Here's everything you need to know about ESSENCE Fest 2021

From panels to performers and everything in-between
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Sorry to disappoint, but ESSENCE Fest isn't quite ready to be back on their Girls Trip status. However, that doesn't mean the party is stopping completely. ESSENCE Fest 2021 is in full effect virtually for the second time and we are living loud.

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According to a statement, this year's two-weekend event (June 25-27th & July 2-4) will be "a virtual experience celebrating power and accomplishments of our community." It'll be full of "powerful daytime interactive sessions" and of course, their not-to-be-missed "star-studded evening concerts."

This year's performers include Jazmine Sullivan, DJ Khaled & Friends, Kiana Ledé, Ne-Yo, Teedra Moses, Davido, Amerie, Kirk Franklin, Traci Steele, Case, Lucky Daye, Gabrielle Perry, D-Nice, Tank, Israel Houghton & New Breed, and Kes The Band. A virtual marketplace will also be live to connect fans to Black-owned businesses.

The full schedule is as follows—

PITCH PLEASE! | Pitch Competition
Friday: June 25 & July 2
Tune in for PITCH PLEASE!, powered by Pull Up for Change's Impact Fund and New Voices Foundation to watch up-and-coming Black women-owned beauty brands make their pitch to change the beauty business game! During this pitch competition, eight Black women founders will compete for cash prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 plus valuable business coaching to launch & execute, or grow & scale their beautiful entrepreneurial dreams.

Beauty Carnival™
Friday: June 25 & July 2
6PM - 10PM ET
2020 forced us to look at everything differently, including how we care for and express our beauty. In 2021 we are redefining beauty trends and getting bolder with our looks. Enjoy presentations from industry insiders and top brands on makeup, skin, body, and hair care that provide a fresh perspective on caring for and embracing the hair and skin you're in.

After Dark™ | After The Party it's The After Party
Friday: June 25 & July 2
10PM - 11PM ET
Get your Friday nights right with music sets at the ultimate online kick-back.

Wealth & Power™
Saturday: June 26 & July 3
1PM - 5PM ET
Impacting & Informing
From the most important election of of generation to an unprecedented pandemic to a social justice uprising that forced the world to stop and listen, 2020 gave us moments to implement impactful change in this country. Discover how to be an agent of change in with tools for investing, business, entrepreneurship, policy & voting, just to name a few. Catch all the powerful topics you don't want to miss during this virtual town hall.

Entertainment All Access
Saturday: June 26 & July 3
5PM - 7PM ET
Hollywood Sneak Peeks; Guest Appearances
Catch your Hollywood faves in Q&As and be the first to see exclusive sneak peeks of the hottest upcoming releases!

Evening Concerts
Saturday: June 26 & July 3
Starting at 7PM ET
Saturday Night Vibes
ESSENCE® is giving you Saturday Night Vibes with our legendary evening concert series with an must-see lineup to benefit and celebrate our Black-owned businesses, entreprenuers. A moment to hear from your favorite artists and with exclusive collaborations you'll never forget.

Wellness House
Sunday: June 27 & July 4
10AM - 1PM ET
From The Inside Out
A multi-faceted collective of self-care resources for you! Through our curated sessions, you will walk away equipped with the resources to prioritize your nutrition, spirit, relationships, and more! From unlearning generational toxic habits to how to care for your body from the inside out.

Get Lifted Gospel Sunday Celebration
Sunday: June 27 & July 4
1PM - 3PM ET
Spiritually Guided
Get your spirits lifted as the annual all-star Gospel tribute hits your screen for 2 Sundays back to back! Tune in for powerful words of praise by your favorite spiritual leaders and music by your favorite gospel artist.

You can RSVP for each event here and ESSENCE Fest 2021 is completely free.

Note: the virtual marketplace is open 24/7 and has been extended to July 18th. If you are interested in the VIP Beauty Experience, it'll cost you $125. ESSENCE Fest 2021 kicks off in two days, but the team is gearing up for a major comeback in 2022.

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