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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ROPS 2645 Provision of Food Vendor Services

For those food vendors that missed this opportunity, Council will be re-advertising this register on 2 March 2019 (closes 4:30pm, 26 March 2019).

Locate this tender and download the documents at www.tenderlink.com/cairns

Existing food vendors (currently appointed to ROPS 2645 Provision of Food Vendor Services) DO NOT need to re-apply.

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, 0.19 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.

Please note there are no markets on June 1 and 8 due to the Cairns Ironman.

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.

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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The Cruise Liner Markets are on now in the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon Plaza. Pacific Dawn is tendering from Yorkeys Knob today :)
Maybe we should rename Palm Cove to Paradise Markets
A glorious day for a Palm Cove Markets on today till 2pm
Blue Reed @tanksixyfour until 2pm
The 1st Tanks Markets on today until 2pm with Harmony Day in T3 until 1pm. So much goodness, so little time. 😊 Tanks Arts Centre
The Cairns Esplanade Markets are on today from 8am to 4pm by the lagoon. Head down to the nard for all your Cairns gifts and souvenirs and enjoy a healthy 100% fruit icy pole in the sunshine!
Happy Easter 🐰 Wow! There is such a variety of stalls at the Esplanade Markets today - come check them out! Trading from 8am - 4pm.
Esplanade Markets will be on tomorrow from 8am 😀
Showers are clearing, looks like it will be a good day for the Palm Cove Markets, on until 2pm.
💦☔️🌧💦☔️🌧 Another rainy day down on the Esplanade. The Cruise Liner Markets have been cancelled. Stay tuned for more updates!
Esplanade Markets are on tomorrow. See you between 8am and 4pm! 🙂 The markets showcase local, quality made products from jewellery, leather work and homewares to pottery, clothes and skincare. If you need a gift or souvenir you are sure to find it here!
Due to weather conditions and low stallholder numbers the Cairns Esplanade Markets tomorrow have been cancelled. We will see you next week!
We've braved the wet!!! The markets are on today at the Cairns Esplanade! Head on down to get all your gifts and souvenirs - don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day in 12 days!!!
CANCELLATION Due to the Severe Weather Warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology council has decided to cancel the Esplanade Markets tomorrow (26 January 2019). For more information about the Severe Weather Warning see http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ21037.shtml
CANCELLATION Unfortunately the Cruise Liner Markets scheduled for Tuesday 15th January 2019 have been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.