Six great things to do in Malta this weekend

Give your sofa the finger and uncover a new side to Malta and Gozo this weekend.

Start your weekend off on the right foot with the best Friday, Saturday and Sunday activities, from balloon rides to musicals, we’ve got you covered.


Let’s get started!


1. Hot air balloon ride across Gozo

The first-ever Fly To Smile event will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring hot air balloon rides across Gozo.

Each ride will last around 10 minutes and will lift off from the football ground in the heart of Gharb.

The balloon takes a maximum of five people and children aged between 2 and 5 can go free of charge.

The event is organised by Gharb Local Council and the Ministry of Gozo.


2. Changing of the Guard in Valletta

Enjoy a striking display of Maltese and British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside The Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard.

The Changing of the Guard will be held on Friday morning in the heart of Valletta.

The parade starts at 10.30am when the award-winning Armed Forces of Malta Band parade down Republic Street to St George’s Square.

Here, the New Guard replaces the Old Guard which marches out from The Palace in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.

The ceremony is free to watch.


3. Earth Hour Malta

Some of Malta’s most famous landmarks will be plunged into darkness this weekend.

Malta is proud to once again be part of the world’s largest environmental movement.

The theme for Earth Hour 2019 is ‘Change the Way We Live’.

By symbolically switching off the lights at 8:30pm on Saturday night, we focus our efforts on preserving the earth’s biodiversity – and closer to home – safeguarding Malta’s remaining ecologically important areas and species from development pressures.


4. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is being performed in Gozo this weekend.

The award-wining musical features lyrics by Sir Tim Rice and music by Lord Lloyd Webber.

London-trained performer Thomas Camilleri will play the main role of Joseph, Chantelle Micallef Grimaud is the Narrator, while Chris Dingli will be returning to the Astra Theatre in Victoria following last year’s success in the role of Pharaoh.

This musical is the fourth consecutive one being produced at the Astra following Grease in 2016, Evita in 2017 and Jesus Christ Superstar last year.


5. Malta Regatta

Sunday is a national holiday in Malta as the island marks Freedom Day.

And to celebrate, the annual Malta Regatta will be held in the most beautiful harbour in the world on Sunday afternoon.

Seven clubs will take part and compete in two categories, Section A and Section B.

Both feature five races and the winner will take home the respective category shield.

Thousands of spectators, tourists and families are expected to gather around the Grand Harbour in Valletta,Floriana, Senglea, Vittoriosa, Marsa and Cospicua to watch one of the most beautiful boat races around.


6. Malta’s clocks go forward

The clocks will jump forward one hour on Sunday morning as Malta marks the start of Summer Time.

Smartphones and electronic appliances should update themselves, but you’ll still need to adjust your watch and the clocks around your house to avoid getting caught out.

When do the clocks change?

At 2am on 31 March, the last Sunday of the month, clocks will go forward one hour, marking the start of seven months of daylight saving time.

Does that mean more or less time in bed?

Everyone gets one hour less sleep when the clocks go forward.

Photos: Armed Forces of Malta, Mike and Jess, Malta Easy, Astra Theatre