ANS Guide to 2017 Essence Music Festival

Diana Ross, John Legend, Solange, Erykah Badu for EMF 2017

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The time has finally come: The 2017 Essence Music Festival is underway, which means, in just a couple of days, the Big Easy will be filled with visitors from around the country. You probably have your schedule set to see Diana Ross, Xscape, Chance the Rapper, and No Limit, but, like every year, I’ve curated a list of the most happening parties to attend.

From day events, to concert after-parties, to boozy 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 friends, and be sure to check back as the list will be updated until EMF weekend. Have fun!

THURSDAY, JUNE 29

Throwback Thursday R&B Covers: Essence Music Fest Edition
@ The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 South Peters St.
9P | Tickets

Soundbytes Meets The Crockpot: A NOLA | L.A. Jam Session, hosted by PJ Morton + Mel Hunter
@ Three Keys @ Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.
9:07P | RSVP

The Pink Affair
@ Razzo Bar And Patio, 511 Bourbon St.
12 – 6P | FREE

Welcome to New Orleans Gala w. US Congressman Cedric Richmond
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
Midnight | Tickets

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

Morton Records Day Party BBQ w. DJ G-Cue ft. 3D Na’Tee + Denisia
@ 411 S. Rampart St.
1 – 4P | No Cover

The Ultimate Dayhem Party
@ Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton St.
2 – 6P | Tickets

Red, White, and YOU Day, hosted by Kandi Burruss
@ Après Lounge, 608 Fulton St.
2 – 10P | Tickets

We Read: A Fly Girl Mixer w. LHHNY’s JuJu, Toya Wright + more
@ Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia St.
4 – 7P | Tickets

90s House Party Essence Fest Weekend Day Party
@ Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St.
4P – Midnight | Tickets

The Essence of Comedy w. Mario P
@ Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave.
7:30P | Tickets

Ashanti Festival Weekend Power All White Affair
@ Masquerade Nightclub (inside Harrah’s Casino), 8 Canal St.
9:30P | Tickets

Welcome To Our City NOLA presents Mystikal w. band + more
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
10P | Tickets

Double Decade Throwback Party w. H-Town
@ Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon St.
10P | Tickets

All White Party w/ Big Tigger + Kid Capri
@ Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave.
10P | https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-all-white-party-music-festival-weekend-kid-capri-tickets-35648148572

Essence of Noir, hosted by Lance Gross + DJ Chris Dope
@ Mannings New Orleans, 519 Fulton St.
10P | Tickets

Welcome to New Orleans Affair
@ Eiffel Society, 2040 Saint Charles Ave.
10P | Tickets

Not-for-Sale Essentials Edition w. DJs Lil Jodeci + Pr_ck
@ Three Keys @ Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.
10P | RSVP

Exclusive All White Affair w. Kandi Burruss + performance by Tank
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
Midnight | Tickets

SATURDAY, JULY 1

New Orleans Natural Hair Expo
@ Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.
10A – 4P | Tickets

Get Glammed #PrettySituation Pop-Up Shop + Teen Girl Empowerment Tour
@ Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 S. Peters St.
10A – 7P | More Info: prettyhairposse@gmail.com

Sundress & Seersucker Day Party
@ Barcadia, 601 Tchoupitoulas St.
12 – 7:30P | Tickets

The Good Life Day Party w. Angela Yee, Lance Gross, and Larry Morrow
@ Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave.
1 – 5P | FREE

All White Great Gasby Day Party, Hosted by Tiny
@ Après Lounge, 608 Fulton St.
3 – 10P | Tickets

All White Flight Bike Ride
@ 14 Parishes, 1638 Clio St. (meetup)
7P | Tickets

GRITS & BISCUITS: A Dirty South Set
@ House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
10P | Tickets

Mardi Gras Day Party w. Big Tigger, Raheem DeVaughn, Eva Marcille, Doug E. Fresh, + more
@ Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave.
10P | Tickets

The Art of Luxury Black & White Blowout w. Kenny Burns, Terrence J, and Toya Wright + live performance by The-Dream
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
10P | Tickets

The Groove w. DJ RQ Away, Mick, Wally Spears + more
@ Three Keys @ Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.
10P | RSVP

Noirlinians Afrobeat Party: Essence Edition w. DJs Chris Stylez | Natty Boom
@ 5416 South Claiborne Ave.
10P | Tickets

The Glo Up, hosted by Black Men with Beards
@ 14 Parishes, 1638 Clio St.
11P | 25+ | Tickets

SUNDAY, JULY 2

Hair Glam Squad Salon Experience [Free hair/barbering/makeup services]
@ Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 S. Peters St.
11A – 3P | FREE

Rock the Runway Celebrity Fashion Show w. BBWLA’s Angel Love
@ New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St.
2 – 4P | Tickets

Celebrity Comedy Cookout Day
@ Après Lounge, 608 Fulton St.
2 – 7P | Tickets

NOLA Nobles Dandy Affair
@ Three Keys @ Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.
2 – 6P | RSVP

Hangover Day Party: EMF*ck It Up Sis w. DJ D-Nice
@ Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave.
3 – 8P | Tickets

Manes, Martinis, and Massages
@ 14 Parishes, 1638 Clio St.
3P | Tickets

RCS #Glasshouse Day Party
@ New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
3 – 8P | Tickets

All White Festival Weekend Finale
@ Masquerade Nightclub (inside Harrah’s Casino), 8 Canal St.
10P | Tickets

Shades of Black Weekend Climax w. Kenny Burns and Monica, + live performance by Juvenile
@ The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
10P | Tickets

Essentials: Soul in the Horn, hosted by Elle Varner + D. Prosper
@ Three Keys @ Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.
10P | Tickets

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