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Bounce TV Summer…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Get ready New Orleans as The Bounce: TV Our Way Summer Music Festival 2014… more

COOLinary New…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
It is going to be a delicious summer!  Throughout the whole month of… more

Kirk Franklin…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Celebrate Sunday morning with brunch featuring the explosive energy of live… more

Mark of the Feminine

Aug 31 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Southern Decadence…

Aug 31 - Sep 1, 2014
Southern Decadence started forty one years ago as a simple going-away… more

Sunday Swing…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Kick up your heels at The National WWII Museum with Sunday Swing. Professional… more

The Historic Carver…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Come out this Labor Day weekend for a night of fun, laughther, and good old… more

Trinity Artist Series…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Soprano Joy Greene Meade and Bass Michael Meade, accompanied by Pianist Albinas… more

Tropical Isle…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Join us at the Tropical Isle for a performance featuring BC & Company more

Tropical Isle…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Join us at the Tropical Isle for a performance featuring Debi and the Deacons. more

Tropical Isle…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Join us at the Tropical Isle for a performance featuring Rhythm & Rain. more

Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 1 - 8, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Preservation Jazz…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Live New Orleans Jazz nightly! more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Bounce TV Summer…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Get ready New Orleans as The Bounce: TV Our Way Summer Music Festival 2014… more

FRENCH MARKET CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL

(May 8, 2013-New Orleans, Louisiana)---The French Market plays host to its 27th annual Creole Tomato Festival the second weekend in June with fresh Creole tomatoes for sale, live music, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, Creole-tomato eating contests and free samples, plus plenty of tasty Creole tomato dishes at French Market District restaurants, Farmers Market eateries, and festival food booths.  

Strolling costumed tomatoes will be handing out free tomato fans, free tomato samples will be offered at stands throughout the District, and air conditioned retail shops, cafés, and restaurants from the Upper Pontalba to the Decatur Street colonnade will be open both days. Customers who purchase $30 of items at any French Market District retail shop during the festival will receive a complimentary box of Creole tomatoes while supplies last.  Convenient festival parking can be found in the French Market's convenient riverside parking lot just behind retail shops on Decatur Street, and nearby lots on Esplanade and Elysian Fields; the riverfront streetcar also makes three stops in the French Market District (#1,#2, #3).

Announcing a new partnership with CAPS FOR KIDS!

COOL  KIDS  ZONE in Dutch Alley     
The French Market is pleased and proud to partner this year with Caps for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving hats autographed by athletes, celebrities and other notables to children, adolescents and young adults who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Caps for Kids was founded in New Orleans in 1993 at Children's Hospital.  Families can indulge in the Dutch Alley "CAPS FOR KIDS COOL KIDS ZONE" with miniature golf, misting stations, indoor/outdoor live music, circus arts and drumming workshops, face painting, balloon art, and interactive craft booths. Cool Kids Zone food and drink concessions will be operated by "Caps for Kids" volunteers, with all concession proceeds benefitting Caps for Kids.

On Saturday, June 8th, the main music stage at Ursulines & North Peters near the French Market arch will feature a Cajun-Zydeco performance lineup coordinated by the neighboring Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco  Festival, happening the same weekend at the Old U.S. Mint. On Sunday, there will be brass bands every hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. moving throughout the French Market, with the main music stage at Ursulines hosted by 98.5 WYLD's Adrian Long with live local R&B music, dance lessons, and raffles on Sunday, June 9th.  

Enjoy Creole tomato cooking demos, samples, and eating contests at the Farmers Market all day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, featuring demonstrations by chefs from Muriel's Jackson Square, Nola Locavores, New Orleans School of Cooking, Café B, Cupcake Fairies, Nola Truck & Convi Collective, and more.  Festival food booths will line the outside of the Farmers Market and feature fresh Creole tomato salads, crepes, and traditional festival food enhanced with or including Creole tomatoes (a requirement for all visiting food vendors).  Local artists from French Market District shops and the Farmers and Flea Markets will be out in full force throughout the entire weekend, offering everything from paintings and pottery to jewelry and handmade journals, candles, soaps, and decorative arts.  Visitors who have not frequented the market in recent months will be pleasantly overwhelmed by the new array of arts and crafts vendors, daily Farmers Market vendors and Farmers Market cafés to choose from.

A full entertainment, activities, and music schedule for the 27th annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival will be posted to http://www.frenchmarket.org/  on  Friday, May 17th.  Look for weekly updates with news, highlights, and festival announcements now through June 7th!

Please contact us if you wish to interview Creole tomato farmers, featured chefs, musicians, or any other festival partners, staff, or volunteers. See you at the fest!