Essence Festival Is Much More Than Music

Summer is here, and now is the perfect time to travel to new places and embark on exciting adventures with friends and family. If you are going to be in the great city of New Orleans this summer, come enjoy an epic weekend of entertainment, music, food, beauty, and more at the ESSENCE Festival.

ESSENCE traditionally takes place in New Orleans over the Independence Day weekend (July 4-7). Over the four days, the event will be held mostly at the two New Orleans venues: the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the evening performances and the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the daytime activities. Some of the daytime events like the conferences and the exhibits will also be held at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), and the new Wellness House experience will be held in the Arts District downtown at the Lighthouse Glass Gallery (743 Camp St.).

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Soak in the Music

Essence Festival is a music lover’s dream, and this year’s lineup includes many acclaimed musical artists with chart-topping hits. You will have the chance to see live performances from renowned musical artists like Brandy, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Big Freedia, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and many more.

The traditional Sunday Gospel Celebration at the Convention center will feature the greatest gospel hits, and admission is free. ESSENCE After Dark, a series of late-night jam sessions, comedy shows, underground performances, live podcast recordings, and more, will again be held at the Superdome.

Conferences, Keynotes, and Experiences

The festival has a lot more than just music. A slew of exciting conferences, exhibitions, roundtables, and other experiences is also scheduled, including a series of keynotes with Rev. Al Sharpton, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, and Pharrell Williams. One of the highlights of this year’s keynote events is the chance to see Michelle Obama on the Superdome mainstage on Saturday, July 6, as she’ll talk about her bestselling memoir, Becoming.

The Beauty Carnival and Wellness House experiences will feature celebrity beauty influencers and wellness experts, and the always popular ESSENCE Eats will once again have cooking demos and the food court with the vendors from all over the South, including a wide range of classic New Orleans food, world cuisine, vegan and vegetarian fare, desserts, and beyond.

Get Your Tickets Today

You can get your tickets a la carte (for the evening concerts at the Superdome and for the ESSENCE After Dark) or in bundled day and VIP packages. The headliners sell out fast, so don’t wait till the last minute! All events held at the Convention Center during the day are free and open to all (registration is required for everyone age 18 or older, however).

Stay Close to the Excitement in a Historic French Quarter Hotel

 Place D’Armes Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, just minutes from a multitude of local restaurants and bars, landmarks, and various destinations, including the Superdome and the Convention Center. Place D’Armes gives you that old New Orleans charm without sacrificing any of the modern day conveniences and amenities. Book your stay with us today!