Head over to Woldenberg Park at 1 Canal Street today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the ESSENCE Festival’s first-ever Family Reunion Day. Families will a day of music, food, fun and games for FREE. And if that’s not enough, attendees can enjoy a fireworks show at sunset. 

Highlights of the FREE event, which will be co-hosted by Carla Ferrell and DJ Mike Swift, include: 

  • Sound Stage (refreshed by Coca-Cola) with performances by Biz Markie, the Brass-A-Holics, Cupid, Doug E. Fresh, Gina Brown, Tweet, Stooges Brass Band and Water Seed
  • A grilling competition with celebrity chefs, recipe tips and tastings powered by Walmart
  • Hands-on animal encounters for children in partnership with Woldenberg Park and the Audubon Nature Institute

Along with the event at Woldenberg Park, the family and community seminars at the Empowerment Experience kick off at 10 a.m. at the Convention Center (900 Convention Center Boulevard). Today’s speakers include New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, Master P, Roland Martin, DeVon Franklin, along with Traci and Trina Braxton.