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Essence Festival

1500 Poydras St, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 70112-1216
+1 504-582-3000
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My husband and I attended the Essence Festive in 2017, we had an amazing time. The festival had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deborah D
Once Again "2017"

Attended the festival once again and I had a great time with business partners and friends. The... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
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Essence magazine’s annual June/July “party with a purpose” has been going strong since 1994 with no signs of slowing down. The list of headlining and supporting acts who have taken the Essence stage over the past quarter century reads like a who’s who of some of the music world’s biggest stars. Indeed, for fans of R&B and hip hop, there may be no finer time to visit New Orleans than when this festival is on.
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1500 Poydras St, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 70112-1216
Central Business District
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I attended the Essence Festive in 2017, we had an amazing time. The festival had amazing musical performances, inspiring speakers, networking opportunities in a fantastic setting. We did a good amount tourist attractions to see New Orleans and enjoyed the trolley's which...More

3  Thank Deborah D
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Attended the festival once again and I had a great time with business partners and friends. The festival had many different activities, educational and social plus much more. Many famous stars participated in the festival and engaged with the people like Chaka and others. The...More

3  Thank sbT9238BI
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

I've heard of the Essence Festival for years, but I didn't know that it was chock full of free events! During the day you can get lost at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. The festival organizers have so many things going on that it...More

30  Thank RoadlessWandering
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

This was my first EssenceFest. I have attended the major festivals in New Orleans - Mardi Gras and JazzFest but avoided this one because the time of year and the weather. I threw that aside this year and went for it. I'm so glad I...More

7  Thank prgbmb
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This was my first time attrnding the essence festival and I had a good time. Performers were all really good...the only suggestion I would make is try not to overlap so many things because you end up missing someone. The lines were really long, so...More

3  Thank Kristie W
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Whether you're looking for something to do as a couple, as a family, or as friends, the Essence Festival is it! It's a star-studded event for music lovers. There's something for everyone! My friends and I have gone several times over the past few years,...More

10  Thank KleopatraJones
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

For the last several years, my wife and I hoped to attend the annual Essential Festival in New Orleans. Our planning paid off this year. Our prayers were heard. We were going to the 2016 Essence Music Festival. We stayed at the 1896 O’Malley House...More

6  Thank DrGreen2009
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

This is an awesome cultural event full of free entertainment and life inspiring seminars. Most of which are free. Find the right hotel and you dont even have to worry about a rent a car. My only thing i didnt like is that the local...More

7  Thank Valecia S
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

This was my first time attending the Essence 2016 Expo. There were thousands of people attending this event and many interesting products and famous people. There were plenty of free giveaways during the entire expo and meeting different business people. I had the opportunity to...More

4  Thank sbT9238BI
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed our tour guide on this experience , he gave the group the ultimate tour of the history of what New Orleans was all about from The Spanish, French, Senegalese, and Creole perspective. Great tour Cajun Encounter!

2  Thank Sanchioni B
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world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts
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