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3 iconic Canberra market days in the next month

By Ben Faulks

It's hard to say no to a good market day. The freshest of produce, handcrafted items, and lively atmosphere are completed by the novelty of getting to spend the day out with family. Owners of real estate in Belconnen take to the numerous markets throughout Canberra to enjoy an exciting day out and find some particularly unique buys.

Whether you're settling into your new home, or looking for something a little different to do over the weekend, check out these fantastic markets around Canberra in the coming months.

Modernist Market

When: Sunday 12 November 2017

Where: University House, Acton

This market day is run by Canberra Modern, a group programming interconnected events designed to celebrate the many architectural wonders of Canberra. Highlighting unique private and public spaces and heritage is key to their operations, and so the market will take place in the University House at the Australian National University. The modernist motel-style building will be the background to vintage hair and makeup demonstrations, pop-up food and beverage stalls, and a photo booth.

A best-dressed competition will be hosted by Australian pin-up sensation Miss Cherry Bomb. Entries will be open on the day only, so be sure to get in early! 

For motor enthusiasts, the Canberra Antique and Vintage Car Club will have some of their best mid-century cars out to glint in the midday sun. Meanwhile, local swing band In Full Swing will be playing era-appropriate hits for you and your special someone to jive to.

Old Bus Depot Markets

When: Every Sunday

Where: 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

These markets are a well-loved weekly affair. Set in an old industrial building, the event shows off Canberra's Sunday best – from food to fashion. Stallholders from across the ACT bring freshly baked bread and barista-made coffee, vibrant floral arrangements, copperworks, handcrafted jewellery, and so much more. 

Local talents also grace the scene with live music – each week bringing a different set of artists into the spotlight. At the next market (November 12), Jumptown Swing and Guyy and the Fox will take the stage, respectively bringing slick dance moves and spellbinding folk-rock music. 

Special themed market days also feature – Designer Sunday and Collectable Sunday are coming up this month on the 19th and 26th, offering a trove of original designs or well-preserved antiques.

Eco-Elves Night Market

When: Friday 1 December 2017

Where: Canberra Environmental Centre, Acton Peninsula

Eco-Elves takes any marketplace's celebration of locally produced goods are multiplies it by five! Now in its seventh year, this annual market event is all about sustainability and environmental consciousness. Therefore, the focus is on up-cycling, fairtrade, and Canberra-based creators. 

To mix things up a little, this is not so much a market day as it is a market evening. The festivities kick off at 5p.m. and, with last light in December typically happening around 8:40p.m., beautiful gold and orange light should reflect on the lake to make for a truly lovely start to your night. 

While only a few stallholders have been announced so far this year, the lineup proves particularly promising. Acumen Aquatics and Vivaria will be selling plant-based art and living terrariums, while Mura Pathways to Wellness will bring 17 different blends of organic tea.

The property market

Craft markets aren't the only successful ones in Canberra – real estate is alive and well. If you fancy the idea of living in a city with so many local producers, but need to work your way through the property market first, get in touch with the team at Ray White Belconnen today. With years of experience and a dedication to helping you find the best home for your needs, we're eager to help. 

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