletta)


    24th:  In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)

    29th:  Changing of the Guard (St George’s Square, Valletta)


    31st:  In Guardia Re-enactment (Fort St. Elmo, Valletta)

    Jum Il-Hielsien (Freedom Day) (Birgu & Valletta)

    9.00am – 5.00pm

    Guard of Honour Jum Il-Helsien (St George’s Square, Valletta)


    Dingli Radar Open Day (Dingli Radar)

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