NOLA Chic’s Hot Picks: Essence Daytime Parties & Events for July 5th

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Event Information
Master P, Romeo, and Team HOPE NOLA host the hottest celeb bball game in the South, Essence Weekend. Get your tickets to attend a fun-filled afternoon with some of the biggest stars in Sports and Entertainment. The only place where celebs and pro athletes meet to ball out for the fans!

Proceeds to benefit New Orleans youth!

VIP Courtside- (1st row)- $500.00

Courtside- Under The Basket (Baseline)- $250.00

Courtside- 2nd Row- $100.00

General Admission $25.00

Doors Open @ 4:00pm

Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center

7910 Stroelitz Street

New Orleans, LA 70125

When?
Thursday, July 5, 2018 6:00 PM CT
Where?
XULA Convocation Center
Contact Information
For more info visit www.teamhopenola.org
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DATE AND TIME

Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 AM –

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 4:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

New Orleans Board of Trade- Downtown

316 Magazine St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

Event description

DESCRIPTION

NOLAVATE Black, an initiative of Short Speaks Creative, presents Black Tech New Orleans during Essence Festival Weekend, July 5th-6th, 2018 downtown at the New Orleans Board of Trade. Black Tech New Orleans will connect Black tech professionals and entrepreneurs of color in the technology industry with the objective of strengthening the Black tech ecosystem in the Greater New Orleans Region.

Black Tech New Orleans main stage presented by DXC will include topics and discussions around Diversity and Inclusion, Building Black Tech Ecosystems, Education and Tech, Funding for Start-Ups, Recruitment and Retention, Digital Media and Content Creation and a special Women In Tech roundtable discussion on Friday morning.

Start-ups and minority owned businesses are encouraged to stop by the pop-up Innovation Lab each day offering an on-site learning space and business center, including free headshots and LinkedIn workshops sponsored by Microsoft.

July 5th – Morning 10:00am-1:00pm

Theme: Inclusion Innovation

Building Black Tech Ecosystems – Identifying the who, what and where of Black Tech. How do those elements fit together to create an environment conducive to continued black tech growth in the region and beyond.

Inclusion Policy & Advocacy (Keynote) Terrell Boynton, DXC Technology

Inclusion Policy & Advocacy Panel & Q&A – Moderator – Rachel Graham – WBOK 1230 Panel – Jonee Love -DXC Technology, Terrell Boynton- DXC Technology, Quentin Messer-New Orleans Business Alliance

Public-Private Partnership Panel & Q&A – Moderator – Kelisha Garrett, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber Panel – Monique Maxmillion – GE Digital, Jean Dervil – GE Digital

July 5th – Afternoon 2:30pm-4:00pm

Theme: Money Moves

Funding Minority Startups – Developing a solid plan and communicating the vision that will secure funding to launch your big idea.

Funders Circle & Q&A – Moderator – Desiree Young, Venture Walk Panel – Sevetri Williams -ExemptMeNow, Nadiyah Morris – CamelBack Ventures, Daniel Applewhite, Propeller


Pitch Competition 4:00pm-5:00pm

Minority-Owned Start-Ups (Keynote) Jaia Thomas – Jaia Thomas Law, Entreprenuer Magazine


July 6th – Morning 10:00am-12:00pm

Theme: Diversity and Inclusion

Women In Tech – Sharing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for women in tech, while celebrating the progress toward gender equality and diversity in leadership.

Women In Tech Panel & Q&A – Moderator – Netta Jenkins, Daily Burn Panel – Ms. Rosalin Hicks, NASA – Dr. Rene Horton – NASA

July 6th – Afternoon 1:30pm-5:00pm

Theme: The Creative Collective

Beyond Words: Bringing our unique storytelling perspectives as people of color to a global stage.

Diversity Media and Content Panel & Q&A – Moderator – TBD – Panel – Brandon “B Mike” Odum – Studio Be, Joshua King- Foot Knowledge

Education in Tech – Bridging the technology gap through entrepreunuership, education and STEAM exploration.

Education in Tech Panel & Q&A – Moderator – TBD


Thanks To Our Partners and Sponsors!

Main stage sponsor DXC Technology!

