Annual Festivals and Events in Gdańsk
Art, film, and music
Explore Poland’s cinematic heritage and thriving contemporary arts scene by attending the Gdynia Film Festival, which brings big names like Krzysztof Kieślowski out of the woodwork each September. Music fans are spoiled for choice, with a wide range of major events to choose from each year. One of the biggest is the Open’er Festival, which has hosted the likes of Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, the Arctic Monkeys, and more. Every summer, partygoers from all over Poland and beyond get ready to rock out with some of the world’s most spirited acts in this hot music event. As one of Europe’s oldest music festivals, the Sopot Festival showcases the best and the brightest of Poland’s young talent. Singers compete for the glory of winning the Amber Nightingale award and the honor of singing in this unique forest setting, entering the ranks of former participants including Whitney Houston and Johnny Cash.
Celebrate Gdańsk’s traditional culture
With Gdańsk’s seaside location, it’s only natural that local events involve watersports and maritime culture. The Bay of Gdańsk Days festival involves culture, sports and leisure activities at the beginning of September each year, kicking off with a boat race in Gdańsk’s Motlawa River. Regattas, windsurfing competitions and beach volleyball let you show off your competitive side, while the city’s old town comes alive with sailing art exhibitions and musical horn blowing. Seafood fans won’t want to miss the accompanying Cod Festival, which features this local fish served up in an endless variety of ways.
Featuring performers from all over the world, the International Festival of Street Theater is a unique event in July that draws comedians, acrobats, mimes, and artists of all stripes to the city. Watch the walls between actor and audience break down and take part in this fascinating street theater spectacle, which takes place right outside the doors of our Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdańsk.