Take your weekend to the next level with the 3-night Evening Concert series, ESSENCE AfterDark, Gospel Sunday plus dedicated festivals for Film & TV and Food & Wine.

In 2019 we are bringing you MORE music with explosive 25th Anniversary Album playbacks, legendary Hip Hop & R&B performances, an all-star gospel celebration plus our all-new After Dark Series and ESSENCE in the Park!

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Entertainment All-Access
Hit the ultimate celeb zone for live interviews and meet & greets with your favorite stars! Then access exclusive sneak peeks of Hollywood’s upcoming new releases plus never-before-seen films from ESSENCE’s Makers and Creators program.

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Food & Wine
Make your taste buds holler with a wide range of food trucks and vendors at ESSENCE Eats™! Plus, get rewards and FREE eats at local Black owned restaurants with Passport25!

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After Dark Series
The party continues with Essence After Dark at iconic New Orleans venues, Republic NOLA & Howlin' Wolf!

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New & Next
ESSENCE® is seeking the next generation of hit makers to battle it out on Center Stage! Winner will get a chance to perform in a Superlounge at the 2020 ESSENCE Festival®!

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All guests 18 & over must register for entry into Essence Festival’s Conferences & Expos

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