1. Are the Flea and Farmers Markets open daily?
  2. Can I rent the French Market for a special event?
  3. Can I, or my group, perform at the French Market?
  4. Can I schedule use of the French Market Fare stage for a cooking demo or presentation?
  5. How do I get permission to film at the French Market?
  6. Is the French Market a non-profit?
  7. What properties are included in the French Market District?
  8. How can I sell at the French Market?
  9. How do I ask the French Market to donate to my organization?

Are the Flea and Farmers Markets open daily?

Yes. Both open air, pavilion markets are open daily. Our Farmers Market with eateries, fresh produce, baked goods, garden décor, and café style seating and the Flea Market, featuring over 200 vendors on an average day are open seven days a week. To confirm holiday hours, contact the Flea Market office directly at 504-596-3420.

Additionally, most of our retail shops and restaurants from the Upper Pontalba to LaTrobe Park are open seven days a week. Visit our shopping and dining pages for more information.

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Can I rent the French Market for a special event?

Various indoor/outdoor French Market properties are available for weddings, fundraisers, corporate receptions, and private parties. As each event is unique, we request that you fill out an application  to begin the process.  Download and complete the French Market Event Application then email Marketing Associate Jeremy Smith at jsmith@frenchmarket.org. Upon receipt of your completed application, he will contact you to set up an appointment for a site tour.

NOTE: As of February 1, 2013:  The Farmers and Flea Market Pavilions are available for rent from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with access allotted at 6 p.m. for setup,  and clean up allotted until 4 a.m. Events must end by 1 a.m. No access is allowed before 6 p.m. and all of the event decorations, equipment, and rentals must be removed by 4 a.m. the following day to allow for French Market Corporation to clean and clear the area for 7 a.m. arrival of vendors. NO EXCEPTIONS.  The rate is $3500. Effective February 1, 2013.  Event must be confirmed 90 days prior for this rental due to notice required to vendors.

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Can I, or my group, perform at the French Market?

Yes, we encourage individuals and groups, large and small, to perform throughout the French Market District.

For one-time large group performances (school bands, church choirs, etc.) at the Washington Artillery Park – Amphitheater (across from Jackson Square), please fill out the French Market Group Performance Application and email it to Jeremy Smith at jsmith@frenchmarket.org. Once the application has been received, you will be contacted to discuss your performance details.

The Ongoing Performer (Busking) Permit allows performances anywhere throughout the French Market District on a regular first come first serve basis. Performers must download and fill out the French Market Ongoing Performer (Busking) Application & Rules and then email it to Jeremy Smith at jsmith@frenchmarket.org.  Street performer registration takes place every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the French Market Administrative Office located at 1008 N. Peters St. 3rd Flr, New Orleans.  Street performers must have a valid government issued identification to complete the registration process.

** Registration for Quarter 2 will take place on Tuesday April 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday April 2nd from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m and every Wednesday after from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.    

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Can I schedule use of the French Market Fare stage for a cooking demo or presentation?

Yes. Our new French Market Fare Stage is the perfect place to demonstrate a wide range of things. We offer use of a professional cooking demonstration table and can provide audio/speaker set up. Fill out the French Market Fare Stage Request Form then email it to Jeremy Smith jsmith@frenchmarket.org. Once the application has been received a demonstration can be scheduled.

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How do I get permission to film at the French Market?

The French Market is a hot spot for television, movie, and documentary film making. We request that production companies allot at least 30 days notice for any of the above, as most projects first require City of New Orleans permission BEFORE the French Market Corporation can offer our properties for filming. Download and complete the French Market Filming Guidelines and Permit Application and email it to Jeremy Smith atjsmith@frenchmarket.org Upon receipt of your completed application, he will contact you to discuss your project.

Please note—the French Market Corporation works hand in hand with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy regarding film and special event permitting. We cannot solely give permission for certain special event and film projects, depending on time frame, scope, and community impact.

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Is the French Market a non-profit?

The French Market is a public benefits corporation, which means that a share of our revenues are returned to the City of New Orleans each year. It also means we are the landlords for six blocks of real estate, from the Upper Pontalba apartments and retail shops on Jackson Square to the Flea Market between Governor Nicholls and Barracks Streets, and including the shops and restaurants on Decatur Street in between.

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What properties are included in the French Market District?

The French Market District encompasses six blocks from the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square to the Flea Market on Barracks and N. Peters Street. Included in these blocks are: Washington Artillery Park (across from Jackson Square), all the riverside retail stores and restaurants on Decatur Street from Café du Monde at 800 Decatur Street to the Gazebo Café at 1016 Decatur Street. Dutch Alley, LaTrobe Park, New Place de France, and the Farmers and Flea Markets make up the rest of our properties. Recently, we adopted the Bienville Park at Conti and Decatur Streets and oversee the maintenance and upkeep of this park and statue. We also operate three parking lots: along the river, off Esplanade, and off Elysian Fields.

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How can I sell at the French Market?

The French  Market operates retail “brick and mortar” shops that occasionally become available. If so, they would be posted on our “Public Notices” page on our website. On a regular basis there are openings to vend at the Flea Market and Farmers Market. To apply to be a flea market or farmers market vendor, contact the Market Manager at 504-596-3420 or visit the Sell It at the Market page on our website.

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How do I ask the French Market to donate to my organization?

The French Market Corporation is proud to be an integral part of our community. Download and complete the Community Donation Request Form then email the application to Jeremy Smith. Upon receipt of your completed application, he will process our request.

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