Essence Festival of Culture 2020 goes virtual for two-weekends

One of the biggest festivals in New Orleans has gone virtual for 2020.

by Clint Durrett
June 30, 2020

One of the biggest festivals in New Orleans has gone virtual for 2020.

In lieu of massive crowds filling the Ernest N Morial Convention Center and Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Essence Festival of Culture will gather scores of people online for its event celebrating “music, entertainment, empowerment and culture.”

Virtual events begin at 4 p.m. June 25-28 and July 2-5.

The festival canceled its July 2020 event, which has been held in New Orleans since 1995 and drawn tens of thousands of attendees to the city. According to Essence, the festival is expected to return to the Crescent City next year.

“The Essence Festival of Culture: Unstoppable Virtual Experience” features live-streaming events with music, talks and wellness experiences.

Here’s what to know and when things are happening:

How do I access?

Go to Essence Studio and create an Essence ID to RSVP to the events.

When are the events?

June 25 | July 2 Wellness House: 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • Meditation, conversations, workouts, tutorials to boost mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

June 27 | July 4

  • Pre-Show: 5 p.m.
    Q&A with Hollywood faves, sneak peeks at upcoming releases.
  • Concerts: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Artists include: Amanda Black, Andra Day, Bell Biv Devoe, Bruno Mars, Burna Boy, Chronixx, Common, Damian Marley, Diamond Platnumz, Doug E. Fresh, Elephant Man, Estelle, India Arie, John Legend, Ledisi, Nas, Patti Labelle Raphael Saadiq, Rapsody, Sauti Sol, Shaggy, Swizz Beatz and Wyclef.

June 27 | July 4 Seminars and Talks

  • 12:30 p.m.: Wealth & Power seminars
    Get information on “making strides in entrepreneurship, career and personal finance.” The seminars also include information on the 2020 candidates and current issues.
  • 4 p.m.: Beauty Carnival
    Live tutorials and expert tops on “accentuating your own flawless beauty.”

June 28 | July 5 Gospel Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Sunday worship and gospel performances.

 

Hi. I’m Clint. I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year. I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home. I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care...

More Local Stories

Blind Kitchen: More Than a Feeling

In this episode, Mark Quiroz aka Estrada, chef at House of Blues, and Linda Green, The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, face off to see who can recreate each other’s mystery dish.

Maddy and Dixie Take Sactown: Haunted and Historic

In this episode of Maddy and Dixie Take Sactown, it’s time to dive into the history of Sacramento and get a little spooky. Maddy and Dixie learn about the city’s underground history, indulge in the best Chinese food around and do some ghost hunting of their own. Watch the full episode of “Maddy & Dixie…

13 of the Most Haunted Hotels in America

Interested in spending the night with a specter? Here are 13 of the most haunted hotels in America guaranteed to send shivers up your spine.

Crimes, Cons and Capers: Wild Captures

Two serial killers whose chilling crimes left their communities devastated.

Poms Poms in Orlando brings a unique twist to old favorites

The sandwich shop in the Milk District also offers authentic salads, a curated tea selection, sweet treats and innovative sake cocktails.

Sacramento Brew Bike Puts a Spin on Bar Hopping

Sacramento Brew Bike is essentially a bar crawl on wheels. The 15-passanger party bike provides bar tours in Sacramento.

Eat Play Stay: Capitola, CA

Tune into this episode of Eat Play Stay where we explore Capitola, California and show you our favorite spots to explore near Sacramento.

Blind Kitchen: Let’s Dance

n this episode of “Blind Kitchen,” Chef Nathaniel Zimet of Boucherie and Bourrée goes up against Chef Peter Kusiw of La Provence.

Maddy and Dixie Take Sactown: Treat Yo Self

In this episode of Maddy and Dixie Take Sactown, it’s time to slow things down and feel a little fancy. Maddy and Dixie find unique ways to zen out, indulge in sweet treats, craft artistic hand-painted nail art, and end up on cloud “wine.” Watch the full episode of “Maddy & Dixie Take Sactown” on…

What to do on a Friday Night in Sacramento

We surveyed a few locals to find out where they like to go on a Friday night in Sacramento. What’s your favorite thing to do in the city?

Threadz Nola Binds Three Generations of Black Women Designers

Threadz NOLA is a thriving Black woman-owned upholstery and furniture design firm. Owner Andreina Salazar Snyder has even worked with Oprah.

dream house new orleans

Dream House Lounge is New Orleans’ first oxygen bar and wellness lounge

The downtown lounge is bringing soul to self-care.

independent bookstores

Reading along the River: A guide to New Orleans independent bookstores

These 12 indie bookstores can help you find your next read and connect you to the greater New Orleans community.

black owned brunch spots new orleans 14 parishes

A guide to some of the best Black-owned brunch spots in NOLA

Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch.