The month of October is upon us, and with this Autumn month come long-awaited events! From the popular Notte Bianca in Valletta, to the romantic Birgu by Candlelight, this month presents some fantastic outings around our gorgeous island. Along with these annual events, the end of October brings forth the child-favourite holiday of Halloween. This foreign holiday has caught on well in Malta, and children dress up and trick or treat the night away in various towns and villages around the island. Let’s take a look at what’s on in Malta this October!

4th to the 7th October – Heritage & History Book Fair, Notre Dame Gate, Birgu

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This one is for the bookworms and history buffs! Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna will be holding a heritage and history book fair in one of Malta’s historic gates. A vast selection of military history, general history, maritime, aviation, children’s, WWI and WWII books will be available to purchase at discounted prices. The fair will not only feature a vast amount of books; anyone visiting the fair can also visit an art exhibition with a historic theme, public lectures, guided tours of Notre Dame Gate, and hands on sessions covering historic themes and historic food. If you love history, or books, or both – then a visit to this book fair is an absolute must!

6th October – Notte Bianca, Valletta

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Notte Bianca is the annual event which takes place in Malta’s capital, Valletta, which this year holds the title of European Capital of Culture. This makes this year’s Notte Bianca (or Lejl Imdawwal, as it is called in Maltese), even more special – with a variety of performance art, street art, visual art and live music happening on the streets of the city. There will also be literature corners and theatre performances, while all the museums found in the city will be open free of charge. The streets and piazzas of Valletta will truly come to life on this magical night, which is not one to be missed!

Should you wish to take part in this event book your transfer with English Guide:

Adults € 15
Children € 10

For more details send us email to: marketing@shortletsmalta.com

12th to 14th October – Birgufest, Birgu

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Birgufest is a celebration of culture, art, and most importantly of the beauty of the historic walled city of Vittoriosa, known to the locals as Birgu. Vittoriosa is one of Malta’s oldest cities, having been the seat of the Knights of Malta before the city of Valletta was built. Nowadays this miniscule city is as quaint as they get, its alleyways twisting this way and that, leading you to unexpected beautiful sights. During the annual Birgufest, this city is illuminated by hundreds of candles, which replace the usual streetlamps. This creates a wonderful, intimate atmosphere, heightened by the various art and music performances throughout the streets. Food stalls will also be available throughout the city, while entrances to museums and historical buildings will be discounted.

26th October – Trick or Treat, G7 Edition, Gianpula, Rabat 

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A Halloween party is to be expected this time of year, and G7 events will be holding a spooky trick or treat edition of their renowned Gianpula event. Taking place in the Haunted House and the Bat Cave, this spooky clubbing night will certainly get you in the Halloween spirit! This event also gives you a chance to whip out your Halloween costume and rave the night away decked in masks and fancy get ups. If you like partying, and you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate Halloween, then G7 Trick or Treat is the event for you!

27th October – The Hamrun Chocolate Festival, Hamrun 

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During the rule of Grand Master Perellos, it is said that cocoa beans, a luxury at the time, were stored in the town of Hamrun, in the area known as ‘Tas-Samra’. This connection birthed the Hamrun Chocolate Festival, a yearly event of delicious chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! This year the festival will be celebrating its 10 year mark, making celebrations bigger and better. Expect marvellous creations done entirely out of chocolate, as well as traditional Maltese delicacies which will make any chocaholic drool! This event is a chocolate lover’s dream, so prepare your palate, and indulge in the most opulent of desserts.

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