Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Browse The Night Markets

Embracing the festival-themes of community, creativity and raising awareness for the environment, the Friday evening Night Markets are a treasure trove of home-made wares, recyclable arts, and cottage industry delights.

A part of the Great Barrier Reef Festival since 2018, the Night Markets were quick to become a popular event, attracting over 60 stall holders and hundreds of browsing attendees.

Shrouded by a starry night sky, the markets are lit-up like a beacon, drawing festival-goers from along the Foreshore into the bustling arms of Eat Street and the dozens of market stalls.

Artist, Margaret Burgess, has been a stall holder since its inception and says that the addition of the markets has drawn bigger crowds to the festival year by year.

“It’s a great atmosphere at the markets,” she said.

“Plus, it gives people the opportunity to sell their wares, it’s wonderful to see so many hand-made products for sale that are also environmentally friendly.”

From hemp fabric clothes and linen by Tracey Robb to cow bone carvings by Proserpine local, Mel Burns, and of course Margaret’s reimagined China and sea glass jewellery, there is plenty to see and explore at the markets.

Discover unique locally made pottery, hand-made fragrant candles and soaps, gemstones, and original marine memorabilia.

There will also be Face painting for the children, Great Barrier Marine Festival merchandise for sale plus LED light fun products to get the party started.

WHAT: Night Markets

WHERE: Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: Friday, August 4 from 5pm

The Nature Celebration Area – Discover 12 different nature stalls promoting reef conservation and raising awareness for the environment

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