FestiGals is the first and only New Orleans festival that inspires, connects and celebrates women while supporting causes important to their well-being. The ninth annual women-centric event kicks off the weekend of June 21-23 at the Jung Hotel in historic downtown New Orleans.
What You Need To Know
The popular weekend event was created by women for women in 2011 and combines a powerful, 3 day-long Celebrating Women’s Conference with fabulous festivities that offer many unique New Orleans experiences.
This year’s event will feature a Celebrating Women’s Conference at the Jung Hotel & Residences on Canal Street on Friday, June 21. Mignon Francois, Founder and CEO of the Cupcake Collection, will share how her “Follow Your Spirit” approach turned $5 into a $10-million industry. The jam-packed conference will also include breakout sessions to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, a vendor showcase and a Hats Off Awards Luncheon with Louisiana cultural ambassador, Amanda Shaw, as keynote. The fiddler and recording artist will share stories of growing up in the spotlight and breaking glass ceilings in the entertainment industry. Friday will also include a VIP Welcome Reception in the brand new Brulator Courtyard at the Historic New Orleans Collection and an exclusive dinner at Dooky Chase Restaurant.
Saturday brings more festivities. Private home tours, cocktail tastings, a Festi-luncheon and the FestiGals signature parade through the French Quarter featuring dozens of women’s dancing and marching groups, bands, costumed characters and more. The parade rolls into the After-Glow Party at Harrah’s with food donated by 30+ local restaurants. The event shines a light on heart disease, the #1 killer of women, and raises funds for the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
Sunday will not exactly be a “drag”… well, maybe of sorts, with the FestiGals-produced Drag Queen Brunch at the Jung Hotel. You can expect bottomless bloodies, delicious cuisine, eye-popping performances, and a very special appearance by New Orleans entertainer extraordinaire, the dynamic Chris Owens.
Register at FestiGals.org for the entire weekend or by event. It’s a weekend just for you, ladies, and as you know, girls just wanna have fun, so plan to be there!
About FestiGals New Orleans
FestiGals is a unique celebration of women and New Orleans. Now in its ninth 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 $240,000 to 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 New Orleans & Company, FestiGals annually attracts more than 2,200 women from around the U.S. and Greater New Orleans area to the annual summer event. FestiGals 2019 is slated for June 21-23 at the New Orleans Jung Hotel.