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The Moonlight Markets are a new initiative of the Campbelltown Council in 2012, and have quickly become a popular crowd pleaser. Held once a month during summer/autumn, on a Friday night 6-10pm, these inaugural markets are a pleasant way to pass a balmy summer evening; pitched on the well-kept picnic lawns of Thorndon Park, they also make excellent use of existing structures such as the playground and pavilion. For those who missed this season, never fear—the Moonlight Markets are set to be a regular feature of the summer program in Campbelltown, and are sure to return in 2013.

Campbelltown Moonlight Markets
There's something magical about a community event at night!

Wander through crowded aisles of quality arts and crafts, baby goods, and hand-made designer clothing, and it's hard to miss the delight evident on faces young and old, and every age in-between. The quality and range of stalls is excellent—hand made drums share space with gourmet cupcakes, $1 per minute massages and local wines.

A large section of the markets is also devoted to the wares of the Campbelltown Food Trail, which is a collaboration of local food producers. The atmosphere of the markets has the same night-buzz as the Fringe Festival's Garden of Unearthly Delights; but it's more personable, child-friendly, and community orientated. (Parents, an obligatory visit to the bouncy-castle is a sure-fire way to keep the kids happy!)

The one downside is that after sunset generators are turned on to power overhead lights, and they can be slightly smelly/noisy. This was countered by a roving a cappella choir; in years to come it would be nice to see an increase of entertainment acts.

Dates have not yet been released for the Moonlight Markets 2013 season, so be sure to 'like' the Facebook page for up-to-date news, information and photos. Or you can click here to view the Moonlight Markets page on the Campbelltown Council website.
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Why? To make the most of a balmy summer's night
When: Friday nights in February, March and April 2012; TBA 2013
Where: Thorndon Park Reserve, Paradise, South Australia
Cost: Free
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