The Frenchmen Art Market will likely change locations after Mardi Gras 2016. The outdoor bazaar, which currently occupies a space on Frenchmen Street between Chartres St. and Royal St., will move to the French Market flea market area, just a few blocks down the road on N. Peters St. in the French Quarter. The flea market vendors leave the area at 5:30 p.m. every day, leaving a covered, well-lit area suitable for locating evening vendors.
Under the new agreement, the vendors that currently display their products in the Frenchmen Art Market will rent certain spaces in the French Market, which they will be able to utilize four nights per week after the daytime Flea Market has closed.
Some months ago, developer Gregor Fox announced to vendors in the Frenchmen Art Market that he was seeking to create an “events venue” in the so-called Trash Palace, a warehouse space located behind the current Frenchmen Art Market. He said that ultimately the Art Market would have to go, as the space was needed as an entrance to the new project.
“We’re excited about the move. We’re excited about setting up another opportunity for artists to make money,” says Frenchmen Art Market founder Kate Gaar. “It’s going to be a whole different scene than what we have now on Frenchmen Street. We won’t duplicate it. We made that parking lot–there was nothing there–into a scene and a place to be. We’re going to do the same with the new space. I’m feeling great about it.”