Popeye Village in Malta / Picture Credit: Pixabay
Popeye Village in Malta / Picture Credit: Pixabay

Malta has always been a country that is keen on celebrating. Throughout the year, there are various national and religious celebrations to enjoy with friends, family or your significant other. These range from Malta's Independence Day in September through Christmas until New Year's Eve. But this year is unique as the summer holidays occur at a time when the global Covid-19 pandemic made its mark on the world. As the infection rate has plummeted and the majority of the population has been vaccinated, life is gradually returning to normal in this tiny island nation. The end of summer celebrations are designed to encourage a sense of "normalcy" with the following five events.

1. The Fireworks Special in Mellieha

Fireworks displays are always a treat to watch in Malta. This year, there will be a four-day fireworks extravaganza in Mellieha from September 9th to 11th, with the finale being on September 20th from 8:30 to 10:59 pm. Mellieha is located on the northern coast of Malta and is a great place to enjoy the pyrotechnics. To learn more about the event, you can go to Visit Malta’s website.

2. Malta Rocks

This outdoor concert is designed to showcase local music acts at The Fosos in Floriana on September 17th. Headlining this year's show is a local singer named Destiny, who finished 6th on Britain's Got Talent in 2017 and won the Maltese version of the X Factor last year. Nearly a dozen other local bands will be on stage throughout the night.

3. It's a Kind of Magic - The Queen Story

Who doesn't love Freddie Mercury's Live Aid performance? This year, you can have a chance to relive the magic with the Queen Story, a musical performance taking place on September 24th in Floriana. The production is designed to tell how Freddie Mercury and his bandmates became global icons through their music, which forever changed popular culture. Classic songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and We are the Champions will be performed live throughout the night.

4. The Malta International Airshow

The Malta International Airshow is one of the most popular air shows worldwide. This year, it will take place at Malta's main airport on September 25th and 26th and promises lots of aerial acrobatics acts as well as a variety of aircraft on display for visitors to enjoy. The country's tourism minister has said that the show's return, three years after it was last seen, is representative of life returning to normal. Few things are more exciting than watching planes fly overhead in formation in this gorgeous island nation.

5. Pete Tong's Classics

Britain's iconic DJ is bringing his dance party to Malta. The show will be held at the Granaries in Floriana on September 28th and promises plenty of banging beats and moving bodies as well as an ocean view. Tong is the host of BBC Radio One's "Essential Mix", a mix show that showcases music from the electronic genre. This night, he will perform classic songs from his two-decade career with the Heritage Orchestra (HER_O) and conductor Jules Buckley.