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 large gastronomy section with street food and delicatessen products
- Inexpensive (€5 entry for adults)
- Held in the industrial halls of a brewery
- Next dates: Aug 21-23 (and Nov 13-15), 2020
- See also: Blickfang Design Fair | Vienna Design Week
Design and creativity
Vienna is one of those cities you visit with a certain expectation: baroque palaces, coffee houses, and a lot of stringed instruments, for example.
But one of the 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. 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 round off the event. So you might find, for example, a Kimchi or book binding workshop, an antique furniture market or a tarot reading.
2020 dates & tickets
The next Fesch’markt Wien takes place August 21st to 23rd. Opening times are:
- 2pm to 10pm (Friday)
- 11am to 8pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Tickets cost €5 for an adult. Kids go in for free.
Dates for the the autumn/winter edition are provisionally November 13th to 15th.
How to find the Fesch’Markt
The host venue is the Ottakringer Brewery in Vienna’s 16th district. That’s not an artistic name – it really is Vienna’s main beer producer. But the brewery has established a name for itself as a unique location for various independent, dare I say “cult”, events…like Fesch’Markt.
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