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Last year proved a true test of core values for Black communities across the country, but per usual, we emerged fearless, confident and empowered like never before when all was said and done.

Building on the momentum of a new year that will continue to see the influence of African-American women reign supreme in every way, ESSENCE invites you to join the celebration of Black women as solidified leaders in music, style, politics, business, fashion and beyond as we bring you, ESSENCE Festival 2017: A Woke Wonderland.

This year’s festival will bring the Woke Wonderland theme to life by taking the next step in putting the invaluable voice of Black women at the forefront and serve as the intersection of passion and purpose, as our ladies take the lead in navigating the road ahead.  Our Path To Power Conference will identify the tools for fostering economic growth and entrepreneurship through workshops and interactive panel discussions highlighting the true value of the Black dollar, while the exciting line up of daily events within our ESSENCE Empowerment Experience will see conversations about the topics that matter most to Black women take center stage. Our uniquely curated ESSENCE Beauty & Style Expo Beauty Carnival will bring prominent cosmetic and fashion brands right to your fingertips for mini makeovers, consultations and more, while our ESSENCE Eats and ESSENCE Arts & Culture Marketplaces will feature an array of vendors who will be on hand to enhance your festival experience with delicious food, clothing, keepsakes and other products from Black-owned businesses across the country. Fans will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favorite celebs in music, film, television and social media, along with access to exclusive screenings, meet and greets and more as part of our ESSENCE All Access experience. 

Most importantly, this years’ Festival will provide a platform where you can help spark the next steps to a better tomorrow. Your voice has never mattered more than it does right now and we want to help you let the world know that you’re among those leading the charge for change on every level. Click HERE to join the movement and see which of your favorite familiar faces are already onboard!

ESSENCE Festival 2017 single-night tickets & ticket packages are on sale now! For more info and the latest news, visit our Festival page here.

And of course, our nightly performances from over 50 music icons, modern-day trailblazers and rising stars including Diana Ross, Solange, Chance The Rapper, India. Arie, John Legend, Master P, XScape, Tweet, BJ The Chicago Kid, June’s Diary and so many more will bring each day to a close with a bang.  Plus, the queen of Hip Hop Soul herself, Mary J. Blige, will curate an unforgettable night celebrating the strength in sisterhood featuring an all-star, all-female line up to include Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, Monica, Remy Ma, Teyana Taylor, Jhene Aiko and Lalah Hathaway, to name just a few.

Simply put, the 2017 ESSENCE Festival will be your one stop shop for all things Black Girl Magic.

Be sure to grab your tickets and join us to celebrate Black women leading the conversations, while inspiring the moments that will stand to shape the future and change the world at ESSENCE Festival 2017: A Woke Wonderland.