St Dominics Fair
Poland's largest open-air cultural event is also one of the oldest in the world, having been started by papal decree back in 1260. St Dominic's Fair is the largest trade and cultural outdoor event in Europe and despite its great size, retains its charming medieval flavour. In the 21st century the annual fair draws about 150,000 visitors a day over three weeks in the peak tourist season, with more than 1,000 merchants, artists and collectors setting up stalls and doing a busy trade in the picturesque streets of the Old Town. The fair boasts a huge variety of events in historic Gdansk. The programme includes a brass band festival, live music concerts, street theatre performances, special exhibitions at the galleries and museums of Gdansk, children's entertainment, chamber music, sports events, chivalry tournaments, parades and regattas, fireworks, and many games and contests. The fair takes place during the peak tourist season in Poland (the hottest summer months) and it is a wonderful time to visit Gdansk as everything is at its best. However, tourists should ensure that they book accommodation far in advance as the city is packed over this period; those who dislike crowds should avoid travelling during July and August.
Venue: Glowne Miasto (Main Town)
Date: 26 July to 17 August 2014