2018 Essence Music Festival Beyond: Conferences & Daytime Expo #EssenceFest

If planning to attend the Essence Festival this year make sure you check out the free expo daily. Explore and enjoy expert advice at motivational seminars, beauty & style presentations, interviews with the hottest celebs, cuisine from NOLA’s best and more. These events will be held daily at Essence, there’s a little something for everyone and during the day you can catch me at the daytime Conference & Expo.


Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from 9:30AM – 5:30PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this year’s daytime Conference & Expo experiences will feature conversations, keynote addresses and interactive exchanges led by over 25 of the most influential voices in business, politics, entertainment, activism, beauty, fashion, health & wellness and more. 

Who: Daytime Lineup

Iyanla Vanzant, Angela Rye, DeRay McKesson, Vivica Fox, Lester Holt, Nicole Murphy, Ebonee Davis, Jackie Aina, Anthony Cuts, Misa Hylton, Dapper Dan, Mona Scott-Young and more. Plus, we’ll be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the ESSENCE All-Star Gospel Tribute with a star-studded program honoring Gospel legend, Dottie Peoples. Click HERE to see the full list Conference & Expo speakers and performers.


What To Expect

Entertainment: See your favorite film and television stars and ESSENCE Fest performers live on Center Stage and then meet them in the Fan Zone! Plus, get access to exclusive film screenings and show previews in the Screening Room.

Culture and Community: volunteerism at the annual Essence Day of Service on Thursday, July 5th, plus the country’s most influential voices weigh in on issues that matter most in our communities and strategies for navigating the road ahead.


Style & Beauty: See bold beauty moments with fascinating conversations, fashion showcases, panels with ESSENCE Beauty editors, influencers, celebrity stylists and more on the ESSENCE Beauty & Style stage.

Technology – Hear conversations about the impact of technology in our daily lives and opportunities to pursue this holy grail of economic prosperity.

Food – Bring your appetite for cultural cuisine from NOLA’s best cooks. Plus, celebrity chefs and local culinary masterminds prepare their specialty dishes with live demos. 


Entrepreneurship & Career – Resources to create your own business, grow your company or thrive in the career of your dreams.

Wellness & Spirituality – Mind, body and soul conversations and experiences designed to help you live your best life.

Personal Finance – Motivation and guidance to tackle debt and explore next steps toward long-term financial security.

How To Sign Register

Click HERE to register for your ESSENCE Festival 2018 pass for access to all of our Daytime fun. See you in NOLA!



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