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Philanthropic Fun: Hats With Heart

Written by Shelby Simon from St. Charles Avenue Magazine

Friday, November 01, 2019

FestiGals hostsed the inaugural “Hats Off” luncheon and awards presentation.

Nell Nolan: FestiGals, DKE 175th anniversary, Cardiovascular gala

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Round Table Luncheon Salutes FestiGals

Advocate Staff Report

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In keeping with its mission to empower women, FestiGals remains a powerhouse event

Written by Social Scene correspondent for

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

FestiGals Raises More Than $28,000 for New Orleans American Heart Association

Biz New Orleans

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Photos: Drag Queens perform over brunch for a cause

by Sophia Germer at The Advocate

Monday, June 24, 2019

L.A. to N.O.L.A. FestiGals Step Up Parade

by Laura Cayouette

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Women Take Center Stage During FestiGals

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Biz Minute 6-20-19

with Leslie T. Snadowsky

Thursday, June 20, 2019

FestiGals Announces Honorees for “Hats Off Luncheon” on Friday

by Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Biz New Orleans Article

We’ve got your weekend: Get with the girls and drink to good causes

(Photo from: Clark Castle [Schulkens])

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ViaNolaVie Article by Kelley Crawford

Happy Hour June 14th

Happy Hour with Nikki Reyes

Friday, June 14, 2019

FestiGals Returns to the DDD June 21 – 23

Friday, June 14, 2019

How Local Women in Business Will Benefit from This Summer’s FestiGals Experience

by Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Biz New Orleans Article

Fabulous Female Fun in New Orleans at FestiGals

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Amanda Shaw Announced as FestiGals 2019 Grand Diva

By Emilia DiFabrizio

Monday, April 22, 2019

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FestiGals 2018 – with Keynote Speaker K. Renee Horton, Ph.D

Friday, June 22, 2018

Inspiration is alive in New Orleans, LA & continues to spread to women all over the world as the city celebrates it’s Tricentennial Women’s Day.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Thousands of women invaded New Orleans this past weekend for fun, friendship and fundraising. It was the 8th annual FestiGals celebration, organized by Founding Diva Diane Lyons, the president of Accent DMC, an event planning organization based in New Orleans. The female warriors came from all over the planet: there were many locals, and others who traveled around the world to join the activities and the activism; one woman flew in from Australia just to attend FestiGals.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

FestiGals is a weekend gathering of women for networking, education, fundraising and New Orleanian fun. Their STEP UP to stop domestic violence parade (formerly the Stiletto Stroll) is the city’s largest women’s second-line parade. Festigals was my first parade as a Pussyfooter making this my 6th time participating. Our non-profit organization of over 100 women over 30 was one of dozens of dance troupes and walking krewes that helped raise money for New Orleans Family Justice Center.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Last night we rolled down to the French Quarter for the 2018 Step Up Second Line Parade presented by Festigals. We’ve been going to traditional social aid and pleasure club second lines since we were kids in the 70s so it was interesting to see a new take on the form. Here’s what we saw:


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Members of over 25 walking clubs danced through the French Quarter Friday (June 22) during the FestiGals Step Up Second-Line Parade, wearing their krewe's signature costumes featuring glitter, fancy stockings and wigs in every color of the rainbow.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

At the 2018 FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience, the first and only New Orleans festival that inspires, connects and celebrates women while supporting causes important to their well-being, that starts today, Thursday, June 21, and runs through Sunday, June 24. Women of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy inspirational speakers and informative panels, an interactive culinary experience at the New Orleans School of Cooking, a shopping showcase, a walking tour, a cruise on the Natchez, breakfasts, a gospel brunch, a Tricentennial keynote luncheon, a dinner with "Louisiana Eats!" host Poppy Tooker, a fabulous After-Glow party at The Theatre at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino and a Step Up Second Line Parade, that’s becoming known as the world’s largest all women’s second line, complete with live music, entertainers and more than 1,000 participants and more than 32 dance groups, that benefits the New Orleans Family Justice Center.

FestiGals combines feather boas and C-suite advice

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Orleans is known for its festivals, conferences, second lines and its generosity. June 21 - June 24 all those things converge at the 8th annual FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience.

