Essence Music Festival Sizzles in New Orleans

Essence Music Festival lights up New Orleans for four days of partying with a purpose.

Essence Music Festival in the Superdome

Essence Music Festival 

Stay Tuned for 2021 Essence Festival information to come.
In the meantime, see how much fun we had in 2019!

Essence Festival takes place July 4 - 7, 2019 and this year's festival will not dissapoint!

Essence Festival began in 1995 as Essence Magazine’s 25th birthday party. This year, the Essence Music Festival celebrates its 25th year. The festival has become, in the words of its founders, “the largest African-American music and empowerment event in the country,” attracting more than 200,000 people to New Orleans each year.

Each year the lineup of musical stars, inspirational speaker and empowerment events grows bigger and better. The 2019 lineup included numerous GRAMMY® Award winners and nominees, and some of the biggest legends in music — period. Missy Elliott, Mary J Blige, Frankie Beverly, P and New Orleans favorite Big Freedia are at the top of the ticket and are joined by so many more incredible acts, you will not want to miss. Get the full Essence event lineup.

Held in New Orleans, the Essence stage lineup is complemented by dozens of policymakers, civic leaders, and entertainers who host free talks and seminars. The Rev. Al Sharpton is just one of the big names on the bill this year. Get the full Empowerment Experience lineup.

Essence Music Festival is unique among major events in New Orleans and throughout the country, and it ranks among the most popular events in the world designed for African-American audiences. For details and updates on Essence Music Festival 2019, visit