Art & Design

Melbourne Market Calendar | December 2014

By Megan Osborne - 29 Nov 2014


Tis the season to be jolly, and what is more likely to make you jolly than a darn good market? Get your Christmas shopping sorted with minimal stress, and enjoy welcoming in summer with a plethora of balmy night markets! This December, Melbourne markets have gone bonkers. 
 
So grab your green bags, slap on some sunnies, and shop, shop, shop, at some of Melbourne’s best markets!


Lifestyle Markets

Head down (up?) to the Northern Regards Artisan Market held at the local Northcote Social Club. This Melbourne market is the perfect setting for your afternoon frothy, while you peruse the range of artisans touting a sustainable and recycled theme to their work. Feel good while you shop at this northside market that really fills a gap in the current Melbourne market scene.
 
Where: Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street, Northcote
When: Saturday 6th December, 11:00am – 4:00pm 
 
Bibliophiles, file yourself away at the Federation Square Book Market. For all you bookish beauties, this is the place to find over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, from fiction fantasy to fly-fishing*. This is one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne; held in the airy Atrium, it’s the spot to get your literature on. *No fly-fishing books guaranteed!
 
Where: Atrium, Federation Square
When: Every Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
 
Fitzroy locals and lovers, visit the Love, Evelyn Market, open every Saturday for your fill of market goodness. One of the best boutique markets in Melbourne, the Love, Evelyn market is held one of Fitzroy’s oldest pubs, the iconic Evelyn Hotel on Brunswick Street. Take your pick of clothes, books, vintage wares, a tarot card reading or a Bloody Mary. Yup, you heard us, and it’s perfectly reasonable (if not essential) seeing as the market starts at 12pm!
 
Where: Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm 
 
Art fans and artists alike, here’s one for you! Check out NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market for all your handmade jewellery, clothing, and craft needs. Sip on a brew from our friends at Grand Ridge while you check out some beautiful homewares from places such as Hearth Collective. Or take your time wandering the stores while you nibble on some sweet cakes from The Moonbeam Kitchen. 
 
Where: Shed A, Queen Victoria Market, 155 Victoria Street, Melbourne
When: Sunday 7th December, 9:00am – 4:00pm
 
Head to Brunswick for the Sisters' Market to shop locally hand-made crafts, with everything from ceramics to clothing on offer. Don’t forget to pick up a Bretzel (or three!) from Bretzel Biz.   
 
Where: Malvern Town Hall, 1251 High Street, Malvern
When: Saturday 6th December, 10:00am – 4:00pm  
 
Touted as being one of the cutest, most popular markets in Melbourne, Abbotsford Market is a family-friendly, community endeavour in the vibrant suburb of Abbotsford. Find a pair of quirky vintage shoes, or stock up on old-school records. Spot some pre-loved fashion, or pig out on some Pierogi. Really, just head along for a good time; there’s something for everyone at this cracker Melbourne market.
 
Where: Abbotsford Primary School, Lithgow Street, Abbotsford
When: Saturday 6th December, 9:00am – 2:00pm
 
Head to the Nanna Cool market to really live in a crafter’s paradise. There will be plenty of handmade paper goods, candles, terrariums, skincare, jewellery and tasty treats galore! With over thirty local makers and bakers, get your shop and munch on. Entry is $2, but kids are free, and a guaranteed, crafty good time is ahead of you!
 
Where: Chelsea Activity Hub, 3-5 Showers Avenue, Chelsea
When: Saturday 13th December, 10:00am – 2:00pm
   
Brunswick Flea Market is largely considered one of Melbourne’s best markets by hipsters, and they should know! Boasting both new and pre-loved wares, this market features everything from edible treats to old school vinyl beats… 
 
Where: 7 Dawson Street, Brunswick
When: Sunday 14th December, 11:00am – 4:00pm
 
Running every Sunday, Camberwell Sunday Market is the place to head for when your market madness needs quenching. Find some second-hand treasures, homemade crafts and art, or some tasty sweet and savoury treats! Get there early before all the best stuff sells!
 
Where: Station Street, Camberwell
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:30pm
 
Down in the Waterfront City, The Docklands Sunday Market has plenty to peruse and purchase. From art, to vintage clothing, to books, there’s even piano music to serenade you while you wander.
 
Where: Waterfront City New Quay Promenade, Docklands 
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
 
With everything but the kitchen sink, the Bentleigh Sunday Market boasts 145 stalls for your viewing pleasure! You know what they say about how one man’s trash totally turns out to be a Jackson Pollock (sorry art snobs)? Find your treasure here, marketeers.
 
