Essence Festival 2016 dates announced _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Fans sing and dance as Mary J. Blige performs during the 2015 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, July 5, 2015.

The Essence Festival has announced its 2016 dates. Next year’s festival will take place June 30 through July 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Musical headliners at the Superdome will be announced soon, Essence added.