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.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
Stall holder applications for Carnival on Collins close on the 31 May each year.
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.
- 1 April
- 6 May
- 3 June
- 1 July
- 5 August
- 7 October
- 4 November
- 2 December
Please note there is no market in September due to Carnival on Collins.
Palm Cove Markets are fully booked for 2018 (waiting lists apply). Applications for these markets may not be considered until 2019.
Cruise Liner Markets
Relevant cruise ship dates, 10am-5pm, by the Lagoon
The Cruise Liner Markets showcase the Cairns region with tourism items and local craft products.
Confirmed dates for 2018 are:
- January - 8
- February - 6, 7, 8, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26 and 28
- March - 1, 9, 18, 20 and 30
- April - 24
- May - 3, 7 and 22
- June - 13 and 19
- July - 3 and 17
- August - 14, 21 and 26
- September - 10, 25 and 26
- October - 3, 9, 17, 21 and 30
- November - 13, 30 and 22
- December - 11, 12 and 17
For all the details, follow the Cairns Markets Facebook page.
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.
- 29 April
- 27 May
- 24 June (Body, Mind and Soul)
- 29 July
- 30 September
- 28 October
- 25 November
Please note there is no market in August due to Carnival on Collins.
The Tanks markets are fully booked for 2018 (waiting lists apply). Applications for these markets may not be considered until 2019.