Essence: #Top10 things to enjoy at #EssenceFest other than the performances...

Esssence 2015

Over the years, Essence Festival has become known for its electrifying performances each 4th of July weekend but there's so much more to the festival than the performances. Here's our top ten (in no particular order):

#10Essence Entertainment All Access - At #EssenceFest we give you an exclusive first look experience where you will be able to preview the hottest movies and television shows. You can also meet with your favorite casts and participate in talk-backs in the screening room.

#9Pitch City - For all the entrepreneurs or aspriring entrepreneurs out there, POWERMOVESNOLA will showcase your business plan pitches at the Festival! Detils on how to participate to come.

#8Community Corner - Local New Orleans, State of Lousiana, and national non-profit and community organizations raise awareness and support for community issues. Booth displays feature health screenings, educational materials, fundraising and more.

#7Essence Eats - Here's where you can get authentic cuisine from some of New Orleans best restaurants. So, bring your appetite and get your grub on!

#6Arts & Culture Marketplace - The Arts & Culture Marketplace is the perfect place to get one-of-a-kind, handmade souveneirs for yourself and your loved to commemmorate your weekend. With goods like these offered from vendors from all over the country, you'll never forget your #EssenceFest experience.

#5Empower U Workshops - Everything form money & power, love & relationships, to healthy living are covered during these workshops and the best part of it all is that every workshop is FREE! Stay tuned to see which of your favorite celebrities will be coming to New Orleans to #EmpowerU.

#4Essence Empower Youth - Organization, Nola For Life will help create empowering opportunities for your young ones in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Stay tuned for how your students can code their way to a better future at the#YesWeCode Hackathon 2015 being held during the festival. 

#3Essence Block Party - This block party is all aout family and community. It's the perfect event for your mini-me during the festival. After all, they need to have a little fun too! 

#2Essence Empowerment Experience - This year's Empowerment Experience promises to be an unforgettable one with an all-star gospel tribute to Kim Burrell. There will also be panels discussing solutions for our community issues.

#1Day Party Series - Last week, we unveiled the celebrity DJ lineup for our epic day party series and you do not want to miss it! DJ Drama, Spinderella, and Biz Markie will be rocking the 1's and 2's this year. So, the turn up is real! Tickets for the Day Party Series are available now.

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