The history of settlement is fully documented in the Santa Marina Civic Museum, formed of three separate buildings, each devoted to a different historical period. At Malfa, there is the Museum of Emigration, which holds the records of the exodus events characteristic of the Aeolian islands since the end of the 18th through to halfway through the 20th century. The body of traditions and trades is still kept alive in the patronal feasts, festivals and religious celebrations in which the whole community, as well as visitors to the island, take part every year.
There are many cultural events these days staged on the island. The island, as a paradise of sustainable tourism, hosts the Salina Isola Slow event, promoting the wine and food traditions of the region. The most renowned festival is certainly the Salina Doc Fest, a social involvement event which promotes the rebirth of narrative documentary.