Scene Guide:
National & Major Regional Events


Major Events are covered locally, regionally, & on a national scale. Members are encouraged to submit entries for consideration. Each listing is sorted by the date of the event then color coded & categorized by the nature of their interest:
    
- Alternative Music & Culture in Rust.              - Gay, Bi, & Transgender in Purple.
     - BDSM & Fetish in Red.                                    
- Mainstream in Dust White.
    
- Lifestyle & Swinger in Green.

Please note: some crossover will often exist so the function in question will be listed by the nature that most predominantly reflects the general practice of the function

April:

1st-13th - National Cherry Blossom Festival (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org): Parade takes place on April 14th.
4th-6th - Charm City Fetish Fair (www.charmcityfetishfair.com): Baltimore's Biggest Festival for Kinksters from all walks of life.
             - Rubout (www.rubbout.com): Vancouver, B.C. hosts the nations largest gay male Latex & Rubber Convention.
            
11th-13th - EXXXOTICA Expo (Fetlife): At the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
12th-19th - Tabu in Hedonism II (Facebook): Celebrating 10 years in the scene, Tabu will host the Hedonism Spring Break.

Sat 12th - National Cherry Blossom Parade (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org): Parade takes place in Washington, DC.
               - Countdown to Yuri's Night (Facebook): An amazing celebration at Anacostia Art Center (SW DC).
               - Exotique (www.thefetishparty.com): Annual fetish extravaganza, hosted in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Sat 19th  - Tabu 10th Anniversary (TabuLife.com): Tabu Social Club celebrates 10 years in operation! Hosted in Catonsville, MD.
Tues 15th - Taxes Are Due.

18th-22nd - Awesomecon (awesomecondc.com): Pop culture & comic convention in DC.
                  - Fetish Evolution Weekend (www.fetishevolution.com): A profound Fetish Convention hosted in Essen, Germany.

                  - Frolicon (Frolicon.com): Adult oriented fantasy fair heavily influenced by science fiction. Hosted in Atlanta, Ga.
                  - Miss Gay Maryland Pageant (www.missgayamerica.com): Contestant winners will move on to Miss Gay America.

Sun 20th - Easter Sunday.
25th-27th - Convergence 20 (altgothic.com/c20chi): This year's gathering of the Gothic Culture will be in Chicago.
                  - Steampunk Empire Symposium (www.steampunksymposium.com): Hosted in Cincinatti, Ohio.
                  - Baltimore Tattoo Artist Convention (www.TattooedKingPin.com): Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center.

24th-27th - Boardwalk Badness (parties.strictlyspankingnetwork.com): BDSM event focused on Spanking in Atlantic City, N.J.
                  - CLAW (www.CLAWinfo.org): Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend, award winning convention for gay fetish.

TBD - Persephone's Masquerade (www.openhearth.org): Charity gala for the pagan community hosted by Open Hearth.
         - Victorian Steam Exposition (Facebook): Steampunk Exhibit British Columbia, Ca.

May:

1st-4th - 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.
             - Submissive Journey Weekend (www.submissivejourneyweekend.com): Hosted at a beautiful lodge in Gatinburg, Tenn.
             - Beltane Gathering (BeltaneGathering.com): Celtic Tribal meets sensual desire in Darlington, Md.

Sat 3rd - May Moon Revel (BellBookandCandle.biz/MayMoon): A night of full revelry w/ witches, goths, steampunk & more!
             - Virginia Gold Cup (www.vagoldcup.com): The 87th running of Virginia's steeplechase takes place in Great Meadows.

Mon 5th - Cinco de Mayo.
Sat 10th - 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.

10th-11th - Maryland Faerie Festival (www.MarylandFaerieFestival.org): Get those wings a flappin' & come join in the magic!
10th-31st - Virginia Renne Faire (www.VARF.org): Running each weekend for the rest of May (Lake Anna, Spotsylvania).

Sun 11th - Mother's Day.

16th-18th - Steampunk World's Fair (SteampunkWorldsFair.com): Takes place in Piscataway, N.J.
                - Torture Garden Toronto (www.torturegardentoronto.com): London's premier fetish club hosts a weekend in Canada.
                - DomCon L.A. (www.DomConLA.com): One of the nation's largest conventions for Dominants in the scene.
                - Wine in the Woods (www.wineinthewoods.com): Wine festival in the Symphony Woods of Merriweather Post Pavilion.

