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ESSENCE Festival® Presented By Coca-Cola®

  • Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Sugar Bowl Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Presented By: Essence Festival
  • Dates: 07/04/2019 - 07/07/2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

ESSENCE Festival 2019

This year, ESSENCE celebrates its 25th anniversary with an extraordinary lineup of musicians, special guests, experiences and more. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will headline the festival's commemorative 25th year. 

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

Join in celebrating ESSENCE’s 25-year milestone, July 4-7 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 ESSENCE Festival 25th anniversary mainstage line-up features:

  • Missy Elliot
  • Mary J. Blige
  • NAS
  • H.E.R
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Teyana Taylor 

And many more!

This year's superlounge performers include: 

  • Biz Markie
  • City Girls
  • Elle Varner
  • Ginuwine
  • Mase
  • Normani
  • NAO

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. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, ESSENCE will revive its Beauty Carnival! From July 5-9, 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.

Special guests will include Felicia Walker, Wuzzam Supa, Christina Rice and many others. View the full lineup here.

Stay tuned for more ESSENCE Experiences 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.

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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,...