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Essence Festival Of Culture
June 29 @ 8:00 am - July 3 @ 5:00 pm$80 – $500
Held over Fourth of July weekend at the Caesars Superdome and throughout downtown New Orleans, this three-day party named for its founder and sponsoring magazine combines high-octane music performances with inspirational speakers and provocative conversations about gender, race, culture, and art.
2023 Festival Lineup:
- Missy Elliott
- Ms. Lauryn Hill
- Megan Thee Stallion
- Jermaine Dupri
- Coco Jones
- Kizz Daniel
- and more!
By day, the Empowerment Experience spotlights dozens of speakers on thought-provoking topics such as religion, economics, and education. These are traditionally free.
The Essence Expo Experience includes seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics including beauty and style as well as power and finance. Attendees can participate in live tutorials, free consultations, fashion and makeup presentations, and more.
Essence Festival was started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed towards African American women. The festival was so well-received, organizers decide to make it an annual event. It has evolved into the nation’s premier showcase for contemporary African American music and culture.