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    1. When's the best time to travel?

      The 2014 ESSENCE Festival starts on Thursday, July 3 and officially ends the late evening of Sunday, July 6. If you're traveling into New Orleans, we recommend you come into the city on Wednesday and leave on Monday, July 7.

    2. Where is the Festival located?

      The Festival is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Louisiana Superdome with other locations to be announced. Get more info here.

    3. When will single night tickets go on sale?

      Single night tickets will be on sale in the weeks leading up to the Festival. We suggest you by a weekend ticket package as those discounted prices are available for a limited time. Get tickets here here. Sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to get the latest on our lineup.

    4. When will you be posting the schedule?

      Sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to get the latest on our lineup.

    5. How do I get press credentials?

      Confirmation of press credentials is subject to the approval of our Communication team. For information regarding media credentials for the Essence Festival, please email festivalpress@essence.com.

    6. How can I participate in the ESSENCE® Community Zone?

      Stay tuned for application information in the upcoming weeks

    7. How can my restaurant or catering company be a part of the ESSENCE® Food Zone?

      Stay tuned for application information in the upcoming weeks.

    8. How can I work for the Festival?

      Stay tuned for application information in the upcoming weeks.

    9. What kind of access do I get with my Festival concert ticket?

      With your concert ticket, you gain entry into the Louisiana Superdome. You will have a designed seat to experience the Main Stage performances. Once you are in the Superdome, you can experience all the performances that night in the Superlounges on the Lounge level for no additional fee or ticket. Everyone MUST have a ticket to get into the Superdome.

    10. What do I get with a VIP ticket package?

      Our 20th Anniversary limited edition Festival VIP package gets you the best seats in the Superdome, exclusive access and much more. Find the full package benefits here .

    11. Can I drive to New Orleans for the Festival?

      Yes and parking is available at the Convention Center and Superdome (based on availability and subject to fees). Get directions here.

    12. Are there airline packages?

      Airline package are not available through the Festival at this time. Please reach out to your select travel agent to make your flight reservations.

    13. What are the hotel options?

      Stay tuned as we'll be sharing our list of hotel properties in the next few weeks.

    14. How do I sign up for Festival e-mail newsletters?

      Our FREE Festival e-mail newsletters include the latest line-up updates, weekend schedules, official events and special offers from the Festival and our partners. Sign up here.

    15. Can I sign up to receive Festival-related text alerts?

      Yes, you can sign up to receive ESSENCE Festival™ text alerts and have ticket, talent and special offers sent right to your smartphone. Sign up here.

    16. Where should I direct general inquiries?

      For information about sponsorship, performance/appearance requests or any general Festival questions, please e-mail emfinfo@essence.com.

    17. Will there be any bag checks at the event?

      Yes, all large bags will be thoroughly checked upon entry to all venues, including the Superdome, Convention Center and Woldenberg Park, the site of the Family Reunion Day event.

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