Sizzling meats, pork buns, bubble tea, dumplings – sounds like an Asian street market menu? You’ll find these and more right here in New York when the annual Queens Night Market opens its doors to celebrate the city’s diversity and culture. So, if you are heading to the Flushing Meadows venue, here’s what you can do at the open-air Saturday market:
Since 2015, Queens International Night Market has brought forth the best of NYC’s (especially Queens’) cultural diversity and heritage through food, art, and entertainment. The family-friendly event is New York’s first Asian Night Markets-inspired open-air experience. It averages 20K visitors a night and has welcomed over two million since the first season.
Up to 100 vendors selling food, drinks, and crafts set up shop at the market. Over the years, the event has featured 80+ international cuisines and helped launch around 400 new businesses. You can also catch free live performances by local bands, solo artists, and DJs.
Still not sure if it’s worth a Saturday evening? Here are three things you can do to get the most out of Queens Night Market this season:
Feast on Food from around the World
From Colombian arepas to Persian Dizi, the Queens Night Market is a great place to try new foods from all over the world. New York Times has placed it at #9 on its 2023 list of best restaurants in New York City.
Check out these Queens Night Market food vendors for exciting new flavors this season:
- Vincent Farms Natural Foods for Sierra Leonean Cuisine
- Go Green Yaks for Tibetan Tsel Bhakleb and Tsamthuk
- De Rangoon for Burmese Tea Leaf Salad and Shan Noodles
- MuahChee Alley for Fujianese Lychee Pork
- KarachiKababBoiz for Pakistani BBQ Rolls
- Tada Noodles for Korean-style Jjajangmyeon
- Warung Jancook for Indonesian Ote Ote
- TwisterCake for Romanian-Hungarian Chimney Cake
- Brazilicious for Brazilian Steak Sandwich
- Los Almendros for Salvadoran Pupusas & Tamales.
Go Shopping and Souvenir Hunting
In addition to food, the Queens Night Market also features a variety of vendors selling crafts, jewelry, and other merchandise. Be sure to take some time to browse the vendors and find some unique souvenirs to take home.
Here are a few interesting stalls at the ongoing season of Queens Night Market:
- Kat’s Handmade Jewels
- Sabrina’s Henna
- Art by Larceria
- Thai Orchids
- Kate Durkin Illustration.
… and 20 more at Queens Night Market season 8 in 2023.
Tune into Live Music and More
The Queens Night Market has hosted over 200 live music and other performances since 2015. Check the official website for the latest schedule of events.
Here’s the schedule for September 23, 2023:
05:00 pm – 06:30 p.m.: DJ Shinobi Shaw
06:30 p.m. – 07:00 p.m.: Steel Sensation
07:15 p.m. – 07:45 p.m.: New York Capoeira
08:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m.: Minor Issues
09:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: The Werners
10:30 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.: DJ Shinobishaw.
Finally, indulge in some people-watching and experience Queens’ diversity. You will see people from all walks of life at the market, from families with young children to groups of friends out for a good time. And don’t forget to have fun – the Queens Night Market is a great place to relax and enjoy yourself.
With so much to see and do, you will surely have a memorable time at this year’s Queens Night Market. But imagine reaching the venue all excitedly and wasting all your time on finding your way in or getting a Flushing Meadows parking spot at the last minute. Let’s help you avoid the hassle – here are the answers to all your questions about the event.
How Old Is the Queens Night Market?
The Queens Night Market founder John Wang launched the seasonal outdoor event in April 2015 with just 40 vendors. Today, the popular night market has grown to feature almost 100 vendors per season.
The event, now in its eighth season, has been held yearly since 2015 – except in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. It resumed in June 2021 with ticketed entry and strict public health regulations. Season 6 in 2021 returned to the original format with free entry.
How Long Does the Queens Night Market Run?
The Queens Night Market runs every Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight from April through October. The market is closed during the US Open Tennis Championships, typically in late August and early September.
The ongoing Season 8 of the market in 2023 is from April 15 to August 19 and September 16 to October 28.
When Is the Next Event?
The next Queens Night Market date is September 23, 2023. You can also plan your visit every Saturday after that until October 28, 2023, when the season concludes with a Halloween-themed market.
Where Is It Held?
The Queens Night Market venue is 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, behind the New York Hall of Science. Use the map below for directions:
How to Get There?
If you take the subway, the 7 train stops at 111th Street station. The Queens Night Market entrance is four blocks from the station. If you are arriving by car, make sure to check out Flushing Meadows parking options before you leave.
Do You Need a Ticket for Queens Night Market?
Admission to the Queens Night Market is free, and it is open to all ages. However, in previous years, the market has sold tickets for sneak preview events and during times of high demand.
How Much Does the Food and Merch Cost?
Queen Night Market initially had a $5 cap on all food sales, which has increased to $6 recently.
On average, the food vendors make around $3000/night, while the art and other merch sell for around $1000/night. So, depending on how much you can eat and drink, expect to spend at least $10-$20 per person.
Can You Bring Alcohol into Queens Night Market?
Outside alcohol is not allowed into the market. Visitors must show ID and get a wristband or stamp to buy alcohol inside the market.
What Is the Best Time to Go to the Night Market?
The best time to go to the Queens Night Market is right when it opens at 5:00 p.m. This is when the crowds are the smallest and the lines are the shortest. If you arrive later, expect to wait in line for some of the more popular vendors.
Is There Any Parking Nearby?
Parking near Queens Night Market is limited at the venue. The onsite parking lot charges at least $15 and sees high demand during the event. So, either plan to arrive early or pre-book a parking spot – you’ll find several parking lots and garages that offer online reservations.
Street parking is available on 111th Street, 44th Avenue, and other cross streets in the neighborhood. But you’ll have to get there early to find a spot close to the market.
Tips for Visitors
- Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be walking a lot.
- Bring cash; some vendors may not accept other forms of payment.
- Be prepared for crowds, especially on weekends and opening night.
- Bring a reusable water bottle and help reduce waste.
- Arrive early to avoid long lines at the popular vendors.
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