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ESSENCE Festival® Presented By Coca-Cola® (Cancelled)

  • Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Sugar Bowl Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70112

ESSENCE Festival 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and consideration for staff, vendors, performers, and guests, Essence Festival has decided to cancel this year's event. Please check the event website for details and updated information.

This year, ESSENCE Magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary with an extraordinary lineup of musicians, special guests, experiences and more. 

Presented by Coca-Cola, ESSENCE Festival is the largest celebration of African American music, beauty, health, entrepreneurship and more.

Join in celebrating ESSENCE’s 50-year milestone with an additional day of ESSENCE Fest fun, July 1-5 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and throughout the Crescent City. 

ESSENCE Fest Music Lineup

ESSENCE Fest is known for hosting some of the best in hip-hop, R&B, soul, gospel, and funk to the mainstage and the superlounges throughout the Superdome. This year is no exception. The 2020 ESSENCE Festival mainstage line-up features:

  • Janet Jackson
  • Patti Labelle 
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ari Lennox
  • Summer Walker
  • Kranium

And many more!

This year's superlounge performers include: 

  • Tank and the Bangas
  • Mr. Eazi
  • SiR
  • Smino
  • Tamia

And a host of other performers.

For a complete lineup of performers, visit HERE.

ESSENCE Fest Experiences

Beyond the all-star music lineup, ESSENCE Festival is also known for its free panels, workshops and experiences hosted throughout the day. From Seize the opportunity to learn from and meet some of your favorite beauty influencers and wellness experts. Beauty Carnival will feature a Museum of Black Beauty, exclusive ESSENCE Marketplace shops + vendors, meet + greets, glo-up stations and more.

Stay tuned for more ESSENCE Experiences and guests as they’re announced.

ESSENCE Festival Tickets

Featuring daily experiences and nightly concerts, ESSENCE Festival has something for everyone. Admission to daily convention center activities and panels are free and open to the public. Registration is required and helps navigate your experience. Begin your journey to ESSENCE by registering here.

Concert tickets can be purchased individually by day or by weekend passes. Ticket purchases are valid for all mainstage and superlounge performances for the day of purchases.

Learn more about ticket pricing and packages HERE.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Established on the New Orleans' skyline and in the city's rich history, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the definition of iconic. Its ability to adapt to any event type makes it perfect for general sessions, exhibits,...