Live, Work, Play

Whether you’re looking to take a tour, rent a loft space, find a new job, tailgate before a game downtown, or find an event, Eastern Market is the perfect place for you. This page will help you get connected to one of the most accessible and diverse neighborhoods in Detroit.

Tailgating

Detroit Lions tailgating happens again this year for the 2024-2025 season! 🏈🦁

Ticket sales begin August 1st, 2024!

See below for our updated tailgating rules and parking availability to ensure fan safety and enjoyment at our current staffing levels.


Eastern Market Partnership Tailgate Rules

Welcome to Eastern Market Tailgating! Proceeds made from tailgating go to support our
mission of operating our markets, providing greater access to good food, and growing local
food businesses.

Separate from Eastern Market’s tailgate activity, Bullseye Event Group will be operating a Lions
VIP Tailgate inside of Shed 5. Purchasing tickets to this tailgating is found at bit.ly/lionsvip.

Please note that we have changed some of our tailgating rules in accordance with best
practices and to ensure that all our guests enjoy tailgating at Eastern Market. Please read
this year’s rules carefully. Let’s Go Lions!

Eastern Market Partnership reserves the right to terminate parking privileges for violating
stated rules.

How to Purchase Tickets:
• ALL TAILGATING WILL BE SOLD ONLY ONLINE IN ADVANCE at
easternmarket.org. You will need to show your Eventbrite ticket to be scanned and given
a hang tag before entering the lot. The number on the hang tag corresponds to the
number on the ground of the parking space.

• The number of regular spaces (vehicles no larger than 9 feet by 19 feet will vary
depending upon whether there is a Sunday or Holiday Market. There are 22 spaces
available for Motor Coach, large RVs, and oversized vehicles (vehicles larger than 8
feet by 19 feet). There are 22 spaces available for Motor Coach, large RVs, and
oversized vehicles (larger than 8 feet by 19 feet) underneath Shed 6. These spaces will
be moved to Lot 7 for between games between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

• There is no reserved parking within Eastern Market tailgating areas. Guests that wish to
park next to a family member or friend must arrive at the parking entrance and lot at the
same time, and both vehicles must have the approved tailgating parking passes for the
designated tailgating parking lot(s). Access to the parking lot tailgating areas is on a first
come, first served basis. There are no "in and out" privileges granted for vehicles. Saving
parking spaces by guests for other guests is prohibited.

When:
• Tailgate and parking lots open 6 hours before game time. No early access to parking lots.

• All parking lots close and must be empty sixty (60) minutes after the game.

• NO OVERNIGHT PARKING! Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense! Eastern
Market will not be responsible for vehicles left overnight.

Where:
• Tailgating is permitted only in posted lots. Tailgating is not allowed on any public streets,
sidewalks, private property, or alleys.

• Tailgating or parking tickets purchased from Eastern Market are not valid in private parking lots.
Tailgate Rules

Requirements:
• All vehicles within tailgating areas must follow any instructions given by Eastern Market
Partnership personnel.

• Guests who fail to abide by Eastern Market Partnership personnel may be subject to
immediate ejection from tailgate lots without reimbursement.

• Formal DJ SET-UPS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Please respect your neighbors around
you by not playing extra loud music.

How to Tailgate; Permitted Setup:
• Your tailgate setup must be contained within the space that you purchased.

• Sidewalks and pedestrian walkways shall remain clear and unobstructed at all times.

• Electricity is limited and not guaranteed. Small portable electric generators (600W or
less) are permitted in parking lot tailgating areas. Electrical cords cannot be placed across
parking areas/drive aisles or in areas that would create a hazard for any guests.

• Tents larger than 10x10 are prohibited.

Cooking:
• Only State-approved gas/propane grills with fuel valve shut-offs and self-contained
charcoal grills are permitted. NO OPEN FLAMES OR WOOD FIRES BY ORDER
OF THE FIRE MARSHALL.

• Self-starting coals or gas grills only. NO LIGHTER FLUID ALLOWED.

• DUE TO THE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE CONCRETE AND DRAINS –
DEEP FRYERS AND COOKING OIL ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE
MARKET PREMISES.

