Markets & Food Events

13 Melbourne Markets To Check Out In October

By Jasmine Riley - 01 Oct 2018


We’re well into Spring now, which means the weather is (finally) warming up. It’s time to emerge from hibernation and kick that Netflix addiction—you've got markets to check out. In addition to the usual, there’s the Boho Luxe Market this month, plus Growing Friends Plant Sale, and the guys from Finders Keepers are returning for their Spring/Summer 2018 market. Nice. 

Here's 13 awesome markets to check out in Melbourne this October.

Yarraville Markets

Yarraville Markets are monthly arts and crafts markets in Yarraville Village. They give local designers the opportunity to showcase their work—stuff like handmade jewellery, candles, skincare, homewares, tea, illustrations and clothing. Entry to the market is free and there’s even face painting to keep the kiddos amused. Good one for westsiders.

Where: Masonic Hall, Canterbury Street, Yarraville
When: Saturday 13 October, 10am–4pm
For more info, click here.

Hank Marvin Market

Expanding on their Alma Park market, Hank Marvin has secured a second location (in Dendy Park) and are unveiling their new free market this month. To celebrate, they’ve got over 30 stalls offering street food, dessert, drinks, produce and gifts. There’s bao, cheesesteaks, crepes and doughnuts galore. Starting this month, the market will run weekly on Sundays, and you can even bring your doggo (on a leash, of course).

When: From October 14, Sundays 9am–3pm
Where: Dendy Park, Nepean Highway, Hampton East
For more info, click here.

Round She Goes Market

This one is for the thrifters. Go digging for vintage gold at over 60 stalls selling handpicked clothing and accessories. There’s also designer labels on offer, including Gorman, Sass and Bide, Miu Miu, Karen Walker and Camilla and Marc. Be sure to get some sleep the night before so you’re at your maximum bargain-hunting potential. And if you’re not, you’ll find coffee and food inside to help you along. Entry to the market is $2 and there’s free parking nearby.

Where: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
Sunday October 14, 10am–3pm
For more info, click here.

Footscray Finds 

Westsiders, get around this one. Footscray Finds is back on Sunday 14 October with the usual mix of vintage clothes, designer jewellery and quirky homewares. The Frequent Flyers Food Truck will be back, and you can even get free tasting sessions at nearby Harry and Larry's (from 10am – 1pm)

Where: 2 Yewers St, Footscray
When: Sunday 14 October, 
For more info, click here

Finders Keepers Market

The guys from Finders Keepers are back for their Spring/Summer 2018 market. The travelling market features over 250 independent stalls showcasing the work of local artists and designers. There’s also food trucks, live music and coffee to keep you replenished and caffeinated through the day. Entry is $5 at the door but can be used across the whole weekend. Kids under 12 are free.

Where: The Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton
When: Friday 19 October, 12pm–9pm, Saturday 20 October, 10–7pm, Sunday 21 October, 10am–5pm
For more info, click here.

Growing Friends Plant Sale

Spring has sprung, which means its time to have a look at your garden. If it’s looking a bit worse for wear, we recommend getting along to the Growing Friends Plant Sale. To celebrate their 30th birthday, Growing Friends are offering discounts on everything from itty-bitty succulents to trees. The sale is a bi-annual event, so be sure to make note of it, otherwise you’ll be waiting until next Autumn.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
When: Saturday 20 October, 10am–4pm until Sunday 21 October, 10am–3pm
For more info, click here.

Hounds of Heide

This one's a collab between Rose St Artists Markets and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Take your doggo out for a poochy date, complete with puppy snacks, canine-themed art, design and handcrafted goodies. There'll be art activities to keep the little ones entertained, and illustrator Oslo Davis on-site doing personalised portraits of your fur baby. Be sure to give them a bath (good luck) and a quick brush so they’re looking their floofy finest.

Where: 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
When: Sunday 21 October,
For more info, click here.

Library At The Dock Book Sale

Calling all bookworms, Library at The Dock is hosting a pre-loved book sale. Located in Docklands, there'll be hardbacks on sale for $2, paperbacks for $1 and junior books for 50 cents, or go buck wild and grab yourself 10 books for $10. That’ll be sure to keep you busy.

Where: Library at The Dock, Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
When: Saturday 27 October, 11am–3pm
For more info, click here.

Boho Luxe Market

If you’re in need of some serious holistic healing this month, be sure to chuck this one in the diary. Think vegan treats, organic produce and sustainable earth-friendly products from Byron Bay labels. Come for a mindful meander or sign up for one of the wellness experiences: there's meditation, live healings and talks from naturopaths and life coaches on how to sharpen your intuition and improve your health and wellbeing. Prices for wellness experiences are $40 per journey or $65 for both.

Where: The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne
When: Sunday 28 October, 10am–5pm
For more info, click here.

Hawker 88 Night Market

Running every Wednesday night till late October, Hawker 88 Night Market is a celebration of all things oriental: tastes, sights, sounds and everything in between. There’s over 20 street food stalls serving up traditional dishes from China, India, Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia and Japan. If that’s not enough, there’s also Bollywood dancers, bands, singers and K-Pop performers with the chance to show off your skills (or lack thereof) by getting amongst the karaoke action.

Where: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
When: 19 September–24 October Wednesdays, 5pm–10pm
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, they’ve also partnered up with Rose St Artists Markets. Should be a good one. 

Where: The District, Docklands
When: Every Sunday, 11am—4pm
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
When: Every Saturday and Sunday,
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,
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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