FAQ – French Market District

Frequently Asked Questions

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 504-636-6385.

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.

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.

We are currently not accepting one-time group performance or non-musical performance applications due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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.

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 at jsmith@frenchmarket.org Upon receipt of your completed application, he will contact you to discuss your project.

The French Market Corporation is a public benefit corporation that stewards property for the City of New Orleans.  The French Market Corporation is a registered non-profit, but does not hold 501(c) status.

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.

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 504-636-6385 or visit the Sell It at the Market page on our website.

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.