The Original Farmers Market announced today its lineup of events for 2019, featuring treasured family-friendly activities, performances, and of course, delicious eats! Locals and tourists alike can kick off the Year of the Pig at the Lunar New Year Celebration, enjoy retro muscle cars at the 25th annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show, and dive into the autumnal season at the Market’s Fall Festival. Celebrating 85 years as the neighborhood’s favorite gathering place, the Market continues its long-standing tradition of bringing people together in 2019 with events for the whole family.
“This year, we are commemorating our 85th anniversary, and nothing makes us happier than knowing our neighbors, friends, and customers choose to return to The Original Farmers Market time and again.” said Mark Panatier, Vice President. “We look forward to bringing our visitors another year of great events for all ages. Feel the Mardi Gras magic at the 30th annual weekend celebration, dance along to sounds of summer during our Friday Night music series or enjoy delicious bites from our incredible merchants at the Taste of Farmers Market. Whether it is the nostalgic charm of the open-air dining patios or the smiles from the vendors, The Original Farmers Market has created countless memories – with even more to come!”
The schedule of 2019 Farmers Market events can be found below:
Lunar New Year Celebration, Year of the Pig
Saturday, February 2nd, 2-5pm
To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig, the Farmers Market will be hosting a day full of activities in conjunction with The Grove. The afternoon will kick off with an unveiling of the handmade pig statue in honor of the zodiac symbol, which will be followed by an authentic Kung Fu demonstration, a magic show, acrobatics performances, traditional lion and dragon dances, and themed craft making stations.
30th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
Saturday, March 2nd & Sunday, March 3rd, All Day; Fat Tuesday, March 5th, 6-9pm
Party in true New Orleans style at the Market’s 30th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration. The weekend will feature bead throwing, beignets, Dixie beer, face painting, Cajun gumbo and jambalaya from The Gumbo Pot, along with performances by Eddie Baytos and The Nervis Brothers. The Dog Bakery will also host its annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade and Costume Contest for our furry four-legged friends.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Sunday, March 17th, Afternoon & Evening
Get into the Celtic spirit this St. Patrick’s Day by celebrating at the Farmers Market. Enjoy authentic Irish food, such as the famous corned beef from Magee’s, green beer from EB’s and Bar 326, live music and more!
Friday Night Music at the Market
Friday Evenings through the summer, May 31st-August 30th, 7-9pm
Make the most of LA’s warm summer nights by enjoying live music every week at the Farmers Market. Open and free to the public, the West Patio will come alive every Friday night to feature a range of musical genres from jazz to salsa, rock & roll to reggae and much more.
25th Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show
Saturday, June 1st, 11am-5pm
One of the Market’s most iconic events, The Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The theme will be the ever-popular Muscle Cars! More than 100 American classics including lowriders, hot rods, and trucks will be on display.
11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market
Tuesday, July 23rd, 5-9pm
The tastiest event of the summer is back! Spend an evening strolling through the Market sampling flavorful bites from your favorite vendors, along with live entertainment and friends from LAFD and The First-In Fire Foundation. Ticket information to follow in early June.
Metropolitan Fashion Week
Thursday, September 26th, 6:30pm
The Market Plaza transforms into a runway in honor of Metropolitan Fashion Week. Come watch the opening ceremonies and experience the costume designers’ competition – attendees can also help pick the winner via Instagram!
Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th, All Day
The Farmers Market’s oldest annual tradition, Fall Festival, is back for another year of seasonal fun. Featuring live music, a petting zoo, crafts, pig races, and a pie-eating contest, the weekend-long event has activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Wednesday, December 18th – Tuesday, December 24th
Spend the most wonderful time of the year at The Original Farmers Market with festivities for family and friends of all ages. Enjoy cheerful music, holiday crafts, and carolers, all of which are free and open to the public. Be sure to snap a photo in front of the Market Christmas tree!
Sunday, December 22nd, 2:30-5:30pm
Kick off the eight-day Jewish holiday known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ in the heart of the Fairfax district. Celebrate Chanukah at the Market with live music, arts & crafts, and special lighting of a giant Lego menorah.
Additional details on these events will be available in the coming months. For further information, visit www.farmersmarketla.com. Schedule is subject to change.
About The Original Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market has been Los Angeles’ favorite gathering place since 1934. With more than 100 grocers, retailers and restaurants—as well as year-round activities for the whole family—the Farmers Market is a beloved place for locals and one of the top tourist destinations in Los Angeles. For more information visit www.farmersmarketla.com. Follow the Farmers Market on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.