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Melbourne Market Calendar | April 2014

By Ella Pleasant - 31 Mar 2014

With everything from farmers' markets to vintage hauls, we've got the best Melbourne markets covered! So what are you waiting for? Get amongst your local community, grab a jam donut and get shopping! Don't forget to download the PDF copy for your fridge.

LIFESTYLE MARKETS

Northern Regards Artisan Market

A north-side artisan market…with beer! A partnership with Thornbury Women's Neighbourhood House and Northcote Social Club, Northern Regards Artisan Market is a high-quality, curated market with a focus on sustainable, up-cycled and recycled handmade wares. Brews and ethical goods, what's not to love?

Where: Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street in Northcote

When: First Saturday of every month, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Federation Square Book Market

A haven for bibliophiles and bookworms, The Federation Square Book Market is one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne, with over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and children's books. Go on, take a whiff of that glorious old book smell. 

Where: Atrium in Federation Square

When: Every Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Love, Evelyn Market

Housed in one of Fitzroy's oldest pubs, the iconic Evelyn Hotel, this cute boutique market features clothing, books, handmade pleasantries, assorted vintage wares and even the occasional tarot card reading. As if it doesn't get any better, they have beer and Bloody Marys on hand for thirsty thrift shoppers. 

Where: Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy

When: First and third Saturday of every month, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Lonely Hunter

A go-to shopping destination for all art-loving folk, popular indie design market Lonely Hunter is held at The Cape Lounge every second Saturday of the month. It's all about the handmade wares here: you can showcase your latest zine, illustrations or accessories collection, or simply shop the crafty creations!

Where: The Cape Lounge, 298 Johnston Street in Fitzroy 

When: Saturday 12th April (held monthly), 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Camberwell Sunday Market

Attracting thousands of bargain hunters every Sunday, Camberwell Market is one of Melbourne's most popular trash 'n treasure troves. Peruse the second-hand, homemade and knick-knacky goods with a hot jam donut in hand. The perfect way to celebrate Sunday. 

Where: Station Street in Camberwell

When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:30pm

Nanna Cool

This handmade and homemade market celebrates old school craft, stallholders selling stitched, crocheted and knitted goodies, handmade jewellery, baby items, baked treats and lots more. Brush up on forgotten skills with demonstrations in handicrafts running in the 'Craft Room'. Knitting needles at the ready!

Where: Chelsea Activity Hub, 3-5 Showers Avenue in Chelsea

When: Saturday 12th April (held monthly), 10:00am – 2:00pm

Bentleigh Sunday Market

This Bentleigh trash and treasure market has over 145 stalls, where you can find plants, pre-loved clothing, cosmetics, antiques, crafts and more! Who doesn't love a car boot bargain? 

Where: 1 Bent Street in Bentleigh

When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:00pm

Docklands Sunday Market

Set along Waterfront City's Promenade and Piazza, this variety market offers a dazzling array of art, vintage ware, retro clothing, old books and jewellery –burbles, bangles and beads galore! Grab a bite to eat, be serenated by Terry the piano player and make a day of it. 

Where: Waterfront City New Quay Promenade in Docklands 

When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Bend & Snap Market

An art gallery, cinema, events space and kick arse café – 1000 £ Bend also house the Bend & Snap design market every month, showcasing the incredible creations of local illustrators, fashion designers, jewellers and textile artists. You also have the chance to get gluey with some hands-on arts and crafts at 'Crafternoon Corner'. Sunday? More like funday!

Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne

When: Last Sunday of every month, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Take 2 Markets

A mecca for recycled designer and vintage fashion and accessories, Take 2 is a favourite spot for women looking to spruce up their style at a fraction of the retail cost. The perfect place to make like Macklemore and get thrifty.

Where: Queen Victoria Markets (location varies monthly)

When: Sunday 13th April (held monthly), 9:00am – 3:00pm

Rose St Artists Market

Fitzroy hipster hot-spot Rose St Artists Market is where those in-the-know find Melbourne's best art and design talent, the market featuring prints, photography, fashion, and jewellery, not to mention tasty treats, cool beats and bike hire! Afterwards head upstairs to the Young Bloods Diner rooftop and enjoy a house-roasted coffee, plate of coddled eggs and killer view of Fitzroy. Bliss. 

