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 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


St. Patrick’s Night of Mayhem:  I wanted to thank everyone who made it out for the Return of the Snakes! As our second 'Underground Party," it was possibly one of the best smaller affairs we've ever hosted. In spite of Easter, we had an incredible crowd (w/ just over 120), a high level of play, incredible energy, & an amazing night w/ truly incredible people. 

Special thanks to Maggie, Kitty, & Nikki for their awesome performances on the pole. Also, Jade for a night of relaxing massages, Angelo on wax & blades (plus help w/ clean up), Greg for the Sybian, Brett for the Violet Wand, & Deanna for rocking it on the bar.  Thank you all so much & we'll see you in May for The Metro Spring Formal.

April:

1st-17th - National Cherry Blossom Festival (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org): Parade takes place on the 14th.

15th-17th - Baltimore Tattoo Artist Convention (www.TattooedKingPin.com): Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center.

                - Fells Point Pirate Festival (Facebook): One of Baltimore's greatest traditions!
                - Rocky Mt. Poly Living (LovingMore):  National convention for Polyamory. Hosted in Denver, Co.
                - International Ms. Leather (IMsL.org): Hosted in San Jose, Cal.


Fri 15th - Taxes Are Due.
Sat 16th - National Cherry Blossom Parade (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org): Parade takes place in Washington, DC.
              - Wasteland (Wasteland): One of Europe's largest fantasy & fetish events is hosted in Amsterdam.


22nd-24th - Submissive Journey Weekend (www.submissivejourneyweekend.com): Hosted in Gatinburg, Tenn.
                - The M/s Gathering (themsgathering):  Pansexual gathering for BDSM/Kink in Wilmington, Del.

                - Miss Gay Maryland Pageant (www.missgayamerica.com): Contestant winners will move on to Miss Gay America.

Sat 23rd - Torture Garden Birthday Ball (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.

28th-1st - Fire & Flow Arts (Facebook): Smaller local burn but offering a great weekend. Located west of Fredricksburg, Va.
              - May Day Fairie Festival (Facebook): Annual event hosted at Spoutwood Farm, Penn.
              - 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.

              - CLAW (www.CLAWinfo.org): Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend, award winning convention for gay fetish.


TBD - Charm City Fetish Fair (www.charmcityfetishfair.com): Baltimore's Biggest Kink Festival is cancelled for 2016.

May:

Virginia Renne Faire (www.VARF.org): Running each weekend from May 7th - June 5th (at Lake Anna, Spotsylvania).

Thu 5th - Cinco de Mayo.

5th-8th - Dreamscape (Dreamscape): Badass Raves hosts one of the regions largest music festivals at Ramblewood, Md.
            - German Fetish Ball  (www.german-fetish-ball.com): Berlin's most extravagant weekend of decadent desire.
            - Kinko de Mayo (KDMCleveland): Major kink convention for the Mid-West & Eastern U.S. Hosted in Cleveland, Oh.

            - Frolicon (Frolicon.com): Adult oriented fantasy fair heavily influenced by science fiction. Hosted in Atlanta, Ga.

7th-8th - Virginia Renne Faire (www.VARF.org): Opening weekend for the Virginia's Renne Faire (Lake Anna, Spotsylvania).

Sat 7th  - Virginia Gold Cup (www.vagoldcup.com): The annual running of Virginia's steeplechase in Great Meadows.
Sun 8th - Mother's Day.

13th-15th - Steampunk World's Fair (SteampunkWorldsFair.com): Takes place in Piscataway, N.J.
                - Northeast Fire & Arts Festival (Fire&Arts): Burner, Arts, & Flow Festival hosted in Oxford, Conn.
                - Treffen (www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english): The world's largest gathering for Goths in Leipzig, Germany.

Sat 14th - The Metro Spring Formal Presents: "AIYOKU" (MetroEvents):  As the Cherry Blossoms fade from their
                announcement of spring, The Metro Spring Formal pays tribute to one of DC's greatest traditions. "Aiyoku"
                is Japanese for 'Passion' & is understood to mean Worldly Passion. Even more, it can be used to mean Lust.
                In this spirit, we've brought together some of the scene's greatest talent to create an unforgettable night
                of absolute intrigue & pure desire. So please join us for an incredible event you WON'T want to miss!

19th-22nd - Flower of Life Festival (Facebook): Music festival for the Rave Set at Four Quarter Farms, Penn.
                - Kinetic Fire (KineticFire): Music, Fire, & Flow Festival in College Corner, Ohio.
                - DomCon L.A. (www.DomConLA.com): One of the nation's largest conventions for Dominants in the scene.
                - Bound-Con (www.boundcon.com): Munich, Germany hosts one of Europe's largest BDSM & Fetish Conventions.
                - Wine in the Woods (www.wineinthewoods.com): Wine festival in Symphony Woods of Merriweather Post Pavilion.