Accelerator Partners GE Digital, Camelback Ventures, New Orleans Business Alliance, Daily Burn, UTSI

Business Partners Robertson Wealth Builders

Community Partners AT&T, Idea Village, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, Propeller, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

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Jack Daniel’s & myblu present…The 11th Annual Festival Weekend TakeOver -> July 5th through July 8th @ The METROpolitan

DATE AND TIME

Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:30 PM –

Mon, Jul 9, 2018, 4:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

METROpolitan Nightclub (Generations Hall)

310 Andrew Higgins Boulevard

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

Event description

DESCRIPTION

JACK DANIEL’S HONEY, GENTLEMEN JACK, BIG STAN PRODUCTIONS & HEREWEGO ENTERTAINMENT
present the 11th Annual…Festival Weekend
“TAKEOVER”

JULY 5TH – JULY 8TH

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@ Nola’s Largest & Most Upscale Venue…
The METROpolitan Nightclub aka Generations Hall
(310 Andrew Higgins Drive in NOLA’s Downtown Warehouse District)

For Tickets and Sections, Please Visit www.FestivalWeekendTakeover.com

This is hands down the best event to start your weekend as it annually attracts over 3000 urban professionals to the world-famous Metropolitan to mix, mingle & groove with politicians, business owners, professional athletes, entertainers and other trendsetting tastemakers from across the United States.

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Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 PM –

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 4:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Bourbon Heat

711 Bourbon Street

New Orleans, LA 70116

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

SOLD OUT!

EARLY ARRIVAL SUGGESTED. WILL BE WALL TO WALL PACKED.

2 LEVELS!

Early Arrival is strongly recommended, ticket does NOT guarantee entry once venue gets to capacity. Individuals will be let in the venue on a one in one out basis once the club reaches capacity.

Welcome to New Orleans

The EMF Kick-Off

featuring

Kid Capri

Hosted by: LHH, Karlie Redd. Performing Live, Pleasure P.

Special Guest Dj’s: DJ Boogie (Lil Kims Official DJ) & DJ Tayrock (Atlanta’s Hottest DJ)

MC: Al Boogie

Color Dress code: All White

Darron Wheeler Ent. in conjunction with Empire Dynasty Travel presents “The 5th Annual “Welcome to New Orleans” Official EMF Kickoff Party” @ Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA. July 5th, 2018 from 10 pm to July 6th, 2018, 4 am. The kitchen will be open until 1 am. There will be drink specials throughout the night with Bottle Service available.

First 3 years were strictly parties, last year we kicked it up a notch by having H-Town, this year we turned it all the way up by having the one and only, Kid Capri, LHH, Karlie Redd, and R&B artist, Pleasure P.

Come Kickoff EMF’18 with Darron Wheeler Entertainment as we bring you a great night of mixing, mingling, drinking and dancing as you connect with new friends and re-connect with old friends.

VIP (Starting at midnight) includes a reserved section by stage, 2-hours open bar & appetizers for $85.00.
Second Level Seating for 6, includes one bottle of MOET Champagne, one premium bottle of your choice, a dedicated server with tax and gratuity included for $660.00.

2017 sold-out & we anticipate 2018 to sell-out! Get your tickets now!

All sales are final…NO REFUNDS.

Various DJ’s throughout the night will be going in on the 1s and 2s.

Doors open 10 PM
21 and over
For VIP and bottle reservations contact 816.476.7805.

VIP Table Reservations
$100 Deposit/$560 Due At Door

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Thu, July 5, 2018

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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Questions about Trademarks for Your Business & Brand!!!

Come learn from TheBizLawyer what a trademark is and why they are important to your business and brand. Come with all your trademark questions! TheBizLawyer will answer all trademark questions for attendees in this small intimate setting. Learn how to protect your business, your brands, and your investments via trademarks. You want to be the first to protect your trademarks before someone else does! If someone beats you to registration they could demand you, cease usage or limit and/or restrict how you use your brand.

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Limited Seats!!! Hurry and Grab Your Ticket. These Tickets Will Not Be Around Long!!!

Light Bites included!!! Dinner and Drinks to be Ordered and Paid for Separately by Attendees!!!

Location Will Be Provided Upon Ticket Purchase!!!

