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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Oct 23 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Oct 23, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 23, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 23 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

East of the…

Oct 23, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

Houmas House Presents…

Oct 23 - 31, 2017
For the month of October, there will be a 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm haunted tour.… more

Monday Blues

Oct 23, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

Saenger Theatre…

Oct 23 - 28, 2017
Plan your escape to the new musical comedy getaway ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE!… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

Oct 23, 2017
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

"Organ & Labyrinth"-…

Oct 24 - 24, 2017
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Dinner with a…

Oct 24 - 24, 2017
Join James Linn, curator of The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World… more

East of the…

Oct 24, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

Live in Concert:…

Oct 24 - 24, 2017
Join one of New Orleans' most innovative musicians, Christian Scott aTunde… more

Newman Arts and the…

Oct 24 - 24, 2017
Newman Arts and the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation in collaboration… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Oct 24, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

The Historic N.O.…

Oct 24 - 29, 2017
Just in time for Halloween, The Historic New Orleans Collection is offering… more

The Historic New…

Oct 24 - 24, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will host Maurice Martinez for an… more

10 Years of SoFAB…

Oct 25 - 25, 2017
The National Food & Beverage Foundation will host the next in its… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2017
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

Gordon Biersch…

Oct 25, 2017 - Feb 27, 2019
Come enjoy the  monthly Brewer's dinner where the Chef and Head Brewmaster… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Oct 23 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

FestiGals Announces 2017 Schedule, Keynote Speaker and Grand Diva

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Diane Lyons
504.524.1227
diane@festigals.org

Steve Schulkens
504.401.6990
steve@schulkens.com

(New Orleans, LA.) - FestiGals, the first and only New Orleans festival that inspires, connects and celebrates women while supporting causes important to their well-being, today announced plans for the 7th annual women-centric event on the weekend of June 22-24 at the JW Marriott in historic downtown New Orleans.

The popular weekend event was created by women for women in 2011, and it combines a powerful, day-long Women's Leadership Conference with bodacious festivities that offer many unique New Orleans experiences. Following in the footsteps of local luminaries, Robin Barnes has been named FestiGals 2017 Grand Diva and will lead the annual Stiletto Stroll. Past Divas have included most recently Angela Hill and Irma Thomas.

Headlining the New Orleans Women's Leadership Conference on Friday, June 23, will be Linda Alvarado, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., a Denver-based commercial general contractor, construction manager, development, design/build, and property management firm with 30 years of experience. Alvarado, whose appearance is sponsored by Morgan Stanley, made history as the first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. As an owner of the Colorado Rockies, her role is also significant as it marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League Baseball team. She is a nationally-recognized speaker and advocate for business issues and has been a commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education.

The information-packed program, themed Passion, Purpose & Power, also features three seminar tracks focusing on professional development, personal enrichment and New Orleans culture. Sessions include a diverse range of topics such as Negotiations, Next Generation of Leaders; Communicating Better, Smarter, Faster; EatFit FestiGals; New Orleans Ladies of Burlesque; and the Growing Louisiana Beer Culture & the Women Tapping into the Market.

Featured speakers will include Intentional Kate, Propeller's Andrea Chin, acclaimed attorney Kim Boyle, Chef Kristen Essig, Burlesque Diva Trixie Minx, Coulter IdeaPitch award winner Crystal McDonald, fitness pro April Dupree, Angela Grittman of Wayward Owl Brewery, self-proclaimed food goddess Lorin Gaudin and other notables. Returning will be FestiTalks, rapid-fire, dynamic presentations on a variety of topics which are delivered in small segments that are easy to retain.

Friday's New Orleans Women's Leadership Conference will also honor key women in the community for their contributions in various fields at a midday keynote luncheon.

On Saturday, June 24, FestiGals is hosting its cherished Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch and Auction where the top fundraising bras from the Bodacious Bra Challenge are sold to the highest bidders. The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, Inc. will receive proceeds from the auction which features a Thriver Fashion Show where models "thriving in their cancer recovery" sport fabulous attire from Stein Mart on the catwalk.

The Bodacious Bra Challenge, another FestiGals fundraising initiative that premiered two years ago, is now accepting entries. Any company, organization or individual interested in decorating a bra to participate in the Challenge is encouraged to visit www.FestiGals.org and click the Bodacious Bra Challenge link.

The celebrated downtown Stiletto Stroll, which offers women the opportunity to participate in an authentic New Orleans walking parade, is gearing up to become the world's largest all women's second line complete with live music, entertainers and dance groups. Colorfully attired female marching krewes will join FestiGals ladies to saunter thru the Vieux Carre and across Canal Street for a fabulous After-Glow party. Proceeds of fundraising marching krewes and newly formed groups will be donated to the New Orleans Family Justice Center which helps families and individuals suffering from domestic violence.

FestiGals' single event tickets are available; but for the truly festive ladies, the FestiGals Diva Package is available and includes added perks such as a Culinary Demo/Dinner with Chef Sam Carroll at Sac-a-lait, private home tours and an opening reception at the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere. Further details and event pricing are available on the website. FestiGals pictures are available for download at http://bit.ly/FG2017Media.

 

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About FestiGals New Orleans

FestiGals is a unique celebration of women and New Orleans. Now in its 7th year and attracting women from across the country, FestiGals New Orleans Women's Weekend Experience is the region's first and only women's event of its kind in which women from all backgrounds are inspired and empowered in a festive environment including one of the largest women's second line parades. Founded in 2011 and produced by Diane B. Lyons and ACCENT- DMC, FestiGals, Inc. has collectively raised more than $130,000 through the highly-acclaimed Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch & Auction and the Bodacious Bra Challenge which benefit the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, Inc. Endorsed by the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, FestiGals annually attracts more than 2,200 women from around the U.S. and Greater New Orleans area to the summer event. FestiGals 2017 is slated for June 22-24 at the JW Marriott on Canal Street.

 

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