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All The Best Gold Coast Markets To Visit This September

By Brooke Darling - 29 Aug 2017

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If it’s not already super obvious, which we highly doubt, we at The Urban List HQ are massive, MASSIVE fans of a good market.

Thankfully, we live on the Gold Coast. Which is awesome because a) it’s the Gold Coast, and b) we have a shitload of variety when it comes to satisfying our stall-hopping cravings.

We know you feel the same way, so take your pick of all the best markets on the Gold Coast worth visiting this September!

We live for cute market finds (mostly so we can boast about them to our friends). 

Pacific Fair’s Street Food Truck & Designer Market Fridays

Well…this is different! On the show day public holiday, Pacific Fair is inviting food trucks, live musos, and designer and vintage rack sellers into the fold for a new Gold Coast-style night market. Taking over The Boulevard precinct on Friday 1 September, come with an empty stomach and a full wallet. 

When: Friday 1 September; 3pm to 9pm
Where: The Boulevard, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard 

The Village Markets

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, The Village Markets. 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. Are you searching for one of the very best markets on the Gold Coast? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 

When: Sunday 3 September and Sunday 17 September; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Varsity Lakes Springtime Eats 

Varsity Lakes’ first Springtime Eats Fest conveniently coincides with Father’s Day, if you’re looking for something low-key. Coordinated by GC Design Collective and with ample food trucks and live music on the agenda, it’s the perfect option to spend the arvo with dad if you don’t have a money tree to spend on a lavish lunch. 

When: Sunday 3 September & Sunday 10 September; 4pm-8pm 
Where: 79 Varsity Paradise, Varsity Lakes 

The Green Marquee Eco Markets

Finding an ideal home in the welcoming arms of the Currumbin Ecovillage in the lush Currumbin Valley, The Green Marquee Eco Markets is all about bringing together creators and doers who go above and beyond in the sustainability stakes. Expect all the feel-good community vibes as you wander around market stalls adorned with reclaimed timber furniture and artefacts, to handmade jewellery, organic baby accessories, textiles, ceramics, vegan skincare, hanging plants, farm fresh produce and natural ice creams; plus delish food trucks, live music, Eco Explorer activities for the kids and wholefoods cooking workshops for the adults. 

When: Saturday 9 September; 8:30am to 1:30pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley

Mount Tamborine Country Markets 

So, maybe you don’t need to stock up on polish for your horse saddle. And maybe your teapot isn’t in need of a new crochet jumper. But we challenge you to find a more uplifting market experience than the Mount Tamborine Country Market. Held in the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds on the second Sunday of every month, it’s the perfect excuse to take a country drive, gnaw on a cob of corn and pick up some homemade lemongrass and lavender soap.

When: Sunday 10 September; 7:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Corner Main Western Road and Bartle Road, Mount Tamborine 

Inside Out At Brickworks

While Brickworks’ Inside Out festival is so much more than just food and drinks, you’ll know where to find us… Swanning from gourmet food stall to food stall, devouring poke bowls to artisan cheese and baked goods, or perhaps loitering around the Veuve Bar. Fellas, you’ve even got your own man den, in the form of a ‘beers, beards and beats’ Stone & Wood beer garden. Amidst the merriment will be all-day entertainment, spring fashion parades, cooking demos, dog yoga sessions and The Crafts Laneway with plenty of activities to keep the little ones occupied.    

When: Sunday 10 September; 10am to 6pm
Where: Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Road, Southport 

Damian Leeding Park Food Truck Picnic 

Struggling to decide what to feed the fussy troops for lunch? Head to Oxenford’s Damian Leeding Park on September 10 for a round up of the Coast’s top food trucks plus all the added festivities. Can’t get enough of meals on wheels? Gold Coast Food Trucks have a bunch of picnics planned for spring, so hop over to their Facebook page for event updates and roving locations. 

When: Sunday 10 September; 11am to 4pm
Where: Damian Leeding Park, Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford  

Makers & Finders Market In Murwillumbah

If you’ve not ventured down to Murwillumbah for a while, the rural town’s hip new vintage, handmade and flea market is a very good reason to pack the car, your mate and some of your favourite tunes, before plunging into the countryside for some of that welcomed fresh air. Makers & Finders Market promises to be an intriguing blend of pre-loved finds, potters, homewares, food stalls, workshops and music, and if the slick branding and socials are anything to go by, they’ve got serious style.

When: Saturday 16 September; 9am to 3pm
Where: Knox Park, Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah

The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival Springtime Fair

Another event added to GC Design Collective Markets’ fast-growing itinerary is the Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival. Hosted at the Tamborine Mountain Memorial Sports Centre, there’s a convoy of food trucks and stalls, clothing and craft markets, vintage rummage sales, and musos all headed for the hills, and we suggest you follow them!

When: Saturday 16 September; 12pm to 7pm
Where: Tamborine Mountain Memorial Sports Centre, 400 Long Road, Tamborine North

Late-night shopping and eating = hell yes! 

Club Robina Bowls Club Night Markets 

The Social Markets took a hiatus over winter, though they’re back to celebrate springtime and warmer nights, with a new location. Head to Club Robina Bowls Club this weekend for that chill community vibe, makers’ stalls, food trucks, loads of kids entertainment and, of course, free bowls with yo’ shoes off. 

When: Saturday 2 September; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Club Robina Bowls Club, 257 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina

Chinatown Street Markets 

Kicking off a busy month of market hopping, dig your teeth into some delicious Asian street food at Southport’s monthly Chinatown Street Markets. This tasty ethnic precinct is really getting its hustle and bustle on, and is a fun (not to mention drool-worthy) way to celebrate our multi-cultural community. 

