One of the best parts about spring is the abundance of outdoor markets and food trucks, and the Queens International Night Market is just one of those awesome events.
Though the Queens Night Market was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020, it fortunately returned just one year later in 2021, and the fan favorite market will once again take over Meadows Corona Park starting Saturday, April 15th for a “sneak preview.”
This family-friendly experience will feature dozens of independent vendors selling all sorts of food, merchandise, and art. Live music and performances can be expected with a lineup soon to follow.
This year, the market will open every Saturday as of April 15th from 5pm-midnight. There will be a limited number of tickets available for the two sneak preview events (April 15th & 22nd) to avoid opening night capacity conflicts that have occurred years prior.
Tickets for the sneak preview events are available for advanced purchase for $5. If any tickets are not sold, they will be offered for $8 at the door. Children under 12 are free.
As usual, at least 20% of the net ticket proceeds will be donated to charity.
The Queens Night Market will officially open to the public and be free to attend come April 29th.
Some exciting food you can expect to try include Afghan mantu and chapli kababs, Colombian arepas, Ukrainian borscht and pirozhki, Trinidadian curry crab and dumplings, Salvadoran pupusas and much more.
The best part about it all? The price cap on almost all food options is $5 (with several $6 exceptions)! According to the founder of QNM, John Wang,
Our mission to be NYC’s most affordable, diverse, and welcoming community event has remained unchanged since we launched back in 2015. I know inflation is going to really squeeze our vendors’ already-thin margins, so we’ll keep their fees as low as we possibly can. We’ve never profited from vendor fees, and we’ll keep honoring that commitment to our vendors, who really are the lifeblood and the superstars of the event.
Another huge perk about the event is beer and wine will be available for purchase and patrons over 21 will be permitted to consume alcohol throughout the entire event grounds.
This grassroots phenomenon has turned into an NYC must see and it’s long-awaited return is cause for celebration!
You can find more information on the official website.
Where: New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Also published on Medium.