ANS Guide to 2016 Essence Music Festival

by Ashlee Nicole
Published: Last Updated on

The 2016 Essence Music Festival is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s one of my favorite music festivals, and this year’s lineup is almost amazing. With New Edition and Babyface on Friday night, Common and Mariah Carey on Saturday, and Kendrick Lamar and Puff Daddy & The Family on Sunday, I’ve been waiting on this weekend my whole life this year. You’ve already planned out your concert schedule, but when it comes to partying it up at star-studded events, I’ve got you.

From day events, to concert after-parties, to gospel brunches, this annual guide is jammed-packed with things to do, so you’ll never have to figure it out on your own. Feel free to print it, share it with a friend, and be sure to check back as the list will be updated until EMF weekend.

ALL WEEKEND

Essence Day Party Series
@ The Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd.
1P – 5P Daily | Tickets

THURDAY, JUNE 30

Annual All White Boat Ride Party hosted by Lance Gross + DJ Envy
aboard the Creole Queen, corner of Poydras & Canal Streets by the river
9P | Tickets

The Purple Explosion: Tribute to Prince
@ Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon St.
10P | Tickets

DJ Mannie Fresh + Friends
@ Masquerade Nightclub (inside Harrah’s Casino), 8 Canal St.
10P | Tickets

Welcome to New Orleans Gala w/ US Congressman Cedric Richmond
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
11:55P | Tickets

FRIDAY, JULY 1

Black Hollywood with Kandi Burress, Kenny Burns, Angela Yee & D-Nice
@ Masquerade Nightclub (inside Harrah’s Casino), 8 Canal St.
2P – 8P | Tickets

DAY Escape ft. the Hottest 80s & 90s Sets by DJ Kid Capri
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
3P – 9P | Tickets

Large Pro + ian a. Louis + More
@ Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. CLaude Ave
7P – 10P | Tickets

Curren$y + DJ Black N Mild
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
8P | Tickets

Welcome To Our City NOLA Presents Mystikal w/ band, Juvenile and more
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
9P | Tickets

CODE Party w/ Southern Dynasty DJs – Guest List Only Event
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
10P | Guest List Request

Flashback Friday ft. Doug E. Fresh
@ Republic NOLA, 828 S. Peters St.
10P | Tickets

Lance Gross Shades of Blackness Birthday Bash w/ Kelly Price, LeToya Luckett + DJ Envy
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
10P | Tickets

All White Everything w/ DJ Kid Capri
@ The Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave.
10P | Tickets

SATURDAY, JULY 2

VIP Slay Sessions w/ Celebrity Hair Stylist Ashanti
@ Hotel Indigo, 2203 Saint Charles Ave.
10A | Tickets

Seagram’s Gin presents Damn That DJ Made My Day! ft. DJ Kid Capri
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
2P – 8P | Tickets

30 Years of Hip Hop DAY PARTY! ft. Doug E Fresh, Biz Markie & Friends
@ Masquerade Nightclub (inside Harrah’s Casino), 8 Canal St.
2P – 8P | Tickets

All White Affair ft. Kenny Burns & TANK
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
3P – 9P | Tickets

CODE Party with Southern Dynasty DJs – Guest List Only Event
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
10P | Guest List Request

The Art of Luxury Black & White Affair ft. Doug E. Fresh, Angela Lee, Stevie J + More
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
10P | Tickets

Chrisette Michele
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
10:30P | Tickets

Mardi Gras Party ft. DJ Biz Markie
@ The Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave.
10P | Tickets

A Fabolous Festival Affair, hosted by Fabolous
@ EIFFEL Society, 2020 St. Charles Ave.
10P | Tickets

SUNDAY, JULY 3

Gospel Brunch
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
10A | Tickets

VIP Slay Sessions w/ Celebrity Hair Stylist Tokyo Stylez
@ Hotel Indigo, 2203 Saint Charles Ave.
10A | Tickets

Queendom, hosted by Terrence J
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
3P – 9P | Tickets

Ladies Night Out, hosted by R&B Sensation TANK & Friends
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
9P | Tickets

Festival Weekend Finale, hosted by Sean “Puffy Daddy” Combs July 3rd
@ Masquerade Nightclub (inside Harrah’s Casino), 8 Canal St.
10P | Tickets

Sunday Reign, A Fabolous All White Affair ft. Fabolous, Toya Wright and Kenny Burns
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
10P | Tickets

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