Special Events

Convention Tours and Special Events

Please note that additional fees and registration are required for some of the events.

Saturday, October 19

6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunity

Join NFDA as we give back to the New Orleans community. Your time spent will be rewarding, and your effort appreciated by all. Watch your inbox for more information.

Sunday, October 20

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

24th Annual Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana

Now in its twenty-fourth year, the Funeral Service Foundation's golf outing has raised more than $1.75 million in support of its mission of investing in people and programs that strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities.

Join funeral directors and allied professionals of all skill levels for the Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic! Held in conjunction with the annual NFDA International Convention & Expo, the shotgun scramble style tournament is one of the best networking opportunities in the profession. 

This year, we'll be hitting the links at TPC Louisiana, part of the PGA Tour's Tournament Players Club network, and host of the Zurich Classic each spring. 

Join the fun as a sponsor or underwriter! Last year alone, more than 65 companies and firms came together to support the profession on the big day.

Separate registration required

Cost per player is $350. Registration includes transportation, tournament fees, food and beverage, and 18 holes of play! For additional costs, you'll be covered to enter contests, club rental, and additional drinks.

Want to support the Foundation, but golf isn’t your game? Simply join as a spectator! Your $150 registration fee allows you to experience all the networking and excitement of the day without the pressure to step up and take a shot. 

Visit FuneralServiceFoundation.org/Golf to register and learn about sponsorship opportunities.

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12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The "Big Easy" Private City Tour

Tour New Orleans with a local guide and see the city like a local. Visit popular sites, hidden gems and hear the stories that make the Big Easy what it is. Uncover a rich past and marvel at the vibrant community that thrives today.

Separate registration required
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12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A Taste of New Orleans Tour

Culinary treats await on this mouthwatering tour. Enjoy tasty cuisine at several top restaurants, as well as food you can only experience in New Orleans. Your taste buds will thank you!

Separate registration required
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4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Join past Professional Women’s Conference attendees at the 2024 ReConnect event and celebrate with each other.

This event is graciously sponsored by NGL. RSVP is required - please email cvondenbergh@nfda.org for more information. 

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6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Party Mardis Gras World

1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Float Den 
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the River City Ballroom

Mardi Gras World offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of dazzling Mardi Gras floats. Amidst amazing music, attendees can indulge in delightful hors d'oeuvres and refreshing beverages, including the iconic New Orleans Hurricane. Kick off your convention in style and connect with friends old and new during this free event!

Monday, October 21

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

A Haunted French Quarter Evening Tour

Wander the streets of the French Quarter and listen to ghoulish tales of a haunted past. The history of New Orleans never sounded so chilling.

Separate registration required
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12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Sacred & Mysterious Churches and Cemeteries Tour

Learn the historical and cultural significance of the churches and cemeteries in New Orleans and how the unique blend of French, Spanish and Caribbean influences weave their way into everyday life.

Separate registration required
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4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

All Star Recognition Ceremony

Join the NFDA Board of Directors as the association celebrates the remarkable accomplishments of funeral homes and funeral service professionals during the past year:

  • 2024 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients
  • NFDA Green Funeral Practice Certificate holders
  • NFDA Cremation Certification designees
  • NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultants
  • Funeral Service Foundation scholarship recipients
  • 2024-25 NFDA National Emerging Leaders Program participants
  • 2024 Meet the Mentors program participants
  • 2024 NFDA Inspiration Award recipient
  • NFDA International Professional Achievement Certificate holders
  • Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice Certified Funeral Service Practitioners

Tuesday, October 22

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Lasting Legacies 5K Run/Walk Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Cemetery

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans

Coaches depart for the 5K at 6:15 a.m. 

Lace up those running shoes for a unique networking event that can only happen at the Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Cemetery. As you circle the track on the beautiful grounds of this historic cemetery, let your steps resonate with reverence for the past and appreciation for fellow striders who selflessly care for others every single day. 

Separate registration required

Register for this session as part of your convention registration.
Cost: $50 per person.

Register online until the day of the event or onsite at the 5K site. Proceeds benefiting: Save Our Cemeteries. A local organization championing the education and repair of many New Orleans historical cemetery properties.

Register for 5K

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Service of Remembrance

When someone dies in New Orleans, a traditional New Orleans funeral service might begin with a slow march from the deceased’s home to the church or funeral home. During the march, a horse-drawn hearse might carry the casket, accompanied by a brass band playing somber dirges and hymns. This year’s NFDA Service of Remembrance will incorporate these traditions while honoring the memory of funeral service family members who died during the past year.

12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Louisiana Flatboat Swamp Tour

Explore Louisiana's swamps and waterways and learn the history of the bayous. This unique ecosystem is home to alligators, wild pigs, raccoons, more than 200 bird species, and more!

Separate registration required
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5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Professionals - Young and New New Orleans' Original True Crime Tour – Sinister Criminal Intentions

Curious about the darker facets of humanity? In the heart of the French Quarter, where jazz notes mingle with the scent of magnolias, lie secrets etched in blood. New Orleans, soulful and charming, has always harbored a seedy underbelly. From its origins as a refuge for the downtrodden – those released from poorhouses and prisons, seeking a fresh start – to the present day, where unspeakable acts continue to unfold, New Orleans wears its scars.

Join us as we pass historic buildings that hold more than architectural beauty. These walls whisper of violence, betrayal and the desperate cries of victims. The shadows deepen, revealing tales of passion, revenge and the macabre. As the sun sets, the past awakens, and you'll find yourself immersed in a chilling narrative – one that transcends time and leaves an indelible mark on your soul. 

Separate registration required

Register for this session as part of your convention registration.
Cost: $75 per person before September 9, $125 per person after Septemeber 9.

You may also register onsite at one of the registration desks.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

International Reception

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Two Poydras Street, St. Charles Room, Third Floor

Members attending the convention from outside the U.S. are invited to join NFDA President Dutch Nie and members of the NFDA Board of Directors for a private reception.

This special event is by invitation only. Please sign up in advance.

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