Markets & Food Events

16 Melbourne Markets To Check Out In September

By Chelsey Johnston - 03 Sep 2018

Spring has definitely sprung, guys. And that means market season is back. Not that you couldn't go to markets in winter, but eating a pastie while huddled beneath a tree in a thunderstorm ain't heaps of fun. September is a good month for markets: we've got Footscray Finds back, Seddon Maker's Market, and Queen Vic's brand new Spring night market. 

Here are 16 awesome markets to check out in Melbourne this month. 

Seddon Maker's Market

Seddon Marker’s Market is back this month. It's a thrice-yearly market that showcases the best of the west. Get your hands on a bunch of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind goodies, and chat to the very people that crafted them. The line-up is usually excellent: boutique jewellery, linen, greeting cards, candles, wine (yas), skincare and heaps more.

Where: Corner Mackay Street and Gamon Street, Seddon
When: Saturday 1 September, 9.30am-3pm
For more info, click here.

Heide Makers Market

This one's a collab between Rose St Artists Markets and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Expect a killer range of handmade designer homewares. It's a primo location too—hosted in Heide’s Museum sculpture park, so you get a dose of culture with your morning coffee. Plus, doggos are welcome. That's all we needed to hear, really. 

Where: 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
When: Saturday 8 September, 10am – 3pm
For more info, click here

Footscray Finds

It's back! Half stalls, half care boot sales, Footscray Finds is one of our all-time favourite monthly markets. It’s got a pretty fantastic mix of antique gems and vintage clothing, the stuff you usually find at rumble or garage sales, plus plenty of handcrafted goods on offer. The market's sandwiched between Back Alley Sally’s and Slice Girls West, so you can always pause and grab a snack or a bevvy mid-market hunt.

Where: The Line, 2 Yewers St, Footscray
When: Sunday 9 September, 9am-2pm
For more info, click here

Collingwood Wellness Market

Zenith Wellness Market has been kicking it around Coburg for a while now, but this month they’re coming to our other favourite northie suburb, Collingwood. Dedicated to both mental and physical wellness, the Wellness Market is as much about the atmosphere as vendors. The idea is to get rid of the normal market mayhem, and instead relax and stroll through over 50 stalls selling arts, crafts, and health-related goods. Can we swing by Easey's for a burger afterwards? 

Where: 5 Easey Street, Collingwood
When: Saturday 15 September, 12pm – 6pm
For more info, click here.

Vintage Sportswear Market

How frustrating is it to find the coolest vintage Nike windbreaker, scrunched up at the back of your Dad’s wardrobe, only to find that a) your dad doesn’t know how to take care of things and it's ruined, and b) it’s not your size. If you're all about the old-school sportswear, head down to the Evelyn Hotel on 15 Sep. We're talking vintage Nike, Puma, Adidas, Fila and heaps more.

Where: Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 
When: Saturday 15 September, 10am – 5pm
For more info, click here

Melbourne Collective Designers Market

An exclusive market that only runs twice a year, Melbourne Collective showcases the best of the best in the Melbourne local scene. With products from artists like Danelle Messaike, Color Pop Cards and Acacia ceramics, jewellery from Next Romance and a whole bunch of boutique stalls on offer (plus, they have Billy van Creamy gelato, yes pleeeease) you don't want to miss this one. Sunday 16 September, people. 

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
When: Sunday 16 September, 10am – 4pm
For more info, click here.

Hawker 88 Night Market

Good news! Queen Vic is kicking off its brand new spring market this month. The winter night market will be turning into 'Hawker 88', an Asian-themed hawker market that'll run for the next few months. Expect stalls serving food and wares from China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and heaps more. You all know how the crowds get, guys, but we haven’t told you the best part—there’s going to be proper dining tables (!!!). 

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Wednesdays 19 September – 24 October, 5pm –10pm
For more info, click here

Island Makers' Market

If you fancy a bit of a roadie with your Sunday market fix (build the anticipation/hunger), then make sure to check out the Island Makers Market at Philip Island this month. It's inside, so it’ll run even if the typical Melb weather takes a turn for the worst, and it has vegan and gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy brekkie. Even your furry friends (provided they’re leashed up) are welcome. And with stalls selling everything from illustrations to skincare to coffee, plus live music, it's always a good day out. 

