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Festigals
June 22-24, 2017

This June, take time to unwind with the women in your life at Festigals. With insightful professional development conferences, inspiring keynote speakers, and never-ending food, drinks, and shopping, you’ll leave Festigals feeling empowered, and confident. Events will take place June 22nd-24th at the JW Marriott and around the Downtown area.

Background

Created for women by women, Festigals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of women and providing a weekend-long venue to enjoy women-focused special events and the diverse culture of New Orleans. Nicknamed “The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway,” women can recharge and reconnect with a relaxing and festive New Orleans experience. Special events throughout the weekend will donate 100% of the proceeds to women’s causes.

Since the first festival in 2011, FestiGals has collectively raised over $130,000 through the highly acclaimed “Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction, the Bodacious Bra Challenge and the Stiletto Stroll.” The 2017 beneficiaries are the Center Association of the Greater New Orleans (CAGNO), Breastoration & The New Orleans Family Justice Center.

Events

Friday, June 23

The highlight of the weekend is an inspirational Keynote Luncheon headlining prominent, successful women who have reached the top echelon in their fields. This year’s keynote speaker is Linda Alvarado, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies and President/CEO of Alvarado Construction. The luncheon will take place on Friday, June 23rd from 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Other guest speakers are scheduled throughout Friday as well. Q&A sessions follow these presentations. Topics range from pointers on starting a business and staying in business or climbing the corporate ladder to more fun topics like cocktails and burlesque.  Participants have numerous opportunities to network and establish mutually beneficial connections. Check in begins at 8:30am at the JW Marriott, with various sessions throughout the day from 9:30am to 5pm. The day ends with a networking reception. For more details on speakers and session, view the line up here.

Saturday, June 24

Start off your Saturday with a Festi-Fabulous Bloody Mary Mixer followed by the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch. The Bloody Mary Mixer will take place from 9:30am-10:30am, followed by the brunch until 1pm. The annual Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch includes a live Bra-art auction, entertainment by the Jailhouse Rockers and the “Thriver” fashion show by Stein Mart featuring women who are thriving through life while battling cancer.

Festigals isn’t complete without their annual Stiletto Stroll – a New Orleans-style street parade through the French Quarter where FestiGal divas are decked out and become the stars. The Stroll will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 8pm. This year’s Grand Diva is Robin Barnes.

Tickets

Tickets for Festigals can be purchased here. All-access packages and individual tickets are available.

Charitable Organizations

The 2017 beneficiaries are the Cancer Association of the Greater New Orleans (CAGNO), Breastoration & The New Orleans Family Justice Center.

For more information, call 504-524-1227 or visit www.festigals.org.

 
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