Hot, sunny days are plentiful on Gozo every summer. But did you know that as well as guaranteed sunshine, summer on Gozo also offers visitors and locals alike a vibrant calendar of events?
From May to September villages on Gozo take turns to celebrate their patron saints with joyful festas that combine music parades, religious services, food and fireworks. Our blog post Time to Celebrate! outlines what you can expect at festa time. We definitely recommend you attend at least one to get an insight into our traditional way of life.
And music lovers are well catered for during the summer on Gozo. From classical recitals to live rock and pop concerts and DJ sets, there’s an incredible 7-day a week calendar of events to choose from.
On Gozo there are no gatherings without some delicious local food, wine and beer! And for anyone interested in finding out more there are some great food events where you can sample some of the best of our sensational local produce.
Have we whetted your appetite? We certainly hope so. This blog post aims to give a taster of some of the fun-filled and cultural events taking place on Gozo this summer. There’s so much going on – you’re sure to find something to enjoy.
Calendar of summer events on Gozo 2023
Events in Gozo
For full details of what’s on and where, take a look at Visit Gozo’s Summer In Gozo 2023 online booklet, as well as their new website eventsinGozo.com. In addition, you can keep up to date with all the latest news about events on Gozo on their new Facebook page.
And don’t forget that Baron Holiday Home representatives are always happy to provide local knowledge of what’s on in Gozo. We can also organise a fun selection of things to do on Gozo and also offer a great range of extra services to make your Gozo holiday even more enjoyable.
Here are some of the highlights:
San Lawrenz, Gozo with festa decorations. Photo credit: Baron Holiday Homes
For Gozitans, summer means village festas. This is where tradition, religion, music, fun and food all combine to create joyful celebrations throughout the island. Each village has a patron saint that is honoured during their festa and villages compete to see who has the best festa! For more information about what you can expect at a festa read our blog post Time To Celebrate: Gozo’s Festas Are Back!
The Gozo festa season began in May and runs to October. Festas that will run in summer 2023 include:
9 July Feast of Our Lady of Relief, Kerċem
16 July Feast of Saint George, Victoria
23 July Feast of Saint Margaret, Sannat
6 August Feast of Saint Joseph, Qala
13 August Feast of Saint Laurence, San Lawrenz
15 August Feast of Santa Marija, Victoria
20 August Feast of Santa Marija, Żebbuġ
27 August Feast of Our Lady of Loretto, Għajnsielem
8 September Feast of The Nativity of Our Lady, Xagħra
Victoria International Arts Festival, Gozo. Photo credit: viaf.org.mt
To 10 July Victoria International Arts Festival
A major highlight of Gozo’s summer cultural calendar which runs throughout June and into July. Comprising a lively programme of concerts and recitals in venues all across Gozo, the festival closes on 10 July with a special performance at St George’s Basilica in Victoria by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
9 August Leone Band in Concert, 9.00pm Victoria
This annual concert of classical and modern symphonic music is extra special this year as it marked the 163rd anniversary of the founding of the Leonie Band in Gozo.
Rock & Pop Music
Throughout the summer you’ll find live music events everywhere on Gozo. Depending on where your Baron Holiday Home is located, you might even be able to stroll down to the main village square or waterfront to enjoy an evening’s entertainment for some of the regular music gigs:
3 July – 18 September Marsalforn Mondays, 9.30pm
25 July – 19 September City Tuesdays, 9.00pm Victoria
5 July – 20 September Midweek Summer Vibes, 9.00pm Wednesdays Qala & Xagħra
7 July – 22 September Mġarr Fridays, 9.30pm
8 July – 16 September Summer in the Square, 9.00pm alternate Saturdays Xewkija
15 July – 9 September Nadur Saturdays, 8.00pm
2 July – 17 September I Love Xlendi, 8.00pm on Sundays
31 July Opera vs. Pop Under The Stars, 8.30pm Ggantija Temples, Xagħra
Events celebrating Gozo’s Traditional Culture
29 July Kalipso, 8.00pm Calypso Cave, Xagħra
A unique evening – enjoy dinner while watching a display of traditional loom weaving, folk music and dancing.
2 September Traditional farming demonstrations, Kerċem
An opportunity to see farm machinery from the past in use and to enjoy delicious ftira and live music, plus fireworks.
15 –17 September Qala International Folk Festival
If you’re booking a late summer holiday on Gozo then we recommend experiencing this colourful and dramatic event which includes traditional folk music, dancing, costumes and special light effects.
Qala International Folk Festival. Photo credit: tvmnews.mt
Sound & Light Displays
8 July Flames Across Meadows, 10.45pm Kerċem
Featuring a mechanical replica of London’s famous Tower Bridge, this promises to be a spectacular evening of pyrotechnics and music.
4 August Shades of Light,11.45pm Qala
13 August Xlendi Sunset Festival
Food and Wine
Regular visitors to Gozo will know that food is hugely important in Gozo’s culture. And during the summer months there are a few special events specifically devoted entire to celebrating the best of Gozo’s local produce and cuisine, aswell as locally-produced wines. There will also be local musicians providing live entertainment, and often the evening ends with a fireworks display.
4 – 5 August Malta International Food Festival, Xewkija
13 – 14 August Gozo Agriculture & Industrial Fair, Victoria
1-2 September Delicata Classic Wine Festival, Nadur
22 September Fontanta Wine Festival
23 September Wine, Olive Oil & Honey, 7.00pm Għasri
Well, that is just a taster of what Gozo has in store for summer visitors this year. We hope that you’re excited to get out and experience the very best of what Gozo can offer when holidaying with us this summer.
Why choose Baron Holiday Homes?
Booking a stay with us is easy. We have a flexible booking policy with a low deposit and you only need to pay the balance 15 days before arrival. Simply browse through the list of our fabulous rental properties on Gozo to find the apartment, villa or restored farmhouse that perfectly suits your needs.
The Baron Experience is exceptional. We have been operating in Gozo for more than 25 years and most of our properties are fully owned and serviced. We also offer a wide range of extra in-house services designed to make your Gozo holiday as hassle free and enjoyable as possible.
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Baron Holiday Homes is happy to organise car hire, tours of Gozo, and many other things to do on Gozo for our guests. Just get in touch and we'll tell you all you need to know about walks near to your rental property, festas and special events in villages nearby, and other local information.
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