As the year draws to a close, we look at all that Malta has to offer during the final months. There’re loads of events to throw yourself into if you’re visiting the island between September and December… So, let’s have a sneak peek!
8th: Victory Day (Vittoriosa)
Victory Day also known as Il-Vitorja in Malta celebrates three historical events. These include the victory of the Knights of St John who ended the Great Siege against the Ottoman Empire in 1565; the Siege of Valletta against the French troops who occupied Malta in September 1800; and finally, the Siege of Malta by the Italian army during the Second World War in 1943. During the celebrations of Victory Day, there’s a boat race at the Grand Harbour which is the second major regatta of the year. The boats that feature in these competitive races are of the same traditional style that used to line the Grand Harbour in the past.
Guard of Honour – Jum Il-Vitorja (Misraħ Il-Parroċċa, Mellieha)
Triathlon – BSJ Series Race 3 (Coast Road, Bahar iċ-Ċagħaq)
7:00am – 1:00pm
14th: Elrow (Numero Uno, Ta’ Qali)
Fancy partying it up at one of Malta’s top electronic music festivals? Elrow follows in the footsteps of cities like Barcelona, Shanghai and New York creating a buzzing atmosphere where people can come together. Held at Uno Malta, Elrow presents a vibe similar to a circus, boasting colourful surroundings as well as pumping electronic tunes. Popular techno and house DJs will come together to perform at Elrow which started in 2010 and has been going strong ever since.
15th: Go Sport Attard 5K (Attard)
7:00am – 1:00pm
21st: Jum L-Indipendenza (Public holiday) (Valletta)
Guard of Honour – Jum L-Indipendenza (St John’s Square, Valletta)
22nd: BSJ Series Race 4 – National Sprint Triathlon Championship (Coast Road, Bahar iċ-Ċagħaq)
27th: Changing of the Guard (St George’s Square, Valletta)
28th: Żejt iż-Żejtun (Żejtun)
5th: Notte Bianca (Valletta)
One of the biggest arts and culture festivals in Malta, Notte Bianca is a one-night spectacle filled with music, theatre and arts. Expect this festival to light up the capital as a range of museums and palaces in Valletta open their doors to host a variety of concerts, art exhibitions and performances of theatre and dance. The good news is that every event is free! So, now there’s no excuse to miss out! Restaurants and food stalls will be open until late to satisfy your hunger pangs. Plus, there’ll never be a boring moment as some of the entertainment spills out into Valletta’s open spaces.
11th-13th: Birgufest – Birgu by Candlelight (Birgu, Vittoriosa)
13th: Triathlon – BSJ Series Race 3 (Coast Road, Bahar iċ-Ċagħaq)
Mdina Glass LRC 10K (Il-Balluta, San Ġiljan)
19th: The Rolex Middle Sea Race (Starting point: The Grand Harbour)
This annual race covers 606-nautical miles and starts from Malta’s spectacular Grand Harbour in Valletta. The yachts head north towards Sicily, whilst the rest of the course also takes in the Italian Aeolian and Egadi Islands, plus, Pantelleria and Lampedusa.
25th: Changing of the Guard (St George’s Square, Valletta)
26th: Chocolate Festival (Hamrun)
6:00pm – 11:00pm
Who doesn’t love chocolate? A festival filled with chocolate sounds like heaven to us! Held along the streets of Hamrun, you’ll come across traditions of old and new with a blend of chocolaty goodness. The festival started as it has often been said that during the rule of Grand Master Perelos, cocoa beans were stored in Hamrun. During the chocolate festival check out the many uses of the sweet treat within art and food and of course you’ll be able to taste some as you soak up the live entertainment.
1st– 10th: The Three Palaces (Valletta)
7th – 10th: International Choir Festival (Floriana)
The International Choir Festival is a great opportunity for choirs to engage at a competitive level as well as a non-competitive level. The festival brings together the best choirs from all over the continent to sing a number of styles, from classical to folk music. The Choir Festival will take place in various locations like theatres and churches.
10th: Guard of Honour – Jum It-Tifkira (St George’s Square, Valletta)
Express Trailers Żurrieq Half Marathon (Żurrieq)
7:00am – 1:00pm
19th: EHE Malta Eight Ball Federation Nations Cup
29th: Changing of the Guard (St Georges’s Square, Valletta)
8th: Il-Kunċizzjoni (Feast and public holiday) (Bormla, Cospicua)
13th: Guard of Honour – Jum IR-Repubblika (St George’s Square, Valletta)
Republic Day (Valletta)
22nd: Urban Jungle Mdina 2 Spinola Xmas Road Race (Mdina – Spinola)
7:00am – 1:00pm
Just before Christmas kicks off, the Urban Jungle race begins. It’s the second biggest race on the island, behind the Malta Marathon. But it is also the oldest race which hasn’t changed its route since 1979. Once you finish the race, you’ll be able to mark the occasion with a commemorative medal.