National & Major Regional Events
1st-3rd - Fairie Fest (www.FairieFestival.net): The annual gathering of east coast fairies takes place in Glenn Rock, Pennsylvania.
- Beyond Leather (www.beyondleather.net): Full Weekend Leather Conventions in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
- Beltane Gathering (BeltaneGathering.com): Celtic Tribal meets sensual desire in Darlington, Md.
Sat 2nd - Virginia Gold Cup (www.vagoldcup.com): The 87th running of Virginia's steeplechase takes place in Great Meadows.
- Kentucky Derby (Derby): The first leg of the triple crown - one of the nation's greatest traditions in horse racing.
Tues 5th - Cinco de Mayo: Little known fact: May 5th celebrates the defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla & is seen as
celebration of national heritage for the Mexican people (similar to St.Patrick's Day for the Irish). Contrary to popular
belief it is NOT a celebration of Mexican Independence. Personally, any culture responsible for giving us the taco, guacamole, margaritas, & chocolate has my vote! Viva la Mexico!
8th-11th - Dreamscape (Dreamscape.com): Massive weekend Music Festival at Ramblewood, Md.
- F.Flow Arts 2.0 (Facebook Event): Fire & Flow Festival located just west of Fredericksburg, Va. Ticket sales end 5/6.
Sat 9th - Virginia Renne Faire (www.VARF.org): Opening weekend for the Virginia's Renne Faire (Lake Anna, Spotsylvania).
- Torture Garden Birthday Ball (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.
Tues 12th - Round 2 Transformus Tickets (BrownPaper): Round 1 already sold out. Event caps at 2,500.
Sun 10th - Mother's Day: Call your mother! She misses you!15th-17th - Steampunk World's Fair (SteampunkWorldsFair.com): Takes place in Piscataway, N.J.
- Blue Ridge Beltane Festival (BlueRidgeBeltane): Hosted at Stoney Creek Camp/Resort, Greenville, Va.
- Quebec Kink Festival (QCityKinkFestival.com): Full weekend of events in Quebec, Canada.
- German Fetish Ball (www.german-fetish-ball.com): Berlin hosts a full weekend of pure decadent desire.
- Submissive Journey Weekend (www.submissivejourneyweekend.com): Hosted at a beautiful lodge in Gatinburg, Tenn.
- DomCon L.A. (www.DomConLA.com): One of the nation's largest conventions for Dominants in the scene.
- Xcape to Key West Lifestyle Takover (EroticAdultTravel): Hotel takeover in Key West, Fla.
- Urban Bear (UrbanBear.com): All Male Leather Weekend for Bears & those that love 'em. Hosted in Manhattan, N.Y.
- Wine in the Woods (www.wineinthewoods.com): Wine festival in the Symphony Woods of Merriweather Post Pavilion.
22nd-25th - Memorial Day Weekend...
- Playa del Fuego (playadelfuego.org): A Bi-Annual Event recognized as the 'Burning Man' of the East Coast.
- Scortched Nuts (scortchednuts.com): Mid-west burn located in Rutland, Ohio. Offered as an alternative to Playa.
- Walkabout Music Festival (Facebook): Hosted at Hidden Acres Campground in Milford, Va.
- Treffen (www.wave-gotik-treffen.de): The world's largest gathering for Goths takes place in Leipzig, Germany.
- Camp Crucible (www.the-crucible.com): Leather Retreat Weekend hosted in Port Royal, MD.
- Fetish Factory (www.fetishfactory.com): Fetish Factory Anniversary Weekend takes place in South Florida.
- ShibariCon (www.shibaricon.com): Dedicated to the art of rope bondage. Hosted in Chicago.
- Bound-Con (www.boundcon.com): Munich, Germany hosts one of Europe's largest BDSM & Fetish Conventions.
- International Mr. Leather (www.imrl.com): Gay Male Leather Weekend hosted in Chicago.
