Visiting the Market – Information
As a retail supporter of the Australian Made Campaign, you know that when you shop with designers and producers at the Handmade Canberra Markets, you are buying Australian made items. Each market is carefully curated with over 250+ Designers & Producers. A full list of Designers & Producers attending the market will be shown in our market line up one month before the event.
Food and drink
Our much-loved gourmet food hall will be back in Coorong pavilion, with a huge selection of food and drink options to satisfy your cravings. Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, a meal or snack – we have it all! Start your day with coffee, cold pressed juice and brunch, then return for lunch to sustain your afternoon shopping. Cleanse your palette with some gelato or sorbet then why not start all over again.
Stock your pantry and bar with all those handmade condiments and drinks you know and love. We have alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Discover new Designers & Producers and graze your way around the food hall.
2023 Market Dates
April 29th & 30th 2023
July 29th & 30th 2023
October 28th & 29th 2023
December 8th, 9th & 10th 2023
2024 Market Dates
April 6th & 7th 2024
June 29th & 30th 2024
September 21st & 22nd 2024
December 13th, 14th & 15th 2024
Two day events:
Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
Three day events:
Friday 5pm – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Entry to the Handmade Canberra Market is FREE however please donate to our door greeters if you can on entry. All money collected goes to helping those in need in the ACT region.
Low Sensory Shopping Hour
We welcome shoppers to experience the Handmade Canberra Markets in a reduced sensory, relaxed and supportive environment between 9am and 10am on the Sunday of the market.
The aim of our Low Sensory Shopping Hour is to create a positive environment for members of the community who may not attend the markets due to crowds, noise, mobility difficulties or sensory sensitivities. We hope to make the experience more relaxed, inclusive and encourage people to attend who might typically avoid this kind of environment.
We ask that attendees register by getting a FREE ticket to attend the Low Sensory Shopping hour.
The Handmade Market Canberra can be found in the Budawang pavilion, Parkes Conference centre and Coorong pavilion of the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) building, located on the corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue in Mitchell.
Need help finding us? Please see the map below.
Toilets and baby change facilities
Public toilets are located in the foyer of the main entrance, opposite the Handmade reception area, at two places in the Budawang Building and also in the Coorong Building. Baby change facilities are available in the Budawang and Coorong pavilions.
ATMs, Eftpos and credit card facilities
There are no longer ATMs available at our markets. The majority of designers at the event have EFTPOS & credit card facilities. Cash is also accepted.
The venue is accessibility-friendly with accessible facilities, including toilets and parking. All customers parking in an accessible parking space must have a valid permit clearly displayed at all times.
How to get to the Handmade Canberra Market
From Sydney/ Majura
If you are travelling south along Northbourne Avenue (Federal Hwy), turn right at the set of traffic lights onto Flemington Road. The main entrance (Gate 2) is located approximately 200 metres on your right (note there may be no right turn into the venue at various times of the day and during the staging of major events. Please follow signage if this is the case).
Alternatively, you can turn right at the first set of traffic lights located near the Service Station/McDonalds and enter through Gate 4.
From the city
If you are travelling north on Northbourne Ave (Federal Highway), turn left at the traffic lights onto Flemington Road. The main entrance (Gate 2) is located approximately 200 metres on your right (note there may be no right turn into the venue at various times of the day and during the staging of major events. Please follow all signage if this is the case).
Alternatively, you can continue to the second set of traffic lights located near the Service Station/McDonalds. Turn left onto Stirling Avenue and enter through Gate 4.
There are a number of public bus routes that service the market venue. For the latest timetable information, check the Transport Canberra website for further information.
There is a light rail stop right across from the venue. For entry from the EPIC & Racecourse Light rail stop on Flemington Road, walk towards Northbourne Avenue and cross with the traffic lights at Gate 2. Light rail will be will be operational during each day of the event. Visit the Transport Canberra website for further information.
There is also a taxi pick-up and drop-off area located at the main entrance gates off Flemington Road. To contact Canberra Cabs, call 132227.
Exhibition Park in Canberra has ample free car parking available onsite for events, including designated car parks, building forecourts and grassed areas.
Exhibition Park in Canberra has multiple accessible car parking spaces across the precinct and in close proximity to all major buildings. Please follow parking crew directions onsite.
Ride your Bike
**Unfortunately Pedal Power are unable to provide this service at the December market**
Pedal Power and Canberra By Bike will be providing free bicycle parking at the upcoming Handmade Market in Canberra. Ride your bike to the markets knowing that it’ll be safe and secure while you focus on shopping.
To use this free service, come and see their friendly volunteers who will be situated under a Pedal Power marquee between the Budawang Pavilion and the Conference Centre on both days during market hours (see map to the left). They will check your bike in using a ticket system and keep it locked to their bike racks ready for you to pick it up when you leave.
To help keep our market as sustainable as possible, please bring your own shopping bags to the market. Try to avoid single-use plastics.
As much as we love your fur babies unfortunately ONLY service or assistance dogs are allowed inside the venue whilst the Handmade Canberra Market is on.
What’s on in Canberra?
Why not make the most of your market visit by staying the entire weekend! Visit Canberra and add some of our award-winning restaurants, wineries or attractions to your weekend list.
We’re committed to hosting a safe event, and we hope you’ll help us out.
Please don’t attend the event if you feel unwell or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or influenza etc, which include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and a runny or blocked nose.