The Sights and Sounds of St Dominic’s Fair

Every summer, Gdansk plays host to St Dominic’s Fair (Jarmark św. Dominika – link in Polish only). It’s one of the biggest cultural events in Europe, and with a history that goes back more than 750 years, it’s also one of the oldest.

St Dominic’s Fair used to begin on the saint’s feast day of 4 August. These days the religious significance is played down and it spans three weeks in July and August, but the fair still brings traders from Gdansk and other parts of Poland together to show their wares off. You might think of it as a summer version of Weinachtsmarkt – except that the event pre-dates Christmas markets by a generation!
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