Enjoy the relaxed Mediterranean way of life in Malta and spend your evenings mingling with locals and experiencing the eclectic nightlife. Malta has become a popular destination for the clubbing and festival scene; allowing holidaymakers to party all night and spend the following day relaxing in the Maltese sun.
Malta has a rich calendar of events, making it the perfect destination for young adults. There’s always something going on and the huge variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment only add to the choice of things to do.
There are plenty of clubbing venues to choose from throughout the year. The main clubbing district for those over 18 is Paceville in St Julian’s, a relaxed area that comes alive after dark. Further along the coast, Café del Mar is an idyllic seaside bar that’s perfect for partying during the summer months.
Malta’s festival scene attracts world-famous DJs like Diplo, Jamie XX, Heidi and Chase and Status. Numerous high calibre artists have performed in Malta as there is an abundant entertainment and festival offering, including: Annie Mac’s Lost & Found, Isle of MTV, Glitch, Creamfields, Tomorrowland Unite and Earth Garden.
Here’s the full list of Maltese festivals and the dates you can catch them:
Valletta Baroque Festival
(10-25th January 2020)
The annual Valletta International Baroque Festival celebrates the city’s establishment at the height of the baroque period and honours its vital role in European history. Each day of the fortnight long festival features the best soloists and ensembles in the baroque music scene at different breathtaking venues across the city.
(25 February 2020)
Held in Malta’s capital city, Valletta and sister island, Gozo, Carnival is a celebration featuring colourful floats, flamboyant costumes, masks and heavy make-up. Crowds have gathered during the parade and partied until the early hours of the morning since the early 1400s.
Nickelodeon Treasure Hunt
(4 and 5 April 2020)
Perfect for families, the Nickelodeon Treasure Hunt lets children see their favourite characters up close and personal as they explore the attractions and experiences around the Maltese islands.
Malta International Fireworks Festival
(18, 24-26 and 30 April 2020)
The annual Malta International Fireworks Festival, held in Valletta’s Grand Harbour and various other locations, takes place to commemorate Malta’s accession into the European Union on 1st May 2004.
Annie Mac Presents… Lost & Found
(30 April – 3 May 2020)
AMP Lost and Found is a four day festival hosted by legendary DJ and television presenter, Annie Mac. Kickstart the European festival season with four days of all night raves, pool parties and sunset beach soirées. Guests can lose themselves in the music near open-air stages and catch a boat party or two. Previous headliners include Seth Troxler, MK, Disclosure and Stormzy.
(4-7 June 2020)
Old favourites perform alongside first timers in this local green-finger festival that advocates care for the environment through art, music and culture.
Victoria International Arts Festival
(10-13 June 2020)
The Victoria International Arts Festival provides a platform for established and emerging Maltese artists to showcase their work and engage with broader audiences. Each year, the festival enriches the cultural calendar with a host of events including virtuoso music performances, visual installations, dance and well-established international acts performing at various venues in and around Valletta.
Abode On The Rock
(18-22 June 2020)
For the second year running, festival-goers will be able to experience wild boat parties and visit quirky after dark venues, all soundtracked by ABODE’s perfectly curated playlist, led by Danny Howard, Richy Ahmed and Solardo.
(10 July 2020)
The BBC’s most populist ensemble plays a selection of classical, likeght and popular music.
Isle Of MTV
(15 July 2020)
Every year, for one day only, MTV Europe brings artists together from all over the world to perform for guests. This open air-festival is completely free to attend. Alongside live music, it offers great views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Summer Daze Malta
(9-16 August 2020)
Launched by Creamfields and BBC R1 for the first time last year, Summer Daze Festival will hit the shores again in 2019. Previous artists on the line-up include pop star, Rita Ora and DJ and record producer, Martin Garrix.
(3 October 2020)
Every year, Notte Bianca festival recognises the epitome of Maltese culture, people and arts. For one night only, free entry is granted by State palaces and museums across Valletta for visual art exhibitions and theatrical performances, meanwhile local and international musicians and dancers perform in the city’s streets.
(9-12 October 2020)
As one of Malta’s most ancient cities, Birgu is bursting with architectural delights. During Birgufest, the network of meandering narrow streets are lined with thousands of candles, transforming the picturesque city into a sparkling celebration.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race
(17 October 2020)
A spectacle not to be missed, the Rolex Middle Sea yachting race takes place in the heart of the Mediterranean. It features one of the most beautiful routes in the world, starting and finishing in Valletta’s magnificent Grand Harbour.
Cirque du Soleil
(24-30 November 2020)
A world first, the talended Cirque du Soleil will perform an magical show in Maltafor to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Mediterranean Conference Centre in the historic city of Valletta.