The Essence Music Festival is one of the biggest events of the year. Along with attending some of the awesome events that the Essence Festival has to offer, there will be other events, shows, or parties not affiliated with the Essence Fest. There will be a ton of day and night parties, meet and greets, comedy shows, tour excursions, and more. We have listed the top 25 events, not affiliated with Essence, that are happening in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival this year.
July 5th, 2018 ——————–
1. The Pink Affair Day Party
Darron Wheeler Entertainment is back at it, The Pink Affair, the fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness is back for Essence 2018. The Event will take place at Razzoo Club and Patio on Thursday July 5th at 1pm. Tisha Martin is on board, as usual, to create the signature shirt for the event. Entry into the event is FREE, however all money raised at the event will be donated to benefit Breast and Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness. This is an event for a great cause, you don’t want to miss this.
Thu, July 5, 2018 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
Razz Club and Patio 511 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130
2. 6th Annual Rock The Boat All White Boat Ride
Aboard The Creole Queen Corner of Poydras Street & Canal Street By The River New Orleans, LA 70130
Boarding – 7:00pm Departs – 8:00pm Sharp! Returns 10:00pm
Get Ready for The Biggest All White Boat Ride Party During Essence Music Festival. Welcome to New Orleans… We’re going to Rock The Boat!
3. The 5th Annual “Welcome to New Orleans” Official EMF Kickoff Party
@ Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA. July 5th, 2018 from 10pm to July 6th, 2018, 4am. The kitchen will be open till 1am. There will be drink specials throughout the night with Bottle Service available. Come Kickoff EMF’18 with Darron Wheeler Entertainment as we bring you a great night of mixing, mingling, drinking and dancing as you connect with new friends and re-connect with old friends.
4. Bourbon Street Balcony Party
Start your Essence Festival weekend off right by joining Lawal Travel for a private Bourbon Street Balcony Party at Bourbon Cowboy. Price includes PREMIUM open bar and a buffet that includes some New Orleans favorites. We’ve even got your beads and blingy rings covered. As a guest of Lawal Travel, you will also get complimentary rides on the mechanical bull (don’t front, you know you want to ride out!). Get your girls (guys are invited, too) and come on up to the balcony.
5. Black Girls Giggles Comedy Tour
New Orleans own all-Black, all-funny and all-female comedy collective Black Girl Giggles is coming to Baton Rouge. This cast of chocalety melanated comediennes is not to be missed! They’ve produced a festival, must see shows in the Crescent City and opened for some of comedy’s brightest stars.
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Igor’s, 2133 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
6. Creole Queen Historical River Cruise with Lunch
Focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans, this cruise is narrated by a costumed reenactor who takes guests on a journey through the history of the city as you sail downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. A one hour shore excursion at the battlefield features a guided tour and talk by Nation Park Rangers. Onboard the Creole Queen, enjoy a generous lunch buffet featuring Creole favorites like jambalaya, gumbo, seafood pasta, and more.
7. Creole Queen Mississippi River Dinner Jazz Cruise
Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a cruise aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen! Experience the lively sounds of Creole Jazz while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in our elegantly appointed dining rooms. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on our promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars.
8. Skyvue Luxury City Tour
Tour New Orleans in the only luxury shuttle with a wide-open view of the city. The glass-top convertible SkyVue is now here to revolutionize chauffeured tours of our city. When weather permits, you’ll enjoy the open air. When the sun or rain require, the glass top protects you from the elements without obstructing your views of our incredible city. With a knowledgeable and qualified tour guide on board, this fully narrated tour highlights the French Quarter, Esplanade Avenue, St. Louis Cemetery #3, City Park, Audubon, and the Lower Garden District.
9. Steamboat Natchez Sunday Jazz Cruise with Brunch
Welcome aboard the most unique blend of “real New Orleans.” Combine a two hour Sunday cruise on the iconic Steamboat NATCHEZ with traditional live jazz by some of the most talented musicians of the genre- The Steamboat Stompers. For the crowning achievement, enjoy a delicious and casual New Orleans brunch buffet.
10. Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise
Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! Cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music, a buffet dinner, and gorgeous sights. This authentic paddle-wheel steamboat in New Orleans is one of six still operating on the Mississippi River.
11. Steamboat Natchez Lunch Cruise
Welcome aboard the most unique blend of “real New Orleans.” Combine a two hour cruise on the iconic Steamboat NATCHEZ with traditional live jazz by some of the most talented musicians of the genre- The Steamboat Stompers.
July 6th, 2018 ——————–
12. The Converse All-Star JUST WEAR WHITE PARTY
The Converse All-Star JUST WEAR WHITE PARTY, Friday July 6th, 2018 11AM at Razzoo Bar and Patio. This will be the BEST Day Party you will attend during Essence 2018. Put on your favorite Chucks and JUST WEAR WHITE, get creative and come out and enjoy the only FREE, that’s right I said FREE Party during the Festival Weekend. Razzoo the HOTTEST Club on Bourbon Street will be on F. I. R. E. and packed with Beautiful People from across the globe, so get there early and I do mean early to assure entrance. This event is guaranteed to be a success.
13. MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND – ALL WHITE PARTY
FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 9:00PM – 3:00AM MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND 5TH ANNUAL ALL WHITE CASINO ROYALE PARTY OFFICIAL CONCERT AFTER PARTY
Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave New Orleans, LA 70113
14. 50 Shades Of Black (Masquerade Edition)
THE MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND OFFICIAL CONCERT AFTER PARTY
50 SHADES OF BLACK THEME: MASQUERADE BLACK/GOLD ATTIRE ONLY FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018 10:00PM – 3:00AM
MUSIC BY: DJ TAYROK & DJ BOOGIE
FEATURING: CELEBRITY HOST: TBD SPECIAL INVITED CELEBRITIES & ARTISTS
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS 500 CANAL STREET NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
July 7th, 2018 ———————
15. VIP ON THE RIVER Cruise
VIP ON THE RIVER is an ALL INCLUSIVE EVENT where EVERYONE IS V.I.P. SIP all you want, SAVOR all you like and SWAY to the sounds of the sexy DJ Bomshell Boogie! One price includes Cruise, VIP Party, All You Can Eat Buffet & All You Can Drink Premium Open Bar. Plus… the most amazing start to your Saturday evening. Make plans to join us on Saturday aboard the Steamboat Natchez.
2018 Cruise Schedule: Saturday, July 7, 2018
11:00AM Mimosa Kickoff Cruise or 5:30PM Sunset Cruise
16. MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND – HARLEM NIGHTS PARTY ‘Mardi Gras Edition’
SATURDAY JULY 7, 2018 10:00PM – 3:00AM MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND 5TH ANNUAL HARLEM NGHTS PARTY OFFICIAL CONCERT AFTER PARTY
FEATURING: SPECIAL GUEST DJ – TBD CELEBRITY GUEST HOST – TBD CELEBRITY GUEST HOST – TBD SPECIAL INVITED CELEBRITIES & ARTISTS
HYATT REGENCY – HOTEL LOCATED NEXT DOOR TO SUPERDOME 601 LOYOLA AVE NEW ORLEANS, LA 70113
17. The 4th Annual Hangover Brunch
The French Quarter may have Bourbon Street, but our Hangover Brunch is going to be hard to beat!
It’s time to Jazz it Up! July 7th, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m. 613 Royal St. (Royal Court Dining Room) The Court of Two Sisters Games Excellent prizes Unlimited Creole buffet (more than 60 items to choose from) Live Jazz Music & Mimosas
18. BLACKAMAZING: New Orleans
BLACKAMAZING is a networking day party series that combines art, fashion and music. Events take place at various locations throughout the U.S. This event is rain or shine. All sales final and tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. 21+ only with valid ID. Location/Venue TBA
Sat, July 7, 2018 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
19. 1st Adult Prom
Did you miss your high school prom? Or just wish you could do it all over again? Well your time is NOW!! Adult Prom Coming July 2018 Attire is formal. Must be 21 to enter
20. New Orleans Natural Hair Expo (July 7, 2018) + Brunch (July 8, 2018)
We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual New Orleans Natural Hair Expo presented by ORS Curls Unleashed! Our special guests include Ashley(@CurlsfotheGirls), Nae (@Nae2Curly), Nic (@Modelesque_Nic), Yolanda Renee (@EtcBlogMag), and much more! ItsMeItsMo will be hosting/coordinating the NONHE on July 7, 2018, from 10-4 pm at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. On July 8, 2018, the expo will close-out with an exclusive brunch, from 11-2 pm. The New Orleans Natural Hair Expo will feature workshops, product demonstrations, a blogger panel, vendor suites, vendor mall, professional DJ, catered refreshments, and a cash bar. The goal of NONHE is to offer a fun and sophisticated social environment that celebrates and promotes the natural hair community and culture.
July 8th, 2018 ——————–
22. HENNY&WAFFLES NEW ORLEANS
Join us for the latest installment of Henny & Waffles NEW ORLEANS ESSENCE FESTIVAL WEEKEND Edition! Come for brunch….then turn up!
Sun, July 8, 2018 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
B.B. King’s Blues Club 1104 Decatur St New Orleans, LA 70116
23. All White Brunch: 2018 Essence Festival Edition!
Join us for the New Orlean’s All White Brunch, 2018 Essence Festival Edition! Enjoy special guest speakers, gourmet brunch, giveaways, photo/fun and more!
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Tableau 616 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
24. Bourbon Balcony Bull Riding Day Party
Enjoy 3 hours of Open Premium Bar, Buffet, & DJ. Have Fun during the last day of the Essence Festival 2018
Sun, July 8, 2018 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
241 Bourbon St 241 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70112
25. The Some What Saved Comedy Tour
Featuring: Darryl “D’Lo” Hutchins, Pat G’Orge-Walker (Sister Betty) and Wendy “Quietstorm” Lee A character-driven unique blended of comedy styles to ensure laughter for the entire family. End Essence Weekend with contentious laughter & fellowship. Featuring hilarious gospel comedy from Darryl “D’Lo” Hutchins, Pat G’Orge-Walker (Sister Betty) and Wendy “Quietstorm” Lee. A One-of-a-Kind Gospel Comedy Experience!!” You will not want to miss!
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM CDT
Hotel Monteleon La Nouvelle East Room 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130