Malta, an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, is known for its rich history and cultural heritage. The capital city, Valletta, hosts several annual festivals, attracting visitors worldwide. Notable events include the Notte Bianca, an arts and culture festival and the Isle of MTV, a popular music festival featuring international artists. The Malta Jazz Festival showcases famous jazz musicians, while the Malta International Arts Festival offers various performing and visual arts. The Valletta Baroque Festival celebrates the island's Baroque legacy through music and theater. These festivals, among others, highlight Malta's status as a dynamic cultural hub in Europe.
Listed below are the top festivals to attend in Malta for 2024.
- Notte Bianca. Valletta, Malta's capital, hosts Notte Bianca on October 5, 2024. This arts festival began in 2006 as Lejl Imdawwal. Over 250 artists and 60 events attracted 100,000 visitors. The festival features music, theater and dance across seven routes. Notable acts include Aidan, Ivan Grech and Le Vibrazioni. Valletta, Sliema and Floriana offer accommodations. Public transport is recommended due to limited parking. Most events are free, with some premium events ticketed.
- Isle of MTV. The Isle of MTV music festival will be held from July 18-23, 2024, in Floriana, Malta. Starting in 2007, it attracted over 50,000 attendees. Past performers include Lady Gaga and Enrique Iglesias. The 2024 lineup features OneRepublic and Alesso. Venues in Floriana and nearby Valletta provide accommodation options. Public transport is advised. The event is free, with VIP tickets for special access.
- Malta Jazz Festival. From July 11-13, 2024, Valletta hosts the Malta Jazz Festival. It began in 1990, showcasing jazz, funk and blues. Notable artists include Gregory Porter and Madeleine Peyroux. Accommodations are available in Valletta and nearby cities. Public transport is recommended. Outdoor concerts are free, with tickets sold for select indoor events.
- Malta International Arts Festival. This festival runs from June 14-23, 2024, in Valletta. Since 2006, it has grown to feature over 300 artists in music, theater and visual arts. Headliners include the Globe Theater's Romeo and Juliet. Accommodations are available in Valletta and neighboring cities. Public transport is preferred. Outdoor events are free, but tickets are needed for some indoor performances.
- Valletta Baroque Festival. Held from January 17 to February 2, 2024, this festival in Valletta celebrates Baroque arts. Since 2013, it has featured performances in historic venues. The 2024 festival includes the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Accommodations are accessible in Valletta and surrounding areas. Tickets are required, ranging from €10-60 ($12-72, £9-54), with free events in public squares.
1. Notte Bianca
Notte Bianca is an annual arts and culture festival held in Valletta, Malta, on the first Saturday of October. In 2024, it will take place on Saturday, October 5th. Valletta is Malta's capital city on the main island's northeast coast. The nearest major city is Sliema, 5 kilometers (3 miles) away. Shops, cafes and restaurants also extend their hours for the festival.
Notte Bianca originated in Valletta in 2006 as Lejl Imdawwal (Lit Up Night). The first edition attracted over 50,000 visitors. The festival hosted over 250 artists and 60 events, showing its immense growth in popularity over the years. Around 100,000 people participate in Notte Bianca each year. The event successfully promotes up-and-coming local artists, featuring established Maltese and international acts. Past lineups have included Maltese singer Emma Muscat, British band Top Loader, local rock band Nosnow/Noalps and popular Italian band Le Vibrazioni.
The Notte Bianca 2024 edition will feature over 250 artists across seven themed routes. alternative, classics, dance, kids, theatre, red and music. There will be over 60 events taking place in venues throughout Valletta. The main music stage in St. George's Square will host performances by Maltese singer Aidan, Ivan Grech and his band and Italian rock band Le Vibrazioni starting at 11 pm. Other local and international musicians will perform on stages elsewhere throughout the city. There are many hotels, hostels, Airbnbs and other accommodation options in Valletta and the areas within walking distance or a short bus or ferry ride away from the Notte Bianca festivities. The cities of Sliema, St. Julian's and Floriana are the most popular places to stay during the festival. Parking is very limited in Valletta.
Notte Bianca does not sell tickets for general admission. Most events and performances are free and open to the public. Some venues may sell tickets for specific premium events or shows. There is no cost for general admission to Notte Bianca. It's a free public arts festival that anyone can attend. Tickets for certain special events or performances at select venues may need to be purchased. But most activities, concerts, exhibitions, etc., are free to experience.
2. Isle of MTV
The Isle of MTV is an annual free music festival held in Malta that features performances by top international music artists. The festival in 2024 will occur from July 18th to 23rd at the Granaries in Floriana. Floriana is right next to Malta's capital city of Valletta. The Isle of MTV festival attracts over 50,000 music fans from Malta and Europe yearly. It originated in 2007 and has since hosted acts like Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Martin Garrix, David Guetta and Snoop Dogg. The Isle of MTV kicks off Malta Music Week, which includes various concerts, parties and events around the island. The 2024 Isle of MTV festival will be headlined by Grammy-nominated band OneRepublic and Swedish DJ Alesso. The lineup also includes English singer-songwriters Tom Grennan and Mimi Webb. There will be one main stage located in Floriana's Granaries. Additional miniature stages will host DJ sets and performances by Maltese artists like Aidan, Enya and Maxine Pace.
People attending the Isle of MTV are encouraged to take public transportation like the bus or ferry from Sliema to Valletta/Floriana. Limited parking will be available in designated lots only. Many hotels, hostels, B&Bs and vacation rental apartments in Valletta, Floriana and Sliema are close to the Isle of MTV festival grounds. Public transportation can connect most accommodations in the capital region to the concert venue. Parking is extremely limited in the area. Concert attendees are encouraged to use public transit, including extra buses and ferries, during the festival dates. The Isle of MTV festival itself does not sell tickets. It's a free public event that anyone can attend on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of VIP tickets may be sold for access to unique elevated viewing platforms located beside the stage. General admission to the Isle of MTV concert is entirely free. A few VIP tickets may be sold for premium views or access.
