Tis’ the season to be jolly, so head down to one of these summer markets for your dose of merriment.
This annual Christmas shopping extravaganza takes place in the picturesque courtyard at Fremantle Arts Centre. Expect a collection of stalls brimming with goodies made by local artists, designers and makers, with anything and everything from fashion and jewellery, to textiles and homewares on display. It’s shopping the Freo way – laid back, with a hint of quirkiness thrown in for good measure.
Fremantle Arts Centre, December 5-7.
OnWilliam Summer Markets
Thanks to growing demand, this popular Northbridge night market will be held over two nights instead of one. So if you’re after a casual weekend full of live music, delicious local food, more than 70 stalls and a number of cool pop up bars (for a sneaky tipple or two), get down to the Perth Cultural Centre and watch the precinct bustle with life.
Perth Cultural Centre, December 12-13
Perth Home Grown
Foodies rejoice! Perth Home Grown is back with the best in local produce, products and ingredients. You’ll be salivating at the sights and smells of home-baked goods like cupcakes, cookies and cakes, not to mention tasty chutneys, pickles and delicious brunch options. There’s also fresh flowers, plants, and some hand-crafted products on offer, so why not kill two birds with one stone and get your food and Christmas shopping done?
Forrest Place, Perth, every Sunday until December 28.
Starlight Purple Haze Pop-up Christmas Market
The purple haze has come together with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to help raise money for seriously ill and hospitalised children and their families, sponsoring this festive Sunday market. Join the Dockers in a handball competition then make your way through market stalls and food vendors.
Kings Square, Fremantle, December 7.
Joondalup Twilight Markets
For those closer to Joondalup, head to Central Walk on any one of the next few Fridays before Christmas. Wonder through food, clothing, arts and crafts and gift-ware stalls as live music gets you in the mood for the silly season.
Central Walk, Joondalup, every Friday until Christmas.
City of Perth Twilight Hawkers Market
You’ll be saying TGIF a lot more this summer with these twilight hawkers markets. Get city bound after work for dinner under the stars, and pick between Indonesian satay, Malaysian curries, Moroccan tagines, Colombian empanadas, Japanese Delights, and more, then top it all off with artisan ice cream and a little late night shopping.
Forrest Place, Perth, Fridays until April.
Bathers Beach Sunset Market
What could be better than watching the sunset at the beach on a warm summer night? How about enjoying it alongside live music and dance performances, then grabbing a bite to eat from a selection of delicious food stalls? This market is inspired by the Mindil Beach Sunset Market in Darwin and is set to be a big hit this summer, and you can bring your bathers!
Bathers Beach, Fremantle, until January 24.
Held over 16 days, this Upmarket in the heart of Subi sees local designers showcasing their West Australian designed and made products. The event is broken up into five different blocks of three to four days, with each block presenting 16 different designers every time.
Block 1- Friday 5th- Sunday 7th December 2014. Featuring Jet + Ruby, Purity Organics, A Bird In The Hair
Block 2- Monday 8th- Thursday 11th December 2014 – Featuring Truffles By Trish, Fleur Envy, Paper Crab
Block 3- Friday 12th- Sunday 14th December 2014 – Featuring Blue Lawn Designs, Moteef, Petra Vanessie
Block 4- Monday 15th – Thursday 18th December 2014 – Featuring Convict Bags and Accessories, Jacinta Lepoutre, Biscuit & Cookie
Block 5- Friday 19th- Sunday 21st December 2014 – Featuring SELF Organics, Puretots, Sarah-May Ceramics.
Corner Rokeby Road and Bagot Road, Subiaco, December 5-21. Head to perthupmarket.com.au for more details.