26th-30th - Memorial Day Weekend...
                - Balticon (Balticon): Maryland Fantasy & Science Fiction Convention.
                - MD Deathfest (DeathFest): Baltimore's own Death-rock Festival.

                - Playa del Fuego (playadelfuego.org): A Bi-Annual Event recognized as the 'Burning Man' of the East Coast.
                - Scorched Nuts (ScorchedNuts): Fire Festival hosted in Rutland, Ohio.
                - Fetish Factory Anniversary Ball (www.fetishfactory.com): One of the East Coast's largest Fetish Balls in South Fla.
                - Camp Crucible (CampCrucible): Leather Retreat Weekend hosted at Ramblewood in Darlington, MD.
                - International Mr. Leather (www.imrl.com): Gay Male Leather Weekend hosted in Chicago.

TBD - Drac's Ball Anniversary Celebration (DraculasBall.com): Philadelphia's Greatest Tradition, hosted by Dancing Ferret.
        - Fairie Fest (www.FairieFestival.net): The annual gathering of east coast fairies takes place in Glenn Rock, Pennsylvania.
        - Skin Two Rubber Ball (rubberball.skintwo.co.uk): One of the world's premiere events takes place in London, England.

June:

3rd-5th - Awesomecon (awesomecondc.com): Pop culture & comic convention in DC.
            - Freeform Arts Festival (Freeform): An interactive Arts & Music Festival in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

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

Sat 4th - Le Nuit Demonia (Demonia): European Fetish Ball hosted in Paris, France.

10th-12th - Maryland Faerie Festival (www.MarylandFaerieFestival.org): Get those wings a flappin' & join in the magic!
                - Wickerman (Wickerman): One of the East's most recognized festivals for the Burner Community. 
                - Fahrenheit (Fire&Flow): Fire & Flow Festival in the heart of Pennsylvania.
                - Honfest (www.honfest.net): Oh hon', there's nothing else like it! Held in Hampden, it redefines kitsch.

                - AnimeNext (animenext.org): Anime Convention in Atlantic City.
                - Gay Pride Festival (www.capitalpride.org): Internationally recognized festival celebrating gay culture for DC.
                - Desire (DesireLeather): Leather women unleashed in Palm Springs, Fla.

16th-19th - Free Spirit Gathering (freespiritgathering.org): A family friendly gathering of Pagan intrigue in Darlington, MD.
                - Debachery (debachery): Kink & Fetish Weekend in Greensboro, N.C.

Sun 19th - Father's Day.
Mon 20th - Summer Solstice.
Wed 22nd - In Memory of J.D.D.  

23rd-26th - Dark Odyssey's Fusion (www.darkodyssey.com): One of the regions very best festival camp formats.
Sun 26th - Folsom East (www.folsomstreeteast.org): New York's answer to the Folsom Street Festival in San Fran.

July:

1st-4th - Pex Summer Festival (www.pexsummerfestival.com): An experiment in joyful expression through music & art.
            - TES Fest (www.TESFest.org): Sex positive leather/fetish weekend by the Eulenspiegel Society in Piscataway, NJ.
            - Anthrocon 2012 (www.anthrocon.org): Pittsburg hosts one of the worlds largest events for Furries.

Mon 4th - Independence Day.

7th-31st - Capital Fringe Festival (www.capfringe.org): Dedicated to risk taking & independent performing arts.
8th-10th - EXXXOTICA Expo (Fetlife): Taking place over 3 days in 4 cities throughout the U.S.
              - Naughty in N'awlins (www.neworleansinnovember.com): What better place to go & be bad?

12th-18th - Starwood Festival (www.rosencomet.com/starwood): America's largest Pagan/Magic gathering in Pomeroy, Ohio.
15th-16th - Annapolis Irish Festival (AnnapolisIrishFestival.com): Hosted at the Anne Arundle Fairgrounds.

Thu 14th - Bastille Day
Sat 16th- French Maid Races (www.lenfantcafe.com): Outrageous Block Party by Cafe L'Enfant. 

14th-17th - Transformus (www.transformus.com): North Carolina hosts one of the East Coast's most recognized burner events.
                - Artscape (artscape.org): One of America's largest free arts festivals takes place in Baltimore, Md. 

22nd-24th - Thunder in the Mountains (ThunderinMountains): Pansexual Fetish Convention serving the Mid-West & U.S.

