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Essence Festival

  • 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: July 5, 2018 - July 8, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Get ready for the best of R&B, hip-hop, jazz and more at Essence Festival - the premier showcase for contemporary African American music and culture. Held over Fourth of July weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, this three-day party named for its founder and sponsoring magazine, combines high-octane music performances with inspirational speakers and provocative conversations about race, gender, culture and art.

Background

Essence Magazine has made New Orleans home to the highly sought after concert series since the early 1990s. Each year, the festival brings in the best performers and entertainers in the country, as well as a series of seminars created to empower African American men and women.

In 2017, the movie Girls Trip premiered, starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish. The film is about four best friends coming to New Orleans for Essence Fest, and celebrating African-American culture in the city. The movie showcased the popularity and empowerment of the festival.

Music

Previous artists at Essence Fest have included Beyoncé, Prince, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and Kendrick Lamar just to name a few. This year’s event brings in even more music legends to perform in the legendary New Orleans Superdome.

The 2018 lineup includes…

  • Janet Jackson
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Fantasia
  • Miguel
  • Xscape
  • Jill Scott
  • Erykah Badu
  • Big Freedia
  • …. And many more!

Check out Essence Magazine’swebsite for a full list of this year’s lineup.

Experiences

In addition to hearing live music from these world famous performers, you can participate in the 2018 Free Daytime Experiences at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Essence Empowerment Experience features some of the most knowledgeable experts sharing their ideas on how to better communities, while Essence Path to Power features experts sharing tips on pursuing personal success. Head over to the Beauty and Style Expo for secrets from beauty icons and sneak peeks to the latest fashion trends. Or participate in the Essence Lifestyle Experience, which focuses on bettering the mind, body and soul through exercise and lectures. No festival is complete without delicious food, so check out Essence Eats, where celebrity chefs and local favorites will whip up southern dishes from shrimp and grits to crawfish etouffee.

The experiences will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Tickets

Doors typically open for nightly events at the Superdome  at 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Weekend tickets and VIP packages for Essence Festival are now on sale!

See the Essence Fest Tickets page to purchase tickets and get more information on packages.

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

With a stunning spot on the New Orleans skyline and a special place in the city’s history, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the home of iconic events. The facility’s amenities and technology infrastructure make it one...