The temperature in Brisbane may be cooling down but Brisbane's best markets are just warming up, what with all the new-season produce popping up. An abundance of seasonal autumn fare means this is prime market weather—even for the rookiest of market goers.
From weekend produce markets to late night artisan pop-ups, here are all the best Brisbane markets you need to hit up this May.
May Market Pop-Up Events
Paniyiri Greek Festival 2019
Now in its 43rd year, Paniyiri is one of the most iconic foodie festivals on the Brisbane calendar. Eat, drink and dance your way through incredible Greek heritage spread over a full weekend, check out the live stage for cooking demos and traditional Greek entertainment, and dive into hundreds of stalls serving up famous Greek dishes.
When: Saturday 18 May, 12pm-10pm and Sunday 19 May, 10am-7pm
Where: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, South Brisbane
Etsy Made Local Design Market
Back again for the autumn/winter season is Brisbane's very own Etsy Made Local Design Market. Full to the brim with designers, makers and artists selling some incredible one-off pieces, this is your chance to get your hands on truly incredible local pieces.
When: Friday 10 May, 4.30-9.30pm and Saturday 11 May, 9am-4pm
Where: Exhibition Building, Brisbane Showgrounds
Plant & Homewares Mothers Day Market
Hit up My Bakery Lane with your mum this Mothers Day weekend if you've got a case of the green thumb. Held along Fortitude Valley's favourite laneway, Plant & Homewares is a collaboration between the local stores and businesses, showcasing honadmade homewares and plant accesories and hosting workshops and interactive pop-ups throughout the day.
When: Saturday May 11, from 9am
Where: Bakery Lane, Fortitude Valley
Sunday Discovery Markets
Every weekend more than 380 stalls pop up at the Sunday Discovery Markets—it's quite a sight. A Brisbane market icon, these fabulous markets specialise in all things vintage, collectable and homewares. Check out plant stalls, antiques, second-hand furniture, vintage clothing, records, gadgets and more. This really is a place to while away a morning.
When: Sundays 6am–12pm
Where: Sherwood Road, Rocklea
Pets At The Gabba
Pet's at the Gabba has gone from newbie Brisbane market to fave weekend haunt for locals and four-legged locals alike. Each week there is a great mix of stalls offering all things canine, feline, avian and things for their human best friend (hot tip: get your furever friend a bowl of“Paw Blonde” doggy beer—they'll love you forever).
When: Saturdays from 3pm-8pm
Where: The Gabba
The Collective Markets Southbank
A Brisbane market institution and open until 10pm on a Friday, the Collective Markets are the perfect occasion for a Friday night knock-off. Peruse a plethora of local artists showcasing handmade crafts, paintings, fashion, homewares and some of the best street food in town. Southside date, anyone?
When: Fridays 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturdays 11:00am-5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am-5pm
Where: Southbank Parklands
The Village Markets
Keen for a little weekend drive down the Coast (always!) The Village Markets in Burleigh Heads—aka one of the most beautiful spots in SEQ—is the perfect day trip or post-long weekend pit-stop. Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at Gold Coast’s bi-monthly Sunday ritual. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products, babies wear so adorable your ovaries will burst, and oh so much more. Fill up the tank and make a morning of it before cooling off at Burleigh Beach.
When: November 4 & 18; 8:30am-1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads
Brisbane Night Markets
Located in Rocklea, the Brisbane Night Markets will trade on Fridays providing food and entertainment from 4pm until 10pm. With over 40 food stalls providing everything from burgers and laksa to churros and ice cream, as well as alcoholic bevvies and live music, the Night Market is perfect for dates, group dinners, or a cheeky pitstop on the way home.
When: Fridays; 4:30pm-10pm
Where: 385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea
Eat Street Northshore
The first of its kind in the country (yeah, let that sink in) Eat Street Northshore is notorious for their incredible and, really extraordinary dishes. If you're into the latest food trends, this is the place to be. With over 180 dining and entertainment shipping containers, permanent bars and restaurants and entertainment areas (moonlight cinemas, anyone?) they're bound to please. Loaded doughnut fries, rainbow soft serve, you name it, Eat Street Northshore has got it.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 4pm-10pm, Sundays, 12pm-8pm
Where: Hamilton Foreshore
The Sunset Social
Offering some of the best food and bevs in town, The Sunset Social markets at Davies Park in West End certainly caters to everyones pallet—and is a great spot for knock-offs at the end of a long work week. Being pet friendly AND fully licensed, this Brisbane market has it all! Catch you for a cocktail jug or a beer (or two), paired with some of Brissie's fave delicacies. Swoon!
When: First and second Friday of the month, 5pm-9:30 pm
Where: Davies Park, West End
Mount Gravatt Marketta
As advocates of this utterly GORGEOUS marketta, we can vouch that you will leave with 100% happy bellies! A night jam-packed with foodie delights, Mount Gravatt Marketta boasts some of Brisbane's best street food, live music, crafties and cocktails.