3. Malta Jazz Festival
The Malta Jazz Festival is an annual 3-day music event held every July in Valletta, showcasing top local and international jazz artists. In 2024, it will take place from July 11th to 13th. Valletta is Malta's capital city, located on the northeastern coast. The nearest major city is Sliema, 5 kilometers (3 miles) away. Stages are set up at outdoor and indoor venues throughout Valletta, like St George's Square and Teatru Rjal. Concerts feature contemporary jazz, funk, blues, soul and world music. The festival aims to support up-and-coming Maltese musicians while drawing big names in jazz. Over its 30+ year history, it has hosted greats like Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Gregory Porter.
The first Malta Jazz Festival was held in 1990, founded by renowned Maltese jazz musician Charles “City” Gatt. That inaugural event attracted an audience of over 15,000 people.
The 2024 Malta Jazz Festival will feature the central performances of acclaimed singers Gregory Porter and Madeleine Peyroux and the Christian McBride Big Band. Multiple stages around Valletta will also host sets from Maltese jazz bands like the Alexandra Spiteri Quartet and the Dominic Galea Trio. People visiting for the festival can take buses, ferries or the Valletta ferry, which offers extended hours during the event.
Valletta and neighboring cities like Sliema, Floriana and St. Julian's offer many hotels, rental apartments, hostels and guesthouses a short distance from the Malta Jazz Festival. Public transportation provides easy connections as well. Parking within Valletta is minimal. Using the bus or ferry is recommended for getting around. The Malta Jazz Festival does not sell tiered tickets. Outdoor concerts in central squares and along the harborfront are free. A few tickets for indoor theater shows and events featuring headline artists may be sold.
General admission into the outdoor stages and streets of the Malta Jazz Festival is free. Select special concerts may sell tickets individually priced per show.
4. Malta International Arts Festival
The Malta International Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary event showcasing performing and visual arts like music, theater, dance and exhibitions. 2024 will occur from June 14th to 23rd at the James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta. Valletta is Malta's capital city, located on the northeast coast. The festival features local and international artists, fostering cross-cultural exchange. Many events are free and open to the public, taking place at outdoor and indoor venues across Valletta. The festival has grown since 2006 to attract over 30,000 visitors annually. The first Malta International Arts Festival was held in 2006 to enrich Malta's cultural scene. Past lineups have included theater productions like Shakespeare's Macbeth, musical acts like Maltese singer Ira Losco, contemporary dance troops and visual arts exhibitions.
Malta International Arts Festival will feature over 300 artists across seven themed routes. classics, contemporary, dance, digital, music, theatre and visual arts. There will be over 80 events taking place in venues throughout Valletta. Headliners include a theater production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by the UK's Globe Theater Company and concerts by Maltese singer Christabelle and Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi. People can easily reach the festival by public transportation like buses, ferries or the Valletta ferry, which runs for extended hours. Valletta and neighboring cities like Sliema, Floriana and St. Julian's offer hotels, apartments, hostels and B&Bs within walking distance or a quick bus/ferry ride to the arts festival venues.
Temporary parking areas are set up on the outskirts for Malta International Arts Festival attendees driving in. The festival does not use tiered ticketing. Outdoor events in public squares and streets are free to attend. Tickets may be sold individually for specific indoor theater performances and concerts. General admission into the outdoor venues and streets of the festival is free. As it's a public celebration of arts and culture, anyone can enjoy the atmosphere and performances at no cost. Select special events may sell tickets priced individually per show.
5. Valletta Baroque Festival
The Valletta Baroque Festival is an annual performing arts event held each January, celebrating Baroque music, theater and dance. 2024 it will occur from January 17th to February 2nd in Valletta. Valletta is the capital city of Malta, located on the northeast coast of the main island. The festival features international and Maltese artists performing works by Baroque composers in historic venues across Valletta, like St John's Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster's Palace. The first Valletta Baroque Festival was held in 2013 to spotlight Malta's rich Baroque architectural and artistic legacy. Past lineups have included known persons like the English Concert chamber orchestra and violinist Hugo Ticciati.
The Valletta Baroque Festival will feature over 200 artists across four themed routes. classical music, contemporary, digital arts and Baroque opera. Main concerts will be held in St John's Co-Cathedral, along with multiple smaller venues. Headliners include the Venice Baroque Orchestra presenting Vivaldi's Four Seasons and an opera production of Handel's Rinaldo by the London Handel Festival. Maltese singers and instrumentalists will also give various recitals. People visiting Valletta can easily access the festival by buses, ferries or the ferry, which runs for extended hours.
Valletta and neighboring cities offer hotels, rental apartments, hostels and guesthouses within walking distance or a quick bus/ferry ride to the Valletta Baroque Festival venues. Temporary parking areas may be designated on the outskirts. The festival does not use tiered ticketing. Tickets are sold individually per performance or concert. Various ticket packages are also available. Ticket prices vary widely depending on the type of performance and venue. Free events also take place in public squares. Tickets range from €10-60 ($12-72, £9-54) per person per show. Special packages offer discounted rates on multiple events.
6. Malta International Fireworks Festival
The Malta International Fireworks Festival is an annual event held in late April to celebrate the artistry of fireworks. In 2024, it will occur from April 21st to 28th in various locations across Malta, with the grand finale on the 28th over Valletta's Grand Harbour. Valletta, the capital city, is located on Malta's northeast coast. Over 50,000 spectators attend yearly, with the grand finale in Valletta's Grand Harbour being the highlight. The first fireworks festival was held in 2003 to celebrate Malta's rich history of fireworks-making going back centuries. Fireworks were first used for celebrations by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century. The 2024 edition will feature over 15 local and international fireworks teams competing across multiple events. Locations include Marsaxlokk, Mellieħa, the Gozo Citadel, Marsalforn, Marsascala and the Grand Finale in Valletta's Grand Harbour on April 28th.
