St. Dominic’s Fair for the 760th time!
St. Dominic’s Fair is the largest open-air trade and cultural event in Poland and one of the largest such events in Europe. 650 stalls with all kind of goods await in the Old and Main Town from 25th July to 16th of August.
A bit of history
This fair has enjoyed seven hundred sixty years of tradition; it was established by the Pope Alexander IV in 1260. The contemporary form of St Dominic’s Fair recalls the Medieval tradition of fun and trade such as market square, shows by masters of artistic metalwork or bread day. More than 600 traders, artists and collectors participate in the Fair, occupying with their stands, several streets in the centre of the in the historical city centre.
This year is special because of coronavirus pandemic. This means that everyone must obey safety regulations. The most important – keep the distance (2m) whenever possible and wash your hands often. Don’t forget to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing!
Facebook opening and parades
The opening ceremony always draws great crowds to the Długi Targ Street. This year however we must meet on-line for this event. Passing of the keys to the gates of the city will be streamed on Fair’s Facebook account (Saturday, 25th of July at 12.00). Just after that, the streets of the Main Town will be filled with colourful personas re-enacting little, historical scenes: Golden Hermes (patron of merchants), Gdansk merchant with city gates’ keys, municipal heralds, crimson rooster (the symbol of the fair), lady in the window, fowler and a shepherd.
The world of theatre and circus will accompany us throughout the whole fair. Costume mini-parades will be happening on all Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The detailed programme can be found here: http://jarmarkdominika.pl/en/
Gdansk Tourism Organization is there to assist you. You can find our stall just next to the Golden Gate. We will be happy to provide you with information and tips about Gdansk. You can also buy Gdansk’s souvenirs and sweets at our stand.
What’s so special about Dominic’s Fair?
It’s unique atmosphere and climate. Wide range of stalls full of antiques, works of art, regional products, silvers, chandeliers, samovars, coins you can find everywhere! In artist’s section there are handmade toys, pottery, amber, silver, glass, shell, felt or leather jewellery. During the twenty tree days a lot of cultural events take place and even also a special gate with a visitor counter display.
St Dominic’s Fair attracts numerous tourists to Gdansk from all over Poland, as well as from abroad.
The fair always starts with the end of July. Be with us!