As both the heat and barrage of festivals start to recede into the background, we become less spoilt for choice about what to do at the end of the work week.
But this doesn’t mean that your late summer weekends have to be boring.
Here’s the proof.
Thursday: Full Moon Gathering
Where: Riviera (Għajn Tuffieħa)
Kicking off at sunset at 7pm, The Full Moon Gathering has been happening for about 13 years. Simply described, it is a gathering of people, who come together, drawn by a love of nature, music and feeling good. People are encouraged to bring juggling toys & musical instruments, and to join in the vibe. Not great if you have an aversion to hippies of course.
This will involve yoga, meditation and a ‘sharing circle’.
Friday: Festa ta’ Kemmuna
Yep, you heard that right: Comino’s own festa, with guaranteed fun “for the whole family”. What better way to celebrate the miraculous removal of deckchairs and umbrellas earlier this week?
Apart from the standard repertoire of warmed-over cover bands, the highlight here is bound to be the procession. Get this, the vara will be carried all the way from Mgarr (Gozo) before making its way to the smaller sister isle. There will be food stalls and a historical re-enactment at Comino tower, while the statue will begin its pilgrimage at 6pm on Saturday evening.
Saturday: Balcony Spotting in Valletta
Where: City Gate, Valletta (meeting place), 6.30pm
We’re great fans of Raisa Tarasova’s Valletta balcony-spotting ways, and now she’s giving a live dimension to her blog series by sharing her favourite balconies to an intimate audience of 15 participants.
But if you don’t make it to this limited circle of balcony-spotters worry not – another walk is being scheduled for around mid-September.
Sunday: Rodolfo Häsler – Leaning Against The Edge
Where: Spazju Kreattiv at St James Cavalier, Valletta, 8pm
Ahead of the awesome display of local and international literature that is the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, here’s a chance to meet one of its distinguished guests this year – the Cuban poet and translator Rodolfo Häsler.
Häsler, who is now based in Barcelona where he co-edits a literary magazine, and whose work has been translated to numerous languages, will be interviewed by Jean Paul Borg during the event. Meanwhile, the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival will be taking place at Fort St Elmo on August 25-27 at 20:00.
All Weekend: Malta Summer Carnival 2016
When: August 19-21, 7pm – 11pm
Where: Bugibba and Marsaskala
Since we can’t seem to get enough of garish fun – what with festi and you know, the original February carnival going on in full swing – the Malta Summer Carnival is back and this time, it’s added a location!
Apart from its usual venue at the Bugibba square – where visitors can expect the usual defile and gostra events – this year’s edition will be capped off with a carnival parade in Marsaskala on Sunday.