Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by the French Market.
With the cooler weather, strolling the French Market District has never been more pleasant. Pick out a pumpkin or other seasonal produce at the Farmers Market, check out the daily musical offerings in the cafes and restaurants or inside the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park or nearby Old U.S. Mint, and wander the Flea Market for treasures and gifts. The Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival and the Satsuma Celebration occur within a month’s time of one another, with a weekly Crescent City Farmers Market occurring in between.
Open daily since 1791, the French Market is a family-friendly, daytime destination for visitors and locals alike. Whether you crave beignets and brass bands or river access and relaxation, the French Market District has both and much more that showcases everything we love about the Crescent City.
October 15th :: Opening Day of the New Crescent City Farmers Market
Come down and shop over 25 vendors at the historic French Market. History never tasted so fresh! Full details and vendor listings can be found on their website.
The weekly Crescent City Farmers Market will occur every Wednesday year-round at the French Market from 2:00-6:00 p.m. with live music and a cooking demo each week!
October 18th :: Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival
The French Market hosts its annual Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival on Saturday October 18th, featuring miniature golf, a petting zoo, and five craft booths where kids can interact with local artists and make Halloween and harvest themed items to wear or take home. The fun is centered in Dutch Alley, the most kid-friendly spot in the French Quarter, with plenty of great live local music to keep all ages happy. Get your trick-or-treat bag here (free to kids in costume) and your list of participating shops, then venture out to get your goodies at over 15 stops throughout the French Market District!
At 11:00 a.m., there will be a Spooky Secondline through Dutch Alley with skeleton stiltwalkers, skeleton musicians, and more! There will be a tent with hay and pumpkins for kids to play and take photographs, plus presentations onstage nearby for all ages to enjoy.
Live Music Schedule
(Outdoors at the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion)
10 am – 11:30 am New Orleans Rhythm Devils
12 pm – 1:30 pm Benny Maygarden
2 pm – 3:30 pm Black Dragons
4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Johnny Sansone and John Fohl
(Indoors at the Jazz Park)
10 am Songs for Junior Rangers
12 pm Johnette Downing
1:30-2:30 Meryl Zimmerman
3-4 pm Jim and Martha Hession
October 24th :: Big Easy Satsuma Peel
Celebrate this national event that brings Americans together to “celebrate and enjoy real food and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.”
Schedule of events
11:00 am Exercise activities and community information tables at Washington Artillery Park, across from Jackson Square (riverside)
11:30 am Food Day speakers
12:00 pm Big Easy Satsuma Peel :: 200 satsumas will be distributed and peeled by attendees
12:15 am Satsuma Secondline with Gerald French’s Original Deja Vu Brass Band
12:30 pm Arrive at French Market Farmers Market for cooking demonstrations by Liberty’s Kitchen and The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane. There will be additional presentations and information tables about local food organizations at the Farmers Market.
1:00 pm Program ends