All tickets sold for the 2020 Festival will be honored in 2021; full refunds also being offered.
UPDATE: Initially rescheduled from its original July 2020 dates to later in the fall, the 2020 Essence Festival of Culture is now officially canceled and will return in 2021. The cancellation was announced Wednesday (April 15) following New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s recommendation that “no large events take place in New Orleans in 2020” owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Essence will honor all tickets sold for the 2020 festival in 2021 and will also offer full refunds. Ticket holders can visit essencefestival.com for further information. The company also announced the establishment of the Essence Benefit Series to Fight COVID-19 that will raise money and provide support for businesses and organizations in black communities across the country. And the first-ever Essence Festival of Culture: The Virtual Edition will take place over July 4 weekend.
Late last month, Essence began providing resources and other tools to black communities impacted by the pandemic through its Essence of the Matter: COVID-19’s Impact on Black America digital platform. The platform’s next session, the Essence & New Voices Entrepreneur Summit, will take place on April 24.
Original story: After initially stating March 13 that it planned to move forward with its scheduled July 1-5 dates in New Orleans, Essence Fest 2020 announced late Friday (March 27) that it will move "closer to the fall" instead, given the heightened concerns around the coronavirus.