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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published October 25th 2016
Which market will you be going to?
When you walk around Canberra's markets it is clear that everybody loves a market - a place to find a bargain, buy vegetables straight from the grower, find pre-loved toys for your kids or cheap plants for the garden. As part of the community, local markets are a great place to meet your neighbours and support the local charity with a sausage sizzle - whilst bagging a bargain at the same time. Here is a list of Canberra's Markets in the city, north and south.

With fruit and vegies straight from the grower - you can't get much fresher than this.

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Source: Farmers and Foodies Market


IN THE CITY

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS
The weekend starts early at the Farmers and Foodies Market, located at the Old Bus Depot Market site in Kingston. These markets begin at 3pm and finish at 7pm every Friday evening, so locals and visitors can pick up fresh groceries for the weekend and then stay for dinner. At the markets you can buy fresh oysters from the south coast, fruit and vegetables straight from the grower, cooking oils, honey, breads, flowers and milk and cheese straight from the dairy. This market has been an instant success and has grown even bigger in size, moving indoors for the colder months. Stay and enjoy the live music and cooking smells from the hot food stalls of offer. See here for an article on the Farmers and Foodies Market.

Farmers and Foodies Market is open every Friday between 3pm - 7pm.
Address:21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604.
See here for their Facebook page.


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Farmers and Foodies Markets, now with more inside stalls. Source: Farmers and Foodies Market Facebook


CANBERRA CITY WALK MARKETS
If you are in the city centre, these Saturday markets are located in Petrie Plaza, behind the children's merry-go-round. You will find Australian arts & crafts, international handicrafts, fruit & vegetables, plants, books, records, novelties, up-cycled wares, candles, gemstones, funky clothing, unique jewellery, and more. There is also Kids Land and Multicultural Food stalls to enjoy a snack or lunch afterwards.

City Walk Markets are open Saturdays 10am - 4pm.
Address: Petrie Plaza (between the merry-go-round and London Circuit), Canberra's CBD.
See their website and Facebook for more information.


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Source: Canberra City Walk Markets website.


OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS
This list wouldn't be complete without one of the biggest and most popular markets in Canberra with over 200 stalls set to the backdrop of talented buskers and musicians. These markets take over two levels of the Old Bus Depot every Sunday, where the Farmers and Foodies Market is held the evening before. Stallholders sell everything from hand made crafts, gourmet foods, jewellery, clothing and a variety of delicious food to try in their multicultural food hall. These large markets also have theme days such as Vintage and Retro, Creative Fibre, Celebration of Wool and other events which promote different market stallholders. Enjoy this market with Canberran locals who flock to these markets each week.

After the markets, why not visit nearby Kingston Foreshore for a coffee, Canberra Glassworks to see artists blowing glass or have a burger at Brodburger - all within walking distance of these popular markets.

Old Bus Depot Markets is open every Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Address: 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604
See here for their website.


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Source: Old Bus Depot Markets Facebook.



NORTH SIDE OF CANBERRA


CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET (6km north of CBD)
This popular farmers market is held each Saturday and has over 100 stalls and sells fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the grower, gourmet foods made locally and a range of delicious food to keep your tummies full while you are walking around. You need to get up with the rooster for this market that runs between 7:30am - 11:30am, with most of Canberra getting there around opening time for the best choice. Popular stalls are fresh seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables and frozen pies to take home. See here for an article about one of Canberra's busiest markets.

Capital Region Farmers Market is open Saturdays 7:30am - 11:30am.
Address: Exhibition Park, Corner of Flemington road and Northbourne avenue, Lyneham,
See here for their website.

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Capital Region Farmers Market.


ROTARY TRASH AND TREASURE MARKET (7km north of CBD)
This market is organised by Belconnen Rotary (with a gold coin entry), and has been running for 42 years each Sunday. Essentially a huge garage sale, these markets sell second hand items, fresh fruit and vegetables, arts and crafts, tools, plants...everything you would ever need for your house and home. It is a popular market where almost everyone will find a bargain. See here for an article on the Trash and Treasure Markets - Canberra's largest garage sale.

Rotary Trash and Treasure Market is open every Sunday 7am - 12:30pm. (however check their website for changes)
Address: Jamison Centre Carpark, Bowman street, Macquarie
See here for their website.


