A guide to autumn markets in Melbourne

It’s that time of year when we start updating the wardrobe and nestling in at home as cooler weather sets in. What better way to find that perfect something to cosy up with than exploring Melbourne’s distinctive markets during autumn?

Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne

Just in time for autumn’s bounty of fresh produce, the Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne is back. There’s local fruit and veg, and other treats made with love, including bagels and cheese. BYO bags and keep-cup to this Wednesday market in the heart of the Parkville campus. Wednesdays 10.30am – 2.30pm during semester, from Wednesday 7 March.

A crowd of people at a market with old buildings and trees in the background

Melbourne University Farmer’s Market

Collins Place Design Market

Creators Assembly presents two editions of the Collins Place Design Market in autumn, on Fridays 23 March and 11 May. Local makers, designers and creators offer everything from cupcakes to candles to give you and your home that warm autumn glow.

A crowd of people at a market in a shopping centre

Collins Place Design Market

 GO Game Market

If you’re crazy for retro video games, then GO Game Market may have the treasure you’re looking for. Buy, sell and swap consoles, games, hardware, software and accessories, and meet like-minded gamers. More into boardgames? There’s good stuff for you too. Entry to this swapmeet is free, so as Super Mario says, let’s a go! Sunday 25 March.

Community Cultural Fair

The Community Cultural Fair is a joyful celebration of cultures from across the globe. Browse market stalls and experience different traditions including an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and workshops in Hijab styling, Henna painting and Japanese origami. Highlights include live performances from Burundian drummers and the  ‘No Such Thing as a Dumb Question’ Q&A session with representatives from the Chinese, Indian, Muslim and African communities. Sunday 18 March.

Three Asian women in traditional costumes

Community Cultural Fair

The Melbourne Collective Design Market

Want to make your nest snug and welcoming this autumn? The Melbourne Collective Design Market’s 150-plus stalls will be a great source of inspiration. This all-day home, interiors and design event also offers good food, live music and kids activities, and entry is just $2. Saturday 31 March.

The Night Market

The Queen Victoria Market made all the right moves 20 years ago when it launched The Night Market. Its curated stalls, international street food, refreshing drinks, live entertainment and party lights were soon a Melbourne summer essential. Now so popular it continues well into autumn, this Wednesday market is full of wonderfully impossible choices. Banh mi and a beer or decadent mini pavlovas with fruity gin cocktails? A vintage kimono or handcrafted leather journal? Wednesday nights until 11 April.

A crowd of people at an outdoor market at night

The Night Market

Kensington Market

Discover the best that the west has to offer at the monthly Kensington Market. There are at least 70 stalls offering an eclectic mix of good things, from fresh produce to jewellery and fashion. Browse to the sounds of buskers and happy conversations between makers and shoppers. Sunday 18 March, 15 April and 20 May.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Whether you’re seeking treats and treasures for him, her or you, try the ever popular Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market. It gathers more than 80 arty, crafty, tasty stalls that have become weekend institutions on the CBD’s southern edge. From silk scarves to decadent nougat, everything is handmade locally.

A woman and a child looking at a stall at an outdoor market

The Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Docklands Sunday Market

Stroll by the water and get a fresh perspective on Melbourne at the weekly Docklands Sunday Market. Looking for recycled designer kids clothes? Want to be surprised by unique finds like locally made kaftans and semi-precious gems? Just want to amble along with coffee and Village Bakery treats? You got it. All trams to Docklands are free, and the market is just a few stops from the CBD. Sundays at New Quay Promenade.