Some of these fabulous markets are special-occasion linked i.e. Christmas, Easter, school holidays, whilst others are on-going markets and are held throughout the year. Whatever the season, whatever the reason, I absolutely love the laid-back, relaxed feel of shopping at markets. With Christmas just around the corner, hitting the markets for that perfect gift for family and friends, should definitely be high on the priority list. Prices are hopefully better, produce is definitely fresher and just knowing that local artisans and/or farmers are being supported, gives one the warm, fuzzy feel of helping others.
🛍 Baringa Twilight Market
Baringa Town Square, Edwards Terrace, Caloundra West Every 2nd Friday of the month | 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Every 2nd Friday of the month - Image: Baringa Twilight Market FB
The Baringa Twilight Market is the new 'kid' on the block when it comes to markets and is run by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce. Held on the second Friday of every month, market-goers can sit back to enjoy a Friday evening of divine food, a few adult beverages and music, to kickstart the weekend.
The Baringa Twilight Market includes some unique stalls with a variety of artisans and street food, as well as a designated entertainment area and bar for everyone to enjoy!
In other words, these once-a-month markets are perfect for catch-ups and 'chilling'.
🛍 Big Pineapple Markets The Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye
Every Saturday | 6.00am to 2.00pm
The iconic Big Pineapple - Image: author
The iconic Big Pineapple Markets run every Saturday between 6.00am and 2.00pm. Shoppers are spoilt for choice with fabulously fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, seafood, meat and chicken.
In other locations (usually under roof) at the Big Pineapple, stallholders offer a selection of novelty items including handicrafts, toys and clothing.
Why not make a day of it? The nearly-new Tree Top Challenge Adventure Park is a fun and energetic outing for the family and is located right next to the Big Pineapple.
🛍 Caloundra Street Fair
Bulcock Street (from Otranto Avenue to Knox), Caloundra
Every Sunday | 8.00am to 1.00pm
Come rain or shine, the Caloundra Street Fair is a must-do market for every Sunday of the year, attracting scores of Sunshine Coast locals as well as visitors. Organised by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, the Caloundra Street Fair is a true hidden gem on the Sunshine Coast, with more than one hundred unique stalls, offering everything from local food and flowers to tasty breakfasts, coffee and lunch.
Children have plenty of exciting activities to keep them busy, whilst the mums and dads get to enjoy the live entertainment and street theatre.
The great news? Caloundra Street Fair is totally doggy friendly and stallholders would love to meet your pooches.
🛍 Cotton Tree Markets
King Street, Cotton Tree
Every Sunday | 7.00am to 12.00noon
Proceeds from Cotton Tree Markets go to Bloomhill Cancer Care in Buderim - Image: Cotton Tree Markets FB
Cotton Tree Markets is one of the longest-running artisan markets on the Sunshine Coast. It has been going for 22 years, can you believe that!
Cotton Tree Markets is set in the charming Cotton Tree precinct and offers its visitors more than seventy stalls; live music and raffles. Proceeds from these Sunday must-do markets go to Bloomhill Cancer Care in Buderim.
🛍 Coolum Beach Twilight Markets
Tickle Park, Coolum
Fridays: 22 November | 29 November | 6 December | 13 December | 20 December | 27 December | 3 January 2020 | 10 January 2020 | 17 January 2020
4.00pm to 8.00pm
The annual Coolum Beach Twilight Markets are back again for the summer. The plus-minus sixty-five stallholders sell a large array of goods … from handmade to local crafts, to woodwork, to jewellery, to sunglasses, to spices, to children's toys and even fruit and vegetables. The kids will love the fudge, snow cones and other fun 'stuff'.
The Lioness Club of Coolum Beach has been running the not-for-profit Coolum Twilight Markets for more than twenty years and donating the proceeds to the community.
Christmas in Eumundi at the Eumundi Markets is the place to be on a Friday night in December with their iconic Christmas celebrations.
Market-goers have live music, entertainment, street food from all around the globe, as well as arts and craft stalls to look forward to. Young market visitors will get to see Santa as he arrives on the Eumundi Fire Truck at about 5.30pm. Santa will then be available for photo opportunities for only $5 - fabulous keepsake photos to take home.
