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Essence Festival at New Orleans
Essence Festival
2121 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116 | 504-826-3551
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Essence Music Festival

See some of the industry's brightest entertainers and performers celebrate black heritage at Essence Fest. Founded in the early 1990s by Essence Magazine, this annual three-day event includes seminars and workshops created to empower African American men and women. It's also a festive occasion that includes numerous artists, DJ's, comedy and plenty of great food and libations.


Prices -

Ticket packages begin at $131 and run as high as $1,350

Hours -

July 2-5, beginning each day at 9 a.m.

Events -



  • Music
  • Comedy
  • Seminars


  • Are there day shows as well?

    Concerts and shows are typically reserved for after nightfall. During the day, however, you can enjoy a range of empowerment sessions with speakers and panels at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.
  • What kind of music and performances are at the music festival?

    Essence Music Festival features inspired performances from today's leading black musicians and comedians. This year's lineup includes numerous well-known stars, including Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Kevin Hart and Common.

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