St. Dominic’s Fair in Gdansk is one of the biggest commercial open-air events in Europe. It was established in 1260 by Pope Alexander IV, and since then has been annually organized in the streets of Gdansk – with the short period of break during and after the Second World War. Until 2003 St. Dominic’s Fair started in August and lasted for two weeks. Since 2004, it starts on the last Saturday of July and lasts for three weeks.
Every year in July, thousands of Gdansk citizens and visitors come to the Lower Gdansk – district where usually nobody comes. This is because of FETA- International street and open-air theatres festival, that takes over the district for one weekend.
Not as spectacular as in Sydney and not as hot as in Rio de Janeiro, but still – if you happen to be in Gdansk on the New Year’s Eve, it is worth to check what to do on that special night. This year’s celebration of New Year’s Eve in Gdansk will be a bit different from the previous years. First of all, there will be no spectacular fireworks, as Gdansk authorities decided on laser lights instead. This is to ease the animals, that are frightened by the noise they can’t understand. The other difference is moving some events out of the Main Town. Thus, the celebration will take place in four districts. All events below are free!
Although not as known as its counterpart in Berlin, Christmas Fair in Gdansk is getting more and more popular in recent years. It’s smaller and less crowded than Dominikanski Fair that takes place during summer, but still attracts citizens and tourists to the city centre. This year Christmas Fair starts on 1st of December and lasts for over three weeks. Contrary to Dominikanski Fair, which is spread all over the Main and Old Town, Christmas Fair is mainly concentrated around Targ Weglowy and Wyzynna Gate.