The main stage for the Malta International Fireworks Festival finale will be a floating platform in the middle of the harbor. Competing teams Italy, Canada and the Philippines will fire their shows from barges while Malta's top teams, like St. Mary's Fireworks Factory, put on displays from land. People can view the fireworks via ferries, boats and vantage points around the harbor. Extra buses and ferries will operate for the festival. Valletta and the towns offer hotels, apartments, hostels and guest houses that are either walking distance or a quick bus ride away from the fireworks viewing areas along the Grand Harbour.
For the Malta International Fireworks Festival finale, temporary parking areas may be available near Floriana. Public transportation by bus, ferry or boat is highly recommended for getting around during the fireworks events. The Malta International Fireworks Festival events are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required for viewing from public areas. A few boat tour tickets may allow premium views from the water. There is no cost for general admission to view the Malta International Fireworks Festival events. As a public celebration promoting Malta's fireworks culture, the displays can be enjoyed free of charge from designated public areas in the various hosting locations.
Carnival (Il-Karnival ta' Malta) is an annual 5-day arts and culture festival held in Malta each February right before Lent. In 2024, it will take place from February 9th to 13th and will be centered around the capital city of Valletta. Valletta is located on the northeast coast of the main island of Malta. Carnival celebrates Maltese culture and arts with parades of colorful floats, costumes, music, dance, theatre and street parties. Many events are free and open to the public. The festivities fill Valletta's streets and spill over into other towns. Malta's biggest annual festival attracts over 100,000 locals and visitors. The Malta Carnival originated in the 15th century under the Knights of St. John and grew in popularity after 1535. Lavish masked balls and banquets were held in Birgu and Valletta. By the 1930s, organized groups marched in the first street parades. The festival draws over 100,000 attendees now. It provides a platform for Maltese talents while featuring international guest performers. Past lineups have included bands like Malta's Red Electrick and Italy's Bandabardò.
The 2024 Carnival will feature parades and events across seven themed routes in Valletta. The main concert stage in St. George's Square will host Maltese bands Airport Impressions, The Travellers and international headliners Culcha Candela from Germany. Over 300 artists will perform at 80+ events in venues all over Valletta. Getting around is easy via extended bus, ferry and Valletta ferry services. Some street parking is available but fills up fast, making public transportation the best option. Valletta and neighboring cities like Sliema, Floriana and St. Julian's offer abundant hotels, apartments, hostels and B&Bs within walking distance or a quick bus/ferry ride to the Carnival events.
Parking in Valletta is minimal. Temporary parking areas may be designated on the outskirts of the Carnival. The Carnival does not use tiered ticketing. Outdoor events in public squares and streets are free to attend. Tickets may be sold for specific indoor theater performances and concerts. General admission into the outdoor venues and streets of the Carnival is free. Select special events may sell tickets individually priced per show.
8. Earth Garden Festival
Earth Garden Festival is Malta's most prominent alternative music and arts festival at Ta' Qali National Park in Attard. In 2024, it will take place from June 6th to 9th. The nearest major city is Valletta, located 8 kilometers (5 miles) away. Earth Garden began in 2007 and has grown into one of Europe's most popular summer music festivals, attracting around 30,000 attendees yearly. It features multiple stages showcasing a diverse lineup of musical genres like funk, reggae, rock, electronic and world music. Beyond the concerts, Earth Garden offers healing areas, markets, food vendors and a kids' zone. The first Earth Garden Festival was held in 2007. It was founded to promote environmental awareness while celebrating music, arts and culture. Past lineups have included acclaimed international acts like Gypsy Hill, Prince Fatty, Yaaba Funk and Matrixxman, alongside top local bands. The festival has pioneered eco-friendly waste management and green initiatives that serve as a model for other Maltese events.
The artist lineup for Earth Garden Festival 2024 has yet to be announced. The event typically features over 100 acts across five themed stages ranging from rock to electronic to world music. The areas around Attard and Valletta offer hotels, hostels, apartments, Airbnbs and guesthouses that are a short drive or bus ride away from Ta' Qali National Park. Public transportation provides easy connections to the festival site. Parking at Ta' Qali National Park is minimal. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation to the Earth Garden Festival by bus or taxi. Some street parking may be available nearby, but it fills up fast. Shuttles and rideshares are other recommended options.
Earth Garden Festival does not use a tiered ticketing system. Tickets generally grant access to all events and stages during a particular day or festival. Some premium tickets, like VIP, may offer additional perks. Ticket pricing for Earth Garden Festival 2024 has yet to be announced. Based on previous years, day tickets typically range from 15-25 € ($18-30, £14-23) and full festival tickets 40-60 € ($48-72, £37-54). This allows entry for all general events and stages. Specific pricing for special premium tickets is usually released closer to the festival dates.
9. Farsons Great Beer Festival
The Farsons Great Beer Festival is an annual 10-day outdoor event held each summer at Ta' Qali National Park in Attard, Malta. It celebrates local and international beer, food, music and entertainment. In 2024, it will take place from July 25th to August 3rd. The nearest major city is Valletta, located 8 kilometers (5 miles) away. First held in 1981, the beer festival has grown into the largest summer festival in Malta, attracting over 10,000 attendees per night. It features live music performances from famous local artists across different genres each evening. The festival also offers the widest selection of local and foreign beer brands and an array of food stalls. The festival attracts over 30,000 people annually. Its growth in popularity promotes Malta's brewing heritage and supports local music talents. Over the years, the lineup has included acts like Ira Losco, The Travellers, Airport Impressions and dozens of other beloved Maltese bands.
