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Experience three nights of electrifying performances at the Superdome during Festival weekend with performances by the hottest stars in R&B, hip hop, gospel and soul. Platinum-selling artists will heat up the Main Stage while intimate crowds will hear their favorite songs by music's greatest talents in our Superlounges.

Address: 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112-1255 (504) 587-3663


Be inspired and informed at the FREE ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience as thought leaders and celebrities share real discussions and gospel greats led us in a worship session that transforms the lives of our attendees and their communities.

Address: 900 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 582-3023

Louisiana Music: Then & Now

The Beat Goes On in Louisiana. Click here for a look into Louisiana's musical history - but know that it's still being written, and you can be a part of it.

Address: 900 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 582-3023


Celebrate the 200th birthday musical legend of Tremé, America's oldest black neighborhood and the birtplace of jazz. Experience their yearlong musical celebration of this true American treasure featuring live performance and cultural events.

Address: 1418 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 566-1136

St. Augustine Church

One of the oldest churches in the U.S. for black Catholics, St. Augustine was built at the request of Free People of Color and others in 1841-1842, when about half of the congregation was African American. The church has served the community for well over 150 years now and remains a vibrant congregation. Tours are available, so be sure to stop in for a visit to get a better feel for the real heart of Creole culture.

Address: 1210 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans, LA 70116-2398 (504) 525-5934

St. Louis Cemeteries No. 1 & No. 2

St. Louis Cemeteries No. 1 and No. 2 are two of the most famous, and both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Because New Orleans was built on a swamp, the city buries its dead above ground in elaborate crypts and mausoleums. The cemeteries, sometimes called "Cities of the Dead," resemble little villages and are embellished with sculptures and other decorative artwork.

Address: 1300 St Louis St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 (504) 596-3050

The French Market

The historic French Market is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to New Orleans, offering a wide array of imported clothing, jewelry, and wares along with homegrown music, vegetables, and spices. As far back as the early 1700s, enslaved blacks, Free People of Color, Native Americans, and whites all exchanged wares at this location.

Address: 1008 N Peters St # 3, New Orleans, LA 70116-3317 (504) 596-3418

Congo Square, Armstrong Park

Congo Square inside Armstrong Park in Faubourg Tremé, adjacent to the French Quarter. In colonial times, Congo Square was an open-air market where blacks—both enslaved and free—met on "free Sundays" to take part in sacred African rituals, talk, trade, and perform traditional songs and dance, helping lay the foundations for what would later become jazz.

Address:901 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116‬ (504) 286-2100

The Amistad Research Center

Founded by the American Missionary Association in 1966 as the first archives documenting the modern civil rights movement, the Amistad Research Center contains the world's largest collection of manuscripts about African Americans, race relations, and civil rights. The holdings date back to the 1700s and include materials from every state in the United States—papers of prominent artists, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, lawyers, factory workers, farmers, and musicians. The collection also contains approximately 250,000 photographs dating from 1859. Literary manuscript holdings contain letters and original manuscripts from prominent Harlem Renaissance writers and poets.

Address:6823 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118-5665 (504) 862-3222

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