Markets

Esplanade markets on hold

The Esplanade Markets have been suspended until further notice due to works taking place to create The Esplanade Dining Precinct. We are not accepting new stallholder applications at the moment for the Esplanade markets.

We operate and support many community markets across the region, showcasing local businesses and the unique wares Cairns has to offer. The markets are a great day out for all ages, locals and visitors alike.

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

We've also put together a handy list of local markets ( PDF, 0.36 MB ) covering the Cairns, Douglas, Mareeba, Tablelands, Yarrabah and and Cassowary Coast council areas. While we endeavour to provide accurate and up to date information, we recommend you check with the relevant market coordinator for any updates.

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.

Stallholders

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 CairnsMarkets@cairns.qld.gov.au. 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.

Tanks Markets

Last Sunday of the month (unless otherwise scheduled), 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.

Tanks Market dates 2021
  • 18 April – Moved forward due to ANZAC Day (25/5)
  • 23 May – Moved forward due to scheduling of Palm Cove Markets (30/5) and IRONMAN (6/6)
  • 27 June
  • 25 July
  • August – no market due to Carnival on Collins.
  • 26 September
  • 31 October
  • 28 November

Carnival on Collins

First Sunday of September, 9am-3pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

This Father's Day tradition regularly attracts 25,000 to the City's Botanic Gardens and Tanks Arts Centre 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 200+ market stalls offering local art and craft, produce, plants, food and refreshments.

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Last updated: 06 January 2021