Time to celebrate, party, & have fun! But please also remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice so you can.28th-31st - Fahrenheit Flow Arts Festival (Fahrenheitflowarts.com): Located at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, Pa.
- AwesomeCon (Awesomecon.com): One of the area's largest anime & comic conventions.
- N.Y. Fetish Marathon (nyfetishmarathon.com): New York's annual week of fetish & fantasy mayhem.
- Vintage Virginia (VintageVirginia.com): The area's largest wine festival is held at Bull Run National Park.
Coming in June - The Metro Spring Formal Hosts: "The Victorian Ball..." Inspired by the opulence of the Victorian
Era, The Metro Spring Formal will bring together some of the scene's very best talent to create an event of pure decadence &
delight! So please join us as we offer an evening of unforgettable beauty, intrigue, & sheer possibility. Accented w/ great music,
awesome entertainment, & a great playspace for added possibility, THIS is an evening you won’t want to miss!TBD - Drac's Ball Anniversary Celebration (DraculasBall.com): Philadelphia's Greatest Tradition, hosted by Dancing Ferret.
- Torture Garden Toronto (www.torturegardentoronto.com): London's premier fetish club hosts a weekend in Canada.
- Artomatic (www.artomatic.org): DC's largest independent art exhibit. Runs through June 24th.
4th-8th - Freeform Festival (Freeformarts.com): Art, music, & burner festival at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, Pa.
- Infinite Dimensions (Facebook): A Rick & Morty Production, see mailing list for location.
- NDD's Bootcamp V (northerndelawareds.com/boot-camp-7): Hosted at Ramblewood Campground in Darlington, MD.
- Gay Pride Festival (www.capitalpride.org): Internationally recognized festival celebrating gay culture for the DC area.
Sat 6th - Remembrance of D-Day in Europe.
13th-14th - Maryland Faerie Festival (www.MarylandFaerieFestival.org): Get those wings a flappin' & come join in the magic!
- Honfest (www.honfest.net): Oh hon', there's nothing else like it! Held in Hampden, it redefines kitschy (in a good way).
- AnimeNext (animenext.org): Anime Convention in Sommerset, NJ.
- Caribbean Fetish Queen Festival (www.kinkevents.com): Fun in the sun, at the beautiful Hedonism Resort.
- Le Nuit Demonica (NuitDemonica.com): Full Fetish Weekend hosted in Paris, France.
- Playcate's Couples Convention (Playcate.com): One of the Nation's Largest Swinger Convention.
- South East Leather Fest (SELeatherFest.com): Gay & Queer Leather Weekend in Atlanta, Ga.
- Gummbalaya Rubber Weekend (ISRubber.net): All Male Latex Fetish Weekend in New Orleans.
18th-21st - Free Spirit Gathering (freespiritgathering.org): A family friendly gathering of Pagan intrigue in Darlington, MD.
- Wickerman (Wickerman.com): Art, Music, & Burn Festival at the Four Quarters Sanctuary in Artemas, PA.
Sat 20th - The Metro Underground Presents: "The Victorian Ball." Inspired by the opulence of the Victorian Era, The Metro
Summer Formal will bring together some of the scene's very best talent to create an event of pure decadence & delight!
So please join us as we offer an evening of unforgettable beauty, intrigue, & sheer possibility. Accented w/ great music,
awesome entertainment, & a great playspace for erotic intrigue THIS is a night you won’t want to miss! See Metro Events.
Sun 21st - Father's Day / Summer Solstice.
- Folsom East (www.folsomstreeteast.org): New York's answer to the Folsom Street Festival in San Fran.
Mon 22nd - In Loving Memory of J.D.D.
25th-28th - Dark Odyssey's Fusion (www.darkodyssey.com): One of the regions very best festival camp formats. See website.
- Thunder in the Mountains (thunderintheMountain): Denver, Co. hosts one of the Mid-West's finest Fetish Weekends.