Lipstick N Laughter

Thursday Jul 5, 2018
$25 – $70
Joy Theater

Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 7:30 PM

21 and over

Ready for night of laughs? Get your tickets to Lipstick ‘N Laughter, a special night of comedy hosted by Sherri Shepherd and featuring Kym Whitley and David A. Arnold’s “He Said, She Said” take on male/female relationships, plus emerging comedians Ms. Pretty Ricki, Maija DiGiorgio and local talent Geneva Joy. Share a laugh with your girlfriends during the Essence Festival. Buy your tickets now! Lipstick ‘N Laughter T-shirts and tote bags available here www.thepoweroflipstick.com

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DATE AND TIME

Thu, July 5, 2018

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Black Restaurant Week cordially invites you to NOSH, our inaugural culinary showcase featuring New Orleans premiere Black chefs, caterers and bartenders! Dive into the African diaspora and tantalize your taste buds with flavors of African, African-American, and Caribbean cuisine.

From spicy and savory, to sweet and subtle, we will have an array of options suited for every taste. Vegetarian or Vegan? No problem! Take the guess work out of finding your next event caterer, wedding-cake vendor, or meal-prep service. All we need you to do is have a great time! Oh, and don’t forget to vote your favorite for the People’s Choice Award. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Participant & Vendor Spaces available

Interested in participating in Nosh? We have spaces available for caterers, Executive Chefs, culinary students, and vendors. Visit nolabrw.com for more information.

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Thu, July 5, 2018

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

The Revolution Nola

1840 Thalia Street

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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Kick off your Essence Fest weekend with The Inn Crowd at The Pink Code Happy Hour! We’ll be taking over the courtyard of The Revolution, NOLA’s Hottest New Happy Hour!

Join us for Great Vibes, Great Cocktails & Great People!

Ladies grab your Bestie & Fellas come meet your new #Bae!

The Revolution is the only place to be Thursday, July 5, 2018!

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SOUL BOOGIE BLUES W/THE RED AFRO QUEEN MS. SILKY SOL AND THE REAL PLAYERS

Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 PM –

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 1:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Bamboula’s

516 Frenchmen Street

New Orleans, LA 70116

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IF YOU LOVE ARETHA FRANKLIN, CHAKA KAHN, ETTA JAMES AND JILL SCOTT, , YOU’LL LOVE THE SOUNDS OF THE RED AFRO QUEEN MS. SILKY SOL AND THE REAL PLAYERS BAND. GOOGLE “RED AFRO QUEEN” TO HEAR THE SOUNDS OF THIS ENTERNATIONAL SOUL BOOGIE BLUES DIVA. FROM ITALY, SPAIN, AFRICA, FRANCE AND THE USA, MS. SILKY SOL WILL GIVE YOU A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER.

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Move Ya Brass FREE Fitness Classes

Hip Hop Ya Brass fitness class hosted by Move Ya Brass is a free dance fitness class under the Mandeville Shed every Tuesday from 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm. This class is all about getting out and having fun and is open to all fitness levels!

Twerk Ya Brass is a free dance fitness class under the Mandeville Shed every Saturday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This class is all about getting out and having fun and is open to all fitness levels!

Stretch Ya Brass is a sunrise yoga series on Piety Wharf every Thursday from 6:15 am – 7:15 am. This class is open to participants of all levels. Bring your own mat!

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Multiple Dates

Location

LOCATION

The Rooster Club, Barbers of New Orleans

925 Common Street Suite B

New Orleans, La 70112

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Event description

DESCRIPTION

Medusa MADE:Muses, Mavens & Masters Beauty Team

Lead by: Getmade Monique; Makeup Artist + Male Groomer &New Orleans Hair Witch, Kathryn Lane; loc technician & hair stylist

Generously Hosted by : The Rooster Club, Barbers of New Orleans

@ 925 Common Street Suite B New Orleans LA 70112

Date: July 5 12p- 6pm Date: July 6-7 10-6pm

Join New Orleans own, Muses Mavens and Masters Across the street from Hotel Wyndam Garden Baronne Plaza, just a short Pedi-Cab Ride (click for info) from The Convention Center… for Lashes, Locks & Lagniappe, Refreshen Reset Reflect Pop Up. Enjoy relaxing massage, have your Tarot Cards read or Natal & Love Charts divined, get bronzed and blushed for the night out, fresh line up or a “re-curl that girl” touch ups…all while supporting locally owned and managed business efforts. –


RSVP Registration is FREE

Beauty & Grooming Services booked & prepaid via Square (book now).

