From concerts, through handicraft and traditional food fairs, to sailing ship rallies. Pomorskie is alive all year round and for 12 months it offers tourists and residents a lot of attractions. We have selected the 10 most spectacular ones that you must take part in at least once in your life! Pomeranian events and attractions - here they are!
Siege of Malbork
One of the most popular medieval culture festivals in the world takes place… in Malbork! It is here, in July each year, that knights and decorated horses appear, and under the walls of the Teutonic castle there is the bustle of a medieval town. The staging of a spectacular battle from 1410, knights’ tournaments, martial arts shows, crafts fair – everyone can experience it if they take part in the Siege of Malbork event. A must-have for students, history buffs and anyone who wants to get away from their smartphone and see how people lived 600 years ago.
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Rock Legends Festival in Charlotta Valley
Carlos Santana, Deep Purple, The Animals, T. Rex, Slade and Billy Idol have already performed here. The Rock Legends Festival in Charlotta Valley near Slupsk is a return to the times of rock classics from years ago. It is a meeting with the stars of youth or artists whose grandparents and parents talked about them with flushed faces. Every year, Charlotta Valley hosts several concerts of the most important rock groups of the 20th and 21st centuries during the holidays. This is a must-have item for any rock and roll fan.
Shakespeare and Feta Festival
Classical Elizabethan Theatre in the 21st century and in Gdansk? Of course! Every year Gdansk hosts an international theatre event called the Shakespeare Festival. Theatrical plays are staged in the streets of the city center and passers-by can take part in them. The center of events is the beautiful Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre.
Every year, Feta is also held in the city space, i.e. the Festival of Outdoor and Street Theatres. This is another chance to get closer to the culture presented in the urban space. And speaking of open-air theatres, you must visit the summer stage of the Municipal Theatre in Gdynia during the season. Watching plays played on the beach is an extraordinary experience.
Kashuby strawberry festival
Pomorskie food is one of the tastiest in Poland. And if only it is topped with a sweet, firm, melt-in-your-mouth Kashuby strawberry, we can be sure that it is outstanding food. The Kashubian strawberry, i.e. kasëbskô malëna, is grown only in Southern Kashuby.
The one from the area of Chmielno, where it was originally grown, tastes best. Every year in Zlota Gora Kashuby praise their unique red treasures to the skies. The Kashuby strawberry festival is an element of the Kashuby tradition, so when drawing up plans for July, this event should be included on the list.
Pomorskie goose feast
Martin of Tours was appointed to high church functions, although he did not want it. To hide from representatives of the clergy, he hid in a utility room where geese were kept. Unfortunately, these graceful, though extremely loud and unruly birds, quickly betrayed Marcin’s hiding place. Sometime later, Martin of Tours became a saint, and on November 11, his feast and, naturally speaking, the goose feast were established.
Hence the tradition – Pomorskie goose for Saint Martin. The meat tastes best then and, prepared in various ways, is an autumn delicacy. The Pomorskie Goose Festival takes place every year in the village of Swolowo. Not only will we eat typical goose dishes (e.g. goose soup or black soup), but we will also talk to breeders and taste goose preserves. It is worth visiting Swolowo, because it is a beautiful village in the Checkered Land.
St. Dominic's Fair
It’s hard to believe, but the annual Gdansk merchants’ festival was held for the first time in 1260! Tradition of the St. Dominic’s Fair in the city on the Motlawa River has an extremely long and colorful history. Every year, at the turn of July and August, numerous stalls fill the streets of Gdansk. There is a bustle between the tenement houses and goods spill out from behind the counter. At the fair of St. Dominik you will get everything – clothes, books, paintings, jewellery, handicrafts, antiques. Numerous accompanying events make it one of the most colorful holidays in Gdansk.
Speaking of fairs, there is a Christmas market in December at the Coal Market. Be sure to visit here, kiss your loved one under the mistletoe and drink mulled wine from cups with the Gdansk logo. And in other parts of Pomorskie, for example in Pelplin, there is a summer Cistercian Fair, and earlier, in spring, in Owidz, the Easter Handicraft Fair.
Pomorskie is a whole range of events related to water sports, regattas and other types of races or championships. The most spectacular, however, is the Baltic Sail Gdansk Rally, in other words a rally of sailing ships. It is an event lasting several days, during which nothing else is talked about in the city other than sailing ships. Sailing ships, but also motorboats and other vessels from Europe come to Gdansk.
Because they moor at the Long Embankment, you can admire them and learn about their history. The culminating point of Baltic Sail is the extremely spectacular yacht parade that takes place on the Motlawa River in Gdansk. In addition, those who are willing have the opportunity to board selected sailing ships and take part in cruises around the Gulf of Gdansk.
Literary Sopot and European Poet of Freedom
Although it has only existed since 2012, it has already managed to attract a group of loyal participants, and not only from Pomorskie. The Sopot Literary Festival is a promotion of literature, reading it together, meetings with writers, cultural discussions and writing workshops. These are several-day meetings with literature from around the world, because each year the festival focuses on works from a specific country. It has already been discussed French, Czech and Scandinavian literature.
At the same time, the European Poet of Freedom competition is held in Gdansk every two years. Eminent poets from various European countries come to Gdansk, present their works, take part in discussions and presentations. It is a promotion of contemporary poetry, which is so often overlooked in today’s world.
Sopot Jazz Festival
In autumn, Pomorskie slows down a bit. It becomes more reflective and calmer. This is the perfect time for the Sopot Jazz Festival. This is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Poland, with its tradition dating back to 1956. Every year, in October, jazz masters from all over the world come to the resort. The artistic curator of the festival is the American Greg Osby, a master of world jazz. A must for every fan of ambitious sounds!
Music lovers certainly know Gdynia’s Festival Open’er. This annual, international festival of sound needs no special praise. The list of artists who performed during the event speaks for itself: Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Prodigy, Rihanna, Gorillaz, Bruno Mars, Massive Attack, Pearl Jam, Faith No More… The festival takes place every year at the turn of June and July . It is a four-day celebration of music, the largest festival in Poland and one of the largest in Europe.