22nd-26th - Memorial Day Weekend...
                - MD Deathfest (www.supremebrutality.com/fest): Baltimore's own Death-rock Festival.
                - Playa del Fuego (playadelfuego.org): A Bi-Annual Event recognized as the 'Burning Man' of the East Coast.
                - Skin Two Rubber Ball (rubberball.skintwo.co.uk): One of the world's premiere events takes place in London, England.
                - 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.
                - Camp Crucible (www.the-crucible.com): Leather Retreat Weekend hosted in Port Royal, MD.
                - 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.

TBD - World Steam Expo (Facebook): Major Steampunk Exposition in Dearborn, Michigan.
         - Drac's Ball Anniversary Celebration (DraculasBall.com): Philadelphia's Greatest Tradition, hosted by Dancing Ferret.
         - Artomatic (www.artomatic.org): DC's largest independent art exhibit. Runs through June 24th.
         - DC 101 Chili Cook-off (www.dc101chilicookoff.com): Great bands, good beer, & all the chili you can handle.

June:

31st-1st - N.Y. Fetish Marathon (nyfetishmarathon.com): New York's annual week of fetish & fantasy mayhem.
              - Vintage Virginia (across-the-way.com): The area's largest wine festival is held at Bull Run National Park.

5th-8th - Honfest (www.honfest.net): Oh hon', there's nothing else like it! Held in Hampden, it redefines kitschy (in a good way).
             - Treffen (www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english): The world's largest gathering for Goths takes place in Leipzig, Germany.
             - AnimeNext (animenext.org): Anime Convention in Sommerset, NJ.
             - German Fetish Ball  (www.german-fetish-ball.com): Berlin hosts a full weekend of extravagance & pure decadent desire.
             - 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.

12th-15th - Free Spirit Gathering (freespiritgathering.org): A family friendly gathering of Pagan intrigue in Darlington, MD.
                  - Freeform Art Festival (Freeform-Festival.com): Adult oriented festival tying together the divergent art communities.
                  - Caribbean Fetish Queen Festival (www.kinkevents.com): Fun in the sun, at the beautiful Hedonism Resort.
                  - Playcate's Couples Convention (Playcate.com): One of the Nation's Largest Swinger Convention.

Sun 15th - Father's Day.
 
19th-23th - Dark Odyssey's Fusion (www.darkodyssey.com): One of the regions very best festival camp formats. See website.
                 - Baltimore Gay Pride (www.BaltimorePride.org): Celebrating Gay Culture in Baltimore, Md.
                 - National Capital Barbecue (www.bbqdc.com): Live Blues, great ribs, & a great afternoon. Not so good for vegans. ;-)

Sat 21st - Summer Solstice.
Sun 22nd - In Loving Memory of J.D.D.
                 - Folsom East (www.folsomstreeteast.org): New York's answer to the Folsom Street Festival in San Fran.

27th-29th - Terminus (TerminusFestival.com): Industrial EBM Festival in Calgary, Ca.
Sat 28th - Freak Day at Kings Dominion (Facebook): Always held the last Saturday in June. Meet at the main gate by 12noon.

July:

3rd-6th - Pex Summer Festival (www.pexsummerfestival.com): An experiment in joyful expression through music & art.
              - Touch of Flavor (Fetlife): Conference to explore sexual desires, relationships, and the pleasures of performance.
              - TES Fest (www.TESFest.org): The Eulenspiegel Society hosts their 40th anniversary in Piscataway, NJ.
              - Anthrocon 2012 (www.anthrocon.org): Pittsburg hosts one of the worlds largest events for Furries.

Fri 4th - Independence Day.

8th-14th - Starwood Festival (www.rosencomet.com/starwood): America's largest Pagan/Magic gathering in Pomeroy, Ohio.
11th-12th - Annapolis Irish Festival (AnnapolisIrishFestival.com): Hosted at the Anne Arundle Fairgrounds.

Mon 14th - Bastille Day - French Maid Races (www.lenfantcafe.com): Outrageous Block Party hosted by Cafe L'Enfant.

10th-27th - Capital Fringe Festival (www.capfringe.org): Dedicated to risk taking & independent performing arts.
18th-20th - Transformus (www.transformus.com): North Carolina hosts one of the East Coast's most recognized burner weekends.
                  - Artscape (artscape.org): One of America's largest free arts festivals takes place in Baltimore, Md.
                  - Tampa Bay Escapes (TampaBayEscapes.com): Hotel takeover in beautiful Tampa Bay. This event always sells out!

24th-27th - Faerie Worlds (www.faerieworlds.com): One of the nation's largest & most elaborate festivals dedicated to fantasy!
                
- Floating World (www.thefloatingworld.org): Pansexual Inter-Organizational Convention taking place in Edison, N.J.
                 - Splash! (lifestylesflorida.com): Hotel take-over in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Attended by thousands of liberated couples.
                 - International Deaf Leather (www.internationaldeafleather.org): This year's conference is hosted in Denver.
                 - FloydFest (across-the-way.com): The region's largest beer & wine festival at Bull Run Park.