- Boundless (BoundlessEvents.org): Kink & Fetish Weekend hosted just north of San Francisco.
- National Capital Barbecue (www.bbqdc.com): Live Blues, great ribs, & a great afternoon. Not so good for vegans. ;-)
2nd-5th - Pex Summer Festival (www.pexsummerfestival.com): An experiment in joyful expression through music & art.
- Pyroglyphics (Facebook): Multi-Day Music Festival hosted in Harmony, Maine.
- TES Fest (www.TESFest.org): The Eulenspiegel Society hosts their 40th anniversary in Piscataway, NJ.
- Bondage Ball (www.bondageball.com): Hosted in Los Angeles & featuring nationally recognized talent.
- Atlanta Bear Festival (AtlantaBearFest.com): All Male Leather Weekend dedicated to Bears & those that love them.
Sat 4th - Independence Day.
9th-27th - Capital Fringe Festival (www.capfringe.org): Celebrating 10 years of risk taking & independent performing arts.
9th-12th - Annapolis Irish Festival (AnnapolisIrishFestival.com): Hosted at the Anne Arundle Fairgrounds.
- Starwood Festival (www.rosencomet.com/starwood): America's largest Pagan/Magic gathering in Pomeroy, Ohio.
- Anthrocon (www.anthrocon.org): Pittsburg hosts one of the worlds largest events for Furries.
Sat 11th - French Maid Races (www.lenfantcafe.com): Block Party hosted by Cafe L'Enfant in honor of Bastille Day.
Tues 14th - Bastille Day
16th-19th - Transformus (www.transformus.com): North Carolina hosts one of the East Coast's most recognized burner weekends.
- Elemental Fusion Festival (ElementalFusion): Art & Music Rave Festival in Vernon, NJ.
- Artscape (artscape.org): One of America's largest free arts festivals takes place in Baltimore, Md.
- Swingstock (Swingstock.com): Clothing optional resort takeover in Minneapolis, MN.
- IMEN (Imen4allMen.org): All Male Nude Weekend hosted at Ramblewood, Md.
23rd-26th - Otakon (www.otakon.com): Baltimore Convention for Anime, Manga, & Asian Pop Culture.
- Vancouver Fetish Weekend (VancouverFetWknd): Six incredible parties hosted over the weekend's festivities.
- Floating World (www.thefloatingworld.org): Hosted in Edison, N.J. Cancelled for 2015 but returning next year.
- Lifestyle Fantasy Expo (LifeStyleFantasyExpo.com): Hotel takeover & Lifestyle Convention in Coral Springs, Fl.
- Baltimore Gay Pride (www.BaltimorePride.org): Celebrating Gay Culture in Baltimore, Md.
- Domination (Domination.com): All Male Leather/Fetish Weekend the Timberfell Lodge, TN.
- International Deaf Leather (www.internationaldeafleather.org): Cancelled for 2015 but returning in 2016.
- FloydFest (Floydfest.com): The region's largest beer, wine, & folk festival in Floyd, Va.
29th-2nd - Big Dub (BigDubFestival.com): Each year a bit of magic happens at Four Quarters Farm in Artemas, Pa.
- Naughty in N'awlins (www.neworleansinnovember.com): What better place to go & be bad?
- Amorous Revolt (AmorousRevolt.com): Queer Camp Weekend at Ramblewood in Darlington, MD.
1st-10th - Pennsic (www.PennsicWar.org): The nation's largest gathering for medieval war games. On the surface this lies at its
core, but in truth there there's more going on than meets the eye. In short, if you were to hold Burning Man 600 years
ago in the woods of Pennsylvania then you'd have something very close to the low lands of Pennsic. Several
members of The Metro camp w/ Die Fledermaus, which basically serves as the scene camp for the festival.
6th-9th - Moonrise Festival (MoonriseFestival.com): Baltimore Festival Rave at Pimlico Race Course.
