Ever since the Detroit Lions moved downtown to Ford Field in 2002, Eastern Market has been a lively, open-air gathering place for thousands of enthusiastic Lions fans. Our parking lots provide a great place to cook burgers, brats and whatever strikes your taste buds. There are lots of places to park and set up party space around your car, van, RV or bus, and toss a football or a beanbag. When it's game time, you can grab a shuttle (they run continuously between Ford Field and Eastern Market) or make the 10-minute walk across the bridge to the football stadium.

Tailgating at Eastern Market is a high-octane experience. Beyond the thrill of being there, the proceeds support our mission of operating the market, providing access to good food, and growing local food businesses and jobs.

All you need to join tailgating day is a parking pass. Purchase passes ONLINE through PayPal by selecting a date from the drop-down menu:

Or, buy your pass ON GAMEDAY at the Eastern Market Office (2934 Russell Street) or the Welcome Center (1445 Adelaide Street).

Lots open at 7 a.m. and close one hour after the game.

Parking: $40 per space. (RVs and other large vehicles may require additional spaces.)

Shuttle: $5 per person (round trip). Shuttles arrive every 15 minutes at three locations along Russell Street and one location on Wilkins Street in front of Lot 8.

Map of tailgating

Rules and Regulations

Upcoming Events

Welcome Center Hours

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

Every Saturday, year-round

7am – 4pm

Every Tuesday, June–end of October, plus Thanksgiving Week

9am – 3pm

Every Sunday, June–end of October, plus Thanksgiving Week

10am – 4pm

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

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)
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Want to be a volunteer?

We're a nonprofit company, so we rely on the generosity of a fantastic group of volunteers. But we always need more. Check our listings to find an event or activity that matches your interests.

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Want to be a market vendor?

Eastern Market thrives on a rich diversity of food, art, wearables and other goods. If you're excited about what you have to offer, there's a good chance we will be too. Start by reviewing our vendor handbook. Then download an application.

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