Daily Raffle : MedusaMADE Mystical Magic Gift Bag. Paid Services Registers you for our Daily Raffle

Lagniappe [Free] Experience

  • Registered attendees receives Paul Mitchell Sponsored Gift Bag
    • Includes [digital] transferable Gift Certificates, from ALL service providers.
  • WiFi access and Charging station

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All of our Beauty and Grooming services are designed to hold up in the heat and humidity of New Orleans.

M5 Beauty & Grooming Applications include Color Matched & Complexion/Skin Type Appropriate Products that are:

  • heat and water resistant/proof & longwearing
  • Melanin Compatible & Friendly
  • SPF Protection
  • cruelty free

Prepaid/Booked Service :paid service registers you for 1 entry in our MedusaMADE Mystical Magic Gift Bag Raffle

Paul Mitchell Retail SALE, Special Summer Prices

  • Paul Mitchell hair products, hair curling wands and flatirons ARE available for purchase. Speak with The New Orleans Hair Witch about getting YOUR “new new” tools at our Special Summer Sale Prices

Daily Raffle of MedusaMADE Mystical Magical Gift Bags

Walk-ins are welcomed. RSVP Registration is HIGHLY suggested and recommended so that the Medusa Made Team may address your Beauty, Grooming and Other Worldly Mystical needs.



New Orleans’s Own,

MedusaMADE : Hair Team Sponsored by Paul Mitchell, Lead by New Orleans Hair Witch, Conjuring Coiffures from Curls Coils Kinks

MedusaMADE : Makeup Team,Sponsored by Vieux Carre Hair Store, established in 1877 Lead by Getmade,Getting you ready and Getting you Right with Makeup & Grooming services to Slay The Summer at 2018 Essence Music Festival



Please be advised that photographs may be taken at and around the event by other attendees. By entering this event, you consent to other attendees and/orMedusaMADE-M5 possibly photographing you. Respect and recognition for personal space will be employed at all times.

#ReFreshenUpPopUp #PartywithaPurpose #refreshenuppopup #MedusaMADEM5 #neworleanshairwitch #medusamade #ugetmade

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Black Nurses Rock Out at Fusion Gallery ~ Paint Taste Spa ~ NOLA

DATE AND TIME

Thu, July 5, 2018

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT

LOCATION

Freeport McMoRan Building

1615 Poydras Street

1615 Poydras Street Suite 900

New Orleans, LA 70112

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

Event description

DESCRIPTION

Can you say Private Chef, Complimentary Food and Beverages! All while you enjoy the view of the worlds largest iconic landmark Mercedes Benz Superdome! Toast to the Big Easy while watching the beautiful sunset from our corner office view of the skyline. You eat, drink, paint, enjoy the ambiance of music and art. Don’t forget the SPA options. Yes the package comes with some SPA options and add-ons are available. Take home your masterpiece in our Tote Bag exclusive gift to all of the earlybirds. Reserve your seat by May 31, 2018 and you get that Fusion Gallery Paint Taste Spa Tote. Perfect for your stroll through the Essence Festivities and the French Quarters! Seats are limited for each event. Enjoy this exclusive 40% off for Black Nurses Rock guest in NOLA!

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DATE AND TIME

Thu, July 5, 2018

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Catahoula Hotel

914 Union St.

New Orleans, LA 70112

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Event description

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*****Ladies*****

We’re bringing ENVISION Empowerment Experience™ to New Orleans!

Join Dr. Bahby Banks and friends on the rooftop of Catahoula Hotel on Thursday, July 5th from 6:00 – 9:00pm for a complimentary evening of fellowship, food and music with the intentional purpose of reminding you to take care of yourself before you take on the town!

Culinary sampling prepared by Tiara’s Taste | Soundtrack curated by MPA Financials

Videography by Zoës Pictures

This event is supported by the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate.

NOLA Chic’s Hot Picks: Essence Daytime Parties & Events for July 6th

Tipitina’s Foundation Presents: Foundation Free Fridays Featuring Maggie Koerner + Miss Mojo

** THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PATRONS AGES 21+
** NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY
** Every dollar earned supports protecting & preserving Louisiana???s musical culture***
??? Ages 21+
??? Must Have Valid Government-Issued ID to Enter
??? General Admission / Standing Room Only
** The Box Office is open 10am to 5pm Mon-Fri **
??? No Professional Cameras or Rigs (Cameras with Removable Lenses)
??? All Sales Are Final**********

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Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents THE COMEDY SHAKEDOWN

Fri, Jul 6 – Sat, Jul 7 at 10:00 PM–2:00 AM
225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents:

The Comedy Shakedown & Dance Party hosted by Camille Roane

Starring Queen Aishah

Featuring Carissa Cropper, Geneva Joy and more

After all the laughs, DJ KIDDLOVE will take over and the party will continue on the dance floor!

