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Queens Night Market | Open-Air market NYC

a group of people standing in front of a crowd

One of the really cool and unique experiences you can get in New York City if you leave Manhattan behind is in Queens. Yes, yes, if you’ve followed me throughout the years you’ll know I have a sweet spot for Queens. There’s so much to experience – even my most popular tour; Taste of Queens but that’s a story for another day.

Private photos from a visit in 2017

Queens Night Market is one of those experiences you should seek out to get if you’re traveling to NY during the summer and if you like food.

“The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.” (

I can still smell the food! The warm air, the sound of people talking. Private photos from a visit in 2017.

It takes place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which is also the park where US Open takes place. It’s easy to get here. Jump on the purple 7 line from Manhattan to 111th street station in Queens. “Walk south 4 blocks until you pass under an overpass. You will see the Night Market behind the New York Hall of Science on the Left.” (
You can also just click here on this Google map I’ve created for you: 
It takes about 45-60 minutes to get here from Midtown. It’s an easy trip and the 7-train drives on a high line, or tracks above ground so you’ll be able to take in some of the Queensscape on the way there.

This year they’ll open June 19 however due to the current stage with Covid there will be some limitations in regards to visitor numbers and you’ll have to buy a ticket in advance preferably. It is only $5 per person over the age of 12. Food prices range $5-$6.

My son dancing with his little friend back in 2017. I asked the band to play a song by Rasmus Seebach, a Danish musician. I’m pretty sure I was the only one there who actually understood the lyrics but it was amazing. Private photo from 2017.

Earlier years there’s been live music and a DJ and stage to dance at. Different games for children and adults. Balloons. Happy times. Of course I can’t say how the vibe will be this year but I’ll find out and report back! Follow me on Instagram:

And also check back later on where I may be updating this blogpost to include my new, and more current experience.

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