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All The Melbourne Markets You Need To Visit This March

By Gen Phelan
2nd Mar 2018


March and Markets. It’s a match made in alliteration heaven, but also a seasonal dream. Melb’s summer blaze is simmering down, with a cooler climate ushering in ultimate market-going conditions. Basically, you won’t have the strange aftertaste of SPF 50+ when finger-licking a hot chips feed. That’s a win in our books.

Coinciding with VAMFF, our city’s market scene is gearing up for one of its more fashionable months, with plenty of pre-loved vestments and brand new bling gracing the racks. It’s time to swan around, chow down and plot your wardrobe overhauls. *Cue Macklemore's Thrift Shop*. 

Dromana Creators Market

You’re gonna fall in love with something on show here. There’s raw chocolate treats, impossibly intricate prints and illustrations, and (if a market doesn’t have these, is it really a market?) ALL of the jams and chutneys. This is the everyman’s market, and it excels at putting us in cash hemorrhaging mood. There’s no need to feel post-splurge guilt though, because you’ll be supporting some local Aussie designers/legends in the process. YAS. 

Where: Dromana Estate, Mornington Peninsula
When: Saturday 3 March
For more info, click here.

Red Hill Community Market

There were a mere handful of stalls here in 1975, but this market isn’t so teeny anymore. It’s dubbed one of the most popular in Victoria, with over 300 vendors selling fresh, home-grown produce. You’ve got lush scenery, an escape from the hustle and bustle, and good people getting good food into your basket. Winery hopping sesh post-perusal? Now that’s how you Saturday.

Where: Arthur's Seat Road, Red Hill
When: Saturday 3 March (the first Saturday of the months until the end of May), 8am-1pm
For more info, click 

Opera in the Market at Queen Vic Market

Here’s a wildcard for those keen to spice up their market life. Why not jaw-drop at some vocal prowess as the opera pros belt out hefty notes at Queen Vic. Culture for the taste buds is already covered here, but now it’s time for some TLC for the ears. Go IN on the snacks while indulging in this sensory overload. 

Where: K Shed, Queen Victoria Market
When: Monday 5 March, 5:30pm-10:30pm
For more info (and tickets), click 

The Beehive Fashion Market

Amy Winehouse’s style was indisputably iconic—that feline flick of jett-black eyeliner and those monumental hairstyles scaled to epic heights. Curated by the Dadon sisters behind fashion forum How Two Live, the Jewish Museum of Australia is throwing a seriously stylish market in celebration of Amy. Shop some of the burgeoning Melbourne design talent, and if you’re handy with a sewing machine, BE the damn talent. There’s a callout for vendors here.

Where: Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Road, St Kilda
When: Sunday 11 March 10am – 5pm
For more info, click 

The Island Design & Makers Market

Grab the car keys, the Phillip Island Design & Makers Market is back this month (twice!). There'll be a market over the Labour Day break, and then another over Easter (how the hell are we talking about Easter already?). If you've been to these things before you'll know how good they are: endless craft, design and fashion stalls, fresh produce, live music and that beautiful Phillip Island sunshine. Road trip?

Where: YMCA Phillip Island
When: 11 March (9am – 2pm) & 31 March (9am – 2pm)
For more info, click here

Berwick Night Market & Food Trucks

So, this one has complimentary bubbly, guys. Have we got your attention? The Artisan Market in the Main Hall is popping bottles and pouring some liquid gold into your glass so that you can pore over the food vans, stalls and live music all night long. That’s how you #TGIF.

Where:  Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House, 21A Bemersyde Drive, Berwick
When: Friday 16 March, 6pm-10pm
For more info, click 

Vintage Clothing Sale Como House 

$2 entry? Come onnn, you can rustle up some couch change, right? Especially for a market as cool as this one. It’s the National Trust’s annual vintage clothing sale at Como House. Shoes, handbags, coats, dresses, costumes, jewellery—it’s all up for grabs. Game face on: this is gonna get competitive.

Where: Como House, South Yarra
When: 17 – 18 March 2018
For more info, click here.

Wardrobe Warriors Second-Hand Fashion Market

Flex those sartorial muscles—AKA the slight head tilt in the mirror as you discern if those Mom jeans fit, and the wrist motion involved in pulling off a PayPass. The Wardrobe Warriors’ trove of pre-loved treasures has been unlocked in Brisbane, and is now taking the streets of Melb. RESULT. Entry is just two bucks, and all the proceeds raised will be donated to the Melbourne City Mission. You’re doing a good deed...and pimping out your wardrobe.

Where: City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley Street, West Melbourne
When: Sunday 18 March, 8am-12pm
For more info, click 

Urban Twilight Makers Market 

Gotta love a good twilight market, right? On the 22nd March, the Makers Market will be popping up at the Frankston Arts Centre for a night of Flamenco music, dancing, food trucks and heaps of cocktails. Oh yeah, plus dozens of stalls selling everything from homewares and fashion to art prints and jewellery. Peninsula folk, get around it.

Where: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-27 Davey St Frankston
When: 4pm – 8pm, 22 March
For more info, click here

GO Game Market

Are you a retro video-game fiend? Still longing to defeat Pokémon emerald on the Gameboy? Refusing to accept the end of Sonic’s heyday? It’s going to be okay. The Go Game Market is your chance to reclaim the video-games from yesteryear. You can buy, sell and swap all kinds of golden oldies here, guys. Get your geek on.

Where: Kathleen Syme centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton 
When: Sunday March 25th from 12pm – 4pm 
For more info, click here.

The Melbourne Collective Design Market

Pencil this one in. Housed at the Royal Exhibition Building, this is a market with unrivalled style. Fostering the Melbourne creatives is their ethos. A maze of highly curated stalls is the result. There’s all things fashurn, décor, skincare, homewares, health and (because it would be wrong not to) heaps of tasty bites to fuel your tour.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Melbourne
When: Saturday 31 March, 10am-6pm
For more info, click

Prahran Market

Ahhh, we can never grow tired of this one. If you’re looking for some delicious vegan desserts, heirloom veggies, or are hunting down the perfect bunch of blooms for a special someone, Prahran Market is your guy. Clara’s Flowers at the Market have a technicolour assortment for your morning floral haul. Take time to stop and smell those roses.

Where: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
When: Open every day, except Mondays and Wednesdays (times vary)
For more info, click 

The Night Market at Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market are still dishing up sizzling souvas and dousing visitors in icy sangrias every single Wednesday. If you haven’t made it down there already, assemble your mates following the next hump day nine-to-five. We’re still not over this hub of Melb’s finest grog and grub, and won’t let it pack up shop until we’ve tasted every paella on offer.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Every Wednesday from 5pm until 11th April 2018
For more info, click 

Elwood Community Market

There’s something in the air. It’s freshly ground coffee. Oh, and sizzling BBQ goods. Ah, yep, there’s also that fresh, doughy fragrance of HOT CROSS FLIPPING BUNS. Can you tell we’re excited for this one? Round up the kids and set them free on the myriad stalls lining Elwood. There’s bounties of books to be raided, and an almighty cake stall to sink your sweet tooth into. Plus, all proceeds go towards Elwood Primary School. Nice.

Where: Elwood Community Market, Scott St, Elwood
When: Saturday March 3, 8:30am-1pm
For more info, click

You're gonna need some sustenance for all this market gallivanting. Here's where you can get your cup o' joe on the go. 

Image credit: Visit Victoria | Como House 

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