• In parking lot tailgating areas, guests may bring and prepare food for consumption by
their family and friends only. Food cannot be offered for sale.

Alcohol:
• All tailgate activities must be conducted in accordance with the law.

• Alcohol must be contained within the tailgate lots.

• UNDERAGED DRINKING IS PROHIBITED!

• For your safety and the safety of others please drink responsibly.

Clean Up:
• Tailgating areas must be kept in a neat and orderly condition, and all trash must be
disposed of in proper receptacles. Guests must return their area back to its original state
before leaving the tailgating area.

• All hot coal must be extinguished and placed in the hot coal bins located in all
tailgating lots.

Prohibited Activities:
• Sale of food or beverage items by guests is prohibited. Unauthorized private catering
companies are strictly prohibited.

• Platforms, stages, and vehicles with advertising are not permitted in the tailgate
areas, unless previously approved by Eastern Market Partnership.

• Ball playing and frisbee throwing is not allowed underneath any structure.

• Unregistered motorized and non-motorized vehicles are prohibited in tailgating areas,
including, without limitation, golf carts, Segways, skateboards, scooters, and
hoverboards. Bicycles are permitted in tailgating areas only at designated bike racks.

• Drones, remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles or other similar motorized
vehicles/devices are prohibited. Possession or operation of such devices may result in
immediate ejection from the site and may also result in confiscation of such devices by
security and law enforcement.

• Amplified sound systems cannot be used at excessive volumes and playing music with
inappropriate language (profanity, slurs, etc.) is prohibited.

• The use of megaphones, airhorns, and other noise making devices is prohibited.

• Advertising or commercial activities by guests are not permitted. Guest vehicles with
exterior advertisements (e.g. wraps) are not allowed in the parking lot tailgating areas
even with a valid tailgating parking pass. No commercial advertisement hung or displayed
on guest vehicles, tents, signs, or by any other means possible is permitted.

• Selling of items or soliciting of any promotional or marketing activities by guests is
prohibited.

• Disorderly conduct is not permitted.

• Picketing, political campaigning, signature gathering, or soliciting or distribution of any
kind, including promotional marketing, is not permitted within the tailgating areas or any
other parking lots.

• Weapons or firearms are strictly prohibited. This extends to both real weapons and
fake weapons, such as toy guns, swords, knives, hatchets, or bombs that might be
part of a costume.

• Liquids other than water may not be poured out onto the ground.

• Vehicles are parked within the parking lot tailgating areas at the owners' risk. Eastern
Market Partnership and/or its agents are not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss
of/to vehicles or any other article left in parking lot tailgating areas.

Market Tours

Our various market tours provide a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the unique history of our district, regardless of how much you might know about us already. Find full information below on various tours that allow you to explore our history, artwork, neighborhood businesses, food culture, and much more.

Preservation Detroit Eastern Market Tours

This historical walking tour allows you to journey back to the days of the Underground Railroad, horse-drawn carriages, rumrunners, graveyards, breweries and prisons.

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Feet on the Street Tours

Feet on the Street strolling brunch tours give you an insider's view of Eastern Market, how it works, our behind-the-scenes stories and plans we have for the future. Along the way, our vendors share samples of their tasty goods!

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Urban Agriculture Bike Tours by Wheelhouse Detroit

Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop’s tour will allow you to follow your food from farm to fork. Explore our local food system, engage with local farms and travel the route the food takes to where it reaches your plate.

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Motor City Brew Tours

Motor City Brew Tours are guided public and private bus, walk, boat, and bike tours in Detroit taking you to places that make beer, cider, and mead. Learn Detroit history and get rewarded with a drink!

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If you are looking for further tour options, please contact us about more options!

Beyond The Market

Eastern Market Partnership offers much more than our popular Saturday market days. We work to shepherd the growth of food and agriculture businesses year round.  We are a champion of great partnerships including entrepreneurship programs, endeavors to increase food access, and nutrition education. Go beyond the market and learn about our programs at over 40 different offsite locations below.

