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 the kids or buy cheap plants for the garden. Markets are a big part of the local community and a great place to meet your neighbours and support local farmers, whilst picking up fresh produce at the same time.
Before you begin your market shopping adventure, ensure you check out the market websites and Facebook pages before you leave in case the market day clashes with a public holiday or the weather forecast has cancelled an outdoor market. With such a wide range of markets held each weekend, both indoor and outdoor, there is always somewhere to shop each weekend in Canberra. So why not get out there and support your local community - you are sure to bag a bargain...or few!
Shop for produce by Lake Burley Griffin! Image: The Little Burley Market Facebook
THE LITTLE BURLEY MARKET will be held every Saturday between 9:30am - 1:30pm on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at Queen Elizabeth Terrace. This new foodie and makers market has plenty of parking nearby and will be a scenic market to wander around. Support local at The Little Burley Market! See here for their Facebook page.
HAIGH PARK VILLAGE MARKETS is held every Sunday between 8:30am - 2pm at Haigh Park in Braddon. This local market has a wide range of gourmet and organic foods from all around the region. Enjoy live music and the relaxed Sunday vibe, at the end of Lonsdale Street. See here for their website.
THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS is held every Sunday between 9:30am - 2:30pm at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston. It is one of the biggest and most popular markets in Canberra with over 200 stalls set to the backdrop of talented buskers and musicians. Stallholders sell handmade crafts, gourmet foods, jewellery, clothing and a variety of delicious food in their multicultural food hall. After the markets, why not visit the Kingston Foreshore for a coffee, the Canberra Glassworks or have a burger at Brodburger - which are all within walking distance of these popular markets. See here for their website.
Enjoy shopping at the Old Bus Depot Markets - there is something for everyone!
NORTH SIDE OF CANBERRA
CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET (6km north of CBD) is a popular farmers market held every Saturday between 7am - 11:30am at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). It has over 100 stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the grower, local gourmet foods and a range of delicious pies, sausage rolls and pastries to eat while you are walking around. Popular stalls include fresh seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables and frozen pies to take home. See here for their website.
ROTARY TRASH AND TREASURE MARKET (7km north of CBD) is organised by the Belconnen Rotary and is held every Sunday between 7am - 12pm, in the car park of the Jamison Centre in Macquarie. It is gold coin entry to get in. It is easily Canberra's biggest garage sale with second-hand clothes, toys and tools, as well as plants, fruit, vegetables and everything you would ever need for your house and home. Take your cash and find yourself a bargain! See here for their website. HARTLEY HALL MARKETS (15km north of CBD) is a monthly market held on the first Sunday of the month between 10am - 3pm at Hall Showground. This market is a "hand-made, home-grown, home-produced" market with live music, food, kid's entertainment and country hospitality. Entry is by a gold coin donation with all proceeds supporting Hartley Lifecare's disability programs and services. See here for their website.
Pick up your fresh fruit and vegetables at the biggest farmers market in Canberra - the Capital Region Farmers Market.
Bag a bargain at the Trash and Treasure Markets, Jamison Centre car park
SOUTH SIDE OF CANBERRA
SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKET (11km south of CBD) is open every Sunday morning between 7am - 11:30am at Canberra College Woden . The best part about this farmers' market is meeting the growers and knowing that the food is local and fresh. The market is very popular, with thousands of people visiting this market for their fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, bakery items, seafood, oysters, vegetable seedlings and more. Walk around the markets with a slice of pizza or a freshly squeezed juice! See here for their Facebook.
Just one busy section of the Southside Farmers Market, at Canberra College in Phillip
Whilst these markets are held regularly, also look for signs on the side of the road for school fetes, fairs and markets throughout the year. The EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra) also holds travelling 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. The Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and Belconnen Fresh Food Markets are both indoor permanent markets that are open each weekend, with small shop fronts.
Although not held on a weekly basis, there are also several other large markets held in various locations around the city throughout the year. Check out the The Forage (held once a season, as well as other pop up events in the year), the Handmade Market (held over a weekend, four times a year) and the markets held by Canberra Markets.
Wherever you go, you won't be leaving empty-handed!
Be part of the fun at the Handmade Markets, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). Image: Handmade Market Facebook
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!