In the Community + Boots on the Ground: Best Markets to Shop Local This Holiday

If you love local art as much as we do (and we know you do), then your plans include Shop Local Saturday, November 28. Following the Black Friday phenomenon, Shop Local Saturday, or Small Business Saturday, was introduced by American Express to help small businesses attract supporters of local during the holiday madness. Where Y’Art believes in the power of the community — the idea that we are stronger as a whole than our individual parts — so we’ve put together a list of our very favorite art markets in the City, where you are sure to find a special something for every one on your list. Support New Orleans artists this gift-giving season by shopping our list of local markets, chock-full of original and one-of-a-kind works of art. Be sure to tell ’em we sent you!

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Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park

The last Saturday of every month, the Arts Council New Orleans puts together an arts market at Palmer Park. For the holidays, they will host a special extended market on both Saturday and Sunday in November and December. Along with live music and great local food, you’ll be able to find Where Y’Artists: Forrest BacigalupiDaren SumrowSarah NelsonDarlene LangendonkNurhan GokturkPaul TroyanoJennifer RoweKat RyallsCaitlin WaughMegan VictoriaStephanie ReedLaura GiancolaAdam HallJill Shampine HruskaBen DombeyTeri Walker & Chad RidgewayAndrew PollackLaurel BurasTracy HamlinGreg GieguczJono GoodmanCatherine DeYoung, Amy Harvie, and Kristin Malone, along with over 80 other local artists.

Preview Palmer Park artists.

Date: Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29
Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 2300 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
Map: Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park


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Frenchmen Art Market

Located on New Orleans’s most musical thoroughfare, Frenchmen Street, The Frenchmen Art Market is one of the most unique art markets in the City. It’s open every night except Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 pm to 1 am (6 pm to midnight on Sundays). As a bonus this year, the holiday market on Saturday, December 12 will feature gift wrapping, a toy collection for charity, and a chance to get your picture taken with Santa. While you’re there, be on the lookout for Where Y’Artists Forrest BacigalupiSarah NelsonNurhan Gokturk, Max Fritze +Jacquelyn LeVan, Ashley PorterCaitlin WaughTony HollumsAndy LevinMary Grace BernardChris LawsonJose Fernandes and Kat Ryalls.

Preview Frenchmen Art Market artists

Date: Open nightly, except Tuesday and Wednesday
Time:  7 pm to 1 am, Sundays, 6 pm – 12 am
Where: 619 Frenchman Street, New Orleans
Map: Frenchmen Art Market

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Freret Market

In December, the open-air art & flea market on Freret Street puts on an extra special holiday market: Freretstivus! 90 artists are chosen specifically for their affordable and gift-appropriate wares alongside lots of other fun, holiday-themed activities. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Where Y’Artists: Daren SumrowNurhan GokturkAshley PorterTracy Hamlin and Kristin Malone.

Preview Freret Market artists

Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: 4421 Freret Street, New Orleans
Map: Freret Market

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Little Flea

Founded by Where Y’Artist Hayley Gaberlavage, Little Flea opens its doors every other Saturday at Sophie B. Wright Park on Magazine St. Little Flea NOLA aims to have an ever-changing variety of vendors bringing together a beautiful collection of vintage and locally curated goods and art. Look for Where Y’Artists Caitlin Waugh, Jennifer Rowe and Hayley Gaberlavage while you’re there.

Date: Saturday, November 21, December 5 & 19*
*Special Holiday Market
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Sophie B. Wright Park
Map: Little Flea

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Magazine St. Art Market

Every Saturday and Sunday, you can find the Magazine St. Art Market right next to Dat Dog at the intersection of Magazine and Louisiana. Grab yourself a Turducken dog and go say hello to Where Y’Artists Max Fritze +Jacquelyn LeVanAshley Porter, Lyla Clayre and Debbie Willson.

Preview Magazine St. artists

Date: Saturday and Sunday – November thru December
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 6 pm + Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: In the courtyard of Dat Dog, 3336 Magazine Street, New Orleans
Map: Magazine St. Art Market

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Piety Street Market

The second Saturday of every month the Piety Street Market takes place at the Old Ironworks in the Bywater. Along with plenty of delicious food and live music, you can find over 40 local arts vendors here, including Where Y’Artists Max Fritze + Jacquelyn LeVan.

Date: December 12th
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 612 Piety Street, New Orleans
Map: Piety Street Market

Don’t have time to hit the ground running but still want to shop local?

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Written by Megan Thomas