Fun events for you and your kids this weekend: April 28 to 30, 2023

Many fairs, re-enactments and fireworks displays are taking place in the next few days
Performers rehearsing for Emoji: My Emotions, which is taking place this weekend at the Manoel Theatre. Photo: Nisġa

Emoji: My Emotions

The Manoel’s TOI TOI Learning and Participation Programme is collaborating with Moveo Dance Company to bring a combination of projected digital animation and dance to promote social and emotional learning in primary schoolchildren. 

The show, suitable for children aged 5+, will be held tomorrow, April 29, and on Sunday, April 30, at 10 and 11.30am.

For more information and tickets, visit teatrumanoel.com.mt.

Il-festa tal-festi

The Malta Community Chest Fund is organising a weekend of activities for all the family to celebrate Maltese culture and recreating the village festa atmosphere at the Verdala Palace Gardens between today, April 28, and Sunday, April 30.

There will be light installations, food and live performances, besides walk-through exhibitions, various masterclasses and interactive workshops.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

The event’s poster

Spring Fair at Msida Bastion Garden

On Sunday, April 30, the historic Msida Bastion Garden and Cemetery is hosting its Spring Fair organised by Din l-Art Ħelwa’s volunteers.

The garden, overlooking Marsamxetto Harbour and Fort Manoel, will be open from 9.30am to 5pm.

There will be various activities for families, especially for children with a bouncy castle and face painting between noon and 2pm. There will be a display of medieval sword fighting between 9.30 and 11.30am.

Stalls will be selling books, plants, bric-a-brac and light refreshments, and there will be guided tours in English.

Entrance is against a donation of €2, while children under 12 are free of charge.

This is the major fundraising event of the year for the prize-winning Msida Bastion Cemetery and Garden, restored and managed by Din l-Art Ħelwa. All proceeds go towards the maintenance of the garden and its historic monuments.

The Msida Bastion Garden and Cemetery during a previous edition of the Spring Fair.

Castrum Maris

From tomorrow, April 29 to Monday, May 1, Heritage Malta is commemorating a chapter of Maltese history with re-enactors offering a window into life at Fort St Angelo during the reign of King Martin I. The upper part of the fort will also be accessible during the event.

Among others, there will be re-enactors of peasants, grape vine tenders, weavers, mattress makers, tanners of hides, tailors, barbers, corsairs, blacksmiths, carpenters and ship builders, of Maltese, Jewish, Genoese and Catalan traders, sea captains and of nobility.

On all three days of the event, there will also be a re-enactment of the 1398 successful siege by King Martin’s forces over the Castrum Maris, starting from outside the fort’s gate at around 3pm and finishing at the parade ground of the fort.

The event will be held during the Vittoriosa fort’s normal opening hours: 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm). Adults pay the normal admission price, while Heritage Malta members and children enter for free. Tickets will only be available at the door. Student and senior passports are not applicable for this event. 

Re-enactors at Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa. Photo: Heritage Malta

Gozo Spring Fair

The Gozo Spring Fair will be held at Villa Rundle in Victoria between tomorrow, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, from 10am to 6pm. There will be locally-made goods on sale, flower arrangements, children’s craft-making and fun activities for all the family.

Europe Direct Gozo will be celebrating Europe Day at the fair tomorrow and EU publications will be distributed for free.

Globe Malta and Nature Trust will also be having their own stands to provide information about their services.


During the weekends of April and May, the Valletta Waterfront is hosting various colourful activities for all the family, including live performances and children’s mascots.

This weekend, it’s also an ideal place to watch the Malta International Fireworks Festival (see below).

For a detailed programme of events, click here.

Animators at the Valletta Waterfront. Photo: Facebook

Dwejra Spring Festival

The Dwejra Spring Festival is happening on Sunday, April 30 from noon onwards at Dwejra.

The fair will include a merry-go-round, a rodeo bull, rock climbing, an adventure park, a sports pitch and cartoon characters.

Malta International Fireworks Festival

Like children, adults might be awe-struck by the colourful and multi-shaped fireworks which light up the sky. And there’s no better time than to enjoy fireworks than this weekend.

The Malta International Fireworks Festival continues today, April 28, at Grand Harbour. Tomorrow the event is moving to Nadur, Gozo, while the grand finale will be held on Sunday.

For more information, visit maltafireworksfestival.com.

A family enjoying fireworks. Photo: Shutterstock.com

For more events, look up the What’s On guide for timesofmalta.com. For more Child articles, click here.

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