Essence Festival 2020 – New Orleans LA

The 2020 Essence Festival® will be here before you know it! It’s Happening July 1-5th in New Orleans, LA. The Essence Festival is an annual music festival that celebrates African American women and music! It is the largest event in the United States, celebrating African American culture. It is called “The Party With a Purpose!”   The very 1st Essence Music Festival or “Essence Fest” was held in 1995 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine. The festival is held in New Orleans LA.
This year’s theme is called “Essence Festival of Culture”.  The 2020 Essence Festival® is celebrating 50 years of moving the culture forward. Expect to be immersed in African American Culture as the biggest names in music, fashion, film, television, politics, beauty will be contributing to fun! 
Daytime events will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center while evening concerts are performed at the Mercedes Benz Super-dome. 
If you’ve never been to “Essence Fest” or are on the fence about going, here are five
reasons why you absolutely must go next summer.  Click here for more information on other trips by Cilla Travel. 
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1. Feel Empowered
Feel empowered, appreciated, and celebrated about who you are as an African American woman. Be surrounded for an entire weekend with other women just like you. Leave Essence Fest feeling like a total bomb woman that can do anything and handle anything that comes her way.
2. Get Lots of FREE Goodies
Essence Fest is the opportunity to snag a bunch of free goodies for your hair, beauty products, signature tote bags, and much more. Trust us, you will NOT leave empty-handed! Save some extra room in your suitcase for all the must-have goodies that you are going to get.
3. Get Inspired with the Entrepreneurship Conference
Inspire your inner entrepreneurial spirit. Leave the conference feeling ignited and empowered to take the courage to start a side project or business that you have left on hold for WAY too long. Build your empire, impact the 
lives of others, and get that coin girl!
4. Held at a Beautiful Southern Location
New Orleans is the perfect setting for this annual event because of its uniqueness, Southern Charm, and lively atmosphere. So many sights to see and delicious food to eat as well. There is truly no other place like it.
5. Shop the Festival Marketplace
Don’t forget to bring some extra cash or your credit card because the convention center turns into an amazing marketplace that offers a wide variety of items from Black-owned businesses and local New Orleans businesses. Support your community in their business. You will be able to purchase just about anything so get your wallet ready. Don’t forget to leave extra room in your suitcase for those extra goodies too!
Not only are those amazing five reasons for you to go to Essence Fest next summer, but it is the perfect opportunity to be a part of something inspiring and have some summer fun with your friends.
Essence Fest is something that you shouldn’t experience alone. Text your besties and get them to join you for Essence Fest this summer in New Orleans.
Get the latest news on all things Essence Fest! Keep informed about events, shows, concerts as well as special guest appearances at Essence Fest 2020.
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28 Responses

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans, and now thar I know of this festival, even more so. I bet there will be lots of music and dancing. Do local bands play at that event too? 

    I am going to have to wait until next year, but I am looking forward to it. I’ll certainly also support local businesses.

    1. Thank you Christine. Local businesses are definitely supported during Essence. The Business Expo is held at the Convention center where there are loads of local and outside vendors presenting their supplies and services. Hope you can make next one!

  2. This would be quite a tour and a good way to not only explore the city, but really dig deep into the city’s history and culture as well. We can cover a lot of ground in four days and learn a lot, especially from someone like me who’s never been to New Orleans before. 

    1. Yes Todd it certainly is! There will be LOTS  of things to do during Essence! There will be concerts as well.

  3. Wow, it’s here again, another opportunity to get out of stress and work, its Essence Music Festival. I was in New Orleans last year for this same event and it was an amazing experience. You guys should try and attend, I promise you’ll not regret it. Its an avenue to appreciate African American women and music, it’s always interesting, from the sight of town, to the concerts, shopping and lots more. I’ll man sure I try my best to attend again this time. Thanks for this post, I like it.

  4. Hi, thank you for this article because I have never heard of the Essence Music Festival. It sounds like New Orleans would be a great place for it. I think it would be awesome to spend the weekend there on the 4th of July. Seeing all the sights and listening to great music is really something to look forward to.

    I will be bookmarking this page and showing my coworkers. I know they would be interested in this. Thanks!!

    1. Well thank you so much Bonnie! We do group trips as well. But sign up for our email and get your $100 off coupon. I think that we have some competitive pricing plus payment plans. The coupon is good until 9/30/19. A deposit is all 5gats required to secure it.!

