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Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 30 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Mar 30 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

George Porter Jr. Trio

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring George… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 30 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 30 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 30 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 30 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Voices Not Forgotten…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Mar 31 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

The Victory Belles…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… 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!