The 2024 Farsons Beer Festival will feature over 70 music acts across the Main Stage, Alternative Stage and Casa Electronica. Headliners include Maltese bands Red Electrick, Tribali and Airport Impressions, along with singers Michela Pace, Kurt Calleja and Ira Losco. The festival has two main stages and a dance area. Some parking is available nearby, but fills up fast. Shuttles from Valletta are another option. Valletta and the surrounding towns offer hotels, apartments, hostels and guesthouses that are a short drive or bus ride away from the Farsons Beer Festival grounds at Ta' Qali National Park.
Parking at Ta' Qali National Park is limited. A large car park is available nearby, which charges an optional donation. Attendees are highly encouraged to use public transportation, such as the extra buses running at night to get to and from the festival.
The Farsons Beer Festival does not sell tickets and entrance is completely free. It's a public event that anyone can attend. There is no cost for general admission to the Farsons Beer Festival. As an open-air music and beer celebration, the public can enjoy the atmosphere, concerts, events, food stalls and beer garden areas at no charge.
10. Abode on the Rock
Abode on the Rock is an annual 4-day electronic music festival held each June on the island of Gozo, Malta. 2024 will occur from June 20th to 24th in venues across Gozo. Gozo is a small island located just a 15-minute ferry ride from the main island of Malta. The nearest major city is Victoria, Gozo, located in the island's center. The festival features beach and boat parties during the day and club nights hosted venues, including open-air stages, seaside clubs and even a club inside a cave. Abode on the Rock showcases top international DJs, artists and resident DJs from the Abode Club brand. It attracts over 1,500 attendees, mainly from the UK. Abode on the Rock debuted in 2018 as Abode's first international festival, taking over the island of Gozo for three days in June. Past lineups have showcased artists like Jamie Jones, Michael Bibi, Fisher, East End Dubs, wAFF, Danny Howard and more top electronic acts and DJs.
The 2024 artist lineup will feature over 15 acts across multiple stages and events. Headliners include house DJs Alisha, Danny Howard and Darius Syrossian. Other artists are GW Harrison, Josh Baker, LP Rhythm, Luke Dean and more top UK DJ talents. There will be one main stage on Gozo, plus additional pop-up stages at various venues. People can take buses, ferries or boats to access the festival sites and events across the small island.
Gozo offers abundant hotels, hostels, B&Bs, apartments and farmhouse rentals that festival attendees can book near Abode on the Rock's venues and events across the island. Public transportation provides easy connections between accommodations and festival sites.
Parking is minimal on Gozo. Attendees are encouraged to use the extra public buses, ferries and boats running during the festival dates. Some street parking may be available, but it fills up extremely fast. Shuttles from hotels and rideshares are other recommended options for getting around. Abode on the Rock sells standard general admission and VIP tickets that offer access to elevated viewing areas beside the main stage. Pricing and further details for 2024 have yet to be announced. Ticket pricing for Abode on the Rock 2024 has yet to be released. VIP tickets cost more for the exclusive viewing access and amenities. Further ticket details and pricing 2024 should be announced closer to the festival dates.
11. Lost & Found Festival
The Lost & Found Festival is an annual 4-day dance music festival held each June in Malta. 2024 will occur from June 6th to 9th at Ta' Qali National Park in Attard. The nearest major city is Valletta, located 8 kilometers (5 miles) away. Lost & Found launched in 2016 as Malta's first boutique electronic music festival. It features DJs and live acts across house, techno, drum & bass and more EDM genres on multiple stages. Beyond the music, it offers healing areas, street food, arts and wellness activities. The Lost & Found Festival first occurred in 2015 and was founded by DJ Annie Mac. Over the years, it has grown into one of Europe's best pre-summer dance music festivals, attracting around 8,000 attendees annually.
The festival is known for showcasing top UK and international DJs and unique party locations like castles, cliffs, beaches and boat parties across Maltese. Past lineups have included acts like Jamie xx, J Hus, Bicep and Gorgon City. The artist lineup for Lost & Found Festival 2024 has yet to be announced. The festival typically has over 50 artists that perform across five stages. Stages are set up at various picturesque outdoor locations in Malta. To get to the festival, attendees can take shuttle buses from the central festival hub at Café del Mar to the different party locations. Parking is limited close to the main festival sites. Attendees are encouraged to take the shuttle buses, walk or book accommodation that includes parking.
Lost & Found Festival typically offers three tiers of tickets – standard weekend passes, VIP weekend passes that include access to VIP areas and Platinum VIP for an upgraded experience. There are also day passes available for individual days. Ticket prices for Lost & Found Festival 2024 have yet to be announced. For reference, previous years' prices started at €99 (US$104, £87) for standard weekend passes. VIP tickets were €169 (US$178, £148) and Platinum VIP was €299 (US$315, £262).
Ghajnafest is a 3-day folk music festival held annually in June at the Floriana Argotti Gardens in Malta, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Valletta's capital. It features performances of traditional Maltese folk music known as għana and music from international folk artists. Local food and craft vendors also participate.The festival was founded to provide a platform for local folk musicians to showcase their talents. Ghajnafest was launched in 2015 by Maltese musician Joseph Agius Attard to celebrate and preserve Maltese folk music traditions. Over the years, it has established itself as Malta's premier folk festival, attracting about 2,000 attendees yearly. The lineup consists of 10-15 Maltese folk acts like Walter Micallef, Charles Buttigieg and Grace Borg, along with 5-10 international folk artists. Past lineups have brought musicians from Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Middle East.
The artist lineup for Ghajnafest 2024 has yet to be announced. The festival is held across two stages at Argotti Gardens, with shows running each evening from 7 PM to 11 PM. The garden offers seating, but attendees can also bring picnic blankets. The site is small enough to walk around easily. Shuttle buses are organized from the nearby bus terminus. The festival takes place right in the heart of Floriana, there are ample accommodation options within walking distance or a short drive away. Hotels, guesthouses, hostels and apartments cater to all budgets. Valletta is close to the capital and opens up even more accommodation choices. Parking close to Argotti Gardens is minimal. Attendees arriving by car are encouraged to park in the nearby parking garages in Floriana or Valletta and then walk over to the festival.
