Art markets: pure genius! Honestly, what could be better than a one-stop shop where you can browse one of a kind, handmade crafts for sale, eat great food, and listen to live music? I always find the best and most unexpected gifts each time I visit a New Orleans market (my favorite is still the Frenchmen Art Market), and in most cases, the markets are located in hip New Orleans dining and nightlife areas. If you’re looking to venture out beyond the French Market, we’ve got you covered: here are seven other New Orleans art markets to check out!
In Lakeview, Harrison Avenue Marketplace (801 Harrison) opens the second Wednesday of the month from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. There is live music featured at every marketplace, and the activities are very family-friendly. There are a couple more options Uptown, with the most well-known being the Arts Market of New Orleans, presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans on the last Saturday of each month. The Arts Market takes place in scenic Palmer Park in the Riverbend area. Then there is Freret Market on the fast-developing Freret Street (intersection of Freret and Napoleon) – this one has dubbed itself “New Orleans Most Interesting Market” and takes place on the first Saturday of the month, with the exception of July and August.
Central City’s Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard has received the Cultural Products District distinction, which means that its OCH Art Market (1618 OCH) can sell original art tax-free! On the second Saturday of the month, this market comes alive; each month is themed, with June’s theme being “Local Foods Market” and there are vegetarian food options offered monthly.
As you may have guessed, the Marigny and Bywater have a few great options, the first being my aforementioned favorite, the Frenchmen Art Market (619 Frenchmen) which recently celebrated its one year anniversary and is open Thursday-Sunday evenings until midnight or later. Piety Street Market (The Old Ironworks at 612 Piety) takes place the third weekend of the month and serves up food, music, and arts and crafts. Lastly, there is the newly opened EVERYTHING – An Artists’ Bazaar (2232 St. Claude), a collective retail space in which 14 local artists are selling original artworks as well as secondhand and antique items. EVERYTHING is open daily from 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Remember: supporting local New Orleans artists not only helps them continue to practice their craft, it also stimulates the local economy, helps the people who organize these New Orleans markets, and it just feels good. Have at it, and happy shopping!