Where: 1 Bent Street, Bentleigh
When: Every Sunday, 7:00am – 12:00pm
 
Held at 1000 £ Bend, the Bend & Snap Market is full of art, design, fashion and vintage to meet your market desires. Showcasing the local artistic community, there’s also loads of fun to be had, like workshops and all day breakfast and burgers. So come down to celebrate with a scrumptious crêpe cake!
 
Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
When: Sunday 14th December, 11:00am – 4:00pm
 
For one of Melbourne’s best art and design markets, pay a visit to the Rose St Artists Market in Fitzroy. On every weekend, decorate your walls with a beautiful print, some photography, or decorate yourself with some great fashion and jewellery. Listen to some beats while you taste some treats, or play spot the hipster from the Young Bloods Diner on the rooftop. Fun times in Fitzroy.
 
Where: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
 
Fitzroy is just the place to go for your monthly Melbourne market cravings. Running for 4 years, the Fitzroy Market held at Fitzroy Primary School has 65 stalls filled with second-hand solid gold treasures. With food to fuel you, there’s a great vibe that encourages you to slow down and enjoy yourself at this family-friendly market.
 
Where: Fitzroy Primary School, 322-326 George Street, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 20th December, 10:00am – 3:00pm
 
The Arts Centre Melbourne Artisans Market is where local creatives show off their goods. Everything is produced or made locally, and with over 80 artisans, there’s something unique for every taste. A great place to admire and support the handiwork of talented local artisans.
 
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn, Melbourne CBD
When: Every Sunday (except 28th), 10:00am – 4:00pm
 
Summer is here, Listers, so when you head down to the beach, make sure to make a pit stop at The Esplanade Market in St Kilda! With over 120 unique stalls stretching along the sunny esplanade, you’ll find everything from paintings to purses.
 
Where: Upper Esplanade, St Kilda
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  
Get excited market-goers, in charming Coburg is the Batman Market! Holy Smokes! With over 100 stalls, there will plenty to see while you’re spelunking, including fresh produce, arts and crafts, live music and a range of multicultural cuisine. 
 
Where: 14-22 Gaffney Street, Coburg
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
 
In the heart of Yarraville Village you’ll find the Yarraville Markets, a wonderful place to find Australian handmade crafts. From jewellery to candles and skincare, this family-friendly market is a lovely place to spend your weekend!
 
Where: Masonic Hall, Cnr Canterbury street and Willis Street, Yarraville
When: Saturday 6th, 13th & 20th December, 10:00am - 4:00pm
 
In Heffernan Lane, Chinatown, you’ll find a little corner of Melbourne that’s dedicated to fantastic and flavourful cuisine! All about food, you can enjoy hawker-style eateries running late into the night. Did we mention there will be dumplings?
 
Where: Heffernan Lane, Melbourne
When: Friday 19th December, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
 
The Night Market is a trendy hang out, mixed with amazing food vendors selling cuisine from around the world. With fashion, craft, health and wellbeing stalls, and live entertainment, it’s a great way to celebrate hump day! Head on down for a late-night browse, and check out the season’s fresh new look!
 
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
When: Every Wednesday (except 24th and 31st), 5:00pm - 10:00pm
 
Held in one of Melbourne’s most diverse and vibrant street-art lane ways, the Blender Ln Artists Market is a showcase of wonderful art, craft, illustration, design, textile and jewellery talent. With yummy treats, live performances, and a chilled atmosphere, spend your Wednesday evening soaking up the culture at the Blender Ln Artists Market.
 
Where: 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne
When: Every Wednesday (except 24th and 31st), 5:00pm - 10:00pm
 
Get into the festive spirit at Northcote Townhall with the Kris Kringle Night Markets. With over 50 stalls of locally hand-crafted items, shop designer fashion, jewellery, crafts, plants and more. With a bar, munchies and music, find your perfect Christmas gift here! 
 
Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
When: Thursday 4th, 11th and 18th December, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
 
Meet your maker at the Maribyrnong Makers Market. Pick up a tasty treat as you explore this not-for-profit, boutique craft market in Melbourne. 
 
Where: Seddon Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Gamon and Mackay Street, Seddon
When: Thursday 18th December, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
 
For vintage fashion lovers, check out the Round She Goes market for some preloved designer goodies! Selling quality second hand clothing, accessories and jewellery, the Round She Goes market has over 60 stalls! Entry is $2.
 
Where: Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
When Sunday 7th December, 10:00am - 3:00pm
 
Three huge days showcasing some of the best design from Australia and abroad, the Big Design Market is one you won’t want to miss! Held at the massive Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, shop for fashion, textiles, stationary, homewares, books, lifestyle and kids’ products.
 
