Markets & Food Events

11 Markets To Check Out In Melbourne This October

By Jacqueline Ho
2nd Oct 2019


It’s time to hang up your winter coat and get your wardrobe ready for spring, and you know what that means: shopping time. Hunt down some choice spring/summer looks at a local sustainable clothing market, get your fresh produce straight from the farmers, or go on a food tasting tour at one of Melbourne’s oldest and most iconic markets. Whatever you do, we advise you go empty-handed because you'll be sure to come home with armfuls of new apparel and goodies from this great selection of markets in Melbourne this October.

Finders Keepers

Take it from us: retail therapy feels so much better when you’re supporting small businesses and local artisans. The Finders Keepers market does just that in a massive three-day event, featuring over 270 independent art and design stalls in the heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building, selling everything from sustainable fashion to one-of-a-kind jewellery, plant pots and homewares. It’s the ideal place to pick up gifts for mum and loved ones to save yourself from last-minute Christmas shopping (because we all know how stressful that can be).

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton
When:  Friday October 18 2pm - 9pm, Saturday October 19 10am - 7pm, Sunday October 20 10am - 5pm.
For more info, click 

Preston Market Flavourhood Tours

This 2.5-hour food tour will guide guests through the iconic Preston market where they can sample fresh seafood, organic product and deli items while learning about the market’s rich history. You’ll be able to try the Preston Market’s famous winning paella and chat with the friendly traders who will share their expert tips on how to select and prepare the freshest ingredients in your kitchen. Tours run roughly twice a month, are $20 per person and includes breakfast, coffee, Preston Market eco bag and a $5 market voucher (so worth it). 

Where: 2/30A The Centreway, Preston VIC 3072
When: October 12 / October 26
For more info and tickets, click 

Footscray Finds

Footscray has fast become the home of all things vintage and cool, with the Footscray Finds Market marking its post in the centre of the busy CBD. You’ll find rare vintage records and preloved clothing in this funky market, as well as colourful knitwears and old antiques. The market will also feature live music from local musicians and food trucks for when hunger strikes. The market is free to enter and runs from 9 am-2 pm on the second Sunday of every month.

Where: The Line, 2 Yewers Street, Footscray
When: October 13, 9 AM - 2 PM 
For more info, click

Round She Goes Vintage Market 

A cut above your usual Melbourne markets, Round She Goes is a specially-curated vintage market that features more upmarket apparels and accessories. Shoppers can expect to find preloved designer goods from the likes of Gorman, Sass and Bide, Miu Miu, Karen Walker, Camilla and Marc, Zimmerman and more. Go early to fetch a good bargain and don't stress, there's plenty of free parking and coffee inside to keep you energized while you shop.

Where: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg (near the corner of Sydney Rd)
When: 6th October 2019, 10 AM - 3 PM 

Hawthorn Makers Market

Supporting independent and local artisans and designers, Hawthorn Makers Market is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most loved markets. From handmade gifts to homewares, each product is wrapped with authenticity, love and quality.

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
When: First Sunday of each month, 10 am - 3 pm

The District Makers Market

The District Makers Market is returning once a month, on the last Sunday of each month. Each market will be themed, so you’ll see a brand-new lineup every month, with an array of homemade goodies, handmade homewares and jewellery, arts and crafts and everything in between. This month’s theme is ‘Plant market’, so you can score more houseplant babies to liven your home.

Where: The District Docklands, 440 Docklands Dr
When: Last Sunday of the month – 11 am to 4 pm

Kensington Market

The monthly Kensington Market was established to showcase the local talent that is alive and thriving in the Kensington and Flemington areas and surrounding precincts. With a minimum of 70 specialty stalls, this boutique market offers an eclectic mix of fresh produce, designer fashion, jewellery and visual art creations, vintage, retro and antiques, all set in a vibrant environment filled with live music, great coffee and delicious food.

Where: Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair Street, Kensington
When: First Sunday of each month, 10 am - 3 pm

Chinatown Day/Night Markets

On the second and fourth Saturday of every month, Heffernan Lane in Chinatown will transport you to the flavourful aroma and atmosphere of a packed hawker hall-style day/night market. Be sure to come hungry with an array of stalls selling delicious dumplings, noodles and much more.

Where: Heffernan Lane, Chinatown
When: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 4 pm - 10 pm

Vegan Market Of Melbourne

Vegan or not, you’re guaranteed to find something to satisfy your food cravings at the monthly Vegan Market at the Abbotsford Convent. With live entertainment, free workshops and children's activities each month, there’s something for everyone.

Where: Abbotsford Convent,1  St Heliers St, Abbotsford
When: First Saturday of every month, 9 am - 3 pm

The Fitzroy Market

The Fitzroy Mills Market and the Fitzroy Market have come together for a permanent collaboration. With over 70 stalls, this partnership provides you with a one-stop destination for all things vintage, fresh produce, artisan gifts, flowers, pre-loved goods, alcohol and live music. What more could you want?

Where: The Fitzroy Mills Market, 75 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Saturdays, 9 am - 2 pm

Melbourne Farmers Markets

At Melbourne Farmers Markets, there's nothing processed about this process. You can get good food straight from Victorian farmers, that you know has been cultivated with sincerity and love of the product. You can find these markets all around Melbourne.

Here's the list:

  • Carlton Farmers Market: First and third Saturday of the month, 8 am - 1 pm

  • Coburg Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 8 am–1 pm

  • Collingwood Children’s Farm: Second Saturday of the month, 8 am–1 pm

  • Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park: Third Saturday of the month, 8 am–1 pm

  • Alphington Famers Market: Every Sunday, 9 am-1 pm

  • Fairfield Primary School: Third Saturday of every month, 8 am–1 pm

  • Abbotsford Convent Farmers Market: Fourth Saturday of the month, 8 am-1 pm

  • The University of Melbourne: Every Wednesday during the semester, 10:30 am–2:30 pm

For more info, click here.

Strapped for cash? Here are a bunch of free things to do in Melbourne this month.

Image credit: supplied 

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