Black Girl Giggles is a New Orleans collective of African-American female comediennes building and fostering a diverse and growing stand-up comedy community for comediennes of color.

The Foundation Room VIP Club is the premier lounge in the French Quarter. Come dressed to impressed as there is a Business Casual dress code enforced. This event is 21+. $20

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Foundation Room is 21+ Venue. Business Casual Dress Code enforced. There are no refunds if denied entry due to Dress Code Violations. Seating is limited and provided on a first come first serve basis. Standing Room only venue.

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Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold Take Over Essence with 90s Party

DATE AND TIME

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 9:00 PM –

Sat, Jul 7, 2018, 1:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

The Revolution

1840 Thalia Street

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

Event description

DESCRIPTION

THE REVOLUTION IS BRINGING THE 90’S TO ESSENCE FESTIVAL!!!

TISHA “GINA CAMPBELL & TICHINA “PAM” ARNOLA will be bringing the 90s Back to NOLA !!

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 AT THE REVOLUTION

TIME: 9PM-UNTIL

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DATE AND TIME

Fri, July 6, 2018

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District

2203 Saint Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Entertainment AND Empowerment! Join other Educators in the Crescent City on the LIVEST weekend of the year! The Essence Fest Weekend Education Empowerment Brunch is a chance for professionals to Mix, Mingle & Mobilize. Enjoy Live Music, Spoken Word, Delicious Food and- of course, MIMOSAS!

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Attendees must be 21+ years of age.

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ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – ALL WHITE PARTY

NOLA Chic’s Essence Festival Tips: Getting to NOLA, NOLA Life, Swag Bags, Eats and more

It’s that time of year once again in New Orleans, no its not Carnival Time, better known as Mardi Gras, but it’s festival time! New Orleans has 130 festivals per year, with an average of 1 festivals every 3 days per the New Orleans Tourism Official guide website.

Source: NewOrleansOnline.com

Out of all the festivals one of my favorites is the Essence Festival. 2018 Essence Music Festival will begin on Thursday, July 5th and ends on Sunday, July 8th in New Orleans, La, my city, my home, my birthplace, my NOLA.

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Moving back to New Orleans has impacted the way I attend any festival. Living in New Orleans with so much going on can be great and has it’s perks, but also disadvantages and we try our best to live somewhere along the middle. New Orleans is a city of never-ending events, music, food, partying, but living here and being a part of all our city offers requires having a master plan, at times we have to plan more than the average tourist.

Yeah We Going to New Orleans for the Essence Festival!!!!

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Yes, planning in advance and your arrival time for any festival or event in New Orleans can be the deciding factor on how fabulous of a time you will have. Time is key, can you imagine living here and dealing with the craziness.. Yes, we live here, have no need for hotels or car rental, but we deal with the same issues as a tourist, maybe more. New Orleans has constant activity 24/7; events and festivals every weekend may sound exciting, but there are days when you’re like sick of traffic. Our lives, schedules needs adjusting.

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Over the years I would plan my visit home to coincide with the festival, because Essence is the must black girl event to attend, nothing but, #MyBlackIsBeautiful in New Orleans day and night!!! Year after year I would travel to New Orleans to get my annual sprinkle of #BlackGirlMagic glitter dust. More often than not, I would hit the road with my Auntie and cousin, making it an official “Girl’s Trip!”

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We had one up on the other tourist coming into town, family living in New Orleans. My family more often my grandmother would host our stay, this allowed us to save our coins by not staying at the overpriced hotels. There were times when I needed to have the total Essence Experience; you know be my very own star, act like a diva and to be that Essence Girl. To be all things fabulous I needed to stay at a hotel, but I had a regular chic bank account, therefore I booked my rooms months prior.

Planning is key to getting the most out of attending the festival. There’s so much to do and if you do not plan accordingly your trip can end up with you bummed out at the hotel. Planning, includes planning for convention center, day parties, restaurants, the Superdome and Bourbon St.