Ghajnafest offers single-day tickets as well as complete festival passes. Full festival passes allow entry for all three days. There are no tiered pricing levels, but early bird discounts are usually offered for tickets purchased before the festival dates. Ticket prices for Ghajnafest 2024 have yet to be published. For reference, previous years' ticket costs were €15 for single-day passes and €35 for complete 3-day festival passes purchased in advance. Gate prices are usually a bit higher.
13. Glitch Festival
Glitch Festival is an annual 4-day house and techno music festival in Malta. For 2024, it will take place from August 13-16 at the Gianpula Village in Rabat. The nearest major city is Valletta, 8 kilometers (5 miles) away. Glitch Festival first took place in 2015 after some local event promoters in Malta decided there was a demand for an EDM festival on the island. It started small but increased in popularity over the years. Now, thousands attend from around Europe each year. The 2024 edition will mark the 7th year the festival has taken place. Past lineups have featured major electronic artists like Carl Cox, Jon Hopkins, Maceo Plex and Charlotte de Witte, among many others.
The 2024 artist lineup has yet to be announced. Based on previous years, it will likely feature around 50 artists across multiple electronic music genres like techno, house, trance and more over four stages. Rabat offers many hotel and apartment accommodation options. Recommended places to stay close to shuttle routes are the towns of Gzira and Qawra. Camping is not allowed at the festival site itself. There is no parking available at the festival site itself. Attendees can park along the narrow roads surrounding the rural site. An official festival shuttle bus is recommended to avoid traffic and parking issues.
For 2024, early bird tickets are currently on sale, with general admission tickets in tier 1 also now available. Higher tiers are expected to be released closer to the festival dates. VIP tickets with upgraded amenities and access are also available in limited quantities.
Early bird tickets for 2024 are sold out. Tier 1 general admission tickets are €69.90 ($78, £63). Prices are expected to rise to €79.90 ($90, £72) for tier 2 and €89.90 ($101, £81) for final tier tickets. VIP tickets are €149.90 ($169, £135).
14. Ritum Roots Festival Malta
The Ritum Roots Festival Malta is an annual 4-day music and cultural festival celebrating Maltese folk music, heritage and traditions. 2024 will take place from May 24-27 in the Argotti Botanic Gardens in Floriana. The nearest major city is Valletta, located just 1 kilometers (0.6 miles) away. The Ritum Roots Festival, formerly known as Għanafest, first took place in 2015. It started small but increased in popularity to showcase and preserve Malta's unique musical heritage, especially the traditional folk genre of għana singing. Over the years, thousands have attended to see performances from top local għannejja (folk singers).
The 2024 edition will mark the 8th year the festival has taken place. Past lineups have also included contemporary Maltese acts and international artists playing Mediterranean and folk music.
The specific artist lineup for Ritum Roots Festival Malta 2024 has yet to be announced. Based on previous festivals, it will likely feature around 50 acts across four stages, including Malta's top għannejja, local contemporary folk and world music artists and some international Mediterranean music performers. There will be a dedicated għana stage, an electronic/DJ stage, a main stage and an acoustic stage. The festival can be accessed via public transportation, with a shuttle bus service from Valletta. Many hotels, hostels, Airbnb's and apartment rentals are available close to the festival site in Floriana and Valletta. Public transportation makes it easy to reach the festival grounds from most areas around the island.
There is no parking available at the Argotti Gardens festival grounds itself. Various public and street parking spaces can be found in the site's surrounding areas. For 2024, there will be an early bird tier, a general admission tier 1, tier 2 and a final release tier. VIP tickets with exceptional amenities and access will also be available. Specific pricing and release dates are to be announced. Ticket pricing for Ritum Roots Festival Malta 2024 has yet to be published. Based on previous years, general admission is expected to range from €25-€55 (£20-45, $25-55) depending on tier. VIP tickets typically cost €100-150 (£80-120, $100-150).
15. Dance Festival Malta
Dance Festival Malta is a multi-disciplinary dance festival spread over four days from July 25th to July 28th, 2024. It will be held in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. Valletta is a fortified port city built in the 16th-century featuring Baroque architecture and many historical sites. The closest central town to Valletta is Sliema, just 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) across Marsamxett Harbour. Dance Festival Malta will take place for the first time in 2024. Festivals Malta organizes it with the Malta Tourism Authority, Spazju Kreattiv, AIS Group and the Ministry for National Heritage, The Arts and Local Government.
Dance Festival Malta expects over 5,000 participants and audience members. The past artist lineup featured choreographers and companies from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, the UK, France and Malta. Notable artists included Derida Dance Centre, Ivgi&Greben Dance Company and Maltese choreographers Francesca Tranter and Marisha Farrugia.
The 2024 Dance Festival Malta will feature over 15 dance companies and 30 artists from at least 10 countries. There will be three performance stages in Valletta Campus Theatre, Spazju Kreattiv and Teatru Manoel. Spazju Kreattiv is one of the main festival hubs hosting workshops and masterclasses. To get to Spazju Kreattiv, take bus routes 12, 13 or 14 from the Valletta bus terminus to St. James Ditch. The venue is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
Dance Festival Malta is accessible on foot from the city center in just 10 minutes. Valletta Campus Theatre is part of the University of Malta's campus and is 15-20 minutes from the central bus station. There are many accommodation options near the festival venues in central Valletta. The city offers hotels, guest houses, boutique apartments and hostels at various prices. Recommended lodging within close walking distance includes. Parking options are limited in Valletta, but several paid public parking garages are within a 10-15 minute walk of the festival venues. Workshop and masterclass tickets can be purchased individually or as bundles, depending on the number of classes wanted. There are also free performances at Upper Barrakka Gardens, which are open to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis. vides all VIP perks plus opportunities to meet and take photos with festival artists.
