Essence Fest is Back and Better than Ever

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Essence Fest is Back and Better than Ever

Two years after COVID-19, the Essence Fest is back and better than ever.

What began in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate Essence Magazine’s 25th Anniversary has blossomed into an annual festival, which has welcomed hundreds of thousands of guests to the Crescent City each year over the past two decades. The Essence Festival of Culture promotes, celebrates, and explores health & wellness, spirituality, beauty & style, food, community & culture, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and much more within the African American community.

Attendees are invited to engage in panel discussions, shopping, meet and greets, activities, and of course, nonstop live music featuring some of the best in R&B, soul, funk, gospel, and hip-hop each and every Fourth of July weekend.
Essence Fest returns June 30-July 3, 2022, with the theme “It’s the Black Joy for Me!” Below is everything you need to know to plan an unforgettable Essence Fest getaway.

Event Details
When: June 30-July 3, 2022
Where: Citywide (with large events at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center & the Caesars Superdome)

Cost: Daytime events at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center are FREE. Concert tickets vary in price.

• Janet Jackson
• Nicki Minaj
• Kevin Hart
• New Edition
• The Isley Brothers
• The Roots & Friends
• Summer Walker
• Jazmine Sullivan
• D-Nice & Friends

The ESSENCE Festival of Culture is the country’s biggest celebration of all things Black and beautiful and as we all know, one of our favorite ways to celebrate our excellence is through music.
Join your favorite names in music, fashion, business, beauty, politics and more at the 2022 ESSENCE Festival of Culture!

With 2022 marking the return of the Festival to New Orleans in-person after a 2-year hiatus due to the Pandemic, you already know we had to do it big. How big, exactly, you ask?
We’ve got the reigning queen of Hip Hop Nicki Minaj making her ESSENCE Fest debut, entertainment icon Janet Jackson returning to bless the stage, R&B powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan bringing your Heaux Tales playlist to life, comedic superstar Kevin Hart is gearing up to bring all the laughs, New Edition ready to get us all on our feet to hit those signature dance moves, and so many more!
Essence Fest is back better than ever.

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