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The Weekender: July 8 – 10

Haylee Han

Thu Jul 07 2016


BROWSE around Little Sparrow Market at Federation Square, spend Christmas in July at Luna Park, tour the world food trucks and crafty designs at the Big Bayside & Peninsula Design Market or suspend your belief at the Melbourne Magic Festival. Haylee Han brings your highlights for this weekend. 

Little Sparrow Market
Sunday, July 10 (10.30am – 4.30pm) | Federation Square

Melbourne is the Australian capital for independent designers and a paradise for indie design enthusiasts.

The Little Sparrow is just one of the many  markets that showcase the work of independent designers, design retailers makers and artists and this Sunday, visitors can have a look themselves at what’s on offer. 

Held in the iconic Federation Square in city of Melbourne, Little Sparrow Market will provide a combination of food, live music and some of the best local design stalls. 

To access the market, visitors can enter via the Atrium entrance on Flinders St next to ACMI, via The Square on Swanston St, then down the stairs or lift, or from the third level of the Federation Square car park (lifts available). There is also the the entrance from Russel St where you just have to follow the pathway towards the Atrium.

Find more information via their Facebook event page and the Little Sparrow website.

Christmas in July at Luna Park
Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10 (11.00am – 6.00pm) | 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

Christmas in Australia is all about summer sunshine on the beach, unpacking gifts in an air-conditioned house, and Santa in his shorts. However, the much-loved amusement park in St Kilda will be transformed into a Christmas winter wonderland this weekend with FREE admission and entertainment for all.

This weekend will be the last chance for you to experience the special ‘Christmas in July’ event at Luna Park! Finally, you can have some Christmas vibes in winter! 

Santa and his elves will make a special appearance and you’ll also be able to enjoy a reindeer ride (mechanical of course!) in the Christmas domes. Festive face painters will also be part of the celebrations and you can even hang out with Melbourne’s very own Bouncing Elves.

Find more information via the event website.

Big Bayside & Peninsula Design Market
Saturday, July 9 (9.00am – 2.00pm) | Frankston Basketball Stadium (90 Bardia Avenue, Seaford)

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Feel like hitting a market but tired of the hectic CBD? Why not spend the day in Bayside at The Big Bayside and Peninsula Design Market where the beach invites you to more delightful views while shopping. 

A visual feast on the senses, a selected array of hand-crafts, a taste of food & beverages from world food trucks — all of these add up to what is essentially a perfect option for you to enjoy your leisurely Saturday.

Here, you can find a broad range of items from kids’ women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, home decor to beauty products, all in one market. 

Friendly reminder: $2 entry fee and free parking.

Find more information via their Facebook event page and Mermaid Sorority website.

Melbourne Magic Festival
Saturday, July 9 (10.00am – 10.30pm) | Northcote Town Hall

Since its launch at the Northcote Town Hall in 2008, the Melbourne Magic Festival (MMF) has become a significant celebration for magic enthusiasts! It is now officially recognised as the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts magicians and magic fans from all over the country and beyond! 

This weekend will be your last chance to catch the Melbourne Magic Festival. Throughout the whole day, you can enhance your magic skills in workshops with Simon Coronel, attend the Australian Junior Championships of Magic or enjoy a range of other free sessions!

For all kinds of magic and mayhem, you can book tickets and learn more about the festival’s Facebook event page and website.