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Hop Hop Hooray, Spring is in the Air!

You've made it through the *harsh* Southern winter, so you deserve to get out there and celebrate what Springtime has to offer! For you local ladies, here's our Top 8 list of things to do this Spring:

Heels for Hope

Heels for Hope Fashion Show & Silent Auction

Wednesday, April 11 | 11:30AM-2PM

The Heels for Hope Fashion Show & Silent Auction will help to support our Center of Hope Shelter for families, women, and men. Attendees are encouraged bring donations of twin-sized bedding or towels for the shelter.

Where: Audobon Tea Room Admission: $70, Call 504-891-8635 to reserve.

Doreen Ketchens

Doreen Ketchens In Concert

Saturday, April 7 | 8PM & 9:30PM

Doreen Ketchens is no ordinary street musician. Although when home in New Orleans she can often be found on Royal Street performing for tourists and other French Quarter strollers, she is an international attraction at festivals and concerts and has performed for four United States presidents. Read her full bio here to be even more impressed by this woman!

Where: Jazz & Heritage Center Admission: Free


Photo by Zack Smith

35th Annual French Quarter Fest April 12-15

This three-day festival has a special place in our hearts because our very own, Sandra Dartus, was the first executive director of French Quarter Festival! This year we celebrate the timeless festival's 35th year.

View and print full map here or download the official app. Admission: Free


2nd Annual Women's Symposium on Alternative Medicine

Saturday, April 7 | 12:30 PM - 4 PM As women leaders in our families, communities & businesses we must KEEP UP on our Health & Wellness which often means coming together & sharing our BEST practices! Come learn how to ENHANCE & BALANCE your Energy, Self-Esteem, Relationships, Mental-Clarity, Breath, Self-Confidence, Movement, Productivity, Self-Love, Vitality, Focus, Creativity, Sleep & much, much more! The symposium will feature speaker & FestiTalker, Michelle Clay!

Where: Magnolia Yoga Studio Admission: Free


NOLATalk: Women Empowerment in


Tuesday, April 10 | 6-8:30PM The first ever installment of NOLATalk will feature a panel discussion, moderated by our #FestiBestie Camille Whitworth, highlighting three dynamic and successful women in the hospitality and tourism industry in New Orleans. The program's headliners are Kristi Taglauer, Melissa “DJ Soul Sister” Weber, and Samantha Carroll, Food Network Star and owner of Sac-a-Lait, the site of the FestiGals 2017 Culinary Demo Dinner. We know these bold ladies make great conversation, so this is a can't miss event!

The panel is followed by a cooking demonstration by Fleur De Lis Catering’s Executive Chef, Molly McLaren. Molly helped create the delicious dishes you tasted at the FestiGals 2017 Welcome Reception!

Where: Gallier Hall Admission: FREE! Must RSVP here.

Marie Antoinette

Noontime Talk: Women, Fashion, and Power w/ Kelsey Brosnan Wednesday, April 4 | 12 PM - 1 PM Fancy French fashion? Take an art break for lunch and visit NOMA for their Noontime talks series. Enjoy casual conversations between artists, curators, and other special guests.

In conjunction with A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, join Kelsey Brosnan, Curatorial Fellow for European Art, for a discussion about women’s fashion as depicted in NOMA’s eighteenth-century French art collection.

Where: New Orleans Museum of Art Admission: Free

Small Talk: Women and Power

Friday, April 6 | 11:30AM-12PM Join NOMA curatorial intern María Beatriz Carrión as she discusses works in the permanent collection related to women and power. These short and sweet talks are perfect for fitting in a quick women & arts history lesson into your afternoon break.

Where: New Orleans Museum of Art Admission: View NOMA's site for admission details.

New Orleans Royal Princess Ball Sunday, April 8 | 9AM-6:15 PM This one's for all the princess-obsessed children in your life! At the Dream Parties' Royal Princess Ball, you and your little one can participate in princess games, story times, sing alongs, ballroom dancing lessons, as well surprise activities!

Where: Sheraton Metairie Admission: $30-$50


If you have an upcoming women-centric event that you would like us to share in our next newsletter, please email photos, link, and description to for consideration.

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