  5. The Essence Music Festival has always been one of the best and biggest celebrations of African American women and the music has been top notch. Other major festivals like AfroFest or Broccoli City pale in comparison to the Essence Music Festival and in the rich environs of New Orleans, it will be an incredible experience. If you want incomparable musical experience celebrating all of the accomplishments of African American women, look no further than the Essence Music Festival. 

  6. Celebrating women and music, especially African-American women and music is a great idea. I didn’t realize that a whole festival has been created for this musical niche. I can imagine that arena bursting with energy and excitement during that celebration. What a great idea this is.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing event to the world. 


    1. Edwin, yes Sir! It surely is. Not only are there concerts by famous African American artists, there are loads of Essence themed parties and local music shows all over NOLA! You should absolutely come and experience ESSENCE 2020!

  7. This is really nice I must say. Since I started living in the US I haven’t seen any event like that, when I was still school is Canada I attended so many festival celebrating African American and I must confess its really cool seeing people of similar root around you excited, that joy is priceless. I’ll love to attend this one and have some fun. Thanks for the information.

    1. Well Chloe, if you decide to attend next years Essence Fest you will absolutely enjoy it! There is literally so much to do. NOLA is such an enchanting city. You really must go. Just hit book now button and get added to the list. You can get your $100 off your hotel coupon! We offer payment plans to make it easy. Hope to see you there!

  8. Wow, a great announcement for the music lover.My cousin love there and who is a big fan of music. Whenever she get any chance to go to any music festival, she never leaves. I am gonna share this post with her, and I know she gonna love this and definitely will go with her friend circle. She will not miss this early bird offer.

  9. Hello there, I am white but my wife is African American and I love the way she speaks highly of her people, their lifestyle, music and food and sometimes I wish I was one of them. I would love to make this a surprise to her. Are there reservations to be made in any form, or anything required to be settled so she would not have to go through all that?

    1. Hello Dane, sorry it took so long to get back to you but there was a tech issue. But if you go to the top navigation and look under trips, that will take you to the booking page. And yes African Americans have a rich culture. NOLA is a good place to start to experience it. This will be the 26th Essence Festival! It’s been many years since Essence Magazine held the 1st one. So I hope to see you and your wife there. My daughter and I plan to attend!.???

  10. I wanted to visit New Orleans and after seeing this post, I got to know a lot about Neil and my interest increased.Revenue complimenting African American women and music will make it always more appealing to downtown concert shopping and more.I’ll have to wait for next year but I’m looking forward to it.Thanks for sharing this beautiful event with the world.

  11. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. At certain points in the year, there is a need to observe and celebrate our nature and culture and the essence festival of culture is one way to achieve this. I think we need more of events like this to help preserve our culture. 

    1. Thank you Benny for your comments. ESSENCE is an event that is definitely jam packed with music art and culture! 

  12. Thank you so many Article for sharing with us .I like fencing a lot .I’ve heard about New Orleans a lot and I have a great desire to go around there .And I also heard that there is a festival like this and there is a lot of good music playing, so the interest just got bigger. And this music festival is always at the forefront of some of the biggest celebrations and music of African-American women. I believe that going to this festival will be an incredible experience for me. And I’ve also heard that if you think about all the achievements of African-American women, this festival comes first. The musical experience at the Essence Music Festival is truly mind blowing. This celebration creates beautiful excitement .And thank you again for sharing this beautiful event with the world .

  13. I’ve visited New Orleans several years ago and loved the city and its culture! But I had never been to the Essence Festival. It sounds like a lot of fun and education!

    Are only the African American women invited? While I still might feel empowered and appreciated, I definitely won’t feel so as an African American woman as I’m not… 😉

    Thank for the valuable information,

    ~ Julia

    1. Julia, 

      ESSENCE Festival is a “Celebration” of African American Women and African American Culture. In fact it is the nation’s largest annual gathering of African-American musical talent and unprecedented cultural celebrations. The ESSENCE Festival is sponsored by Essence Magazine. Essence Magazine was established in 1942 and it is the premiere lifestyle, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women. The ESSENCE Festival is a wonderful event bringing more than 400,000 attendees that adds $1 billion to Louisiana’s local economy every year.

      Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate.

  14. Hey, I enjoy while reading your article and enjoy a lot about essence festival 2020. Your guide is very useful to make a decision to go to Essence Festival 2020 – New Orleans LA. Now we are planning to come in this beautiful festival this year. We are planing to come in group. While coming in group will increase the enjoyment that’s the reason we also go in group. Now 

    I know Orleans is the perfect setting for this annual event because of its uniqueness, Southern Charm, and lively atmosphere.


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