Dive into a hive of creativity at the twice-yearly Fesch’Markt in Vienna, a market where dozens of independent designers and artists showcase their talents and products.
- Strong focus on small, new, independent designers, artists and startups
- Includes a gastronomy section with street food and delicatessen products
- Inexpensive (usually €5 entry for adults)
- Held in the industrial halls of a brewery
- Next dates: Mar 26-28, 2021; June 4-6, 2021; and Nov 12-14, 2021 (extra date this year)
- See also: Blickfang Design Fair | Vienna Design Week
Design and creativity
Vienna is one of those cities you visit with a certain expectation: aroque palaces, coffee houses, and a lot of stringed instruments, for example.
But one of the many pleasures of living here is when you scratch beneath the surface to reveal the hidden sides of Austria’s capital.
One of those less-known aspects of city life is the thriving local art and design scene with its associated events. And one such event is Fesch’Markt Wien, which brings together dozens of independent design and art labels for a three-day market fair.
People like you and me can pop into the market and come away inspired, entertained, informed, or simply heavily laden with bags of unique products.
Fesch’markt is actually a wider initiative that helps give young and new designers and creatives the chance to expose their talents and works to a wider, urban audience. This includes various events throughout Austria, with a big one every six months or so in Vienna.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes flavour from a Fesch’Markt from a few years back:
Fesch’Markt Wien typically involves well over 200 exhibitors covering a gamut of fields, including food & drink, clothing, jewelry, art, and furniture. The emphasis is very much on designers and artists showcasing their own work.
The gastronomic section alone usually has numerous stands, so you can fill up on innovative street food or take home some delicatessen specialties for later.
A few side events typically round off the event. So you might find, for example, a Kimchi or book binding workshop, an antique furniture market or a tarot reading.
Dates & tickets
The dates for the next Fesch’Markt Wien events are provisionally:
- March 26th to March 28th, 2021
- June 4th to June 6th, 2021
- November 12th to 14th, 2021
2021 gained an extra Fesch’Markt to compensate for the cancellations in 2020 in the wake of COVID. The normal schedule is an event at the turn of spring/summer and another at the turn of autumn/winter.
Opening times are:
- 2pm to 10pm (Friday)
- 11am to 8pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Tickets cost €5 for an adult at the time of writing (with kids free).
How to find the Fesch’Markt
The Ottakringer Brewery in Vienna’s 16th district hosts the event. That’s not an artistic name – it really is Vienna’s main beer producer.
The brewery has established a name for itself as a unique location for various independent, dare I say “cult”, events…like Fesch’Markt; the old industrial buildings create a wonderful ambience.
Subway: Travel out on the U3 line to Ottakring station, then walk down from there (or catch the 44 tram back towards the centre)
Tram/bus: The Johann-Nepomuk-Berger-Platz stop (on the 2, 44, and 9 lines) faces the brewery. The 2 tram leaves from various stops around the edge of the city centre, the 44 tram leaves from the central Schottentor station, and the 9 connects to Westbahnhof station, for example
Address: Ottakringerplatz 1, 1160 Vienna | Website