TBD - Swingfest (www.swingfestevents.com): One of the Nation's largest Swinger Conventions in Miami, Fla (on hiatus for 2014).
         - Trans Campout (www.TransCampout.org): A trans-oriented sex-positive kink event at Long Fork Retreat, West Va.

August:

1st-10th - Pennsic (www.PennsicWar.org): The nation's largest gathering for medieval war games. And although this lies at its core,
                 there's actually a lot more going on than meets the eye. In short, if you were to hold Burning Man 800 years ago in the
                 woods of Pennsylvania then you'd have something very close to the low lands of Pennsic.

                 Richard A.D. & The Metro
camp w/Die Fledermaus, & basically serve as the scene camp for the festival. 


Sat 2nd - Torture Garden's Summer Ball (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.
              - Sigma's 10th Annual Perv Picnic (www.sigmadc.org): Cum play with the bad boys!  Date is not yet confirmed.

8th-10th - Otakon (www.otakon.com): Baltimore Convention for Anime, Manga, & Asian Pop Culture.
               - Sturgis (www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com): The world's largest gathering for motorcycle enthusiasts.
               - Fetish-Con (www.fetishcon.com): Tampa, Fla. hosts one of the nations largest fetish conventions.
               - Naughty in N'awlins (www.neworleansinnovember.com): What better place to go & be bad?

14th-17th - Black Beat (www.blackbeatinc.org): Focused on "Black Expressions & Alternative Tastes." Meets in Washington, DC.
23rd-24th - GlamourCon Chicago (www.glamourcon.com): Celebrating the art of Pin-up & Glamour - past, present, & future.
                  - 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.

28th-1st - 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.
               - HorrorFind (www.HorrorFindWeekend.com): Weekend Horror Festival featuring celebs, screenings, vending, & more.
               - 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.
               - Fetfest (Fetlife): Fetish Convention now held in the Pocono's.
               - 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.


TBD - Libertine Ball (Libertineball.wordpress.com): Passional hosts Philly's premier fetish ball at Shampoo Night Club.

September:

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.

Mon 1st - Labor Day.

5th-7th - Comicon (BaltimoreComicCon.com): Annual gathering for comic enthusiasts (at the Baltimore Convention Center).
             - Couples Fest, Key West (www.couplesfest.com): From the producers "Naughty in N'awlins." Just don't forget the lotion!

13th-14th - Goth Cruise & Masquerade Ball (www.GothicCruise.com): Setting sail for 8 days of top DJ's, Bands, & Culture.
                 - Small Press Expo (www.spxpo.com): North America‚Äôs Premiere Independent Cartooning & Comic Arts Festival.
                 - Virginia Wine Festival (across-the-way.com): Ranked as one of the top 10 wine festivals nationwide.
Sun 21st - Folsom Street Fair (www.folsomstreetfair.com): San Francisco's nationally recognized Street Fair.

Tue 23rd - Fall Equinox.
Thur 25th - Rosh Hashanah.
Fri 26th - In Loving Memory of A.R.D.

TBD - Von Gutenberg Fetish Ball (www.vongutenbergfetishball.com): San Francisco's ultimate weekend!
          - Rope Weekend (TheRopeCamp.com): And entire weekend dedicated to shibari. Hosted in Darlington, Md.
          - Goddess Ball (www.EntreNousDC.com): Presented by Entre Nous at their new location. See website for details.

October:

3rd-5th - Steamcon VI (www.steamcon.org): The West Coast's 6th Annual Steampunk Conventions is hosted in Bellevue, Wa.
              - Anime USA (www.animeusa.org): One of nation's largest & most recognized anime conventions takes place in DC.
 
10th-12th - Columbus Day Weekend
                  - Playa del Fuego (playadelfuego.org): The 'Burning Man' of the East Coast presented bi-annually.
                  - Miss Gay America Pageant (www.missgayamerica.com): this year's pageant will be hosted in Nashville, TN.

Sun 12th - 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!

17th-26th - Fantasy Fest (www.FantasyFest.net): Key West, Fla. hosts one of the nations largest gatherings for fanciful desire.
18th-25th - 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 25th - International Gold Cup (www.vagoldcup.com): The running of Virginia's steeplechase takes place in Great Meadows.
25th-31st - Festival of the Dead (festivalofthedead.com): Salem, Mass. hosts one of the most evolved Halloween bash's anywhere.

Sat 25th - 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 28th - 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!
 
