Essence Festival in New Orleans
This four-day fest brings in the biggest stars
What kicked off in 1995 as a one-time event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the namesake magazine in New Orleans has blossomed into the country’s preeminent festival of African-American culture and music. This year,is being held from July 5th to 8th, and is pulling in some of the biggest stars in entertainment, including Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, and Janet Jackson. In addition to savory bites from the city’s top chefs, educational workshops covering wellness, entrepreneurship, and technology will be held.