Daytime Festival

Discover The Daytime Program

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at Darklands, Antwerp’s vibrant fetish festival! Our daytime festival is the heart of this multi-day indoor event, where education, entertainment, shopping, and community come together. The safe and inclusive space of our Daytime Festival welcomes everyone, regardless of their background, gender or identity.

From February 27th to March 2nd, 2025, immerse yourself in a world of acceptance and celebration. Our daytime Festival offers a rich blend of activities, including workshops, panel discussions, and performances. Whether you’re curious about kink history, want to explore new kinks, or simply enjoy conversations with other guests, there’s something for everyone.

Wander through our bustling vendor market in Hall 1 and Hall 2. Discover unique fetish merchandise, fashion and art.

Darklands is more than just a festival; it’s a movement. Connect with like-minded individuals, make new friends, and celebrate the strength of diversity.

As the sun sets, the energy ramps up! Our daytime festival seamlessly transitions into electrifying nighttime parties. Stay on the festival grounds and dance to beats spun by top DJs. Let loose, express yourself, and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

With your Daytime ticket, you have free access to the Mayhem Party on Thursday (please note that the nighttime parties are (trans)men only. Separate tickets for the other parties and activities can be bought at the same time as your Daytime Festival ticket.

Getting There

Antwerp eagerly awaits your arrival for the annual Darklands Festival. Whether you’re traveling by public transport, car, or on foot, Waagnatie is conveniently located nearby the city centre. Discover how to get to festival here (coming soon).

Festival Map

Coming soon

The Darklands Bar & Check-in

Once you’ve breezed through bag check, you’re primed to venture into the inaugural segment of Darklands, accessible to all as no admission ticket is required.

Here you’ll find the check-in desk to exchange your admission ticket for a wristband.

Within this area, you’ll discover convenient access to lockers for stashing your belongings securely and the ever-inviting Darklands Bar for refreshments and socializing.

Vendor Market

The Vendor Market at Darklands Festival is a bustling hub of creativity and craftsmanship offering a diverse range of products.
Whether you’re looking for entry-level gear, a new kink outfit or specialty toys, you’ll find it here. Your Daytime Festival ticket provides access during all three days of the Vendor Market.

You’ll find every major fetish brand and a large variety of new brands and fetish boutiques, all talented LGBTQ+ artists and designers.

The Vendor Market can get busy, especially during peak hours. Arriving early gives you a chance to explore without the crowds. Whether you’re petite or plus-sized, there’s something for everyone. Embrace your uniqueness and find pieces that fit your style.

Discover the different vendors here (coming soon)

Community Zone

Step into the beating heart of our vibrant community  at our dedicated Community Zone which is located in the largest tent alongside the main venue building.
Here, you’ll find a space where various clubs and organizations from within our community present themselves.

Darklands offers the space and furniture required at no charge as a way to support our community.

Together, let’s celebrate the diversity, unity, and the power of connection in the Darklands Community Zone!

Discover the Community Zone here. (coming soon)


Are you ready to elevate your skills and knowledge to the next level?
Sharing knowledge is one of the mails goals of Darklands by offering a unique opportunity to learn from experts and seasoned professionals.

Masterclasses are carefully curated by our two Masterclass coördinators and cover a wide range of topics. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your journey, there’s something for everyone to discover and explore.

Discover all Masterclasses and take the next step towards unlocking your full potential.

Food & Beverages

Satisfy your cravings and elevate your festival experience with the tantalizing offerings at the Darklands Restaurant, Takeaway food stands and Bars.


Immerse yourself in a culinary journey like no other at our on-site restaurant. Indulge in a delectable array of gourmet dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients, expertly prepared to tantalize your taste buds. From savory delights to sweet treats, our restaurant offers pleases every palate, ensuring a dining experience that’s as unforgettable as the festival itself.

Check the full list of the different possibilities to eat in the Darklands Restaurant (coming soon)


For those on the move or craving a quick bite between performances or during the parties, our takeaway food stand offer a broad selection of freshly prepared snacks and meals to enjoy on the go.

Check the take-out menu available at the food stands. (coming soon)


Quench your thirst and unwind at our selection of bars throughout the festival grounds. From ice-cold beers and refreshing beverages, our bars are stocked with a wide range of libations to suit every taste and preference. Raise a glass with friends old and new as you toast to the unforgettable moments and incredible experiences awaiting you at Darklands Festival.

Learn more about the reusable drink cup system used at Darklands. (coming soon)


Prepare to be dazzled by the performances across one of our three iconic stages.

The beating heart of Darklands Festival, our Main Stage, sets the scene for unforgettable moments and jaw-dropping performances. From headlining acts to rising stars, prepare to be swept away by an eclectic mix of music, dance, and theatrical brilliance that will leave you breathless and wanting for more.

Step into a world of seduction at the Mr-S-Leather Stage, where fantasies come to life. Experience raw energy and uninhibited passion of our performers as they showcase their talents.

Indulge your senses at House Of Riegillio where the atmosphere crackles with excitement. Sip on expertly crafted drinks as you mingle with fellow festival-goers and soak up the vibrant ambiance of this poppy hotspot.

Discover the full stage programs here (coming soon)

Required Admission Tickets


Event Info

Daytime Festival 2025
Thursday 27 February
6 – 9 pm
Friday 28 February
1 – 8 pm
Saturday 1 March
1 – 8 pm

Sunday 2 March
1 – 6 pm

Ticket valable on all 4 days

€  41 presale / €  43 door