WAVE Festival

WAVE: Women Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs
9th Annual Celebration of Women Festival
Saturday, March 19, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission!
Franciscan Center Commons, Lourdes
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560

Lourdes celebrates National Women’s History Month by recognizing the diversity and vision of area women artists and business women. This celebration of women festival is an indoor exhibition and sale of fine arts, crafts and other creative expressions.


The WAVE Festival originated as a way to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of women throughout the local community.  In the spirit of our Franciscan values, we embrace the civic communities whom we engage, celebrating the many talents of our participants, and welcome the visitors who come to our campus.  In conjunction with the annual recognition of March as Women’s History Month, we are pleased to bring together talented artists, craftswomen, and performers for the afternoon. It is our hope that the experience will not only impress and delight you, but empower you as well. Proceeds will benefit a local women's charity.

Lourdes, the only higher education institution currently in Northwest Ohio that began as a women only college, is proud to host the festival. Founded by Mother Adelaide and the Sisters of St. Francis fifty-six years ago, Lourdes embraces its history and the spirit in which we continue to recognize and honor women who not only have shaped our past, but will influence our future.  For more information contact Marisol Strelow at 419-824-3871 or wave@lourdes.edu.


The W.A.V.E Festival Committeewill select a local women's charity as the beneficiary of the 9th annual festival. Family Promise of Greater Toledo helps provide a safe, warm place to sleep, eat and care for children and their families facing homelessness.

Past recipient organizations of W.A.V.E. Festival proceeds include: Aurora House, Second Chance, Women Blessing Women, Harbor House, Bethany House, Family Promise of Greater Toledo and many others.