HARTLEY HALL MARKETS (15km north of CBD)

This monthly market is one of the largest "Hand made, Home grown, Home produced" market in Australia with up to 300 stalls. The markets are run by Hartley Lifecare and other volunteers, with a gold coin donation on entry. With live music, food and kids entertainment, this rural themed market has something for everyone.

Hartley Hall markets are open the first Sunday of each month (excluding January) from 10am - 3pm.
Address: Hall showground, Victoria street, Hall
See here for their website.


Hartley Hall Markets, Hall, ACT
Source: Hartley Hall Market Facebook


SOUTH SIDE OF CANBERRA

LIONS WODEN MARKET (11km south of CBD)
Located in the car park of the Westfield Shopping Centre at Woden, this is a busy market full of second hand toys, furniture, plants, bric-a-brac, fruit and vegetables, clothes and more. Organised and run by the Woden Lions Club, this Sunday market is a gold coin entry. Our family have found this a great market for second hand toys in particular - with toys starting at 50c, we have always walked out with a bargain or two.

Lions Woden Market is open Sunday mornings, 7am - midday.
Address: Carpark between Corinna St and Hindmarsh Drive, Phillip, Woden.
See here for their website.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKET (11km south of CBD)
You need to get up early for this busy market, as locals flock here Sunday mornings to get their fruit and vegetables for the week. The best part about a farmers market is meeting the grower and knowing that the food is local, fresh and of high quality. Open between 8am - 11:30am, thousands of people visit this market weekly for their fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, bakery items, fish from the coast, oysters and more. Walk the markets with a hot pie, slice of pizza or a freshly squeezed juice. This market was held at the CIT Campus in Woden for 10 years, however it is now located at the Canberra College in Phillip. See here for an article on the Southside Farmers Market.

Southside Farmers Market is on every Sunday morning 8am - 11:30am.
Address: Canberra College, Corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive, Phillip
See here for their website.


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Just one busy section of the Southside Farmers Market, now at Canberra College


TUGGERANONG HOMESTEAD MARKETS (22km south of CBD)
These markets are only held monthly and are run by the Lake Tuggeranong Lions Club in the grounds of the historic Tuggeranong Homestead. The markets sell a range of goods including plants, home cooked cakes, hand made crafts and fruit and vegetables. With a jumping castle and fire engines for the kids, this market is an enjoyable way to spend a morning in the community.

These monthly markets are held the second Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm . Entry is gold coin donation.
Address: 51 Johnson Drive, Calwell ACT 2905
See here for their website.


OTHER MARKET OPTIONS..

Whilst these are the organised markets held regularly, look for signs on the side of the road or in the newspaper for community fairs and school markets all throughout the year. The EPIC (Exhibition park in Canberra) also holds Craft Fairs, Christmas Markets, House and Garden Expos and a range of other weekend events - check their Events page to see what is happening this weekend.

Although not held on a weekly basis, there are also several other large markets held in various locations around the city throughout the year. See these articles on the Three Sixty Fashion Markets (held four times a year at the start of each season), The Forage (held once a season, as well as other pop up events in the year), Handmade Market (held over a weekend, four times a year), Hustle&Scout Twilight Markets (who will be back in 2017), Night Market Canberra (held a few times over Spring and Summer) and the Fash and Treasure Markets (held several times a year), for more information.

Handmade Market, Canberra
Handmade Market, photo courtesy of their website.


With a huge range of markets each weekend, there is always something to do here in Canberra. Before you begin your market shopping adventure, check their websites before you go in case the market day clashes with a public holiday or the weather forecast has cancelled an outdoor market.

So get out there this weekend and get out in your local community - you are sure to bag a bargain...or few!

Woden Lions Markets, Canberra
Which market will you be going to?


* This list updated October, 2016
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Why? Support your local community, local growers and artisans.
When: Weekly or monthly, Canberra has alot of markets to choose from.
Where: Canberra City, north and south.
Cost: Free or gold coin entry.
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Thanks for such up to date info. We had a great fab day today thanks to your info. Farmers southside market was great. We drove two hours to get there and we're well pleased. A couple of other markets made our day special!
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