With Malta’s capital city Valletta preparing to be the European Capital of Culture just around the corner in 2018, there’s currently a huge selection of events taking place throughout the Maltese Islands that promise to excite and entertain the whole family.

September is no exception, with everything from food festivals to film expos and comedy gigs to live bands. Here’s the pick of the events you simply shouldn’t miss when visiting Malta this September.

1st-3rd – Malta Film Expo, Valletta

A new free event organised by the Malta Film Foundation, the Malta Film Expo promises to bring film professionals and enthusiasts together. The event, supported by the Cultural Partnership Agreement through Arts Council Malta and part of the Spazju Kreattiv programme, will delve into all aspects of film with a series of exhibitions, discussions regarding today’s film industry, and special screenings of both modern films as well as those from the golden age of cinema.

2nd – Gozo Edition Malta International Food Festival 2017, Gozo

Gozo Edition - Malta International Food Festival 2017
September marks the Gozo edition of Malta’s hugely popular International Food Festival, which boasts numerous stalls offering an array of cuisine from around the world. This free-entry street food extravaganza gives culinary enthusiasts the chance to sample authentic Asian dishes, fresh Mediterranean-inspired and Gozitan delicacies, traditional Maltese fare as well as classic European favourites. There’s also plenty to complement your chosen foods, with wine-tasting, brewery stands and a wide selection of sweets and home-made ice creams as dessert.

3rd, 6th – ‘How to Be Maltese in An Hour – The Comedy Show’, Vault Theatre, Valletta

Comedy lovers should make sure to get tickets for ‘How to Be Maltese in An Hour’, which is a side-splittingly funny look at the weird and wonderful traits of the Maltese people. Directed and produced by The Comedy Island, a new initiative by local comedy stalwarts Steve Hili and Wesley Ellul, and performed by three of Malta’s top actors, ‘How to Be Maltese in An Hour’ promises to be a hilarious alternative to a phrase book for understanding the locals.

13th – Magical Indian Nights by Madhavi, Café Riche, Birgu

Café Riche will be hosting Madhavi, an Indian dancer who will teach and perform the many facets of Indian dance, including rhythms, expressions and hand gestures involved in classical Indian dance art, Bharata Natyam, and Bollywood dances. Whether you choose to simply watch or wish to learn this art form with Madhavi, you will enjoy a spellbinding cultural experience.

22nd, 23rd – Peter Powers – Live on Stage, Eden Cinemas, St Julian’s

‘The world’s funniest hypnotist’ Peter Powers comes to Malta this September to create his signature hypnotic havoc in a live performance hosted by Eden Cinemas. As the star of four hugely successful TV series, Peter Powers amazes and intrigues audiences with his extraordinary hypnotic ability, as well as inducing hilarious belly-aching laughter with increasingly wacky and naughty scenarios. Those who enjoy adult humour, and outrageously fun and fast-paced comedy shows should book tickets now.

Craving more Maltese culture? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Village Festas in Malta or 5 Unmissable Historical Sites in Malta!