Essence Festival 2016

May 12 2016 | News

Essence Fest Returns to New Orleans for 4 Magical Days

Essence Fest is coming back to New Orleans, and this may be the hottest and greatest edition since the Essence Magazine-sponsored musical celebration started back in the early 1990s.

You can join thousands of others for a great big unified party, with activities scheduled between June 30 and July 3.  The spotlight, as always, is on musical entertainment from the most popular international and local acts.

The music and message that fills America

Spectacular shows at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will feature names like Mariah Carey, Ciara, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, New Edition and plenty more.  Local entertainers you might recognize include the New Breed Brass Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. From R&B and jazz to hip hop and blues, there’s something for everybody at Essence Fest.

As the premier lifestyle publication for African American women, Essence Magazine loves New Orleans, because in New Orleans, everything’s possible.  Along with more performers, DJs and comedy acts than in any previous year, Essence Fest also offers outstanding seminars with a focus on empowering African American women and men.

Enjoy powerful presentations from such notables as Iyanla Vanzant, Rev. Al Sharpton, Keke Palmer, Terry McMillan and others at free events held throughout this year’s Essence Fest.  Bring friends and take notes.  You’ll hear positive messages that will help shape your world.

The official Essence Fest website tells you everything you want to know about show times, seminars, locations, speakers, entertainers, purchasing tickets and more.

Hotel Provincial

The perfect location for Essence Fest events as well as everything else New Orleans is known for. 

Rooms are still available for June 30-July3.  Contact a hotel representative to make reservations or for more information at (504) 581-4995 or Book Online.  We’ll see you at Essence Fest!