- Sturgis (www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com): The world's largest motorcycle rally celebrates its 75th Anniversary!
13th-16th - Fetish-Con (www.fetishcon.com): Tampa, Fla. hosts one of the nations largest fetish conventions.
- Leather Woods (LeatherWoods.org): Leather & Fetish Retreat Weekend host just outside Salem, Or.
22nd-23rd - Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival (Facebook): Hosted in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
28th-30th - Chesapeake Leather Pride (Fetilfe): Full weekend of events hosted at the Baltimore Playspace.
29th-30th - Opening Weekend for Maryland Renaissance Festival (www.RennFest.com): Coolest thing since Disneyland.
Runs from end of August to mid-October. See website for theme based festivals on select weekends.
TBD - GlamourCon Chicago (www.glamourcon.com): Celebrating the art of Pin-up & Glamour - past, present, & future.
- Libertine Ball (Libertineball.wordpress.com): Passional hosts Philly's premier fetish ball at Shampoo Night Club.
Maryland Renaissance Festival (www.RennFest.com): A local favorite & the coolest thing since Walt Disney built Disneyland. It runs from the end of August to mid-October. See website for theme based festivals on select weekends.
4th-7th - Labor Day Weekend.
- DragonCon (www.dragoncon.org): Labor Day Weekend hosts the nation's largest fantasy convention in Atlanta, Ga.
- Burning Man (www.burningman.com): Annual gathering of an alternate reality like no other. Runs Aug 25th - Sept 1st.
- Faerie Worlds (www.faerieworlds.com): One of the nation's largest & most elaborate festivals dedicated to fantasy.
- Montreal Fetish Weekend (www.fetishweekend.com): A true highlight for the international alternative calendar.
- Dark Odyssey's Summer Camp (www.DarkOdyssey.com): Hosted at Darlington, MD.
- Master/slave Conference (www.MasterSlaveConference.org): a pansexual gathering of the BDSM scene.
- Southern Decadence (www.southerndecadence.com): a celebration of gay life, music, & culture.
- Virginia Scottish Games (www.VaScottishGames.org): Celebrating the celtic heritage in Great Plains, Va.
- DC Blues Festival (www.dcblues.org): National Talent right in the Nation's Capitol.
Fri 11th - National Remembrance of 9/11.
Mon 14th - Rosh Hashanah.
12th-13th - Virginia Wine Festival (VirginiaWineFest): Ranked as one of the top 10 wine festivals nationwide.
19th-20th - New Orleans Burlesque Festival (NewOrleansBurlesqueFest): Hosting a nationally recognized weekend of Burlesque.
- Small Press Expo (www.spxpo.com): North America’s Premiere Independent Cartooning & Comic Arts Festival.
25th-27th - Comicon (BaltimoreComicCon.com): Annual gathering for comic enthusiasts (at the Baltimore Convention Center).
- Exotica (ExoticaDetroit.com): Detroit hosts one of the nation's most recognized fetish events.
- Splash! (lifestylesflorida.com): Hotel take-over in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Attended by thousands of liberated couples.
Sun 27th - Goth Cruise & Masquerade Ball (www.GothicCruise.com): Setting sail for 8 days of top DJ's, Bands, & Culture.
- Folsom Street Fair (www.folsomstreetfair.com): San Francisco's nationally recognized Street Fair.
Wed 23rd - Fall Equinox.
Sat 26th - In Loving Memory of A.R.D.
TBD - Von Gutenberg Fetish Ball (www.vongutenbergfetishball.com): San Francisco's ultimate weekend!
9th-11th - Columbus Day Weekend
- Playa del Fuego (playadelfuego.org): The 'Burning Man' of the East Coast presented bi-annually.
- DomCon (www.domconatlanta.com): hosted in Atlanta, Ga.
- Miss Gay America Pageant (www.missgayamerica.com): this year's pageant will be hosted in Memphis, TN.
