Malta’s Festas for Families: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Creating Unforgettable Memories

Experience the Magic of a Maltese Village Festa.

A tiny island nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a country steeped in history, culture, and tradition. One of the most exciting experiences for both locals and visitors is attending a village festa.

We have been to Malta 3 times now and never miss an opportunity to attend at least one village Festa.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the magical atmosphere of a Maltese village festa and share tips for families with young kids to make the most of this unforgettable experience.

Traditionally the festa is a catholic celebration in honour of the patron saint of the village. 

These vibrant celebrations are a kaleidoscope of lights, fireworks, food, and the joyful hum of crowds.

This year was the first time we brought our kids to Malta and visited 2 different Festa’s.

The event itself is usually a weekend long party, including a beautiful fireworks show on the last day. But there are many events leading up to the final weekend that often last the whole month. Including band performances and church services.

Lights That Illuminate the Night:

As the sun dips below the horizon, Maltese villages come to life with a dazzling display of lights.

The narrow European streets are decorated with banners and flags, and every corner is lit up in a mesmerising array of colours.

Families with kids will be captivated by the magical ambiance, as the entire village is transformed into a wonderland of twinkling lights.

Fireworks Painting the Sky:

No Maltese festa is complete without a spectacular fireworks display. The bursts of colour and thunderous explosions overhead create a breathtaking spectacle.

Families can gather in the village square  to witness this awe-inspiring show that’s timed perfectly with music.

For parents with young children, it’s advisable to bring ear protection to ensure a comfortable experience for the little ones.

On top of the sky fireworks, Maltese villages also have a tradition called ground fireworks, or cikcivogu (sounds like chook-chav-ooki). In English, they are called Catherine Wheels.

These ground fireworks are really unique and fascinating to watch.

I would describe it as different wooden structures and mechanisms that rotate around wheels on the ground while shooting fireworks out of its sides. They make all sorts of squealing noises too.

Don’t get too close though!!

Check out the video above to see our experience with cikcivogu in the village of Ghargur, Malta!


Maltese festas often have food trucks parked everywhere as well as the local restaurants and band clubs to offer an array of local delicacies that tantalise the taste buds.

From traditional pastizzi and freshly grilled fish to sweet nougat and honey rings, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Families can explore the food stalls lining the festa grounds, allowing kids to indulge in delicious treats while soaking in the lively atmosphere.

The Joyful Hum of Crowds and Music:

The festa is a communal celebration that brings together locals, tourists, and families alike. The air is filled with laughter, chatter, and the sounds of traditional Maltese music.

Each village has a band club that often parades the streets playing music.

Families can join the processions, watch traditional dances, and partake in the joyous festivities. Kids will be delighted by the lively energy, making it a memorable experience for the entire family.

The festa’s are for everyone, from babies, to teens to grandparents! Everyone came out to enjoy themselves.

Tips for Families with Kids:

Plan Ahead: Check the festa schedule in advance to ensure you don’t miss key events, such as processions and fireworks.

Clothing options: Bring comfortable clothing, especially for the little ones, as you may be spending a considerable amount of time outdoors. At the same time, you will see that many of the locals will dress up and wear their best outfits for the festa. 


Ear Protection: Given the loud nature of fireworks, consider bringing ear protection for children to ensure a comfortable experience.


Exploration Time: Take the opportunity to explore the village during the day to appreciate the decorations and get a feel for the local culture.

Snacks and Hydration: Pack some snacks and water to keep the family fueled throughout the festivities.


A Maltese village festa is a magical tapestry of lights, fireworks, food, and the warmth of community spirit.

For families with kids, it’s an opportunity to create lasting memories against the backdrop of Malta’s rich cultural heritage.

So, immerse yourself in the enchantment of a Maltese festa and let the vibrant celebration sweep you off your feet.

If you are looking for more exciting things to do in Malta with kids, check out Top 5 Villages to Visit in Malta and Fun Things to do in Malta with Kids

For other fun festivals around the world check out  Syttende Mai Festivities in Norway.

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