Where: 60 Rose Street in Fitzroy

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm

North Melbourne Market

Run as a side project of Thread Den, North Melbourne Market is a monthly affair featuring small labels, creative makers and artisans selling their incredible handiwork. The bulk of stallholders are fashion and accessory labels with a focus on the local, handmade, vintage and fair-trade, while there's also a strong smattering of stalls selling homewares, kawaii goodies and yummy treats.

Where: The Lithuanian Club Melbourne, 44 Errol Street in North Melbourne

When: Sunday 13th April (held monthly), 10:00am – 3:00pm

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday over 80 of Victoria's finest artisans set up shop on the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn, showcasing a variety of unique, handmade goods ranging from aromatherapy to freshly made delicacies. Everything on offer is made locally, and you're guaranteed to find a one-off treasure that'd make the perfect gift (for a loved one, or yourself!). 

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn

When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market

Lovers of the homemade and handcrafted, this curated art and craft market features the very best Victorian contemporary handmade products, including clothing, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and timber works and more. Grab a borek (as if we needed to tell you to!) and spend the day wandering through the stalls.  

Where: Shed A, Queen Victoria Market, 155 Victoria Street in Melbourne

When: First Sunday of every month, 9:00am – 4:00pm

The Esplanade Market

Set against the backdrop of St Kilda Beach, this makers' market has been running for over forty years, and it's easy to see why it's so darn popular with tourists and Melburnians alike. With over 120 unique stalls, the market boasts an impressive selection of handcrafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, homewares, artisan goodies plus much more. 

Where: Upper Esplanade in St Kilda

When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

FARMERS MARKETS

Slow Food Melbourne

Counteracting the fast food Big Mac culture, Slow Food Melbourne is bringing everyone back to basics with their monthly farmers' market at the Abbotsford Convent. Get familiar with some of Victoria's best produce, chat to the farmers and learn to truly appreciate every delicious bite you take. 

Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford

When: Fourth Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm 

Coburg Farmers Market

Re-fuel and caffeinate at their popular brekkie stalls before you collect your produce from the farmers' stalls. There's a big playground at Coburg North Primary School, so kids can be kept entertained while you shop the morning away!

Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O'Hea Street in Coburg 

When: Second and fourth Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm

The Substation Farmers Market

The Substation, a community-based arts venue in Newport, is now also the home to a bi-monthly farmers' market. It's already a favourite of organic-loving Westsiders, with everything from organic craft cider to homemade kale chips ready for the buying! 

Where: The Substation, Market Street in Newport

When: First and third Sunday of each month, 9:00am – 1:00pm 

Fairfield Farmers Market

Held at Fairfield Primary school, this neighbourhood farmers' market features stalls packed with free range meats, freshly laid eggs, seasonal fruit and vegies, milk straight from the farm, handmade cheeses, nuts and seedlings plus more!

Where: Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove Street in Fairfield 

When: Third Saturday of every month, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market

St Kilda's favourite organic, chemical-free community-run garden hosts a popular monthly farmers' market. Featuring the best organic, seasonal produce from around Victoria, you'll be spoilt for choice with fruits and vegies, juices, cheeses, honey, wine, free range eggies and more– all sold directly from the producers. 

Where: Peanut Farm Reserve, Chaucer Street in St Kilda

When: First Saturday of every month, 8:30am – 1:00pm

Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers Market

This community-owned market brings more than 50 Victorian producers to Collingwood Children's Farm every month. Head in early, grab brekkie (the buffalo sausages are UNREAL), a coffee, chai or fresh organic juice and wander the wonderful produce shops. Make sure you stay on afterwards to check out the chooks and milk a cow or two!

Where: Collingwood Childrens' Farm, 18 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford

When: Second Saturday of each month, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Flemington Racecourse Markets

Pack your pantry and stock your cellar with the best seasonal produce the state has to offer. Aside from country treats there's also a huge range of crafty items, with cards, scented candles, and accessories all up for grabs!

Where: Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road in Flemington 

When: Sunday 27th April (held monthly), 9:00am – 2:00pm

Image Credit: Anna Costa

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