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Multicultural Festival

ESSENCE Festival
June 29-July 2, 2017

Essence Fest
Event Details
When: June 29-July 2, 2017
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Get ready for the best in R&B, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and more! New Orleans is proud to once again host Essence Fest, the nation’s premier showcase for contemporary African American music and culture.


Since the early 1990s Essence Magazine, the distinguished lifestyle magazine for African American Women, has chosen New Orleans for its annual three-day event. 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.

This year’s weekend event will rock with more DJs, artists, performers and comedy than ever before!


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

Here a just a few of this year’s headliners:

  • Diana Ross
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Solange
  • John Legend
  • Chaka Khan
  • Jill Scott
  • Master P.
  • Shaggy
  • India.Arie
  • Erykah Badu
  • Elle Varner
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

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


In addition to hearing live music from these world famous performers, you can participate in the 2017 Essence Empowerment Experience. Essence Fest brings in some of the most knowledgeable experts to share their ideas and tips on pursuing personal success.

Some of this year’s acclaimed speakers include:

  • Reverend Al Sharpton
  • Tamika Mallory
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • Ava DuVernay
  • April Reign
  • Phaedra Parks
  • Luvvie Ajayi
  • Dr. Emily Cissy Houston

Visit the Essence Festival Speakers page for more information on this year’s experts and seminars.

Arts and Crafts

Essence Fest also gives African American artists, writers, craftsmen, culinary artists, businesspeople and others a chance to show off their talents and sell their work.

All vendors will set up displays in different locations around the Superdome and park areas, temporarily turning them into outdoor markets. Expect to see a variety of fine arts and crafts, from clothing and jewelry to collectable paintings and sculptures. All art displays and demonstrations represent the rich culture developed in the African Diaspora.


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 Ticket Master or the Essence Fest Tickets page to purchase tickets and get more information on packages.

Essence Day Party Series

You can also purchase tickets for DJ Day Parties, typically offered Thursday-Sunday from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Essence Day Parties have previously featured celebrity DJs, like Funkmaster Flex, Spinderella, Biz Markie, and DJ Drama, as well as special festival guests, cocktails, and energetic crowds. DJ Day Party tickets will be on sale in the weeks leading up to the Festival.

Tickets can be purchased for the entire weekend, or for just one day. Single night tickets will be on sale in the weeks leading up to the Festival, when the night-by-night lineup is announced. For Day Party Admission and VIP packages visit the Essence Fest Ticket page.


There are many conveniently located hotels offering special deals for Fest-goers. For a detailed list of participating hotels go to

For more information and updates on the event, check out the festival’s website, or follow Essence on Twitter or Facebook.

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