Markets & Food Events

16 Melbourne Markets To Check Out In August

By Allira Sher - 01 Aug 2017


All right guys. We've hit August. That means we're officially two-thirds of the way through winter and two-thirds of the way through 2018 as well...ain't that scary. You should probs get out of the house before Christmas gets here, preferably digging through car boots, vinyl crates and vintage camera boxes. Yep, we're talking markets.

Here's 16 awesome markets to check out this August in Melbourne. 

Veg Out Farmers’ Market

Stock up your pantry for the week at the Veg Out Farmers’ Market. It's held on the first Saturday of every month. The market prides itself on award-winning farm produce from across the state, pretty much everything baked, grown, picked and prepared in VIC. It's also plastic bag free, so bring along your little-red-riding-hood baskets, non-plastic bags or trolleys to collect your goodies. There’s yummy breakies and hot coffee available too.

Where: Peanut Farm Reserve, St Kilda
When: Saturday August 4, 8.30am – 1pm  
For more info, click here

Hawthorn Makers Market

The Hawthorn Makers Market is one of Melbourne’s fave markets, and was established way back in 1979. Held on the first Sunday of every month, it's famed for quality handcrafted jewellery, cards, cute toys, baked goods and accessories. With over 70 stallholders, there’s a little something for everyone. Always a cracker. 

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn 
When: Sunday August 5, 10am – 3pm
For more info, click here.

Cherry Lake Lions Club of Altona Market

It’s a mouthful to say, right? This Sunday Market is outdoors (so wear your warmest jacket and probs a pair of gumboots to be safe) and has 80 stalls with a little something for everyone. Browse through hand-knitted goods, vintage clothing, handmade wooden toys and second-hand treasures. There’s even a plant stall to buy your next white-girl room addition. Food vans surround the market as well, dishing up warm drinks and snacks to get you through your shopping spree.  

Where: Millers Road, Altona 3018
When: Sunday August 5, 8am – 2pm
For more info, click here

Melbourne Book Market

Righto bookworms, here’s a treasure for you. Melbourne’s Book Market, which used to reside at Fed Square, has moved to Abbotsford Convent after popular demand. Choose from more than 5,000 new and pre-loved books including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and children’s books. Now there’s nothing standing between you and a good read. 

Where: The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford 
When: Saturday August 11, 10am – 5pm
For more info, click here

Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market

The Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmer’s Market began in 2002 and was the first farmers market to hit the inner suburbs of good ol’ Melb. There are 60 – 70 stalls for you to visit, each selling fresh local produce, including seasonal fruit and veg, free range meat, dairy and poultry, pasta, preserves and heaps more. Grab a bunch of flowers for bae and check out the live goats. There’ll be chooks and peacocks as well. 

Where: Collingwood Children’s Farm
When: Saturday August 11, 8am – 1pm
For more info, click here

Round She Goes Market

The Round She Goes Market was founded (and now run) by local creative Emma Morris, who wanted to bring her love for vintage clothes, designer bargains and op-shop treasures to life. The market features over 60 cute stalls selling handpicked vintage clothing and accessories for cheap. Word on the street is you can expect to find preloved goods from the likes of Gorman, Sass and Bide, Camilla and Marc and Zimmerman too…BOOYA! 

Where: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg 
When: Sunday August 12, 10am
For more info, click here

Footscray Finds

Footscray Finds. Easily our favourite westside market. The stalls open monthly, and they're always well-stocked with vintage clothing, local-made homewares, fresh produce and some sick vinyl records. This winter they’ve moved to an indoor warehouse, so you can be warm and shop at the same time. Grab a coff and a bite to eat from the food trucks and enjoy some live tunes. Sounds like a pretty fab Sunday to us. 

Where: The Line, 2 Yewers St, Footscray 
When: Sunday August 12, 9am
For more info, click here

Yarraville Craft Market

The Yarraville Market is an indoor market (so you can stay warm and cosy) chocka-block full of handmade products by local artists and designers. The stallholders are super friendly too, which helps. AND it's decked out in fairy lights. You’re sure to find a few treasures to take home, including kids' clothes, skincare goods, knitting and crochet, aromatherapy, photography, women’s fashion and plenty more. Underrated, this one. 

Where: Senior Citizens Hall, 28 Fehon St Yarraville 
When: August 12 & 26, 9am – 1.30pm
For more info, click here

Boroondara Farmers’ Market

The Boroondara Farmers Market is on every third and fifth Saturday of the month. Get your hands (and your mouth) around fresh produce from all 'round Victoria. Fresh fruit and veg, seasonal organic produce, meat, herbs, honey, eggs, bread olive, sweet treats, dips and sauces, and of course, wine and beer. Personally, our favourite bit is just chatting with the farmers. Boroondara is particularly special because of their Grub Hub initiative, which encourages local cafés to order direct from the farmers. BYO canvas bags. 

Where: Patterson Reserve, Kooyong
When: August 18, 8am – 1pm  
For more info, click here

Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market

Here’s one to check out if you’re looking for the freshest local produce. The Slow Food Melbourne Market has 80+ stalls and is based on the slow food movement. These guys pride themselves on bringing you good, clean and fair produce, so you know you’re getting the best. All of the produce is sustainable and ethically sourced, too. Tasty and good for our environment…we like these guys! We also like their Gippsland-made gnocchi and Jim’s pork pies. You’re welcome.

Where: The Abbotsford Convent
When: Saturday August 25, 8am
For more info, click here

Docklands Sunday Market

Ah, Sunday, the perfect day for a market visit (and a hangover). The Docklands Sunday Market is planted on the pedestrian boardwalk in the heart of the Docklands. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the CBD, and champions the creativity and diversity of Melbourne people. Get your hands on some rare earth rocks, recycled designer kids clothes, old books and soy candles. Best to grab a hot coffee and Spanish doughnut too, bc hangover, right?

Where: Docklands
When: Every Sunday, 10am – 5pm
For more info, click here

Queen Vic Winter Night Market

The night market is back again this year, and it feels even busier than before (if that was possible). There's dozens of new food stands (we're vibing the cannoli stall), plus a very special guest: the guys from Seance. It's a creepy shipping container sitting on the southwest tip of the market. Inside is pitch blackness and some seriously trippy audio. Tickets are still on sale for Friday night sessions in August, so get booking. 

Where: Queen Vic Market
When: Every Wednesday in August
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 artisanal 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. See ya there.

Where: The District, Docklands
When: Every Sunday until August 26, 11am—4pm
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 place 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 the excited kids riding the scenic railway at 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

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.

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

South Melbourne Market

Old South Melbourne Market never lets us down. It’s probably one of our most well-known and visited markets, and for good reason. This Melbourne gem has been running for over 150 years and houses multiple butchers, bakers, grocers and fishmongers. There’s delis selling the best cheeses and cured meats, plus fortune tellers predicting your futures (almost as accurately as our horoscopes). However, we’d have to say the biggest highlight of this one is SO:ME, a small space for local designers to show off their stuff and sell it directly to you. 

Where: Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne
When: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday from 8am – 4pm & Friday 8am – 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.

Not into markets? You’re weird…but how about wild buggy riding?

Image credit: Anthony Strong

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