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton
When: Friday 5th, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 6th, 10:00am - 7:00pm 
Sunday 7th December, 10:00am - 5:00pm
 
Celebrate summer at the Abbotsford Convent with the Supper Market. Held at night, enjoy watching the sun go down and the stars come out surrounded by charming greenery and character-filled buildings. Live music, children’s activities, and of course, supper. Be there, or be supper-less.
 
Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1-16 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
When: Friday 5th, 12th and 19th December, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
 
Want a fun-filled and family-friendly night market? Then pop Coburg Night Market on your Christmas shopping list! Bringing together street food from all around the world, arts and crafts, and live music and performances, what better way to spend a balmy Friday evening?
 
Where: Bridges Reserve, Coburg
When: Friday 5th, 12th and 19th December, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
 
If you want a market that focuses on Australian made and designed products, then the Fine Design Market in Doncaster is the market for you. Independently run, grab your unique designer jewellery or artwork today. 
 
Where: MC2, Doncaster
When: Sunday 7th December, 10:00am – 3:00pm 
 
Get your gift shopping sorted and have a little fun on the side, with QV’s Melbourne Designed Gift Markets. With 40 stalls showcasing great local design talent, QV square will also be transformed into a sanctuary featuring picnic rugs and live music at the Twilight Markets every Friday evening.
 
Where: QV Square
When: Friday 5th, 12th and 19th December, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday 6th, 14th and 20th December, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday 7th, 15th and 21st December, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
 

Produce Markets

Head to the Southbank Farmers Market to find some of Victoria’s best produce! With over 40 wonderful stallholders, you’ll see favourites such as Golden Axe Cider, Milawa Cheese, Woodfrog Bakery, Dr Marty’s Crumpets and Plains Paddock. Gut rumblings happening yet?
 
Where: Boyd Community Hub, 207 City Road, Southbank
When: Saturday 6th December, 8:00am – 1:00pm  
 
Why anyone would rush the process of eating is beyond us here at The Urban List. That’s why we plan to attend the Slow Food Melbourne market at the Abbostford Convent. Featuring 60 of Victoria’s finest growers and producers, you can buy your fruit ‘n’ veg directly from the farmer that grew it.
 
Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
When: Tuesday 23rd December, 3:00pm - 8:00pm 
 
Saying stuff ya to supermarkets? Then head to the Coburg Farmers Market at Coburg North Primary School to stock up on all your grocery goods. Find a tasty selection of fruit and vegetables, along with nuts, oils, and tangy bakery fancies to keep you fuelled.
 
Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea Street, Coburg 
When: Saturday 13th and 27th December, 8:00am – 1:00pm
 
Brought to you by Melbourne’s Farmers Markets, The Substation Farmers Market delivers greedy market-goers a bunch of fresh produce and local handmade goodies! With all the proper fancy shmancy accreditation, the Substation Farmer’s Market in Newport guarantees that as a customer, you are buying fresh seasonal produce directly from the producers. 
 
Where: The Substation, Market Street, Newport
When: Sunday 7th and 21st December, 9:00am – 1:00pm 
 
Planning a lazy Saturday morning? Oh wait, that’s not what veg out means this time around! Get your organic goodies at the Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market, held at St Kilda’s favourite community-run garden, the Peanut Farm Reserve. On the first Saturday of the month you can find one of Melbourne’s best fruit and veg markets.
 
Where: Peanut Farm Reserve, Chaucer Street, St Kilda
When: Saturday 6th December, 8:30am – 1:00pm
 
Here you can buy and sell children! Hey wait… Just kidding! The Collingwood Children’s Farmers Market is held at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and has over 50 stalls featuring Victoria’s best producers and artisans. With a family-friendly atmosphere, it’s a wonderfully fun weekend stop (remove that price tag off your child at once!).
 
Where: Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
When: Saturday 13th December, 8:00am – 1:00pm
 
Expect a fair price and a fair go at Fairfield Farmers Market in (yup, you guessed it) Fairfield. With a focus on food and fantastic fresh produce, feel free to shop and feed your fancies from 8 in the morning to 1pm, or all tuckered out!
 
Where: Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove Street, Fairfield 
When: Saturday 20th December, 8:00am – 1:00pm
 
Run by East Bentleigh Primary School, the once market garden is now blooming with market stalls! Head along on the fourth Saturday of each month (except in December) to stock your pantry with wonderfully fresh Victorian produce direct from the growers! Saa fresh.
 
Where: East Bentleigh Primary School, 90 Bignell Road, East Bentleigh
When: Tuesday 23rd December, 8:00am - 12:30pm 
 
Image Credit: Bohemian Raspberries

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