FestiGals has found its niche in creating a weekend filled with professional development, networking, personal empowerment, leisure opportunities, philanthropy, spiritual health and the most elemental key to living your best life – dancing in the streets. Its success through the years can be contributed to creating an event that speaks to women from different backgrounds and different hometowns.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It’s time to make plans for the eighth annual FestiGals weekend, which supports women and their well-being, from June 21 to 24. The event hub is the Jung Hotel & Residences, 1500 Canal St., with a la carte events venturing to venues downtown and in the French Quarter. “This is an exciting time for women in New Orleans as we commemorate the tricentennial,” said Diane Lyons, FestiGals founder and producer.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The 2018 FestiGals Weekend Experience brings women of all ages and backgrounds together for an informational and fun four-day weekend, June 21-24 (Thursday-Sunday.) Event tickets range from $20-$80 and are available at Activities include a second line on Friday night, keynote lunch with speaker Renee Horton, NASA Space Launch System metallic/weld engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility, and a Tricentennial Women’s Day with speakers in a variety of sessions and conversations. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

FestiGals – This weekend, it’s all about the girls. FestiGals is a weekend-long celebration of female empowerment featuring speakers, dinners, networking, and more. Can’t-miss events of the weekend include Tricentennial Women’s Day on Friday, June 22, where you’ll get to hear from speakers in the business, health & wellness, and beauty industries, and the Step Up Second Line Parade later that evening. The parade, which rolls through the French Quarter, serves as a fundraiser for the New Orleans Family Justice Center. For tickets and more information, see here.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Join FestiGals for an authentic New Orleans activities. The conference — designed for women by women — will bring women of all ages together for a weekend full of festive activities.

Ladies on a budget can join a Saturday morning breakfast and tour hosted by Two Chicks Walking Tours. For $20, guests will enjoy light bites, mimosas and an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek inside M.S. RAU Antiques — Royal Street's elite antique and art gallery. The tour will also swing by a nearby tricentennial exhibition.

When: Saturday, June 23, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Where: M.S. RAU Antiques, 630 Royal St.
Admission: $20

"We want to see fewer victims and more survivors."

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Beginning Thursday, the colorful FestiGals celebrations will be in full swing, with the annual parade marching through the French Quarter Friday night. However, behind all the fun, is a bigger, more serious cause. For the eighth year, there will be parading, networking, empowering talks, and partying this weekend at the four-day-long FestiGals celebration.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Starting at 8 p.m. on Friday (June 22), the Step Up Second-Line Parade will ramble through the French Quarter. It will be a great opportunity to enjoy 20 of New Orleans' mostly female Mardi Gras marching groups, such as the Pussyfooters, Sirens, Creole Baby Dolls and Amelia EarHawts.

Biz New Orleans

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“This is an exciting time for women in New Orleans as we commemorate the Tricentennial,” said Founder and Producer of FestiGals Diane Lyons. “Over the past 300 years, women have made their mark in New Orleans with their significant contributions to the city and their achievements. Today, we now have our first female Mayor, the first female president at Loyola University and the leading figure in Louisiana sports is a woman. More and more women are coming together to enter into conversations and share experiences. This year’s Tricentennial FestiGals weekend is the perfect opportunity for women to be inspired and connected.”

Press Release

Monday, June 11, 2018

Two Chicks Walking Tours announced today that they will be an official sponsor of the 2018 FestiGals Women's Weekend Experience being held June 21-24. The event is New Orleans' first and only festival created for women by women, providing a weekend of inspiration, empowerment and enjoyment in a safe and women-centric environment.

Bev's Note

St. Charles Avenue Magazine

Friday, June 01, 2018

FestiGals is back June 21-24 inspiring, connecting and celebrating women while supporting causes important to their wellbeing. This year’s program features an à la carte menu including a Tricentennial Women’s Day with sessions on fashion, wellness, empowerment and sexual advances in the workplace, plus the exciting “Step Up Second-Line Parade” shining a light on domestic violence and raising funds for the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Visit to pick your passion and sign up.

Get away with the girls for FestiGals, New Orleans’ only just-for-girls festival happening June 21-24, 2018.

Celebrate the women in your life with a weekend full of fun, female empowerment known as FestiGals. From June 21-24, 2018, experience New Orleans’ only just-for-girls festival and fundraiser that’s all about women helping women. It’s a fabulous opportunity for networking, learning, or just enjoying the city with activities that range from personal and professional enrichment seminars to a parade through the French Quarter.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Greetings, Festiva travelers. Are you going to New Orleans soon? Let’s take a look at all the wonderful festivals in store for this month and beyond. audience's attention...

Photo by Paul Broussard of the Disco Amigos Krewe

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

A local festival and fundraiser weekend by women for women, FestiGals takes place June 21-24. Seminars, tours, dinners, parties, and a gospel brunch are all designed to empower, educate, and bring women together. The Step Up Second Line is scheduled for Friday, June 22 and works to raise money to combat domestic violence. Brass bands, dancing krewes, will all take part. In addition to the second line, there will be a pre-party at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture and an after-party at Harrah’s. Tickets are available for certain select events over the weekend and by the day for those unable to attend the whole weekend.

2018 New Orleans Summer Festival & Major Events Schedule

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Get ready for a hot summer in New Orleans. Things are heating up for a busy summer festival season that will keep us partying all the way through Labor Day. Here’s your guide to festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Don't let the hot weather slow you down! Even though "Festival Season" is technically over, there's a whole summer season of music & festival fun ahead. Check out some of the music festivals and other diversions in and around New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana this summer. And don't forget to drink lots. Of water, of water!​

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