TICKETS: Because of the unexpectedly large turnout on opening night the last two years, we are selling limited $5 tickets to two Sneak Preview nights to minimize traffic, congestion, and the impact on the surrounding community. Half of the ticket proceeds will go to NYC charities**
Tickets to Sneak Preview #2 available here.
The Queens Night Market (queensnightmarket.com) will be free and open to all again starting on May 6th.
WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR: Food offerings include the always-popular Burmese palatas, Japanese takoyaki, and Romanian chimney cakes; and new entries include Valencian paella; Indonesian tahu magelang and kue pancong; Middle Eastern stews; Ecuadorian bollos and corviche; Barbadian fishballs; Nigerian jollof rice and puff-puff; crawfish pies and gumbo; Puerto Rican jibaritos and mofongo; Persian sweets and treats; and Macedonian relish. We still have a general $5 price cap on food, although a few vendors may be selling at $6. Art/merchandise offerings incude Quechuan handicrafts, NYC-theme apparel, Indian jewelry, contemporary art, emoji paraphrenalia, and henna.
As always, we will have a great lineup of live music and performances, including resident DJ Lil Buddy, Bollywood cover band Do The Needful, Indian-music-meets-electronica Rini, and powerpop rocking Supermajor. We'll be unveiling some new games and activities for visitors. And we will have our popular Beer & Wine Garden, so bring your IDs if you're interested in adult beverages!
GETTING THERE: Due to extremely limited available parking, we encourage all visitors to leave their cars at home and commute, bike, or walk to the Night Market. We are located only four blocks from the 111th Street station on the 7-train.
**Half of the ticket proceeds will go to the following three NYC charities.
1) New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), which promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities
2) New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, which supports the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty
3) The Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park supports NYC Parks to preserve, maintain, and improve Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the benefit and use of the surrounding communities and all New Yorkers