16. Rock the South
Rock the South is an annual 3-day country music festival. They are taking place from May 3-5, 2024, in Marsascala, Malta, at the Zion Reggae Bar. Marsascala is the nearest city to the festival site, just 500 meters (0.3 miles). Rock the South first took place in 2014 and has occurred annually since, making 2024 the 11th edition of the festival. Attendance has grown substantially, with around 25,000 people participating each day of the festival. Past lineups have featured major reggae artists like Gentleman, Julian Marley, Inner Circle, Clinton Fearon and over 100 other local and international bands spanning reggae, rock, jazz, punk and more.
The 2024 lineup features over 30 artists across multiple stages, including leading stage headliners Gentleman, Protoje and Julian Marley. There are four stages. Main Stage, Acoustic Stage, Dance Arena and Jamming Area. To get to Rock the South, fly into Malta International Airport, then take a taxi or bus to the Zion Reggae Bar in Marsascala. Shuttles are also available from the airport and various hotels. Many hotels, apartments, hostels and guesthouses are available for booking within Marsascala and the surrounding areas, with options for various budgets. Parking is limited, but paid parking lots are available within a 10-minute walk of the festival entrance. Public transportation by bus or taxi is recommended to avoid parking challenges. There are three tiers of tickets available – Standard Weekend €70 ($75, £60), VIP Weekend €160 ($170, £140), including amenities like premium views, express entry and exclusive bar access) and Platinum VIP €550 ($580, £475) with all VIP amenities plus food and drinks).
17. Birgu Festival
The Birgu Festival, also known as BirguFest, is an annual 3-day cultural event held in Birgu (also called Vittoriosa), one of Malta's oldest cities in the Grand Harbour region. In 2024, BirguFest will run from October 11-13. The festival celebrates the rich history, culture and maritime heritage of Birgu through concerts, theater performances, art exhibitions, traditional food and craft markets, historical reenactments and other entertainment.
BirguFest first took place in 2003 as an initiative between the Malta Tourism Authority and the Birgu Local Council to spotlight Birgu's significant history and architecture. Over the years, it has grown substantially in popularity, attracting over 25,000 visitors each day of the 3-day event. Past BirguFest lineups have showcased Maltese and international musicians from various genres, including reggae, rock, jazz and blues. Well-known past performers include the Jackson Pipe Band, Stereotipi, Red Electrick and Airport Impressions.
The 2024 BirguFest lineup will feature over 40 acts across four stages throughout the squares and streets of Birgu. Main stage headliners include Red Electrick, The Travellers and Airport Impressions. Other stages will host musical and theatrical performances, historical reenactments, traditional folk music and dance shows. Birgu can be accessed by ferry from Valletta or Sliema. Parking is extremely limited in Birgu, so public transportation or pre-arranged transport from hotels is recommended. Shuttles will also be available from the Malta International Airport to Birgu. More specific 2024 pricing has likely not been announced yet by the festival organizers.
18. Christmas Festival
The Christmas Festival, also known as “Fairyland”, occurs in Valletta, Malta, the country's capital city, from December 8th, 2024, to January 7th, 2025. It is located in Pjazza Tritoni, right outside Valletta's City Gate. The nearest city is Valletta itself. The festival transforms the square into a Christmas village, featuring festive activities like a skating rink, Santa's workshop where kids can meet Santa and more. The Christmas Festival originated from the annual Fairyland event held in Valletta around Christmastime. The first Fairyland was held in December 2020. Each year, the event has grown and spans an entire month. Over 20,000 people usually participate by visiting the festival. Past lineups have included local musicians and entertainers. The festival brings the magic of Christmas to locals and tourists alike.
The 2024 Christmas Festival will feature an ice skating rink, Santa's workshop, an artisan Christmas market with food stalls and live entertainment on an outdoor stage. There is one main stage located in Pjazza Tritoni. To get to the festival, visitors can take a ferry or bus or drive to Valletta and walk to the square. Parking is available at nearby parking garages. Many hotels and apartment rentals are available in Valletta and the surrounding towns, all within walking distance or a short drive from the Christmas Festival grounds. Valletta is very centrally located, making it easy to access accommodations.
Several parking garages are located in Valletta, just a short walk from Pjazza Tritoni and the festival. The main parking garage options are the Valletta Car Park and the Floriana Car Park. Street parking is also available but very limited. There is only one tier of tickets to the Christmas Festival – general admission tickets. Tickets grant access to all areas of the festival grounds. Entrance tickets to the 2024 Christmas Festival cost €5 ($5.30, £4.30) per adult. Children under 12 enter for free. The ticket provides all-day access to the festival activities and grounds.
What are the best summer festivals in Malta?
Listed below are the best summer festivals in Malta.
- Isle of MTV Malta. Malta's summer season is highlighted by the Isle of MTV Malta, an acclaimed music festival that draws global attention. Held annually in June at Il-Fosos Square in Floriana, this free event showcases a lineup of world-famous pop and rock artists. The festival's atmosphere is charged with energy, reflecting Malta's vibrant cultural scene. It offers a mix of live performances, engaging activities and opportunities to explore contemporary music trends. Isle of MTV Malta is not just a concert; it's a celebration that blends music with Malta's festive spirit. Attendees from different corners of the world gather to experience this unique event, making it a melting pot of cultures.
