JULY 1-5, 2020

The largest global gathering of Black culture!

Informing, inspiring and empowering Black women since 1994. #ESSENCEFEST

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Evening Concert Series
Access all three nights of concerts for the lowest price available.


VIP Weekend Power Pass
Access all 3 nights of evening concerts + VIP access to additional Festival events like Beauty Carnival, Fashion House, the After Dark series and more. Upgrade your experience all weekend long. More details coming soon.

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FESTIVALS

EVENING CONCERTS

EVENING CONCERTS

From the mainstage to intimate performances in the Superlounges, see all-star collabs you won’t find anywhere else!

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ESSENCE EATS™

Add new flavors to your cookbook in live demos with celeb chefs and cooking experts. Get a taste of more than 50 ESSENCE Eats™ vendors and save when you dine at NOLA’s best Black-owned restaurants with Passport25.

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Essence After Dark


After the evening concerts, hit after hours comedy shows, live podcasts, and underground performances. Stay tuned for updates on 2020 performances, parties, and shows.

CONFERENCES

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Global Black Economic Forum (GBEF)

Hear from pioneering thought leaders, innovative founders and global leaders in an intimate one-of-a kind environment. Explore globalization and technology trends that will anchor new frameworks for multi-generational Black wealth across industries and continents. Network with other power players to create collaborations with long term impact for our global communities.

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E-SUITE

Ladies! Make major headway in your career in an intimate setting for senior-level women in business. Listen, learn, and level up! Plus, explore our online E Suite membership platform for more events, business development forums, mentorship, networking and more!

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POWER STAGE

Explore the topics that impact and inform our culture with powerful keynotes, panel discussions & interviews. Join the conversation each day with community leaders, politicians and pop culture icons live on the Power Stage.

EXHIBITIONS

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BEAUTY CARNIVAL

Get glam squad approved! Celeb hairstylists, MUAs, and beauty influencers will take over Beauty Stage Live for tutorials, makeovers, product reviews, and hot topics in the beauty space.

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FASHION HOUSE

Join us for a cutting-edge curation of runway shows, interviews, and pop-up shops brought to you by Black designers. Get expert tips to take your label to the next level!

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WELLNESS HOUSE

Grab a girlfriend, a green juice and ignite your inner well! Get fit and regenerate with massages, energy readings, and self-care conversations with health & wellness pros and practitioners.

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ENTERTAINMENT ALL-ACCESS

See interviews with your favorite stars live on Center Stage. Get a chance to meet them in the Fan Zone and see upcoming new releases before they hit your TV or local theater in the Screening Room!

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MARKETPLACE

Shop must-have apparel, accessories, beauty, books and more at an exclusive destination for Black-owned brands!

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INVEST BACK

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VENDORS

Build your brand! Make connections and sell to thousands. Be the first to see all 2020 vendor opportunities and get alerts when registration opens.


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PIPELINE

The Pipeline is designed to increase the pool of women and Black professionals pursuing careers and business opportunities in live events and technical production. More info on 2020 opportunities coming soon! Sign up for updates and be the first to know.


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INFO

FAQ

Be in the know about tickets, age restrictions, parking, prohibited items, Clear Bag Policy and more! Review all of our FAQs and answers HERE.

TRAVEL

Check out available ESSENCE® Fest hotel blocks from our preferred hotel partners HERE.

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