Gozo events

Gozo Regional Carnival
A five day festival of dance, street parades, music & colourful grotesque floats along the main streets of Victoria

Nadur Carnival - February / March
A spontaneous and creative carnival with no rules.

Seher Il-Punent, Gharb - March / April
A Festival that promotes the locality of Gharb, its culture, history, traditions, food, arts and crafts and also sport.

Holy Week and Easter - March / April
Religious culture really comes into its own at this time of year. Holy week is a sombre and fascinating time, in contrast with the happier festive mood of Easter Sunday. Gozo also marks Lent, Good Friday and Easter by seasonal food specialities only available in this period of the year as well as through the abstinence of certain food.

Il Wien Ir-Rebbiegha - Zebbug (Colours of Spring) - April
An event for all the family, including fireworks, the traditional blessing of various animals and a horse display amongst other things.

Agricultural Exhibitions - 29th June, 14th-15th August
The June exhibition takes place in Nadur and exhibits included not only agricultural products but also traditional crafts. The August agrarian exhibition is held at Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria and hosts more than 5,000 exhibits of farm animals, song birds and local produce as well as home-made wines, honey and oil. Traditional folk singing entertains the crowds on the evening of the 14th of August.

Lejlet Lapsi, Victoria (Rabat) - May / June
The capital city comes alive with a wide variety of performances, entertainment and exhibitions spread over a weekend of activities.

Notte Scarlatta, Sannat - Summer
War like re-enactments, culinary displays, exhibitions and fireworks.

Victoria International Arts Festival, Victoria - Summer
Features artistes from the Maltese Islands and as well from all over Europe. All performances are free of charge.

Festa of the Village Patron Saint - Summer months
Every town and village celebrates the feast of its patron saint with indoor religious functions and outdoor festivities. Processions, ground and air fireworks, band marches and revelry. Festas are held every weekend throughout summer and details of forthcoming feasts are advertised in the local newspapers. Feasts to look out for: Feast of St Peter and St Paul (29 June) in Nadur, the feast of St.George (July), the feast of St.Mary (15 August) and the feast of Our Lady in Victories in Xaghra (8 September)

Fireworks, carnival and church, Gozo. Photos by Ted Attard and Vanicsek P?er
Gozo Music Festival - August
Contemporary artistes as well as performers from other eras wchich remain favourites amongst all audiences.

Nadur Wine Festival - September
Wine tasting and music entertainment.

Qala International Folk Festival - September
Four-day Festival which focuses on folk music, song, dance and commemoration of local traditions.

Cittadella - October/November
Historic tours, choral and classic music concerts, traditional dinners, folk dancing, and sacred art exhibitions, all vortex around the main artistic event of the week ….the Opera

Opera Season - October/November
At the Aurora Theatre and the Astra Theatre in Victoria

Mediterranea - October/November
Ten-day cultural festival, featuring opera, music, dance, history and archaeology, local crafts, food and wine and art.

Christmas in Gozo - December
Numerous events and celebrations which bring together the religious and secular dimensions of Christmas. Also a large animated live crib known as “Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem”.

New Year's Eve in Gozo - December
A very diverse entertainment programme which suits all kinds of tastes: lavish gala nights, top musical acts, and more.
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