Car boot and farmers markets in Ballarat and surrounds are a great morning our with family and & friends.
You never know what you might find, from fresh fruits, nuts, vegies and home cooked goodies at farmers markets, to furniture, bikes, odds and ends at bargain prices at the car boot sales.
Most have been running for years, if not decades, and are a chance to support not just local producers,Artisans, home crafters & bakers, as well as larrkin wheeler dealer hobbyist second hand merchants, but also the charities and service clubs that run them in some cases.
The markets don’t generally have set dates each month- they work off particular weeks of the month in most cases.
There are also the occasional specialist or occasional market event that is organised, such as the inaugural colossal swap meet at the Mitchell park airport each year, which will offer up a veritable treasure trove of rare and unusual goods, and tasty fare.
Visit Ballarat is a great resource for finding excellent markets in Ballarat and surrounds that might be updated more frequently than this site, so be sure to check out their website
The blog eat local Ballarat is also not a bad resource; it has not been updated since 2016, but most of the information is still fairly current.
Dates of Saturday Farmer’s Markets Ballarat, 3350 Victoria
1st Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Bridgemall Farmers Market
2nd Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Ballarat Farmers Market- Lake Wendouree (Lakeside, opposite the botanical gardens)
3rd Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm Creswick farmers market
4th Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Ballarat Farmers Market- Brown Hill Hall- 357 Humffray St Nth, Brown Hill (all weather market!)
Dates of Regular Sunday Farmers Markets in Ballarat
3rd Sunday of every Month: Talbot Farmer’s market (Talbot 3371)
This market is a popular and varied market which basically takes over the town of Talbot, with streets closed in the “CBD” for the market.
You can get everything from fruit & veggies, to plants, or even a chook, goat or farm equipment, or clothing.
EVERY Sunday! – Daylesford Sunday market
Dates of Regular Sunday Car boot Market in Ballarat
EVERY single Sunday, every month at the Ballarat showgrounds Run by the rotary club of Ballarat south.
There is the odd sunday where the market does not run due to a special event, the show or other reason such as extreme weather- check the facebook page to see if there’s an exception or not.
List of Occasional and special interest markets in Ballarat:
Design Exchange Market (At the mining Exchange, Lydiard Street)
Artisan clothing, crafts, sculpture, paintings & ceramics.
Ballarat Swap Meet- Mitchell Park (airport) (19th Feb, 2019)
Possibly the biggest and most interesting market that you are ever likely to see.
Stall holders come from all around Victoria and the entire country to meet, sell wares and have a yarn.
Thousands of stalls + food and other oddments. $10/day entry fee
Ballarat Springfest- Lake (November) Wendouree parade, Ballarat.
Big, bright and bashful- this market festival is a mix between agricultural show, car show& shine, and a swap meet / farmers market.
Expect to see stalls ringing the entire lake!
The annual springfest is run by rotary Ballarat.