December 6-12

Best of Brunswick

A weekly guide to what’s on and things to do in Postcode 3056 and surrounds. Compiled by Poppy Searle

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What: BRN Community Transport Forum
When: 6.30-8pm, Thursday, December 7
Where: Brunswick Uniting Church, 214 Sydney Road
Brunswick Residents Network (BRN) is hosting a community forum to discuss transport in our neighbourhood, and the Merri-bek Council’s new draft Merri-bek Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS 2023) The latest version of the overarching transport strategy is being exhibited for public comment, until Christmas Eve. A final version will then be presented to councillors next March. Speakers at the forum include transport consultant and researcher Eric Keys, Faith Hunter of Merri-bek Bicycle Users Groups, Andrea Bunting of Walk on Merri-bek and Jo Connellan of the Upfield Urban Forest Group. There will be plenty of time for comments on the draft strategy, and questions.


What: An Evening of Carols and Jazz
When: 6.30pm, Tuesday, December 12
Where: Christ Church Brunswick, 8 Glenlyon Road
Enjoy the festive season with an evening of carols and jazz for all the family, featuring the Brunswick Rogues Choir (pictured) and Michelle Nicolle & Friends. The event will take place in the grounds of Christ Church, just east of Sydney Road, and will feature popular carols, Father Christmas and a sausage sizzle.

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What: Sisters’ Market
When: 10am-4pm, Saturday, December 9
Where: Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd
Cost: Free entry
The Sisters’ Market, managed by sisters Marianna and Roberta, is an event that brings together over 60 small businesses from across Melbourne. The market features a diverse range of products, including jewellery, toys, fashion, homewares, artworks, plants, body products, and stationery. It is designed to offer visitors a relaxed and enjoyable shopping experience. In addition to the array of goods, the market also provides food options from local bakers and makers. The Sisters’ Market serves as an ideal location for completing all your Christmas and holiday shopping in one convenient and enjoyable setting.


What: Forage Walk
When: 10am-12pm, Saturday, December 9
Where: CERES Joe’s Market Garden, 34 Edna Grove, Coburg
Cost: $35/$28 concession
CERES’ Forage Walk, designed for beginners and experienced nature enthusiasts alike, will explore vegetative wonders to learn about plant identification and ecosystems. Led by expert botanists and field ecologists, participants will identify edible and medicinal plants in a hands-on environment. Engaging discussions and practical demonstrations aim to empower attendees with valuable skills and insights into sustainable foraging practices.


What: MWIJF Presents: Jam and Hang
When: 11pm-2am, Saturday, December 9
Where: The JazzLab, 27 Leslie St, Brunswick
Cost: Free entry
Join the jam session and hang out at the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival! The JazzLab is excited to bring together female and non-binary musicians and vocalists for a laid-back and inclusive event. Take the stage for a jam session or simply connect with fellow musicians — it’s all about fostering a supportive community. The venue is equipped with a PA system, piano, bass amp, guitar amp, and drum kit.


Merri-bek Summer Show: 11am-5pm daily, closing this Saturday, December 9 at Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Road. Free entry. More information

We are keen to promote genuine community events and happenings, big and small, so if you have know of something coming up, or of a venue that you think deserves to be promoted to a wider audience, drop us a line at

The deadline for submissions for this weekly column is close of business on Monday. Priority will be given to events scheduled over the next seven days.