Santa will arrive on the Eumundi Fire Truck - Image: Eumundi Markets FB
A fantastic selection of new and second-hand stalls selling dresses, tops, skirts, denim, kimonos, shoes, leather goods, jewellery, home decor, essential oils, candles, plants, pots and so much more, is what shoppers have to look forward to! A $2 entry price and Christmas shopping will hopefully be sorted. Retail heaven!
🛍 Fishermans Road Markets
Fishermans Road, Maroochydore
Every Sunday | 6.00am to 12.00noon
A true Sunday tradition! Image: Fishermans Road Markets FB
A true Sunday tradition on the Sunshine Coast … is a visit to the Fishermans Road Markets. This iconic market has been operated and managed for the past fifteen years by the Lions Club of Mooloolaba, whose members are all volunteers, who willingly offer their free time for no monetary return. The net profits raised from the Fishermans Road Markets are channelled back into either Lions Club Projects or Local Community Organisations.
There are up to 128 market stalls at the Fishermans Road Markets, offering a large variety of items for sale, including local and market fruit and vegetables. With face painting and a jumping castle for the kids, mums and dads have time to browse the stalls offering everything from egg and bacon burgers, a sausage sizzle to plants and seedlings.
With plenty of parking available, make your way down to the Fishermans Road Markets on Sunday for breakfast and a freshly brewed coffee and check out the fabulous bargains on offer too.
🛍 Kawana Waters Farmers Market
Kawana Waters State College, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Every Saturday | 6.00am to 12.00noon
Image: Kawana Waters Farmers Market FB
According to the Kawana Waters Farmers Market website: 'The Kawana Waters Farmers Market is genuine, it's honest and it's packed with produce that makes your mouth water.'
Every Saturday, various stalls at the Kawana Farmers Market offer fresh organic produce; freshly squeezed lime drinks; finger-licking marinades and sauces; skincare products; nuts and seeds; olives and mouth-watering tapenades; herbs and even freshly-caught seafood.
Back by popular demand! Nights on Ocean Carnivale Twilight Markets is happening on the first Friday of every month, with the next special date being Friday, 6 December. With a fiesta of culture and colour, and in celebration of unique customs and cuisines from all around the world, the iconic Nights on Ocean is promising a feast for the senses.
Nights on Ocean Carnivale is a family event, with a free children's entertainment area that includes free face painting and dance lessons.
Liquid Radio - have you seen the Liquid Radio Promo vehicle out and about - is live every month from Nights on Ocean Carnivale. Make sure you check out their website for more info.
🛍 Sunshine Coast Collective Markets
Coolum Primary School, Barns Lane, Coolum Beach
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month | 8.30am to 12.30pm
Occasional pop-up dates at Alexandra Headland ( follow the link here for more info)
A collective of local artisans - Image: Sunshine Coast Collective Markets FB
One of my all-time favourite markets, the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets started its adventure in 2016 and in the past three years has grown from strength to strength.
The Sunshine Coast Collective Markets is not your average market … it's a collective of more than one hundred local Sunshine Coast designers, musicians, artists, foodies, creators, vintage wares and lifestyle lovers. And, it's pooch-friendly too.
Whether you're looking for something special as a gift - yes, Christmas is just around the corner - or looking to catch up with friends, the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets is a great 'add-on' to your weekend plans.
🛍 Twilight Markets Caloundra
Bulcock Beach Esplanade, Caloundra
Every Friday from 8 December to 26 January | 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Twilight Markets Caloundra is a fabulous special occasion-linked market, usually running over school holidays, at Christmas and at Easter.
I love having my Fridays sorted, knowing that a whole variety of divine street food and unique artisan stalls, awaits on the esplanade at the Twilight Markets in Caloundra.
Twilight Markets in Caloundra is in a gorgeous location to catch up with friends and family. Get there early to catch a surreal sunset over the spectacular backdrop of the Pumicestone Passage and perhaps get some last-minute Christmas shopping done!
Whether you're looking to find that elusive gift for somebody special, or to pick up the freshest of the fresh produce, to whip up a delicious holiday feast, these twelve special occasion and on-going markets are well worth a bookmark.
Whatever the season, whatever the reason, there is always time for a dash of retail therapy.