The Hanseatic Chefs club of Wismar Bay hold their Herring Festival. As early as the eleventh century herring was of great commercial importance to the Hanseatic town. In those days Wismar’s fishermen flocked to the south west coast of Sweden in search of herring. Preserved in salt the herring was a highly prized commodity throughoutEurope. The Herring Festival opens with the “Herring Cart” procession starting at the old harbour and ending in the market square with a great “Herring fry-up”. On the final day there will be a fish market at the old harbour where there will also be no shortage of fried herring. On the days in between the participating establishments will be offering avariety of mouth-watering herring specialities.
Wismar expects thousands of visitors to descend on it for the Harbour Festival. Music stages, the big wheel, merry-go-rounds, amusement stalls and art and crafts displays all add up to a varied few days on the quayside. Traditional sailing ships like the schooner “Atlanta” and the restored Poeler Kogge (Cog) “Wissemara” offer inviting trips out into Wismar Bay. The absolute highlight of these three great days will be, without any doubt, on Saturday evening at 23.00 hrs. when the impressive firework display cascades over the bay against the magnificent backdrop of the old harbour.
August, every second year
The squares of Wismar will be taken over by national and inernational comedians during the Interantional 'boulevART' Street Theatre Festival attracting hundreds of fascinated onlookers to the town. Foreign languages, strange sounds and unusual groups of players will enliven the town and transform it into one great colourful stage. Theatre players, street artists, musicians, stilt walkers and acrobats will cast their spell over the whole town from boulevard to harbour. You don´t have go to the theatre; the theatre will come to you and captivate you through its intimacy.
The Swedish Festival, which commemorates Wismar’s 155 years of Swedish rule, offers an eventful weekend to both visitors and residents alike. Alongside the entertainment programme in the market square countless other events such as a motorbike rally are planned. Locations stretch from the old town centre across to the ’Alter Holzhafen’. During the festival the market square will host a fully equipped historical military camp with displays and drill exercises by the Wismar shooting clubs (Wismarer Schützenverein) in conjunction with various military history clubs and associations from Sweden. At the old harbour there are colourful amusements, fairground rides and entertaining family attractions. On Saturday the ’Schwedenkopf’ regatta will start from here.
The traditional Wismar Christmas Market takes place in the historical market square, stylishly framed by the brightly lit town hall, the venerable old gabled building and the ’Wasserkunst’, With a fascination all of its own, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Mecklenburg -Vorpommern. A rich offering of Christmas goods and gift ideas, tree decorations, toys, wooden handicrafts and candles greet the visitor at every turn. Watch the craftsman at work; glassblowing, making wrought iron work, baking bread in a stone oven, smoking locally caught fish and much more. There is also a selection of Christmas goods from Thüringen and the Erzgebirge on offer.