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Scarborough’s Sunset Markets Are Back And Here’s Everything You Need To Know

By Tina Varghese
25th Oct 2018

Everyone knows Thursday is the real beginning of the weekend and, to make them even more exciting, Scarborough’s famous sunset markets are back, better, and more bangin’ than ever! With loads to check out at this year’s markets from delicious eats to free beach games and fire entertainers, you’ll be praying Thursday comes around sooner than ever.

This year’s Scarborough Sunset Markets will be held from 1 November 2018, every Thursday night up until 25 April 2019. So you’ve got the whole summer (because summer is a six month affair here in Perth) to enjoy the colourful, bustling markets which will be packed with stalls, pop-up stores, and live music to keep your sandy feet grooving.

There’s so much amazing food to try this year that it’ll be impossible to just pick one. Expect all your favourites from succulent juicy BBQ, Malaysian satay, French pastries, Japanese sweets, waffles and edible cookie dough right down to Egyptian, Lebanese, and Brazilian eats. Trying everything is the only escape from food FOMO. Vegans will be spoiled for choice with mouth-watering options including vegan ice-cream, raw vegan treats, gluten-free crepes, crème Brulee and heaps of vegetarian dishes. With over 60 vendors at this year’s markets, you could be craving just about anything and find it at one of the stalls.

Apart from devouring delicious treats, indulge in some retail therapy from the many pop-up stores offering homewares, fresh flowers, candles, beachwear, and Turkish beach towels. Or experience the therapeutic massages which are up for grabs if you’re in the mood for some quick R&R. Pop-culture enthusiasts, get ready to snap a whole bunch of pictures with an incredible replica of the Doctor Who Tardis which comes fitted with a swanky smoke machine (because your Insta notifications will be on fire obviously) which will also be dishing out ice-cream, coffee, and slushies!

If you aren’t in the mood to just put your feet up and stare into the starry night sky at the cozy beach lounge, then grab your mates and join one of the many free games including dodgeball, volleyball and giant Jenga, or put your years of bucket and spade skills to good use in a sandcastle competition. Bonus points if you build a fancy moat.

This year there's also a new tradition, the Scarborough Sunset Applause. This crazy event will be happening nightly, but it kicks off on the same night as the first Scarborough Sunset Market next Thursday. If you're a bit confused as to what this is, let us explain. The Scarborough Sunset Applause is a new way for us Perthlings to show our appreciation of one of the reasons we love living in WA so much—the sun setting over the beach. It is quite literally just people breaking into applause as the sun hits the horizon, and while it might sound a bit corny, we think it's actually going to be kind of magical. 

With so much to look forward to at the Scarborough Sunset Markets this summer, not to mention the ocean breeze, you’ll want to get there early to soak in all the madness!

The Details

What: Scarborough Sunset Markets
When: 5 pm to 9 pm, every Thursday from 1 November 2018 to 25 April 2019
Where: Scarborough Beach, Western Australia
Get more info here

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Image credit: Scarborough Sunset Markets

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