Uptown Art Markets
Art Markets of Uptown New Orleans
Uptown offers its residents and visitors ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and view some of New Orleans’ best artists. Throughout many Uptown parks and thoroughfares, artists and craftsmen enjoy outlets to display their work in a family friendly environment.
Palmer Park Market
A vibrant arts market held once a month in Uptown New Orleans brings top-notch artist and arts enthusiasts together in a surrounding as beautiful as the finest art itself.
The Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park is sponsored by the Arts Council of New Orleans and truly features the regions best visual arts artist.
Palmer Park is located on the historic Carrolton Avenue Street car line in the oak canopied Riverbend Carrolton section of Uptown New Orleans where South Carrollton Avenue meets South Claiborne Avenue.
Nearly 100 juried artists’ tents line the paved and winding paths of the oak shaded park. Artists and craftsmen exhibit a wide variety of work and individual style. Visitors will see handcrafted works in a vast range of mediums – from opulent stained and blown glass, fine and fun jewelry, metal, to woodworking, fine art paintings, photographs, ceramics, yard art, handcrafted papers, unique fashions and more. Both the art and artists evoke New Orleans’ unique cultural mix.
Art Market day is always held the last Saturday of the month. The 2011 Arts Market dates are February 26, March 26, June 25, July 30 and August 27.
And because it’s New Orleans, add live music, food and drinks from local restaurants, and a children’s tent with hands on activities for the kids that turn this monthly market into a full day’s entertainment. The New Orleans Snow Balls are a definite favorite for both the grown ups and kids alike.
The New Orleans Art Market at Palmer Park is free and is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For contact information, contact the Arts Council of New Orleans at 504-529-2430 or go to www.artscouncilofneworleans.com.
Freret Street Market
In an effort to rejuvenate a once booming area, founders of the Freret Market embarked on their efforts in September 2007. By enticing people into the business corridor of the Uptown area with an arts market, promoters work to provide a family friendly environment for people to meet up with friends and relax, listen to music and buy art. The Freret Market is an important part of the revitalization of real estate and community events around Freret Street.
Artists are not juried here, so the market partners with a more eclectic group of artisans and flea item vendors.
The market is split up along three category lines: food, art, and flea. Besides the outdoor shopping, the market also hosts local restaurants serving up their unique cuisine, live music and a kids’ area.
Vendors are encouraged to partner with the market by offering low rental spaces. Food vendors pay a mere $60 and all others, $50.
The market is held the first Saturday of the month, except July and August (when the heat keeps people indoors), at the intersection of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue. Parking is available along neighborhood streets.
For more info on the market, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-638-2589.
Piety Street Art Market
Located at 612 Piety Street in the Bywater District of New Orleans, the Piety Street Market is held in the New Orleans Old Ironworks, an old ironworks compound. The market is new to the New Orleans art scene at this writing, yet, already; the market hosts just over 40 local artists, showing work both inside and outside. Food vendors offer a wide variety of fare – from cupcakes to bratwurst.
Founder of the market, Cree Mccree emphasizes that the cultural community means a great deal to our (New Orleans) economy.
The event features live music as well as art, crafts, vintage pieces and food from more than 40 vendors.
Market times are Sundays from noon to 5p.m. In the fall, the market moves to Saturdays so as to not interfere with the Saints football games.
For more information call 504-782-2569 or contact Cree McCree at email@example.com