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More Than Music: 15 Other Reasons ESSENCE Festival Is The Hottest Ticket Of The Summer

From the empowerment, to the food, to the fashion, to the starpower, ESSENCE Festival is truly an experience like no other for so many reasons.

Every year, the ESSENCE Festival brings you a jam-packed weekend full of unforgettable experiences like no other and this year's extravaganza is no exception.

ESSENCE Festival 2017 ticket packages are on sale now! For more info about tickets, accommodations and the latest news, visit our Festival page here.

While the highly-anticipated annual event has become known for it's 20+ year history of star-studded, nightly concert line ups featuring some of the biggest names in music, there are also multiple other elements that will make your experience one you won't soon forget. From our Beauty & Style Expo, to our Money, Power, Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, to the endless amount of surprise celebrity guests who drop in each year, there's really nothing quite like it. Scroll through to check out 15 other reasons why you'll definitely want to grab your tickets now and start planning your trip to New Orleans for the 2017 ESSENCE Festival!