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Located at the gates to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar fuses local culture with international influences throughout its architecture, cuisine, and traditions. With Upper Rock Nature Reserve as it’s most well known and distinctive tourist attraction, there is no end of outdoor adventures to be had on this bustling peninsula.
Gibraltar hosts a wide variety of events and festivals throughout the year, ranging from local celebrations, to international festivals. You’ll also find smaller events pop up throughout the year, from art exhibitions to dance performances. To check what’s on during your visit, check out the Visit Gibraltar website for an up to date calendar.
MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival
MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival - originally Gibraltar Music Festival until it’s partnership with MTV in 2017 - is an annual event held in September. While it may not be a festival you’ve ever heard of, it hosts internationally known artists such as Rita Ora, Stormzy, Duran Duran, and Take That to name a few. Held in Victoria Stadium located near the airport, this two day event sees thousands of festival goers travel from around the world to party at this vibrant festival.
Calentita Food Festival
For all of you foodies, Calentita Food Festival (named after the country’s national dish) is held annually at the beginning of summer. While many of the food shops around Gibraltar have a quintessentially British theme to them, the food festival is a true celebration of Gibraltar’s local community. With over 50 stalls located in the main square, you can travel around the world sampling foods that are prepared with love, some are even cooked right before you. The spirit of the local community is also celebrated with performances of all kinds from live music, to performances by schoolchildren. This truly is the event for anyone looking to experience the warmth of the Gibraltarian people.
New Year’s Eve
A more unofficial celebration is of course New Year’s Eve. If you want to see the most genuine side of the Gibraltarian lifestyle, partaking in New Year’s celebrations is essential. As well as various events, offers, and traditions being held throughout the country’s bars and restaurants, probably the most spirited part of the night is held in Casemates Square inside the old city walls. With free musical entertainment, drinking, dancing, and fireworks, it’s a time where locals letloose and welcome anyone and everyone to join in the festivities and welcome in the New Year in true Gibraltarian style.