Fri 31st - Halloween!!!
              - Drac's Ball (www.draculasball.com) Hosted by Nocturne in Philly.
              - 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.             
TBD - DomCon (www.domconatlanta.com): hosted in Atlanta, Ga.

November:

Sat 1st - All Saints Day
            - Torture Garden's Halloween Ball II (www.torturegarden.com): by London's hottest fetish club.

            - Endless Night Vampire Ball (www.endlessnight.com): Scheduled every Halloween in New Orleans.

Sun 2nd - Daylight Savings (Fall Forward 1 Hour at 2am Saturday Night)
7th-9th - FaerieCon East (Faeriecon.com): Baltimore hosts one of the nation's largest festivals dedicated to myth & fantasy!

Tues 11th - Veteran's Day.
12tt-19th - Swingland Tour (Playcate.com): Week long swinger vacation in London, England. 

Tue 25th - Richard A.D. Anniversary.
Thu 27th - Thanksgiving.

TBD - Diabolique Fetish Ball (www.phillyfetishball.com) Nov. hosts Philly's most progressive fetish ball at Shampoo Nightclub.
         - Erotica (www.erotica-uk.com): London hosts a weekend of pure beauty, extravagance, intrigue, & absolute desire.

December:

Fri 5th - DC Krampuslauf (Event Page): One of DC's greatest new traditions takes place on H St. NE DC.
Sat 6th - St. Nicholas Day - Torture Garden's X-mas Ball (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.

Sun 21st - Winter Solstice (Saturnalia).
Thu 25th - X-mas.

Sun 28th - Happy Birthday to our very own Mistress Tyler & Lady Shazz.
Tue 30th - Special Birthday Celebration for Richard A.D
Wed 31st - New Year's Eve - The Metro Underground Presents: New Year's Eve, a Black Tie Formal.


~ 2015 ~



January:

16th-18th - Mid Atlantic Leather / MAL (www.leatherweekend.com): Gay Male Leather Convention, now hosted at the Hyatt in DC
23rd-25th - AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (Show.AdultEntertainmentExpo.com): Held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, NV.

TBA
- AlternaCirque (alternacirque.com): Columbia, SC hosts a 3 day extravaganza for bellydance, circus, sideshow & burlesqu

February:

Sun 8th - SUPERBOWL XLIX (49): On a television near you... 

Tue 10th - The Metro Underground Celebrates 6 Years in the Scene!

13th-16th - President's Day Weekend.
                - Katsucon (www.Katsucon.org): Annual convention for fans of Japanese & Asian culture. Hosted at National Harbor.
                - Philadelphia Tattoo Artist Convention (www.TattooedKingPin.com): Hosted at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
                - Dark Odyssey's Winter Fire (www.darkodyssey.com): Local convention for the BDSM, Fetish, & Swinger
Scene.
                - L.A. Fetish Weekend (www.kinkevents.com): One of L.A.'s most recognized Fetish & Kink events.
                
Sat 14th - Valentine's Day.
               - Fetish Factory Valentine Ball (www.fetishfactory.com): One of the East Coast's largest Fetish Balls in South Fla.

Tues 17th - Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday.
17th-22nd - DC Fashion Week (dcfashionweek.org/dcfw): A full week dedicated to high fashion in the nation's capitol.
21st-23rd - FaerieCon West (Faeriecon.com): Seattle hosts one of the nation's largest festivals dedicated to myth & fantasy!

TBA - Drac's Ball (www.DraculasBall.com): One of Philly's most celebrated traditions.
         - Fetish Fair Flea Market (www.nelaonline.org): Province is host to one of the east coast's BIGGEST events for vending.
         - Poly Living Conference (LovingMore.com):  Bringing together people who love more. Hosted in Philadelphia.
         - L.U.E.Y. Weekend (www.lueyweekend.com): Nationally recognized Gay Male Leather Weekend in Houston.
         - Mates Leather Weekend (www.matesleatherweekend.com): Gay Male Leather & Fetish Weekend in Provincetown, Mass.

March:

Sun 8th - Daylight Savings (Spring Forward 1 hour at 2am on Saturday Night).

Tues 17th - St. Patrick's Night of Mayhem (www.TheMetroUnderground.com/Metro): The Return of the Snakes!
                Presented by Richard A.D. & The Metro Underground. In association w/ Johnny Panic & the organizers of Bound.

TBD - Mythic Faire (renconvention.com): A mystical journey of art, music, & masquerade!  Hosted in Atlanta.
          - Kinkfest (www.kinkfest.org): Portland, Oregon hosts one of the nations most prolific events for the national calendar.
          - Momentum (MomentumCon.com): "Making waves in sexuality, feminism, & relationships." Hosted in Crystal City, Va.

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