Heat sucks. And in Malta, we get a lot of it, especially weekends like the coming one, which is set to see even more record temperatures across Europe… fun!
Thankfully, while Satan works hard at setting the world on fire, some people work harder to organise events and activities that take advantage of summer and distract us from the heat.
Here is our list of 13 events around Malta that you need to check out over the weekend.
Friday 28th June
1. Open the District
Popular summer clubbing promoters District are reopening business for the hot season.
And with an all-new open-air venue at UNO’s Treehaus and performances from DJs Puis and Macelli to name just a couple, you won’t want to miss this.
2. A Post-Exam Party
To truly celebrate a stress-free couple of months, MMSA – Leisure is helping to Lift Off students’ nerves. D-did you get it…?
Anyways, the 1926 Beach Club will be serving good music, great vibes and enough alcohol to help you forget the last semester.
3. Get riffed
Port Do Soul, an amazing guitar duo from beyond our shores, will be gracing our islands to hit us with some of the most aurally tantalising tunes on the isles.
Their mini Malta tour kicked off last Tuesday, but you can catch them at these places on the following dates this weekend.
- Friday 27 June: Dinner with Port do Soul at Giuseppi’s, Salini Hotel
- Saturday 28 June: Drinks with Port do Soul at Cru, Valletta
- Sunday 29 June: Dinner with Port do Soul at MUZA, Valletta
5. Explore the dark
Heritage Malta is putting on an overnight guided tour of two of Malta’s most beautiful sites, Għar Dalam and Ta’ Kaċċatura.
Participants will also be fed traditional meals from the Imnarja season (which is celebrated on the following day, on 29th of June), such as rabbit pies. Make sure you bring a sleeping bag!
Saturday 29th June
6. Beer, food, fun and… umbrellas!
MMG Promotions, in collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority, is lighting up Żabbar’s famed umbrella street with one heck of an event.
The Żabbar Umbrellas Beer Festival will divide the street into specific zones, catering for a diverse selection of audiences. A number of craft, traditional, local and foreign beers will be featured in the main festival area, accompanied by a food court serving everything from grills and pasta to Turkish specialities. There’s even a safe enclosed kids area with dedicated events!
7. Get wild by the sea
Wild West Project is bringing all the fun to the 1926 Beach Club with the newest summer edition party. If you haven’t already, brush the winter dust off your swimsuits and jump right in.
8. Class is in session: welcome to 80s school
Calm down students, there’s no teachers around!
But for a lesson in nostalgia (or history, if like me you’re too young for this,) Class of 85 is the place to be. With some of the biggest hits from the 80s set to be blasted through the night, you’ll have to be a total bogart to miss this one.
As always, tickets for Class’ 2019 event are selling fast though, so get your ASAP.
Malta’s Eco Market returns for a second year at The Independence Gardens in Sliema on the 29th and 30th of June.
Learn about eco-friendly brands and practices from their many events, geared for adults and kids alike. Everybody talks about being greener, so why not learn something from the best about how to do just that?
10. Get cultured with Shakespeare
Saturday marks the opening night of the Malta Amateur Dramatic Club’s (MADC) production of William Shakespeare’s legendary (and final) play The Tempest, which features a now female protagonist in an attempt to “bring in the history of the female struggle”.
So, for a much-needed dose of Middle Ages Drama and female heroism, head on down!
11. One of the alternative scene’s favourite new bands launches their debut
Local band Djun are releasing their debut album Il-Ħlas and, in celebration, will be performing their new tracks at Palazzo de La Salle on Saturday and Sunday.
Well-known songstress Alexandra Alden will also be supporting their launch, so we can guarantee it’ll be a great show.
Sunday 30th June
12. Gather the film lovers
Whether you love watching, acting in or even directing films, you need to go to the Island Film Gathering.
With a showing of local movies and talks from people who work in the industry (including Limestone Cowboy’s Paul Portelli), this event could provide major insight into a star-studded business.
13. Showcase your enthusiasm
Surfside Beach House will the home of the newest editions of the Showcase Sundays, bringing great music, better vibes, and happy hour pizzas and cocktails between 7 and 9pm, so you know it will be a night to remember.