French Market Creole Tomato Festival

This year’s 32nd Annual Creole Tomato Festival will be on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 in the historic French Market. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is FREE and open to the public.


Tomatoes, especially the succulent Creoles, are essential ingredients in many of the most popular dishes served by New Orleans' top restaurants. Chefs love them for their versatility, and diners love them for their unique flavor.

For 32 years, the Creole Tomato Festival has celebrated this unique Louisiana vegetable, which adds so much to so many local recipes. The festival is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its quaint and quirky traditions, such as life-sized tomatoes strolling the grounds handing out tomato shaped fans, and the auctioning off of the first tomatoes of the season to local chefs.

The Event

Centered around the French Market, which dates back to 1791 and is the nation's oldest city marketplace, the event features:

  • A Second Line through the festival grounds to kick off Saturday’s events
  • A ‘Best of the Fest’ cooking contest
  • Live music
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Creole Tomato Parade
  • A Bloody Mary market
  • Local farmers' market and food and beverage booths


Food booths typically offer Creole tomato favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes, Creole Tomato Bloody Marys, Creole Tomato with Shrimp Salad, Stuffed Shrimp with Grilled Creole Tomato over Jasmine Rice, Creole Tomato Basil Crepes, Creole Tomato Gelato, Creole Tomato Cream Crawfish Pies, Blooming Onion on a bed of Creole Tomato and more!

Music and Entertainment

This year’s music and entertainment has not yet been announced. Check back soon or head to for the latest news.


The French Market is an easy walking distance from all streetcar stops and major attractions in the French Quarter. There is also plenty of space to park your car at the Riverside Parking Lot right behind the Market andDutch Alley.

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What's Nearby
French Market

On the riverfront, in the Lower French Quarter. Stretches six blocks from The Shops at the Upper Pontalba to the Farmers & Flea Markets, with restaurants and cafes, boutique shops, music venues, parks and public...