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About Us

A celebration of downtown and the river featuring artisans, food, produce, and entertainment.

A Gathering Place for Shopping and Entertainment

A Launchpad for Small Businesses

The Downtown RiverMarket began in 2012 and is operated by the City of Monroe. The RiverMarket is part of the Downtown RiverMarket Days, a nine-month festival. This festival is a celebration of downtown and the river featuring artisans, food, produce, and entertainment.

Mission: To serve as a gathering place and a launching pad for small businesses, and establish downtown as a shopping and entertainment destination.

Vision & Goals:

  1. To provide fresh, quality food choices including produce and prepared foods.
  2. To provide small family farmers a venue to sell their goods.
  3. Provide education on healthy eating and making good food choices.
  4. To establish downtown as a shopping and entertainment destination.
  5. To serve as a catalyst for re-investment in the downtown area; a springboard for new development.
  6. To attract visitors to the area.
  7. To host a RiverMarket that is designed to become the pride of our community.
  8. To create entrepreneurial opportunities by providing a launching pad for new entrepreneurs and small businesses. To provide a low-cost storefront, provide advertising, and a shopping environment.
  9. To serve as a community gathering place.
  10. To provide cultural activities.
  11. To assist with beautification to make the area attractive to visitors.
  12. To host a festival that will celebrate downtown and highlight the river as one of our best assets.

Past and current events and activities at the Downtown RiverMarket include:

  • All Children’s Day
  • All Dog Race
  • All Sports Day
  • Art, Food & Wine Fest
  • Bloody Mary Fest
  • Blues, Brews & BBQ
  • Car Show
  • Chalk Art Festival
  • Christmas Pet Parade
  • Coffee & Tea Festival
  • Commander Christmas
  • Dachshund Dash
  • DanceFest
  • Family Field Day/Police Expo
  • Family Fun Day
  • Fashion Show
  • Food Truck Festival
  • Geeks Along the River
  • Guinea Pig Races
  • GumboFest
  • Handmade Art Show
  • Health & Fitness Day
  • Homebrew Harvest
  • Human Cosplay Contest
  • Jingle Bell Market
  • Kid’s Fall Festival
  • Kid’s Market
  • Kid’s Parade
  • Ladies’ Day Out
  • Louisiana Food & Music Festival
  • Love Your Community Day
  • Magic the Gathering Tournament
  • Mardi Gras Festival
  • NELA Book Festival
  • Pet Cosplay Contest
  • Pet Pageant
  • ‘Ritas on the River
  • River Rat Paddling Challenge
  • Super Smash Bros. Tournament
  • Thunder on the River Motorcycle Fest
  • Ugly Sweater Contest
  • Vintage Trade Days