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Oct 21 - Dec 30, 2016
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Boo at the Zoo

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Oct 21 - 21, 2016
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Oct 21 - 30, 2016
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Oct 21, 2016
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Oct 21 - 23, 2016
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Oktoberfest NOLA

Oct 21 - 22, 2016
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Spooky Tour for Kids

Oct 21, 2016 - Sep 21, 2026
On this tour for kids, we will search for and possibly find these playful and… more

The Franchise

Oct 21 - Dec 30, 2016
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Oct 21 - 23, 2016
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" Enduring Legacy,…

Oct 22 - 22, 2016
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Oct 22 - 22, 2016
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Oct 21 - 21, 2016
Artist Thomas Mann will don his chef's hat to host a private… more

Joins FestiGal’s All-Star Celebrity Lineup: John Folse, The Man Your Momma Warned You About

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The Man Your Momma Warned You About
Joins FestiGal's All-Star Celebrity Lineup

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 16, 2012) - The 2012 FestiGals Women's Weekend set for June 22-24 in New Orleans is stirring up something tantalizing for your taste buds.  Award-winning celebrity Chef John Folse has signed on for a Revolutionary Presentation that's sure to please the ladies.  Mischievous and devilishly charming, Folse will have this group eating out of his hands, literally, as he entertains attendees with the story of the women that helped shape his life and mold his amazing career.  Beginning with the woman that reared him as a young child upon the death of his mother, Folse pays homage to the ladies in his life by sharing a personal introspection of treasured memories and interpreting them through his finest instrument, his food.  A three-course menu that allows attendees to taste their way from Folse's early beginnings to the present launch of his newest joint venture with James Beard Award Winner Chef Rick Tramonto. Their Restaurant R'evolution opens to the public on June 4 in the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Those lucky enough to be in the house on Saturday June 23 at 12:00 Noon will sample one of Chef Folse's signature bisques, a fresh Gulf catch of a local favorite and a sweet interpretation of a classic Italian dessert.  This special Revolutionary Presentation is offered to FestiGals as part of the Ultimate FestiGals Package. Single luncheon event tickets are also available for $55.

Chef John Folse, Restaurant R'evolution and The Royal Sonesta Hotel

Welcomes FestiGals To a Revolutionary Luncheon


Corn and Crab Cappuccino

A revolutionary presentation of a Louisiana icon


Grilled Striped Black Bass

Caramel turnips, braised chard and lemon verbena broth


Bittersweet Plantation Dairy Creole Cream Cheese Panna Cotta

Meyer lemon curd, strawberry vanilla gelée

FestiGals is a four-day summer weekend festival created by women for women. The event offers a full range of inspirational seminars, empowerment workshops and networking opportunities designed to showcase the New Orleans cultural scene for an experience that few insiders ever have.  "With the announcement of Chef Folse as our featured culinary offering, this year's FestiGals experience is simply over-the-top!  We are thrilled and honored to welcome Chef Folse on-board," explained Diane Lyons, Founder of FestiGals.  Besides a Revolutionary experience, FestiGals attendees will also be treated to lunch with NBC's Hoda Kotb, a series of private tours and cocktail receptions at coveted New Orleans locations, a parade through the streets of the French Quarter as stars of their own Second-line, dancing the night away on Bourbon Street and shopping til' they drop on world famous Royal Street. The Ultimate FestiGals Package is $275 each. Individual FestiGals events are priced separately. To launch your ultimate New Orleans experience, visit Be sure to sign-up for e-mail updates at, friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



About Hotel Monteleone

Make sure to book accommodations at the historic Hotel Monteleone, your Official FestiGals Headquarters. A member of Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels of America, the Monteleone boasts 600 newly renovated luxurious guests rooms and suites, 25 meeting and reception rooms, Criollo Restaurant & Lounge, the famous Carousel Bar, a heated rooftop pool, Spa Aria, state-of-the-art fitness center, 24/7 business center, logo shop and valet parking all on one of the world's most beautiful shopping corridors, Royal Street. As a proud sponsor of FestiGals, the Monteleone is pleased to offer participants a special rate of $149 per night


About FestiGals

The brainchild of entrepreneur and New Orleans tourism professional Diane Lyons, FestiGals' maiden-voyage in 2011 attracted over 150 women from across the U.S. including Washington D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and the entire Gulf South Region.  The 2nd Annual FestiGals Weekend is perfectly positioned on the summer festival calendar of offerings in New Orleans.   Endorsed by the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, FestiGals provides something for women of all ages and cultural backgrounds.  Voted "Best Girls Getaway" in 2011 by AAA Southern Traveler, FestiGals provides the ultimate New Orleans women's experience.  Committed to both raising awareness and resources for issues that impact today's women, FestiGals is a non-profit entity whose net proceeds support targeted community projects that benefit women.  Other FestiGals sponsors include LouisianaTravel.comCity of New,Renaissance PublishingWhitney BankEJGH Healthy Lifestyles, Lulu B.YellaWood Pressure Treated PineCupcake VodkaStein, and Cumulus Media Inc.