Where: YMCA Phillip Island, 10-14 Church St, Cowes,
When: Sunday 23 September, 9am – 2pm
For more info, click here

BIG Spring Fling Market

As you pull up outside this market, you may be fooled by the basketball stadium. Doesn't look very 'arty', right? But don't be fooled. This market is called ‘BIG’ in capitals for a reason. Among other things, there’s macramé crafts, toys, wall graphics, vintage and new fashion, succulents, jams, sauces and chutneys, and over 100+ products and brands on offer. Bring your savings account.

Where: 90 Bardia Avenue, Seaford,
When: Sunday 30 September, 10am – 3pm
For more info, click here

Creators Assembly At Collins Place

Here's your chance to actually buy something on the Paris end of Collins St (instead of crowding around windows like urchins from Oliver Twist). Creators Assembly are bringing a boutique marketplace to Collins Place, as well as a pop-up bar with bubbles (for when shopping gets too tiring). Expect local designers, craftsmen and other makers. We'll see you there. 

Where: 45 Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Friday 14 September, 10am – 6pm
For more info, click here

St Kilda Esplanade Market

If you’re from the South, then you should already be familiar with this one. You know, the little market that’s held every Sunday in St Kilda that makes the traffic WILD? Yeah, that one. Anyway, it’s well worth getting down and checking it out, if only for brunch at Pontoon afterwards. Set along St Kilda Esplanade with beach views and Luna Park, this little market sells gorgeous arts and crafts. Have a browse and then hit up Acland Street. 

Where: St Kilda Esplanade
When: Every Sunday, 10am – 4pm
For more info, click here

Sustainable September At South Melbourne Market

September at South Melbourne Market is all about Sustainability. All month long, South Melb will be hosting workshops on fermenting, cooking with leftovers and upcycling old threads. They'll also be showcasing their most ethical and sustainable stallholders. Local artist will be slinging their canvases at the Trash to Treasure exhibition, using waste from the market itself. Weird. 

Where: Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne
When: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday from 8am – 4pm & Friday 8am – 5pm
For more info, click here.

The District Makers' Market

Grab your SO and take a walk through the market stalls at Docklands District Market. There's plenty of handmade and locally produced stuff, including art, craft, jewellery, homewares, gifts and artisan produce. Quench your thirst at the sugarcane juice stall, buy a bracelet from Vickstar Jewellery or attend the Baking Jane workshop. There’s even a complimentary tasting of premium Australian food and bevs. In celebration of Spring starting (sun, where are you??) they’ve recently partnered with Rose St Artists Markets, so expect this market to go from strength to strength.

Where: The District, Docklands
When: Every Sunday, 11am—4pm
For more info, click here

Hank Marvin Market

Alright, if you’re looking for some bangin’ street food, loads of top-notch produce and some damn good coffee, this one is your jam. They’ve got everything from Kissmdog’s mouth-watering hotdogs, the little mushroomMr Burger, Cobb Lane Bakery and Shtetl Woodfire bagels. You can even bring along your pooch and treat them to some rainbow attire, courtesy of Holy Moly. Great food AND dogs—this is our kind of market. Bring on the spring sunshine. 

Where: Alma Park East, St Kilda East VIC 3183
When: Every Saturday, 9am – 3pm
For more info, click here

Rose St Artist Markets

We’ve mentioned its collabs already on the list, so it’s only fair we give the Macdaddy of arts and crafts markets the credit it deserves. A Northern ‘burbs staple, this market consistently offers up the most creative, handcrafted lifestyle and fashion products. Plus, coffee and brunch masters Industry Beans are only a two-min walk away.

Where: 60 Rose St, Fitzroy 3065
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11am – 5pm
For more info, click here

Melbourne Farmers Markets

There’s nothing processed about this process. At Melbourne Farmers Markets, you can get real food straight from Victorian farmers. You can find them at a number of spots around Melbourne. Here's the list: 

Coburg North Primary School: Every Saturday, 8am–1pm
Carlton Primary School: First Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Collingwood Children’s Farm: Second Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Slow Food Melbourne at Abbotsford Convent: Fourth Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Fairfield Primary School: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
The University of Melbourne: Every Wednesday during the semester, 10.30am–2.30pm
For more information, click here.

Image credit: Anthony Strong

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