Take advantage of the warmer season.
The days are getting longer, the nights shorter and warmer, and the markets are luring us out of our homes. These markets offer food, goods, drinks, entertainment, and, for all the good boys and girls, some even have Christmas goodies. Here’s a few of the best picks to head along to this summer.
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Coburg Night Market, Bridges Reserve (Thursday November 28 – Sunday December 1)
This year, Coburg Night Market have changed up their usual format and spread the fun over four consecutive days – but the usual suspects are still all there. The market will feature the same food, shopping, bars and stage program as usual. The delicious food, hand-made artisan wares, and relaxed Coburg vibe make it a great way to spend a balmy summer night, not to mention the soundtrack of live tunes from the likes of Gordon Koang, Tess Guthrie, and Cool Sounds.
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Kris Kringle Night Market, Northcote Town Hall (Thursdays in December before Christmas)
Northcote Town Hall’s annual Kris Kringle Night Market returns this December over three Thursday evenings. The market will feature over 60 stalls selling locally designed and handcrafted items and coincides with late night trading along the High Street strip for all your Christmas shopping needs. There will be free live music each week, as well as free face painting for the kids. Northcote Town Hall’s licensed bar will be operating throughout the season and quick meal options will be available onsite.
The Summer Night Market, Queen Victoria Market (every Wednesday from November – March)
Night markets are nothing new to Queen Vic Market – in the coldest winter nights, we still brave the elements in the name of shopping – but the Summer Market is the original. This year, there’s a few new editions to the annual lineup, including the debut of brand new restaurant and Portuguese tart specialists Casa Nata, whose shopfront opens in Thornbury this December. Alongside the amazing lineup of food stalls is a gin bar, a pop-up volleyball court, and live music.
For more markets, check out our summer market guide.