4–7 July, Gdynia-Kosakowo
One of the most interesting music festivals in Europe. In 2017, over 120 thousand people gathered at Gdynia‑Kosakowo military airport to listen to the most popular contemporary artists. It’s one of the few festivals that combine performances of pop and alternative artists in such a spectacular way. This years’s line-up includes such classics of music as Depeche Mode and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds as well as Bruno Mars, Danish singer MØ, Migos group, Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz.
22th Shakespeare Festival
27 July – 5 August, Gdańsk
The next edition of festival in the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre has big names and unusual experiences in store. Like every year, giants of the contemporary theatre have been invited to present their interpretations of works of the famous Englishman. This year, performances from all over the world, beginning with Great Britain, through North Korea, to Zimbabwe will be staged.
An interesting part of the festival will be the Summer Shakespeare Academy with workshops, meetings with authors and seminars. What’s more, fans of the playwright will surely enjoy events held as part of ShakespeareOFF, where Shakespeare’s works are presented in a contemporary form such as performance, stand-up, dance or happening.
St Dominic’s Fair
28 July – 19 August, Gdańsk
A historical event held in the heart of Gdańsk. St Dominic’s Fair has been held for 758 years since 1260 when Pope Alexander IV allowed Dominicans from Gdańsk to organise a fair in order to incline people to participate in the church-fair service. Beside Oktoberfest and Weihnachtsmarkt, it’s the largest outdoor fair in Europe. During the fair, artisans and merchants from all over Poland gather to present their goods, ranging from handicrafts, through local delicacies, to works of art. St Dominic’s Fair is a must for those who want to travel back in time, haggle, as well as eat and drink in the hubbub of vendors and artists.
Slow Fest Sopot
23–24 July, Sopot
A culinary feast in a ‘slow’ version. Slow Fest Sopot gathers 200 cooks from all over Poland, who promote regional and traditional dishes as well as culinary experiments for sophisticated foodies. The guiding idea of the festival is Slow Food philosophy aiming at restoring traditional meetings at the table in the contemporary busy world. All that in the surroundings of the waves on the longest, over half a kilometre long, pier on the Baltic Sea.
The 6th edition of the festival includes such attractions as food tasting – 70 000 tasting portions to choose from, PLN 5 each – as well as regional beer tasting, culinary lectures and workshops.
20–22 July, Malbork
11 August, Gniew
One of unique attractions in Poland is a possibility of participating in historical reenactments. It’s a chance not only to improve your knowledge of history, but also to experience it first-hand. The most exciting events this year include the Siege of Malbork and Vivat Vasa. The first one is a reenactment of the famous attempt to conquer the fortress of the Teutonic Order by the forces of Władysław II Jagiełło. Despite outnumbering the opponent and the great moral and military victory in the Battle of Grunwald, the army of the King of Poland didn’t manage to break the castle defence. Vivat Vasa is the famous duel in Gniew between the members of the Vasa dynasty, Sigismund III Vasa, the King of Poland, and Gustav II Adolf, the King of Sweden. The reenactments will take place in the defence walls preserved intact. The castle in Malbork is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pomorskie also promotes physical activity both for amateurs and professionals. Here’s our pick of top sports events for those who lead a healthy lifestyle and develop their passions or feel like supporting others during sports competitions:
- CSIO 5* – International Show Jumping Competition – Sopot, 14–17 June
- PKO Bank Polski Midsummer Night Run – Gdynia, 22–23 June
- Triathlon Gdańsk –Gdańsk, 15 July
- Volvo Gdynia Sailing Days –Gdynia, 25 June – 17 July
- Biegun OCR RUN – Quicksand –Gdynia, 14–15 July
- Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia powered by Herbalife –Gdynia, 3–5 August
- 25th St Dominic’s Run –Gdańsk, 4 August
- Castle Thriatlon Malbork –Malbork, 8–9 September