Don’t try to do it all. Make a list of your must do, ya know the things you really want to see, do and eat, leaving room to do something that will pop up. It’s very hard being here, seeing and smelling everything, the smell and sights of the city are intoxicating alone, adding Essences will have you OD’s off New Orleans. Pace yourself and do not trip out if you just cant do something.

  • Make sure to include rest and wardrobe change in your time management plan.

I’m here to give you Essence Tips from a local perspective, who’s better to tell you anything about and the things happening here, but a New Orleanian. I will help you not only a slay Essence, but also enjoy all my city. If this isn’t your first trip to New Orleans, I guarantee this will be the best of the best.

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Let me show you My Nola as you stay and party in NOLA for the Essence Festival. My hope is that you will leave New Orleans feeling as if you are a New Orleanian!

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Transportation

Let’s start off with the obvious, which is planning your trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival early. Some people start planning while they are in the midst of the festival for the next year, yes it’s that real. The sooner the better, especially for those of us who are on a budget, both airline and hotel prices are increased to the tune of 300%, but hey if you have it like that, then do you, Chic.

There were times when I came home for a visit a week before an event and the cost get a 4 star hotel for under $125, but during the Essence Festival, actually any festival or event that same hotel, same room will run you about $400. You can cut cost by booking early, more than 60 days prior, because once the rooms get booked means the prices increase, the same goes for airfare.

As I mentioned before I’m all for saving and I have no qualms with flying on Spirit Airlines. I’m not sure what all the gossip is for but for under $100 round trip I will fly into New Orleans on spirit with no problems. Yes, I have to pay for my bag, but there is no beating $100 round trip ticket. I suggest if you’re not too bougie and you’re not coming with over two bags, I highly recommend you using Spirit Airlines.

  • Tip for Spirit Airlines: Go into the airport to buy your ticket you can save almost $40 per ticket at the counter, this option is not for other airlines.

Prices increase once the rooms and airline seats are just about at full capacity, not the opposite. Some people think a deal will pop up when this is the case, they are wrong. Don’t wait til the last minute you will spend hundreds more on that ticket you saw for $89 months ago.

  • The only way to get a deal is to buy when no one else is buying. You will notice when more than half the seats or rooms are open is when prices are at their lowest.

Also, I use discounted sites such as Hotwire, Priceline and etcetera to purchase airline tickets, hotels and car rental. You can save hundreds of dollars by booking on these sites, especially if you do it months in advance. Often there is code for these site via Retailmenot that can save you a few more dollars on top of the savings.

  • For example hotels and airlines sell a block of rooms/seats to discounted sites such as Hotwire, Travelocity and etc, these sites offer a greater discount, but there are only so many offers they can sell, booking early is the only option to get a great deal on these sites.

  • Special Offer! $25 Off of Your App Motel Reservations Of $100+

    Get $25 Off your hotel reservations of $100 or maybe more when you buy throughout the Hotwire App. Promo Code: WELCOME25

If you’re coming with a group, I would recommend driving depending on where you’re from, but you can share driving and the gas cost. An added plus with driving is you can bring some New Orleans delicacies home. There have been times when I was craving a hot sausage PoBoy after I left New Orleans and how happy I was skipping to my kitchen in Minnesota. Yasss driving can be wonderful!.

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I’ve noticed over the years that there are buses that come here leaving out US cities such as Atlanta and Houston offering day and overnight trips to the Essence Festival, freeing you from the worry of driving to New Orleans as well as driving in the city. I think the bus option would be really cool for someone who is traveling alone, as well as for a group. There’s the opportunity to you meet people on the bus from your town, networking and meeting new friends is always a good thing. You and your new friends may decide to hang out in New Orleans and when yall get back home. Whatever, you mode choose to get here, I highly suggest that you start planning early and don’t be afraid to save money, but hey if you have it like that, go ahead and spend it.

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Essence Music Festival 2018 – One Day Trip – From Atlanta, GA to New Orleans $25-$125

Accommodations

Now, on to accommodations. As a local of New Orleans I do not support Airbnb, none of us support Airbnb. Why you may be wondering? Airbnb has made it not an option for natives to live in homes they can afford in the same neighborhood we lived in prior to Katrina. The very people who work in the tourism industry can not stay in New Orleans anymore. Then the housekeepers work for $7.50 at these million dollar hotels, but hey they are working. AirBnB does not employ workers, literally taking away income from the natives. We have been pushed out of the wards, well our neighborhoods, because they are located within minutes of downtown, Bourbon St, French Quarters… These very neighborhoods were avoided by these same people who have the moved in. Natives were given pennies to rebuild and it wasn’t enough to rebuild, which resulted in them selling their property. The city, the government, FEMA knew what they were doing. Now these same homes that they tricked residents into selling for $50K or less are on the market for $180+ and the wealthy non-natives, transplant come in town and buy up the property like it’s Monopoly.

