The ESSENCE Festival is being held in New Orleans from July 4 – 7 and now’s the time to plan your trip.

The event will include performances by some of the music industry’s biggest names (think people like Beyoncé, Maxwell and New Edition) as well as inspirational seminars led by everyone from Rev. Al Sharpton to Iyanla Vanzant.

Families are also invited to enjoy our first-ever, free Family Reunion Day with cooking demonstrations, games, and performances by artists ranging from Biz Markie to Tweet.

In an effort to help you prepare for the big trip to New Orleans, use our “Get into the Groove” guide often for useful tips relating to entertainment, fashion, beauty, health and finance. See you in New Orleans!