[New Orleans, LA] — It’s not the Fourth of July, and I didn’t see a man selling ice cream, but I’m pretty sure there were people dancing and people laughing (OK, go ahead and sing the Chicago song to yourself now; I know you want to).

On a perfect fall day in Louisiana, I saddled up the Harley and headed to Palmer Park (Uptown, on S. Carrollton at S. Claiborne). Sixty degrees, sunny, perfect riding weather. The last Saturday of each month, the Arts Council of New Orleans holds an outdoor arts market. Art, music, and food — nearly all the prerequisites for an enjoyable and relaxing day (well, there wasn’t any beer, but let’s not quibble here).

From the council’s website:

The Arts Market features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans. Styles of art include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, candles, and other delights. Between 50 and 100 artists display and sell their wares each month.

It is the mission of the Arts Council to support and to expand the opportunities for diverse artistic expression and to bring the community together in celebration of our rich multi-cultural heritage. We believe this centrally located, accessible Arts Market featuring visual and performing arts will not only enhance our community, but also provide needed economic development to the artists of New Orleans.

The Arts Council says there were over 150 artists at this weekend’s event. In November and December, the market runs two days (click below for schedule). Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

Can you dig it? Yes, I can. And I’ve been waiting such a long time.


Info and schedule of upcoming markets: CLICK HERE

Arts Council of New Orleans homepage: www.artscouncilofneworleans.org

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Pandora

    November 6, 2011

    Looks like you got a handful of good pictures of the event. I’ve always admired New Orleans for its culture, it has the best food, music, and the art looks really eccentric and cool too. I like it.
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  2. Gene Meneray

    November 1, 2011

    Thanks so much for visiting the Arts Market, and for posting about us! It was a great day in Palmer Park.

  3. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy

    October 31, 2011

    New Orleans is amazing, and I didn’t even know about this art market. That makes it even better.
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  4. jenjenk

    October 31, 2011

    i miss new orleans so much! I would love to be able to go to the art market!
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  5. inka

    October 30, 2011

    I’ve started working out my ititnerary for when I come back to the US in December. New Orleans was always on my agenda, but every time I read a new post about your brand new home town, it moves up a notch.
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  6. Mark Wiens

    October 29, 2011

    Awesome, looks like there are some real creative works of art to check out. Your description really does make up the formula for a nice relaxing day!
    Mark Wiens recently posted..Tea Drinking Ceremony in China: Taking Local Beverages to the Next Level

    • Travelin' Gringo

      October 30, 2011

      Exactly, it’s not a huge festival, just a nice, relaxing community event.

  7. Cathy Sweeney

    October 29, 2011

    Yes, I can dig it! The arts market looks like so much fun. And you hit a sweet spot of mine — Chicago songs! Love “Saturday in the Park”.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      October 29, 2011

      Hey Cathy, “Saturday in the Park” just seemed like a natural for this event!

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