Markets

We are seeking applications from stallholders with products that are handmade products, (including home-baked or home grown), that are sustainable or showcase the Far North Queensland region.

Market sites are limited and therefore the application process is competitive - incomplete applications will be declined.

Apply by 28 February to be considered for the 2019 season.

Stallholders wishing to be part of Carnival On Collins must apply by 31 May to be considered.

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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!

We've also put together a handy list of local markets ( PDF, 0.35 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 cityvenues@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.

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 entertainment including kids activities such as a free jumping castle and workshops.

2019 dates

  • 7 April
  • 5 May
  • 2 June
  • 7 July
  • 4 August
  • 6  October
  • 3 November
  • 1 December

Please note there is no market in September due to Carnival on Collins.

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.

2019 dates

  • 28 April
  • 26 May
  • 30 June (Body, Mind and Soul)
  • 28 July
  • 29 September
  • 27 October
  • 24 November

Please note there is no market in August due to Carnival on Collins.

Shield Streets Markets

Sunday on Shields is a series of free events from 11am each Sunday between 4 August and 20 August.

In addition to Sunday on Shields the Cairns Esplanade Markets will be relocated to Shields Street as part of the celebrations for the following special events happening on the Esplanade:

  • 28 September, celebrating Rotary Duck Race

See the full program of Sunday on Shields events

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: 23 September 2019