The Best Parties Going Down at Essence Festival this Year!

Essence Festival parties are vibrant celebrations that encapsulate the spirit of culture, music, and community. Each year, as the iconic Essence Festival takes over New Orleans, the city comes alive with a whirlwind of festivities. From pulsating nightclub gatherings to soulful outdoor concerts, the parties offer a kaleidoscope of experiences. Attendees sway to the rhythm of live performances by renowned artists, indulge in delectable cuisine, and immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of African-American culture. These gatherings serve as more than just entertainment; they’re spaces where connections are forged, memories are made, and the essence of joy is palpable in every beat. Take a look at this list of the best parties going down at this year’s Essence Festival weekend.



Going down at the Hyatt Regency Superdome Hotel in NOLA! Prepare to dazzle in pristine white at our exclusive all-white party! Step into a world of elegance and sophistication where guests are adorned in their finest white attire, creating a stunning visual spectacle against the backdrop of the evening. Dance the night away to the pulsating beats of top DJs, surrounded by an ambiance of luxury and style. Sip on signature cocktails and mingle with fellow revelers, as the atmosphere ignites with energy and excitement. Whether you’re enjoying the chic ambiance or capturing Instagram-worthy moments, our all-white party promises an unforgettable evening of glamour, decadence, and pure enchantment.



Brunch meets daytime revelry at our vibrant brunch day party! Join us for a fusion of delectable flavors and infectious beats as we turn the daylight hours into a celebration to remember. Indulge in a mouthwatering brunch spread featuring a tantalizing array of dishes and bottomless mimosas to fuel the fun. With a live DJ spinning tunes that range from laid-back vibes to upbeat rhythms, the atmosphere is set for dancing, mingling, and making unforgettable memories. Whether you’re catching up with friends over a mimosa or hitting the dance floor, our brunch day party offers the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement to kickstart your weekend in style.


3. Black and White Affair

Get ready for an unforgettable experience as we take over the vibrant French Quarter with our highly-anticipated event, The Black & White Affair – now in its 3rd Annual celebration of Black Excellence.

Prepare to dance the night away to the hottest beats and mingle with the sophisticated and sexy crowd. Don’t miss out on this epic celebration!


4. New Orleans Seafood & Caribbean Music Festival

The event will feature live music and DJs, and will offer a variety of seafood and Caribbean dishes for attendees to enjoy.



Come and joy three levels of different styles of music on the beautiful Creole Queen boat Fourth of July weekend during the biggest festival in the country.


6. Waffles & Cocktails Brunch & Day Party

Join us for a delightful afternoon gathering at our exclusive brunch event! Indulge in a sumptuous spread featuring delectable dishes ranging from Belgian Waffles to shrimp and grits, complemented by freshly squeezed juices and aromatic coffee. Relax in a cozy atmosphere filled with laughter and lively conversation, making cherished memories with friends and Essence festival goers. Whether you’re savoring the flavors or simply enjoying the company, our brunch promises a delightful part to your day.



Appearances by Dion Rome and Oshea Russell, better known as ‘EL FUEGO’ & ‘TOMMY’ from the HIT TV series ‘All the Queens Men’! Step into a world of infectious beats, refreshing cocktails, and boundless energy as we transform the day into an unforgettable fiesta. From trendy tunes to cool vibes, our lineup of DJs will keep you grooving from noon till dusk. Lounge in style, mingle with like-minded festival goers, and embrace the carefree spirit of the day. With delicious bites, refreshing libations, and endless fun, our day party is the ultimate destination for those seeking to have a great time.



Let the good times roll at our exhilarating Mardi Gras themed party! Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, infectious rhythms, and playful spirit of New Orleans as we bring the iconic celebration to life. From dazzling masks to flamboyant costumes, unleash your inner reveler and join the festivities in style. Indulge in a feast fit for a king with Cajun-inspired delights and signature cocktails that capture the essence of the French Quarter. Dance to the intoxicating beats of live jazz bands and brass ensembles, as the venue transforms into a lively carnival atmosphere. With beads flying and spirits soaring, our Mardi Gras party guarantees an evening of revelry, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories.


9. VIP on the River Cruise Party

SIP all you want, SAVOR all you like and SWAY to the sounds of the Big Easy! One price includes Cruise, VIP Party, Food and Drinks. Plus… the most amazing start to your evening. Make plans to join us for this unforgettable experience.



You better pack that Polo and Sundress and join our (3RD ANNUAL) BOAT PARTY! The party is NONSTOP!

You can’t miss this event.

Close out your perfect Essence Festival Weekend and immerse yourself in the ultimate celebration with three levels of distinct music styles during the grandest festival in the country. Elevate your experience with our Polos & Sundress Boat Party amidst the festivities that define the nation’s largest celebration.



Step into a world of sound and silence at our unique silent headphone party! Immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience where R&B music meets individuality. Don a pair of wireless headphones and choose your channel, allowing you to dance to your own beat amidst a sea of rhythm. Whether you’re grooving to pulsating beats, singing along to chart-topping R&B hits, or indulging in tranquil melodies, the choice is yours. Lose yourself in the euphoria of the moment while enjoying the freedom to socialize effortlessly. With multiple channels to explore and a diverse crowd to mingle with, our silent headphone party promises an evening of electrifying energy and unmatched excitement. Oh, did we mention that you can paint too.



Stop by for a delicious seafood brunch at the Grand Isle Restaurant in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

This can’t miss event is the perfect way to kick off your Essence Fest weekend!

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to fuel up for an unforgettable weekend of music, culture, and fun.


13. Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots Day Party

This event will be the EssenceFest weekend’s ULTIMATE DAYhem party experience with live deejays, a celebration of culture for the culture, great southern soul music, good drinks and positive vibes. The best vibes in the city will be at the Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots Day Party in the City of New Orleans!



Get Ready for The Biggest Annual All White Boat Ride Party During The Big Festival of Essence Independence Day Weekend. Welcome to New Orleans… We’re going to Rock The Boat!!!

Come party at the #1 rated all white boat ride with 3 levels as we sail on the beautiful and historical Mississippi River. This is the one party you don’t want to miss!


15. One Love & Laughter Comedy and After Party

Join us for a hilarious night of laughter with the One Love & Laughter Comedy and After Party featuring some of the HOTTEST and FUNNIEST celebrity comedians B-Phlat, Kelly Kellz and Ashima Franklin. Get ready to laugh till your sides hurt at this hilarious comedy show in New Orleans during EssenceFest weekend. This night will be filled with non-stop laughter and good vibes.

After the comedy show, stick around for the “It’s gonna be lit” after party and dance the night away as our New York DJs spin the 1s and 2s to your favorite R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Afrobeats and so much more! Don’t miss out on this unforgettable evening of grown folk fun! Grab your friends, girls, boys, sorors, frats, and family, or even that special someone and get ready to have a blast. With a lineup of top-notch comedians and lit Essence Fest Weekend After Party, this comedy show and party is guaranteed to keep you entertained from start to finish.


16. The Old School Converse Just Wear White Party

The Old School Converse Just Wear White Party with Darron Wheeler Entertainment has been Brand as a Premier Event during The 4th of July Weekend in New Orleans.


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