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Party with R&B’s Biggest Stars at ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans

Spend a sultry summer evening dancing to a live soundtrack courtesy of R&B’s biggest names. New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, will host ESSENCE for three nights. Find out how to prepare, so all you need to do is ‘let the good times roll’ and experience this remarkable city.

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House Mid-City
Jul 15 - Jul 22
$150 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Mid-City with Grill, Yard & Patio

4.9
Outstanding (48 ratings)
Mid-City, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House Lake Catherine
May 15 - May 22
-80%
$1,224
$243 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Lake Catherine with Patio & Grill

4.9
Outstanding (197 ratings)
Lake Catherine, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House Tulane - Gravier
Aug 17 - Aug 24
-31%
$582
$400 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

House in Tulane - Gravier with Patio

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Tulane - Gravier, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Getting to the ESSENCE Festival (Best Ways to Arrive)

Getting to the ESSENCE Festival (Best Ways to Arrive)

ESSENCE Festival, ‘the party with a purpose’, is set across two main locations, the Ernest N. Moral Convention Center and the Mercedes Benz Superdome. These are both situated on the edge of the French Quarter, meaning you can enjoy the Big Easy (New Orleans' nickname) during the day without straying too far from where the party will kick off later on.

  • 1. When to Travel.

    ESSENCE Festival runs over a weekend and is an excellent excuse to explore one of America’s most unusual cities. Travelers are recommended to arrive the day before the festival starts. This gives you the perfect opportunity to leave your suitcase in your hotel and head to Frenchmen Street, New Orleans’ capital of live music.

  • 2. Arriving by Car.

    If you are staying outside New Orleans, parking near the festival couldn’t be simpler. Parking is available at both main locations – just make sure you have cash with you for the parking garages (fees vary).

  • 3. Arriving by Air.

    Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport is the best bet if you’re arriving from another state or even from abroad. Taxis, hire cars, and shuttle buses to bring you to the venue can be booked in advance. If there are several people in your party a taxi may work out cheaper than a shuttle.

Explore Accommodations Near Essence Festival

House Fillmore
Feb 26 - Mar 5
$896 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Large Vacation Home in Fillmore with Upper Balcony

4.7
Excellent (92 ratings)
Fillmore, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House Lower Garden District
Jul 13 - Jul 20
-80%
$1,008
$199 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Lower Garden District

5.0
Outstanding (10 ratings)
Lower Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House St. Claude
Aug 17 - Aug 24
-68%
$1,438
$459 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

House in St. Claude with Outdoor Pool, Near Frenchmen Street

5.0
Outstanding (5 ratings)
St. Claude, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Top ESSENCE Festival Daytime Activities

Top ESSENCE Festival Daytime Activities

Make sure you don’t overdo it during the evening, because New Orleans is a city unlike any other in the States. The Cajun French, Spanish, and African-American cultures have left more than an indelible mark on the Crescent City – they course through its veins and have melded together to create its unmistakable identity. The city’s curiosities and cultural history are a testament to this, so make sure you leave plenty of time to experience them.

  • 1. Explore New Orleans’ Voodoo Past.

    Let New Orleans’ voodoo past cast a spell on you and explore the history of its spiritual folklore, which developed from Afro-American religions. Pay homage to Marie Laveau, the Queen of Voodoo, at her tomb in St. Louis Cemetery no.1, then find out more about her story at her House of Voodoo or at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum.

  • 2. Paddle in alligator-infested waters.

    If you prefer more immediate thrills, make sure to book a kayak swamp tour of the bayou. You will get up close and personal to wildlife living among the mangroves including pelicans, possums – and the odd friendly ‘gator! If that’s too close for your comfort, just enjoy the wild and unspoiled beauty from a safer distance, on a boat.

  • 3. Shopping, New Orleans style.

    Even the shopping experience is infused with the spirit of New Orleans. The city abounds with countless family-run antique shops, fine art galleries, and independent music shops, particularly in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street.

Great Places to Stay Near Essence Festival

Aparthotel Mid-City
Jun 1 - Jun 8
-42%
$144
$83 per night
Aparthotel ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Aparthotel in Mid-City

3.8
Good (242 ratings)
Mid-City, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House Tall Timbers - Brechtel
Sep 13 - Sep 20
-75%
$849
$213 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Tall Timbers - Brechtel with Patio & Yard

4.4
Very good (3 ratings)
Tall Timbers - Brechtel, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House Central City
Jun 15 - Jun 22
$103 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Central City with Patio & Yard

4.7
Excellent (12 ratings)
Central City, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Top Tips to Know Before You Go to ESSENCE Festival

Top Tips to Know Before You Go to ESSENCE Festival

In a city as energetic as New Orleans, you don’t want to waste time sorting the particulars when you could be nodding along to jazz on Frenchmen Street or enjoying a bowl of hearty jambalaya. Make sure you tick the essentials off before touching down for ESSENCE Festival. Hotels are plentiful, but make sure you don’t get caught out by booking too late.

  • 1. Book your ESSENCE Festival Hotels well in advance.

    Make sure your accommodation is sorted well in advance to avoid any last minute panic, as the city does get booked up for the festival. Choose from glamorous historic hotels in the French Quarter, boutique hotels, or more wallet-friendly ones.

  • 2. Or Check Out ESSENCE Festival Vacation Rentals.

    If you prefer the freedom to come and go as you please, or want to book a bigger space for a group of travelers, then a vacation rental might be a better bet. Typical rentals in New Orleans include spacious, candy-colored shotgun houses with verandas, and smart, industrial-style apartments.

  • 3. Plan your eats in advance.

    The home of soul food, po’ boys, and beignets, the Big Easy is not short on local (and delicious) specialties. In fact, you’re likely to have so many on your food bucket list that it’s a good idea to plan where you want to eat before you go, to avoid being caught out by a sudden hunger pang.

Recommended Accommodations Near Essence Festival

Apartment Treme - Lafitte
Aug 17 - Aug 24
$315 per night
Apartment ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Rental Apartment in Treme - Lafitte with Patio, Next to Jackson Square

4.8
Outstanding (131 ratings)
Treme - Lafitte, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House Mid-City
Jul 13 - Jul 20
$301 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Mid-City with Patio & Yard

4.9
Outstanding (92 ratings)
Mid-City, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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House Seventh Ward
Jun 22 - Jun 29
$500 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Beautiful Vacation Home in Seventh Ward with Grill

5.0
Outstanding (3 ratings)
Seventh Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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