About Essence Festival
The annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, presented by Coca-Cola, is one of the nation’s largest live events. Each year, the Festival draws nearly 500,000 attendees who gather for three days of music, entertainment, empowerment and culture.
Now in its 24th year, the ESSENCE Festival has featured some of the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most influential speakers, authors and leaders, including Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Prince, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Steve Harvey, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Magic Johnson, Iyanla Vanzant and many more.
Frequently Asked Questions
BUYING TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL
With your concert ticket, you gain entry into the Louisiana Superdome. You will have a designated 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.
TRAVELING TO THE FESTIVAL
Yes and parking is available at the Convention Center and Superdome (based on availability and subject to fees). Note that all parking garages accept cash only.