- Malta Jazz Festival. The Malta Jazz Festival, held in July, is a prominent feature of Malta's summer cultural landscape. It features internationally known jazz musicians, showcasing a diverse range of jazz styles. The festival integrates educational workshops, jam sessions and masterclasses, providing a comprehensive jazz experience. Attendees enjoy the performances in open-air venues, adding to the festival's charm. The Malta Jazz Festival not only entertains but also educates and inspires, making it a significant event for jazz lovers and novices alike.
- Malta International Arts Festival. The Malta International Arts Festival, taking place in July, is a testament to Malta's arts scene. Venues across Valletta host a plethora of performances, including music, dance, theatre and visual arts. This festival stands out for its diversity and international appeal. It brings together artists from Malta and around the world, facilitating cultural exchange and collaboration. From contemporary dance to classical music and from experimental theatre to visual art installations, the festival offers something for everyone.
- The Marsovin Summer Wine Festival. The Marsovin Summer Wine Festival takes place in July in the beautiful Hastings Gardens of Valletta. The festival combines wine tasting with cultural entertainment, including live music performances. The Marsovin Summer Wine Festival is more than a wine-tasting event; it's a cultural gathering. It brings together wine lovers and casual drinkers in a relaxed, festive atmosphere. The festival also features food stalls, providing a taste of Maltese cuisine.
- Glitch Festival. Malta's Glitch Festival becomes the focal point for electronic music lovers. The Glitch Festival is known for its eclectic mix of techno, house and other electronic music genres. It's not just a music festival. Attendees enjoy a blend of music, art and the natural beauty of Malta's countryside. The Glitch Festival celebrates electronic music culture, offering a unique experience.
What are the best music festivals in Malta?
Listed below are the best music festivals in Malta.
- Isle of MTV Malta. Isle of MTV Malta is a leading music festival in Malta, celebrated for bringing international music sensations to the island. The festival attracts top global pop and rock artists, offering a lively and dynamic atmosphere. The event draws a diverse international audience, creating a melting pot of cultures. Isle of MTV Malta significantly impacts Malta's tourism and global image, showcasing the island's festive spirit and culture.
- Malta Jazz Festival. The Malta Jazz Festival, a key event in Malta's summer music scene, occurs in July in Valletta. Set against the Grand Harbour, it features world-renowned jazz musicians and a diverse range of jazz styles. This festival transcends mere entertainment, offering educational workshops, jam sessions and masterclasses. Performances are held in open-air venues, enhancing the festival's charm. The Malta Jazz Festival is not just a musical event but a cultural journey, making it essential for both jazz aficionados and newcomers.
- Malta International Arts Festival. The Malta International Arts Festival highlights Malta's diverse arts scene, focusing on music, dance, theater and visual arts across Valletta. This festival attracts artists worldwide, fostering cultural exchange. The festival's varied program appeals to a broad audience, celebrating creativity and artistic excellence.
- Glitch Festival. Glitch Festival in August is a prominent electronic music festival in Malta, set in Gianpula Fields. Featuring top international DJs and electronic artists, the festival is known for its diverse electronic music, including techno and house. It offers more than music, with art installations and interactive activities, creating an electric atmosphere. The festival draws a global crowd, offering a mix of music, art and Malta's natural beauty.
What are the best food festivals in Malta?
Listed below are the best food festivals in Malta.
- Malta International Food Festival. The Malta International Food Festival is a premier culinary event, showcasing Malta's rich gastronomic heritage. Attendees can savor dishes from different countries, prepared by local and international chefs. The festival features live cooking shows, culinary workshops and tastings, allowing visitors to engage directly with culinary experts. Street food, gourmet dishes and traditional Maltese cuisine are all part of the menu. This event also includes live music and cultural performances, creating a festive atmosphere.
- Qormi Bread Festival. The Qormi Bread Festival, known as ‘Lejl f'Casal Fornaro,' celebrates Malta's bread-making traditions. Visitors experience the art of bread making, from traditional Maltese loaves to contemporary bread varieties. The event includes bread tastings, live baking demonstrations and stalls selling various bread-based products. The Qormi Bread Festival is a tribute to Malta's culinary heritage, emphasizing the importance of bread in Maltese culture and cuisine.
- Malta Chocolate Festival. The Malta Chocolate Festival, held in Valletta, is a paradise for chocolate lovers. This festival, in October, offers a vast selection of chocolate treats. Artisans and chocolatiers showcase their creations, ranging from traditional chocolates to innovative confections. The event includes chocolate-making workshops, tastings and demonstrations, providing an interactive experience for visitors. The festival also features chocolate-inspired art and live entertainment, creating a delightful atmosphere.
- Hamrun Chocolate and Cocoa Festival. The Hamrun Chocolate and Cocoa Festival is a unique event in Malta, focusing on chocolate and cocoa products. The festival includes chocolate sculptures, tastings and live demonstrations. Workshops for adults and children are also part of the event, making it a family-friendly experience.
- In Guardia Food, Wine & History Festival. The In Guardia Food, Wine & History Festival in Birgu merges culinary experiences with historical re-enactments. It includes wine tastings from local vineyards, allowing visitors to sample various Maltese wines. Historical re-enactments and demonstrations provide insights into Malta's rich history. The festival's combination of local Maltese food, wine and history offers a unique experience, reflecting Malta's cultural heritage and culinary diversity.
What are the best fairs or trade festivals in Malta?
Listed below are the best fairs or trade festivals in Malta.
- Malta International Trade Fair. The Malta International Trade Fair, held annually in Naxxar, is one of the country's most significant trade events. In June or July, this fair features a wide range of products and services from local and international exhibitors. The fair also includes sections for automotive, health and beauty products, catering to various interests. Visitors can explore new products, engage with exhibitors and participate in demonstrations.
- Mdina Glass Christmas Village. The Mdina Glass Christmas Village, held in Ta' Qali, is a festive fair known for its glassware and Christmas decorations. Visitors can watch skilled artisans create glass products, purchase unique gifts and enjoy a range of festive activities. The fair includes a variety of stalls selling Maltese crafts, food and drinks, making it a perfect holiday outing. The Mdina Glass Christmas Village is not just a shopping experience, it's a showcase of Maltese craftsmanship and festive spirit.
