July 1-5, 2020
Essence Festival is known as "the party with a purpose!" This annual music festival started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine. Now, it is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States! Locally, we refer to it as Essence Fest, and it has been held in New Orleans since 1994, except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina's effect on New Orleans.
Not only is it a weekend full of live music, but there are also a range of activities across Music, Film & TV and Food & Wine, as well as interviews, conferences and exhibitions!
Purchase tickets here!
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