By David Brand
The popular Queens International Night Market will return for a fifth season at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park beginning April 20.
The market will run every Saturday through the spring and will feature dozens of diverse food options, all priced at $6 or less.
“The whole point of the Queens Night Market is to serve the broadest possible community, to embrace diversity in ethnicity, in socioeconomic status, in age — in you-name-it,” said founder John Wang in a statement. “We believe affordability is absolutely critical to achieving this, and that’s why we refuse to let go of the price cap, despite the burden it imposes on the business model.”
The market hosted nearly one million visitors in its first four years and the event averaged more than 10,000 attendees every Saturday night in 2018. Vendors represent more than 80 countries.
The market will open an hour earlier this year, starting at 5 p.m. and closing at midnight to help vendors generate more money. Vendors can apply online at bit.ly/qnm-vendor-2019.
The Queens Night Market has also featured nearly 200 musicians, bands, and performers over the past four years, including African dance troupes, capoeira, karate demonstrations, Brazilian drum lines, jazz bands, salsa bands, brass bands, blues bands, a cappella groups, Balinese gamelan, Chinese lion dances, break dancers, yoyo artists, Chinese diabolos, belly dancers, hula hoop artists, pianists, violinists, beatboxers and Bollywood bands.