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Photos by Charles Sturges
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The Queens International Night Market will kick off its return to Corona on Saturday nights with two special “sneak preview” nights next month.

On April 22 and 29, residents will have the opportunity to get an early glimpse at this year’s series of night markets taking place outside of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which will feature food and art vendors, a beer and wine garden, performances, games and activities.

Admission for the two sneak preview weekends is $5 per person and tickets are only sold in advance online. Starting on May 6, admission will again be free and open to the public.

Market-goers can expect to find Burmese palatas, Middle Eastern stews, Valencian paella, Ecuadorian bollos and corviche, Puerto Rican jibaritos and mofongo, Romanian chimney cakes, Persian sweets and treats and more among this year’s food selection, which will change on a rolling basis.

To keep the evening affordable for patrons, all food vendors have been asked to maintain a $5-6 price cap on their items.

“The mission of the Night Market has always been to cater to and attract the broadest possible demographic, both in our visitors and vendors,” said John Wang, organizer of the Night Market. “I think the last two years have shown that affordability and diverse representation are two of the most important factors, and those have been hard-wired into the event ever since it was just an inkling of an idea.”

Vendors will also be at the market selling art and merchandise, including Indian jewelry, henna body art, ceramics, three-dimensional cards and Queens and NYC-themed apparel.

In 2016, the night market averaged over 8,000 visitors each Saturday evening. Over the last two years, it has featured more than 100 local performing artists and more than 200 local vendors representing over 60 countries.

Tickets for the sneak preview weekends can be purchased here and here. Children under 12 are free. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation to the event. Learn more about the event by visiting the website or Facebook page.

Half of the ticket proceeds from the April 22 and 29 events will be donated to three New York City nonprofits: the New York Immigration Coalition, the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund and the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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