Experience It All In New Orleans, Louisiana June 29-July 2!

Since 1994 the festival has been the official party with a purpose, and this year we continue the legacy with four days of music, empowerment, community and entertainment.

Whether you’re partying the night away at the Superdome or attending our free daytime experiences at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, you’ll leave the weekend with a fresh outlook on how to build a better future for yourself and for your community.

Below is all you need to know to explore the festival, buy tickets, and plan your trip. Don’t forget to download our app, your official access pass to the festival, where you can sign up for FREE experiences and navigate your way throughout the festival weekend!
A magical night awaits in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Powerful mainstage performances by music legends and artists will make you stand out of your seat and dance the night away. Superlounge performances are open to all ticket-holders for more intimate performances by today’s brightest stars.
Hear our nation’s greatest minds and talent deliver inspiration that will help us build a better future for ourselves and our community at the New Orleans Ernest M. Memorial Convention Center. See the full lineup for our Empowerment Experience and download the official festival app to register for our free experiences conference:
  • Empowerment Experience
  • Beauty & Style Expo
  • Money & Power Entrepreneurship and Business Conference
  • and more!
Planning your trip to the 2017 Festival? Register now and you could win FREE VIP tickets to the 2018 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®.

Register to the festival by downloading our new official festival app. Registration on the app includes all of the perks below:
  • Early-sign up for FREE festival experiences like the all-new Money & Power Entrepreneurship and Business Conference. SPACE IS LIMITED!
  • Personal festival pass (QR code) for entry to in-demand festival experiences
  • Be the first to access festival news and updates
  • Entry into the official festival sweepstakes*