Essence Festival Returns to New Orleans this July
Kick off your Fourth of July weekend at a New Orleans event like no other, the ESSENCE Festival. In its 25th year, this massive festival will be held on July 4-7 and will once feature many famous musical artists, special guests, speakers, delicious foods and vendors, a fashion show, and more.
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ESSENCE will be held mostly at 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.).
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).
The music lineup
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 and live podcast recordings, will again be held at the Superdome.
There’s so much more
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.
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.
A New Orleans hotel close to the action
When you are planning a trip to New Orleans, you want to make sure you choose a hotel that is centrally located close to all of the excitement, and one that provides you with plenty of modern amenities and perks. Hotel St. Marie meets all of those requirements with a perfect balance of historic old-world charm and modern-day conveniences that will make your stay truly memorable. Hotel St. Marie’s French Quarter location simply cannot be topped, as you will be a short distance from many famous New Orleans landmarks, restaurants, entertainment options, and destinations — including the two ESSENCE venues, the Superdome and the Convention Center.
Many of the rooms at Hotel St. Marie feature beautiful balconies that overlook the action-filled streets of the New Orleans French Quarter or the calming tropical courtyard and the saltwater pool. Please visit our website today to take advantage of our specials and group rates.