Council operates regular markets across the city, giving local businesses an opportunity to showcase their wares while providing a recreational activity for residents and visitors alike.

Check out Cairns Markets on Facebook for real time updates, info and photos!

Many of our markets are suspended over the wet season and will "reopen" in April.

The Cairns Esplanade market continues on Saturdays throughout the year and the Cruise Liner markets will continue to be held when a ship is at dock.


You can apply to be a market stallholder by using our online market stall application form. For a printable version of the form, please email Stallholder applications take 10 business days to process.

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Every Saturday, 8am-4pm, by the Lagoon

The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. If you need a gift or souvenir you are sure to find it here.

Held against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront, you can follow your market shopping with a swim in the Lagoon or take advantage of the free barbecues, exercise equipment and children's play grounds.

Further details are available on the Cairns Esplanade website.

Carnival on Collins

3 September 2016, 9am-3pm, Collins Avenue

Carnival on Collins is a Cairns' Father's Day tradition and a sustainably run community event, held on the last day of Cairns Festival, when over 25,000 people flock to the city's Botanic Gardens precinct for a giant day of family fun.

Featuring loads of free entertainment for people of all ages, it's a slice of life in the tropics, with over 250 market stalls offering local art & craft, produce, plants, food and refreshments.

The event features three entertainment stages, Feast of the Cultures, Eco Zone and Kids Carnival, exhibitions in the Tanks as well as roving entertainers and more.

Palm Cove Markets

First Sunday of the month (unless otherwise specified), April to December, 8am-2pm, Williams Esplanade

The Palm Cove markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food.

The markets have great family including free crazy golf and a free jumping castle.

2017 dates

  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • August 6
  • September - no market
  • October 8 (note, second Sunday of the month to align Reef Feast)
  • November 5
  • December 3

Ports North Cruise Liner Markets

Relevant cruise ship sites, 10am-5pm, by the Lagoon

The Ports North Cruise Liner Markets showcase the Cairns region with tourism items and local craft products. Cruise season is usually between October and April and the schedule can be found on the Ports North website and the Cairns Markets Facebook page.

Tanks Markets

Last Sunday of the month, April to November, 9am-2pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Showcasing a blend of local art, craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning.

Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians.

2017 dates

  • April 30
  • May 28
  • June 25 (Body, Mind and Soul)
  • July 30
  • August - no market
  • September 24
  • October 29
  • November 26

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Last updated: 12 July 2017

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