National & Major Regional Events
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): Full weekend of nationally recognized 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. is THE place to be for Halloween.
- 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.
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 -