Known as a the “party with a purpose”, the Essence Festival is a highly anticipated yearly event that features a variety of performers. In 2019 it is scheduled for July 4-8, 2019 in New Orleans & the festival is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary.
There are several reasons why you should consider attending the 2019 Essence Festival. We’re sharing information about the festivals followed by tips on 2019 Essence Festival Hotels.
The Concert Go on for Days
If you love music, then this is the event for you! It’s the world’s largest gathering of African American musical acts. Nowhere else in the world can you find so many performers all in the same place at the same time. It’s sort of a one stop shop for a variety of musical genres jam packed into several days and one central location.
You’ll Feel Empowered
This event isn’t just about the music (although it is a big part of it). There will be Empowerment Seminars that are conducted during the day as well. These seminars are free and will leave you with a sense of feeling like you can do anything. If you don’t feel like you are living your best life, or have just been lacking in the self-esteem department lately, these seminars may be just what you need to start to feel empowered again.
The Location Is Perfect
What’s not to love about New Orleans? If you need a break from the festival or are just ready to do some exploring, it’s easy to do so in this city. The streetcars are readily available and can take you around many places in the city. There’s a lot of excitement here and plenty of places to explore. Plus, the food is amazing and you can try everything from creole inspired dishes to good old southern fare. New Orleans is large enough that you won’t feel too cramped with the amount of visitors staying in the city for the Essence Festival, but it isn’t too big to where you will feel overwhelmed.
So, if you are ready to take the plunge and be a part of the 2019 Essence Festival, make your hotel reservations early. The seminars will be taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the musical performances at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. There are quite a few hotels in close proximity to both, but many of them are already sold out.
2019 Essence Festival Hotels
Not sure where to stay? The Westin Canal Place tends to be a good choice, as it’s located right off the Mississippi River and will offer a great view throughout your stay. You are right around the corner from the Outlet shops, river cruises and plenty of restaurants. Le Pavillon is another popular option. It is a historic hotel walking distance to both the French Quarter and the Superdome. Hyatt Regency New Orleans is adjacent to the Superdome and offers daily buffet breakfast in the rate. Holiday Inn Dowtown Superdome and The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans are also close to the Superdome. Make sure and take a look at the cancellation penalties. Because this is a special event, often your money is non-refundable.
As of right now, the musical acts haven’t been finalized, so be on the lookout for another detailed post about the performers as soon as it’s announced. 2018 offered headliners such as Janet Jacket, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige. Learn more about Essence Festival packages 2019.