Fri 9th - DC Fetish Weekend (DCFetishBall.com): Please join us for the Exotic Erotic Pre-Party to the DC Fetish Ball.
Sun 11th - DC Fetish Ball (DCFetishBall.com): Bringing together some of the scene's very best DJ's, Models, Fashion, &
Nationally Recognized Talent - all accented w/ an incredible play space in some of the city's most lavish venues -
DCFB offers a level of twisted delight worthy of the Nation's Capitol! So please join us for a night of unforgettable
beauty, intrigue, & sheer possibility. Presented by Richard A.D. & Metro Events, this is our flagship event &
a night you WON'T want to miss!
13th-17th - Kink in the Caribbean Festival (www.kinkevents.com): Fun in the sun, at the beautiful Hedonism Resort.
Tue 21st - In Loving Memory of J.D.D.
Sat 24th - International Gold Cup (www.vagoldcup.com): The running of Virginia's steeplechase takes place in Great Meadows.
23rd-31st - Festival of the Dead (festivalofthedead.com): Salem, Mass. hosts one of the most evolved Halloween bash's anywhere.
- Fantasy Fest (www.FantasyFest.net): Key West, Fla. hosts one of the nations largest gatherings for fanciful desire.
Sat 24th - Torture Garden Halloween Ball (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.
- Bondage Ball (www.bondageball.com): Hosted in Los Angeles & featuring nationally recognized talent.
Tue 27th - DC High Heel Race (WashPost): One of the region's biggest traditions, & an event not to be missed (for everyone)!
Takes place the Tuesday before Halloween by 17th & Q St. NW DC. Crowds begin at 7pm. Now in its 25th year!
30th-1st - Anime USA (www.animeusa.org): One of nation's largest & most recognized anime conventions takes place in DC.
Sat 31st - Halloween!!!
- Drac's Ball (www.draculasball.com) Hosted by Nocturne in Philly.
- Endless Night Vampire Ball (www.endlessnight.com): Scheduled every Halloween in New Orleans.
- Torture Garden's Halloween Ball II (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.
- SMack! Fetish Ball (www.smack-fetish.com): Annual Halloween Ball in New York presented by Xris SMack.
- Fetish & Fantasy Ball (www.halloweenball.com): Las Vegas hosts one of the nation's most extravagant events anywhere.
Sun 1st - Day of the Dead - Daylight Savings (Fall Forward 1 Hour at 2am Saturday Night): Celebrated throughout much of
Mexico & Latin America, Day of the Dead celebrates the remembrance of lost loved ones & family.
6th-8th - FaerieCon East (Faeriecon.com): Baltimore hosts one of the nation's largest festivals dedicated to myth & fantasy!
Wed 11th - Veteran's Day. - Initially celebrating the end of WWI, it later came to celebrate all veterans in military service.
14th-16th - Surrender Weekend (DarkOdyessy): Full Weekend Kink Convention hosted in San Francisco.
Wed 25th - Richard A.D. Anniversary.
Thu 26th - Thanksgiving.
Sat 28th - The Black & White Ball (Metro Events): Bringing together a perfect blend of top talent, great music, & exotic intrigue, what began as a birthday celebration has since grown into one of the area's most anticipated events. So while hard core shoppers kill each other to save a buck, we offer a chance to feed your mind, move your body, & celebrate good times with great friends old & new. It's the perfect way to celebrate the season before yuletide madness takes hold.TBD - Diabolique Fetish Ball (www.phillyfetishball.com) Nov. hosts Philly's most progressive fetish ball at Shampoo Nightclub.
Sat 5th - DC Krampuslauf (Event Page): One of DC's greatest new traditions takes place on H St. NE DC.
- Torture Garden's X-mas Ball (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.
Sun 6th - St. Nicholas Day
Mon 21st - Winter Solstice (Saturnalia).
Fri 25th - X-mas.
Thu 31st - New Year's Eve -