When: Saturday 2 September; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Davenport and Young Streets, Southport 

LC Sundays Vegan Night Market

Given the resounding popularity, Gold Coast’s adorable new and socially conscious vegan market has expanded to bi-weekly! Lovechild Place’s LC Sundays night market will bring the plant-loving vibes to September, again gathering together various vegan vendors selling treats that’ll make any foodie weak in the knees. Add to that, DJs tunes, animal product-free fashion threads, plants, flowers and all the warm and fuzzy feels. 

When: Dates TBA; 4pm to 9pm 
Where: 1/2436 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 

Reggae & Ramen Sunday Sunset Session 

We love a good scavenger hunt through piles of secondhand wares, and this month Mermaid Beach’s Arthaus Projects and Laneway Official creative warehouse is making all our dreams come true with a Reggae and Ramen party—featuring a rummage and records market! Sustenance is key in situations like this too, so as the name suggests, come prepared to devour steaming bowls of ramen from I Like Ramen. The fun starts at 4pm, and we’re sure it’s gonna get bizzay, so if you want a new-to-you wardrobe or vinyl classics, better get there first thing. Comin’ for the ramen and reggae by Machadosoy? It’s BYO and 18+ too, so don’t forget your ID. 

When: Sunday 17 September; 4pm (reggae from 5:30pm) 
Where: The Laneway Official, 2/5 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach
Cost: Free before 5pm, $10 after

The Social Markets

With the onset of warmer nights, The Social Markets are back into regular rotation on the third Saturday of the month. Hurrah! So, take your posse to Mermaid Beach Bowls Club for market stalls galore, pop-up bars and food vendors, live tunes by Felicity Lawless and DJ Elliott Ramsay, barefoot bowls under lights and a cheery crowd. Cheers to spring!

When: Saturday 30 September; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Mermaid Beach Bowls Club, Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 

Miami Marketta

It’s a Friday or Saturday night and you’ve got no desire to cook dinner. But you’ve only got $20 in the kitty, so heading to your fave sit-down restaurant is a total stretch. So, what’s a hungry, not-keen-to-cook person to do? Two words—Miami Marketta. This long-established gem is held every Friday and Saturday night (and on a smaller scale on Wednesdays) and pulls together some of the best ethnic food stalls from across the Coast. Pair it with an electric vibe, revolving roster of toe-tapping bands and DJs, multiple cocktail bars, a dessert hall, fashion stalls and a buzzing family-friendly crowd, and you’ve got one of the absolute best markets on the Gold Coast.

When: Every Wednesday (5pm to 9pm), Friday (5pm to 11pm) and Saturday (4pm to 11pm) 
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 

NightQuarter

Everybody has to go to Helensvale’s NightQuarter at least once. Why? Because this vacant lot turned buzzing night marketplace really is something else. Held every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm, it brings together ridic food and drink stalls (do NOT eat dinner before you get here), dessert carts and musicians, all in a well-organised jumble of up-cycled shipping containers. Let it be said though, that this night market gets packed. As in PACKED, packed. So, bring $3 coinage for entry, your lazy weekend mood and just go with the flow. 

When: Every Friday and Saturday night; 4pm to 10pm 
Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale 

Sanctuary Markets 

Great for a delish and fast feed, this family-friendly market is held in the space adjoining the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and is filled with international food tents and trailers. Keep this community feel-good market in mind, if a stroll followed by plenty of street eats sounds like your kind of way to end the perfect beach day.

When: Every Friday night; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin  

Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.

Palm Beach Farmers Market

A weekly must-do on any Palm Beach or Currumbin dwellers’ weekend social calendar, the Palm Beach Farmers Markets is one of the best markets on the Gold Coast. This well-patronised market has truckloads of local, leafy, tasty things to eat, so if you’re in charge of the BBQ salad this weekend, make sure you stop here. This is also a plastic bag-free market, so BYO reusable vessel to carry your goodies. 

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

Burleigh Farmers Market 

If hay barrels and homemade chutneys are your weekend jam, then trot along to the Burleigh Farmers Markets on any given Saturday from 7am until noon, where an abundance of farm fresh produce sits amongst flower pop-ups, collectables and international street food stalls. Clear your afternoon post visit, you’ll be in the stay-at-home-and-bake-apple-strudel kind of mood.

When: Every Saturday morning; 7am to noon
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Helensvale Farmers Market

An oldie but a goodie, this northern Gold Coast market has everything you need—and plenty you don’t, but you want anyway. From fresh fruit and veg to flowers and, of course, loads of street food stalls, we love the leafy surrounds, cruisey live music and no-frills local vibe of this weekly gathering.

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11:30am 
Where: Helensvale High School, Helensvale Road, Helensvale

Bundall Farmers Market

If you like your markets minus the hipsterness, Bundall Farmers Market is as down to earth as they come. Held every Sunday in the grounds of the Arts Centre Gold Coast, we suggest hitting a coffee stall for a steaming brew before filling up your netted bags with fresh produce, jams and pickles, baked goodies and everything picnic-worthy. Then, use this picnic spot list to find the perfect posi to lay down your rug and brunch.

When: Every Sunday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall

Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market

Do you get depressed when picking through the tiny all-organic veggie offerings at the local Woolies? Well, you’ll find mindful foodie nirvana at the Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market. Popping up at Miami State High School every Sunday morning, this super chill market stocks, you guessed it, nothing but sustainably sourced, spray and chemical-free produce. 

When: Every Sunday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Hamper loaded with fresh goodies and nowhere to go? Check out these six beautiful picnicking spots and your weekend = sorted.   

Image credit: The Urban List 

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