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Gentrification… It’s all about gentrification. I know you all want to live how we live, that’s a whole other bowl of gumbo, but if you just have to stay at one please patronize the community you are staying in. Go to the corner stores, patronize black own small businesses and tip the waiters/waitress.

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  • I have blogs about our neighborhoods.

  • My favorite hotels: The Saint Hotel, Queen & Crescent, Intercontinental, Omni, Chateau LeMoyne – French Quarter, A Holiday Inn Hotel and Embassy Suites, St.Pierre Hotel French Quarter

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The Saint Hotel

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The red room at The Saint Hotel

Lobby at the Intercontinental

I had to take off my wedges… Intercontinental Hotel

Rooftop pool at the Intercontinental

Rooftop pool at the Intercontinental

St.Pierre Hotel

St. Pierre Courtyard

St.Pierre Cobblestone sidewalk

Lobby

Traffic and parking Tips

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To avoid getting caught in traffic and paying for parking I recommend getting a hotel that’s close to the convention center or Superdome area, which will be the downtown/French Quarter area. There is also the option of getting a hotel on a bus line or streetcar line which would be great, because it would give you the opportunity to see the city. Tourist who stay within walking distance of the events have one up on all of us, yes, including the locals. All they have to do is get dressed and walk, saving major time and money. Most hotels that aren’t located downtown do not offer valet or charge for parking another savings as well because, if you do come in a car you do not want to pay $40+ a day for parking.

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Parking garages, ramps and lots get pretty spendy during this time as well, prices can be as high as $50 depending on the location. The parking meters are designed to trap you into an expensive ticket, on-street parking meter rates in the French Quarter, Marigny, Central Business District and Warehouse District are $3.00 an hour. Parking meter rates are $2.00 an hour everywhere else in the city of New Orleans. Operating hours for the meters are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Parking Panda

Use the Parking Panda online platform and mobile app to find, reserve and pay for parking in advance. This mobile reservation service operates in selling reservations for a variety of companies at over 30 locations in New Orleans.

Premium Parking

New Orleans Parking

Premium Parking also offers online reservations at several locations in the New Orleans Area. To reserve parking, go to www.premiumparking.com/park and click the red pins on the Google Map for your desired location. You then follow the links and instructions to complete your parking reservation. Their overnight rates offer a significant discount from the rates hotels charge.

Do not take any chances with parking, you will get a $150 boot or towed to impound lot. If you rented a car and it gets towed you will need to contact the rental company to get permission to have it released to you. These people do not play, do yourself a favor and bypass the rental car..

Numbers to Know

General Parking Questions & Parking Enforcement: (504) 658-8200
Administrative Hearing Center: (504) 658-8250
Booting: (504) 565-7451
Towing Information/Auto Pound: (504) 658-8284
Parking Enforcement: (504) 658-8200

  • Plan accordingly giving yourself more than enough time to consider sitting in traffic.

Bus, Streetcar and Ferry

New Orleans is just a big circle which is why I do not understand how people get lost. It takes one to get off the I-10 to exit onto another highway to get out of here and the same goes for the bus. The main buses and street car that travel downtown are very easy to navigate on, just don’t transfer to another bus and come back on the same one, well number.

The street car can pick you up on Canal St, downtown and bring Uptown or City Park are allowing you to see the all the beautiful New Orleans architecture . The street car has the round trip option if you are using it for sight seeing. All you need to do is get off at the end of the line, allowing the driver to get a short break, after he is done he will let you know when it’s time to depart back to Canal St.

I love the streetcar, especially the traditional green ones that take you down St.Charles Ave, they have that woodsy spicy old smell, the sound of the seats and the windowing clicking as they go up and down takes me back to my childhood. Riding the streetcar is a must no matter what you are here for.

