The nightly concerts at ESSENCE Fest are certainly not to be missed, but there’s also a whole world of free Festival activities happening during the day that celebrate all things Black Girl Magic and Black culture from every angle possible.
Taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from 9:30AM – 5:30PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this year’s daytime Conference & Expo experiences will feature conversations, keynote addresses and interactive exchanges led by over 25 of the most influential voices in business, politics, entertainment, activism, beauty, fashion, health & wellness and more.
The Daytime lineup of speakers includes: Iyanla Vanzant, Angela Rye, DeRay McKesson, Vivica Fox, Lester Holt, Nicole Murphy, Ebonee Davis, Jackie Aina, Anthony Cuts, Misa Hylton, Dapper Dan, Mona Scott-Young and more. Plus, we’ll be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the ESSENCE All-Star Gospel Tribute with a star-studded program honoring Gospel legend, Dottie Peoples. Click HERE to see the full list Conference & Expo speakers and performers.
Each of this year’s ESSENCE Fest Daytime experiences will fall into one of the following categories:
ESSENCE SHOPPING – Over 100 vendors offering, jewelry, clothing, art and more at the ESSENCE® Marketplace. Head over to the Bookstore for the latest book launches and meet your favorite authors at exclusive book signings.
ESSENCE ENTERTAINMENT – See your favorite film and television stars and ESSENCE Fest performers live on Center Stage and then meet them in the Fan Zone! Plus, get access to exclusive film screenings and show previews in the Screening Room.
ESSENCE COMMUNITY & CULTURE – Volunteerism at the annual ESSENCE® Day of Service on Thursday, July 5th, plus the country’s most influential voices weigh in on issues that matter most in our communities and strategies for navigating the road ahead.
ESSENCE BEAUTY & STYLE – See bold beauty moments with fascinating conversations, fashion showcases, panels with ESSENCE Beauty editors, influencers, celebrity stylists and more on the ESSENCE Beauty & Style stage.
ESSENCE TECH – Hear conversations about the impact of technology in our daily lives and opportunities to pursue this holy grail of economic prosperity.
ESSENCE EATS – Bring your appetite for cultural cuisine from NOLA’s best cooks. Plus, celebrity chefs and local culinary masterminds prepare their specialty dishes with live demos.
ESSENCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & CAREER – Resources to create your own business, grow your company or thrive in the career of your dreams.
ESSENCE WELLNESS & SPIRITUALITY – Mind, body and soul conversations and experiences designed to help you live your best life.
ESSENCE PERSONAL FINANCE – Motivation and guidance to tackle debt and explore next steps toward long-term financial security.
Click HERE to register for your ESSENCE Festival 2018 pass for access to all of our Daytime fun. See you in NOLA!