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Essence Festival 2023

Essence Festival 2023

Essence Fest is the preeminent experience of all things Black, and this year will be one to remember. Welcome to the AFROPUNK Blktopia™! An immersive experience. Enter into a realm of possibility, where you and other Black Futures can be unapologetic and free.

This year the Fest pays homage to one of the biggest creations of Black Culture, Hip-Hop! For the first time in Essence’s history, they will present a lineup of all Hip-Hop headliners for the evening concert series, who will show up and show out for fans, the Essence way. Ms. Lauren Hill, Missy Elliot, Megan Thee Stallion, EPMD, Ludacris, Big Boi, KRS-1, Janelle Monae, Salt-N-Pepa, T.I., Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Eve, Juvenile, Ice Cube & the West Coast All-Stars, and more!

From delicious food & wine, the Beautycon™, and engaging authors, to career advancement, to unforgettable entertainment across 50 years of Hip-Hop, and more: Essence 2023 will be special!


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