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Located at the end of Canal St is the Ferry which will bring you across the river for $2 each way. The ferry was such a nice ride across the Mississippi River. If you’re debating on a boat ride to see the New Orleans skyline, I recommend just taking a round trip on the ferry. It cost only $2 each way, so that’s $4 and you’ll have a great view. It’s cheaper than buying a dinner boat ticket that cost like $50 and more. I recommend checking what time the sun sets and go then. The ferry comes every 20 minutes. The ride last about 5 minutes each way. If you don’t plan to get off on the other side, just know that you’ll need to get off, and go around back in line and pay to get back on the boat.

  • RTA’s Standard Ticket One-Way Fares are $1.25 for the Streetcar and the Bus, Express Bus is an additiona $1.25 and Transfers are 25 cents.

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Canal Street Ferry

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  • Bring exact change like small bills or coins. There is a vending machine that will give you change if you forget. Hopefully your smallest bill isn’t a $20. I got dollar coins and those are so heavy.

  • RTA offers discounted daily passes and there’s an App you can download as well via RTA’s GoMobile app: http://norta.com/Getting-Around/GoMobile-App

RTA’s GoMobile app lets you purchase and use passes instantly on your smartphone! Buy tickets anywhere, anytime in just seconds! GoMobile offers a variety of RTA pass options. The app also offers an Integrated Ferry, Bus, and Streetcar Pass that allows you to ride on all RTA ferries, buses and streetcars using one pass!

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Chilling on my porch with a short safety tip

Please check out part 2 for tips on concerts, swag bags, convention center and much more!!

Let me apologize in advance…all of my 3500 words just pooped off my page, but I was able to save some of my work/tips and U noticed how popular the 1st blog was that I decided to upload what I have in picture form til I get a chance to retype later.

Thanks for reading! Nola Chic

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Essence I’m here!!

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NOLA Chic’s Hot Picks: Essence Daytime Parties & Events for July 6th

Tipitina’s Foundation Presents: Foundation Free Fridays Featuring Maggie Koerner + Miss Mojo

** THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PATRONS AGES 21+
** NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY
** Every dollar earned supports protecting & preserving Louisiana???s musical culture***
??? Ages 21+
??? Must Have Valid Government-Issued ID to Enter
??? General Admission / Standing Room Only
** The Box Office is open 10am to 5pm Mon-Fri **
??? No Professional Cameras or Rigs (Cameras with Removable Lenses)
??? All Sales Are Final**********

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Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents THE COMEDY SHAKEDOWN

Fri, Jul 6 – Sat, Jul 7 at 10:00 PM–2:00 AM
225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents:

The Comedy Shakedown & Dance Party hosted by Camille Roane

Starring Queen Aishah

Featuring Carissa Cropper, Geneva Joy and more

After all the laughs, DJ KIDDLOVE will take over and the party will continue on the dance floor!

Black Girl Giggles is a New Orleans collective of African-American female comediennes building and fostering a diverse and growing stand-up comedy community for comediennes of color.

The Foundation Room VIP Club is the premier lounge in the French Quarter. Come dressed to impressed as there is a Business Casual dress code enforced. This event is 21+. $20

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Foundation Room is 21+ Venue. Business Casual Dress Code enforced. There are no refunds if denied entry due to Dress Code Violations. Seating is limited and provided on a first come first serve basis. Standing Room only venue.

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Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold Take Over Essence with 90s Party

DATE AND TIME

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 9:00 PM –

Sat, Jul 7, 2018, 1:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

The Revolution

1840 Thalia Street

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

Event description

DESCRIPTION

THE REVOLUTION IS BRINGING THE 90’S TO ESSENCE FESTIVAL!!!

TISHA “GINA CAMPBELL & TICHINA “PAM” ARNOLA will be bringing the 90s Back to NOLA !!

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 AT THE REVOLUTION

TIME: 9PM-UNTIL

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DATE AND TIME

Fri, July 6, 2018

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District

2203 Saint Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Entertainment AND Empowerment! Join other Educators in the Crescent City on the LIVEST weekend of the year! The Essence Fest Weekend Education Empowerment Brunch is a chance for professionals to Mix, Mingle & Mobilize. Enjoy Live Music, Spoken Word, Delicious Food and- of course, MIMOSAS!

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Attendees must be 21+ years of age.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/essence-fest-weekend-education-empowerment-brunch-tickets-46879068556

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ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – ALL WHITE PARTY