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The Big Design Market

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  1. The exterior of the Royal Exhibition Building with a food truck and a sign that says 'The Big Design Market'.
    Photograph: Blake Walshe
  2. The crowded interior of the Royal Exhibition Building with banners hanging from the roof.
    Photograph: Blake Walshe
  3. A woman holds a colourful dress up to show people at a market stall.
    Photograph: Blake Walshe
  4. A crowded indoor market with art for sale.
    Photograph: Blake Walshe

Time Out says

This annual shopping event is back for a special 'Almost Winter' edition featuring more than 200 stallholders, art installations and warming treats

The Big Design Market returns to Melbourne early this year, with a special 'Almost Winter' edition that is set to fire up the Royal Exhibition Building for three big days of shopping.

From May 26-28, you can browse more than 200 stallholders from Australia and New Zealand selling ethically made ceramics, jewellery, homewares, clothing, lifestyle products, stationery, limited-edition art prints, pet wares and much more.

All that bargain hunting can be hungry work, so fuel up with treats from some of the country's best culinary connoisseurs, including the likes of Wonder Pies, Casa Nata, Mork Chocolate, 400 Gradi, Mount Zero Olives and Shortstop Doughnuts. On the beverage front, St Ali will be slinging coffee, while Pizzini Wines, Moon Dog Craft Brewing Co and Archie Rose Distilling Co will be on hand to whip up something a tad stronger. 

An exclusive floral-inspired art installation by fashion designer Tara Whalley will be on display to all marketgoers, and there will also be a fully immersive forest of 100 trees under a starry night sky that you can walk through. And for the first time ever, there will even be a fashion runway at midday on Saturday, May 28, which will showcase the textile and accessory brands via models walking and dancing through the stalls.

If you’ve got kids in tow, an entertainment zone complete with a glowing tunnel and creative activities is sure to keep them busy. Show bags are also back, and there will be a bunch of great prizes up for grabs.

The Big Design Market 'Almost Winter' edition is a cashless event. It is wheelchair accessible and includes accessible toilets.

After more fun events? Check out our round-up of the best things to do in Melbourne this week.

Written by
Ruby Kraner-Tucci


from $6
Opening hours:
Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm
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