- Valletta Green Festival. The Valletta Green Festival, held in Valletta, focuses on environmental sustainability and green initiatives. This event, typically in May, transforms city spaces with eco-friendly installations, such as the famous floral carpet in St. George's Square. The festival includes workshops, talks and exhibitions related to environmental conservation, renewable energy and sustainable living. It's an opportunity for visitors to learn about green practices and engage with local environmental organizations. The Valletta Green Festival celebrates Malta's commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.
- Malta Book Festival. The Malta Book Festival, taking place annually in Valletta, is a significant event for literary enthusiasts. Held in November, this festival brings together publishers, authors and readers. It features book launches, readings and panel discussions, covering various literary genres. The festival also includes educational workshops for children and adults, promoting literacy and the joy of reading. The Malta Book Festival is more than a literary event; it's a cultural gathering celebrating the power of books and the diversity of ideas.
- Science in the City. Science in the City, held in Valletta, is Malta's annual science and arts festival. This event, typically in September, is part of the European Researchers' Night. It showcases the latest in science and technology through interactive installations, workshops and demonstrations. The festival makes science accessible and fun, appealing to all ages. Visitors can engage with scientists, learn about cutting-edge research and participate in experiments.
What are the best reenactment festivals in Malta?
Listed below are the best reenactment festivals in Malta.
- In Guardia Parade. The In Guardia Parade is a prominent historical reenactment festival in Malta, bringing to life the island's rich history. The parade features authentically dressed soldiers, period weapons and military maneuvers, providing a glimpse into Malta's past. The In Guardia Parade occurs several times yearly, drawing locals and tourists. The event offers a journey into Malta's history, emphasizing the cultural and military heritage of the Knights of St. John.
- Mdina Medieval Festival. The Mdina Medieval Festival transforms Malta's old capital, Mdina, into a medieval town. This two-day event in April celebrates Malta's medieval period with reenactments, including jousting, sword fighting and archery. The festival features medieval music, dance and various crafts, creating an authentic atmosphere. Streets and squares are filled with performers in period costumes and visitors can enjoy traditional food and drink.
- Birgu Fest. Birgu Fest is a significant cultural event in Malta, held in the historic city of Birgu (Vittoriosa). This festival includes reenactments of historical events, particularly from the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. The festival also features candlelit evenings, where the city is lit by thousands of candles, creating a magical atmosphere. Birgu Fest is not just a historical reenactment, it's a celebration of Birgu's rich history and traditions.
- Malta Military Tattoo. The Malta Military Tattoo showcases military bands, historical reenactments and cultural performances. Held at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, this festival displays military traditions, precision marching and musical prowess. The event includes local and international military bands and reenactment groups, performing various historical and contemporary routines. The Malta Military Tattoo is a blend of music, history and culture, offering a thrilling experience for all attendees.
- The Great Siege of Malta. The Great Siege of Malta reenactment represents one of Malta's most significant historical events. The event features battles, military strategies and the daily life of soldiers and citizens during the siege. Participants dressed in period costumes recreate scenes of combat, negotiations and the eventual triumph of the Maltese and the Knights of St. John. This reenactment entertains and educates about Malta's resilience and strategic importance in history.
What are the top destinations to visit in Malta during the festivals?
There are five awesome places to visit in Malta during the festivals. Firstly, Valletta, Malta's capital city, is a prime destination during festival times. It is the epicenter of major cultural events like the Malta International Arts Festival and the Valletta Baroque Festival. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, blends historic architecture with arts scene, offering a rich experience of Maltese culture and history. Secondly, the city of Mdina, also known as the Silent City, hosts various festivals that reflect Malta's historical and cultural heritage. The Mdina Medieval Festival is a notable event, transforming the city into a medieval spectacle with reenactments, art and music. Thirdly, Sliema is known for its contemporary vibe and is a hub for various modern festivals. The city is often a key location for music and art events, including the Malta Jazz Festival. Fourthly, the island of Gozo, known for its landscapes and ambiance, hosts the Gozo International Music Festival. This event features a variety of musical genres and attracts a diverse crowd. Cities like Victoria, the capital of Gozo, became centers of music and culture during these times. Lastly, Birgu, also known as Vittoriosa, is another must-visit during the festival season. The Birgu Fest, is particularly famous for the Birgu by Candlelight event. Streets and ancient buildings are lit by thousands of candles, creating a magical atmosphere. These festivals provide an excellent opportunity for visitors to engage with local traditions.
How to get around in Malta during the festivals?
There are four main ways to get around in Malta during the festivals. Firstly, public buses are a primary mode of transportation in Malta, especially during festivals. They provide extensive coverage across the island, connecting major cities, towns and festival venues. The bus service is relatively affordable and frequent, though it can be crowded during peak festival times. Secondly, taxis and ride-hailing services offer a convenient way to travel around Malta during festivals. They provide door-to-door service, which is particularly useful late at night or when traveling to areas not well-served by public transport. Thirdly, renting a car can be an excellent choice for those who prefer flexibility and wish to explore more remote areas or multiple festival sites. Malta's size makes it easy to drive across the island within a few hours. Fourthly, walking is a viable option in Malta's compact cities, especially Valletta, Mdina and other historic areas where festivals often take place. Many festival venues are within walking distance of each other and walking offers the opportunity to experience the festive atmosphere and architecture up close. Lastly, cycling can be an enjoyable and eco-friendly way to get around, particularly in less congested areas and for short to medium distances. Some places in Malta offer bike rentals and cycling can be a great way to explore the local scenery at your own pace.
PIN FOR LATER
Find below the best Malta guides from WonderfulWanderings.