Gdansk

St. Dominic's Fair

Saturday Jul 28 - Sunday Aug 19    
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St. Dominic's Fair (or Jarmark Dominika or simply Jarmark as it’s referred to in Polish), is on par with Weihnachtsmarkt and Oktoberfest when it comes to both size and visibility. The festival dates all the way back to 1260, when it was established by Pope Alexander IVth, the good old days when a fair could persuade you to attend a pardon mass and cut your stay in purgatory by a whopping 100 days.

Originally the fair kicked off with bell ringing and the call for around 400 ships to come to Gdańsk to ply their wares. It was always an important event for the town in which the king and nobility took part; the most memorable being in 1310 where Teutonic knights used the absence of the king and invaded. It ran up to World War II when the fair was stopped for 33 years.


Lasting for three weeks this is the biggest event in the Gdansk cultural calendar and attracts over 6 million visitors annually. 

You'll find a detailed programme of events at the stands of the event organisers (you’ll find one next to Neptun’s statue) or you can download a map from the organisers’ website.

Date

Jul 28 2018 - Aug 19 2018
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