When: Saturdays from 4pm-10pm
Where: Mount Gravatt Showground
Food Truck Collective Brisbane
Well and truly back for 2018, the Food Truck Collective Brisbane are gearing up for their second 'Food Truck Festival' of the year! Every third Friday night of the month, get along to Shorncliffe's happening parade and feast upon some of Brisbane's best food trucks. From That Greek Truck Ruby The Little Red Ice Cream Van, Spud The Food Truck and more, it's a foodie gathering not to pass up!
When: Every 3rd Friday of the month 4:30pm-8:30pm
Where: 95 Allpass Parade, Shorncliffe
Brisbane City Markets
Ditch the supermarket and stock up on your weekly shop at the Brisbane City Markets. Bringing together the best artisans and producers from across SEQ, this is the place to pick up some of the best produce, to get your mid-week fix and to check out some of the best food stalls in town.
When: Every Wednesday, 8am – 6pm
Where: Reddacliffe Place, 266 George St (at the top end of Queen St)
Chermside Farmers Market
A welcomed new Brisbane market, the Chermside Farmers Market kicks off on the first Sunday in March, and returns weekly from 6am. Come on down for your weekly groceries, a cheeky breakfast, or just for a stroll around the city's latest addition.
When: Every Sunday from March 3, 6:30am – 11:30am
Where: Kedron Wavell Services Club car park (parking is also free)
Brisbane Vegan Markets
The Brisbane Vegan Markets are the ideal spot to join the vego fun. From all things facon (that's fake coconut bacon), vego-patties, soy milk and cruelty free, you'd be crazy not to check out Brisbane's only totally vegan market!
When: Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm (2nd), 12pm-8pm (4th)
Where: 56 Russell St, West End
Nundah Farmers Market
You northsiders really are spoilt with the arrival of Nundah's now iconic Farmers Market. Open every Sunday from 6am—you early risers are a shoe in—it's the ideal spot to grab a bite to eat and a coffee form one of the stalls serving up freshly made brekky burgers, croissants and crepes. While you're there, it would be a crime if you didn't pick up your fill of Brisbane's best fresh fruit and veg.
When: Every Sunday, 6am-12pm
Where: Station St (oppopsite Nundah Train Station), Nundah
Satori Organic Farmers Markets
Looking for fresh produce in Brisbane sans all the pesticide nasties? Sandgate's very own Satori Organic Farmer's Market is where you'll find the best of the best. With decadent sourdoughs, spelts, pastries and flowers all a mainstay of these iconi Brisbane markets, this is the best spot for all your organic needs. On every Wednesday and Sunday, The Satori Organic is one not to miss!
When: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 7am-11am
Where: 198 Seymour Street, Sandgate
Northey Street City Farm Organic Market
Didn't know Brisbane had a city farm? Well we do, and it's great. Also great is the Sunday markets they put on every weekend selling hyper local (aka farm fresh from next door) produce. Northey Street City Farm Organic Market is all quaint country feels—with all the food and fresh fruit and veg you'd expect—just in the heart of the city fringe. God, we're a lucky bunch.
They may be small in size, but Bardon Markets pack a punch. This quaint community market is all for its locals, and then some! Usually stocked with fresh fruit, veg, eggs, meat and baked treats, you seriously won't look back - but we urge you to hunt down the sausage rolls. 10/10.
When: Sundays from 6am
Where: Norman Buchanan Park, Bardon
Jan Powers Farmers Markets
The Jan Powers Farmers Markets are perhaps the jewel in the Brisbane market crown. In four fab locations across Brisbane and her surrounds, these gorgeous Brisbane markets are particularly tempting when the sun is shining. From the absolute best local produce, to the huge array of stallholders serving up some choice dishes, they are consistently voted the ultimate Brisbane market experience—and for good reason!
When: Saturdays from 6am–12pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
When: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 6am–12pm
Where: Waterfront, Manly Harbour Village
When: 1st Sunday of the month, 6am–12pm
Where: Blackwood St, Mitchleton
Saturday Fresh Markets
These are some serious markets for serious market goers—and we're not kidding. The Saturday Fresh Markets have been going strong for years and showing no signs of stopping—heck, not even the 2011 floods could stop them! With everything from fruit and veg to meat and fish, treats, flowers, pet supplies, nuts, honey, eggs, dairy, bulk shopping is a must!
When: Saturdays 6am–12pm
Where: Sherwood Road, Rocklea
The Milton Markets are adult, kid and pooch-friendly and are all about supporting our local South-East Queensland farmers, growers, artists, chefs and alike. Head on down for a great selection of the best local produce around! Be quick though (stock doesn't last long!).
When: Sundays, 6am–12pm
Where: Cribb Street, Milton
Carseldine Farmers And Artisan Markets
In-season and all-local fresh produce, the Carseldine Markets are the perfect spot to feast and enjoy local live music. Relax, unwind—there's plenty of room for the kids to run around—and enjoy a quality coffee. A Brisbane market must-do this February.
When: Saturdays from 6am–12pm
Where: QUT campus on Beams Road, Carseldine
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