Vendors & Exhibitors

Make connections, build your brand! Sell your products and connect with thousands of attendees. The 2018 Festival was a success for our vendors, many of whom saw record sales—and 2019 Festival will be the largest to date!



Essence Day
ESSENCE Day is a new addition to our annual weekend celebration. Listen to live music, indulge in beloved New Orleans culinary creations and feast your eyes on awe-inspiring hometown art at this bustling community day. As a local vendor, set up side-by-side with the second-line and watch fireworks while pushing your brand!

Essence @ the Center
Daytime festivities at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center are a 3-day whirlwind of dynamic conference conversations, can't-miss keynote addresses and exciting interactive exchanges led by today's most influential and celebrated voices. Vendors and exhibitors will have unparalleled access to showcase their unique creations.

Essence @ the Superdome
The Superdome is the ESSENCE Festival music epicenter, welcoming today's hottest stars. From main stage acts to intimate performances in out Superlounges, over 50,000 daily music enthusiasts attend this can't miss 3-day concert series.


If you’re an author interested in having your book sold at the Festival or engaging with fans through an onsite book signing, here’s your chance!


Essence at the Center:

  • Single (10x10) Consignment Program Participation Fee: $50
  • Author Signor Participation Fee (includes the option to consign): $150

Serve up your mouth-watering signature dishes and delectable eats while pushing your brand to Festival attendees throughout New Orleans.


Essence at the Center:

Eats Food Booth
  • Single (10x15): $4,000
  • Double (10x20): $6,000
Eats Dessert Booth
  • Single (10x15): $3,375

Essence at the Superdome:

Eats Superlounge Food Booth
  • Shared Superlounge: $4,000
  • Full Superlounge: $6,000

Essence Day:

Eats Food Truck
  • Single Footprint: $300
Eats Dessert Booth
  • Single Footprint: $200

Connect with our take-action audience! Share your social mission/cause at the Community Corner.


Essence at the Center:

501(c)(3) Non-Profit Booth
  • Single (10x10) booth: $800

Essence Day: Local Louisiana Exhibitors, Only

501(c)(3) Non-Profit Booth
  • Single (10x10) booth: $100

One-of-a-kind cultural connection to showcase your unique creations and merchandise. With unparalleled brand visibility and a partnership designed to drive product sales.


Essence at the Center:

Artisan/ Crafter Booth
  • Single (10x10): $2,250
  • Double (10x20): $3,650
Photo Booth
  • Single (10x20): $1,500
Retail Booth
  • Single (10x10): $2,375
  • Double (10x20): $3,870

Essence Day: Local Louisiana Exhibitors, Only

Artisan/ Crafter Booth
  • Single (10x10): $200
Retail Booth
  • Single (10x10): $300

PDFs for all pertinent vendor info.

Festival Vendor/ Exhibitor Guide »

  • Read this detailed overview of Festival opportunities for Community Corner, ESSENCE Marketplace and ESSENCE Eats participants.

Rules and Procedures »

  • Click here for a detailed list of expectations and policies to ensure a quality experience for all Festival vendors and exhibitors.

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FREE & REQUIRED REGISTRATION for guests 18+ for entry into the 2019 ESSENCE Festival® festivals, conferences, and exhibitions.

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