Dequindre Cut

The Dequindre Cut is now fully connected with the completion of the Detroit Link. Built on the site of the old Grand Trunk Railroad line, the 1.35-mile greenway is perfect for walking, biking, exercising, discovering artwork and enjoying our beautiful city. It connects all the way from the Riverfront to Eastern Market to Hamtramck! The Link Detroit project is made possible through a partnership between the City of Detroit, Eastern Market Partnership, Midtown Inc., and our wonderful foundation and State of Michigan partners.

Detroit Link Full Map

Gratiot Central Market

Gratiot Central Market’s specialty is a wide array of meat choices including beef tongue, oxtail, homemade sausages, goat, lamb, crab, lobster, salmon, and many more! The market also includes a local wine and cheese shop, various restaurants, and a health food supplement store just a short distance from Eastern Market.

Find hours, contact information, and more for Gratiot Central Market shops in our Business Directory.

Detroit Community Markets

Detroit Community Markets are neighborhood locations where you can buy fresh, affordable, and locally produced food. This network is made up of farmers' markets, farm stands, mobile trucks, and food box programs. These markets seek to improve neighborhoods, support local growers, and create public spaces where residents can come together.

Visit the Detroit Community Markets website for a full list of locations, methods of payment including Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks, and much more!

Farm Stands

As important as it is to fill our market with the freshest fruits and vegetables, it may be even more important to bring them to communities with little access to wholesome foods. Since 2009, we have established pop-up mobile markets in many Detroit-area locations to create a healthier Southeastern Michigan.

Eastern Market Farm Stand proudly accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, and Senior Market Fresh.

Tasting Stations

We’ve partnered with several Detroit-based independent grocery stores to promote increased produce consumption and healthy lifestyles. Most “Tasting Stations” are set up inside grocery stores near the produce department to promote healthy eating through the distribution of samples and recipe cards. We also help connect grocery store stores with our Wholesale Market.

Live in the Market

Loft Living in the District

If you're drawn to loft living, this is a rare opportunity to live in the heart of our bustling Eastern Market district. Our neighborhood provides one of the most diverse, well-connected, and authentic experiences that Detroit has to offer. Lofts are available to buy or rent as living spaces and workspaces. Here are more resources about lofts in our area:

Leland Lofts
E&B Brewery Lofts Inc.
Detroit Candy Company Lofts
Russell Street Lofts
City Club Apartments Lafayette Park

Explore what's available now at Zillow.com and Realtor.com

Work in Eastern Market

Eastern Market Partnership seeks qualified people like you to help us nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. Our team is dedicated to maintaining a welcoming, safe, and clean environment so that we can effectively manage market programs and operations.  We have an active work environment steeped in the tradition of five generations of businesses in our market district. 


Urban Ag Produce Share Assembly Team 

Are you passionate about local food production and community welfare? Join us as a Produce Share Packing Employee and help feed the Detroit community! We are seeking individuals with a strong interest in supporting local food systems to assist in packing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for distribution to food-insecure families. 

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, May through November. 

VIEW FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


Facilities Supervisor

The Facilities Supervisor, who reports to the Facilities Director, will provide hands-on operational leadership for the Eastern Market Campus, buildings, and systems, and is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning and good repair of the market campus’s systems.

The Facilities Supervisor opportunity is a full-time position requiring a minimum 40 hour per week commitment and is expected to spend most of their time directly assessing the facility, coordinating, and overseeing staff, and repairing the facility.

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Shop Eastern Market Online

You can now pre-order from our vendors online! Place your order from Monday - Wednesday and drive through on Saturday for contract-free pick-up. You can get Farm Boxes, eggs, meat, prepared foods, desserts, & more. Bridge Card shoppers can use their EBT dollars online as well!

SHOP ONLINE

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

  • Saturday 7am-4pm (year-round)
  • Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)

Get directions

Give Back to Eastern Market

Our work as a nonprofit includes managing the public market and operating programs to strengthen Metro Detroit’s food sector. We operate programs that increase access to healthy food and incubate and accelerate the growth of food businesses. Donate today & become a Friend of Eastern Market!

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