23rd-7th - Pennsic (www.PennsicWar.org): The nation's largest gathering for medieval reenactment. And although this lies
                at its core, there's actually more going on than meets the eye. In short, if you were to hold Burning Man
                400 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.

26th-31st - Big Dub (BigDubFestival): One of the east's largest music festivals for the Dub & Rave Set.

TBA - Baltimore Gay Pride (www.BaltimorePride.org): Celebrating Gay Culture in Baltimore, Md.

August:

1st-7th - Pennsic (www.PennsicWar.org): The nation's largest gathering for medieval reenactment. And although this lies
              at its core, there's actually more going on than meets the eye. In short, if you were to hold Burning Man
              400 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. 

6th-7th - Moonrise Festival (Moonrise): Local music festival hosted at Pimlico Race Track.
             - Weekend Reunion (WeekendReunion): Regional all black play & party weekend in Hanover, Md.

11th-14th - 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.
               - Floating World (www.thefloatingworld.org): Pansexual Inter-Organizational Convention in Edison, N.J.
               - Playcate's Couples Convention (Playcate.com): One of the Nation's Largest Swinger Convention.

Tue 16th - Goth Cruise & Masquerade Ball (www.GothicCruise.com): Setting sail for 8 days of top DJ's, Bands, & Culture.

18th-21st - BDSM Writer's Convention (BDSMWriters): Hosted in New York, N.Y.

26th-28th - Opening Weekend for Maryland Renaissance Festival (www.RennFest.com):  Runs to mid-October.
                - Imagine Festival (ImagineFestival): One of the nation's most critically acclaimed music festivals in Atlanta.

                - EXXXOTICA Expo (Fetlife): Taking place over 3 days in 4 cities throughout the U.S.
                - Southeast Leatherfest (Leatherfest): Gay Leather Convention hosted in Atlanta, Ga.

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.

1st-5th - 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.

               - Faerie Worlds (www.faerieworlds.com): One of the nation's largest & most elaborate festivals dedicated to fantasy!
               - Comicon (BaltimoreComicCon.com): Annual gathering for comic enthusiasts (at the Baltimore Convention Center)
.
               - 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.

16th-18th - New Orleans Burlesque Festival (Burlesque): Annual festival offering some of the nation's very best burlesque.
                - Small Press Expo (www.spxpo.com): North America’s Premiere Independent Cartooning & Comic Arts Festival.

22nd-25th - Splash! (lifestylesflorida.com): Hotel take-over in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Attended by thousands of liberated couples.

Thu 22nd - Fall Equinox.
Sun 25th - Folsom Street Fair (www.folsomstreetfair.com): San Francisco's nationally recognized Street Fair.

Mon 26th - In Loving Memory of A.R.D.

30th-1st - London Fetish Weekend (www.torturegarden.com): Hosted by Torture Garden, London's Hottest Fetish Club.

TBD - Von Gutenberg Fetish Ball (www.vongutenbergfetishball.com): San Francisco's ultimate weekend!
        - Goddess Ball (www.EntreNousDC.com): Presented by Entre Nous at their new location. See website for details.
        - Virginia Wine Festival (VirginiaWineFest): Ranked as one of the top 10 wine festivals nationwide.

October:

Maryland Renaissance Festival (www.RennFest.com): A local favorite & the coolest thing since Walt built Disneyland. It runs from the end of August to mid-October. See website for theme based festivals on select weekends.

1st-3rd - Mates Leather Weekend (www.matesleatherweekend.com): Gay Leather & Fetish Weekend in Provincetown, Mass.

7th-9th - Columbus Day Weekend
            - Playa del Fuego (playadelfuego.org): The 'Burning Man' of the East Coast presented bi-annually.
            - Meso Creso (Facebook): Regional art, music, burner festival for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Sun 9th - 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!


Fri 21st - In Loving Memory of J.D.D.

21st-30th - Festival of the Dead (festivalofthedead.com): Salem, Mass. hosts one of Halloween greatest celebrations!
               - Fantasy Fest (www.FantasyFest.net): Key West, Fla. hosts one of the nations largest gatherings for fanciful desire.


Tue 25th - 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!

Sat 29th - 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 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.
              - SMack! Fetish Ball (www.smack-fetish.com): Annual Halloween Ball in New York by Xris SMack.

              - Fetish & Fantasy Ball (www.halloweenball.com): Las Vegas hosts one of the nation's most extravagant events.

Mon 31st - Halloween!!!

TBD - Anime USA (www.animeusa.org): One of nation's largest & most recognized anime conventions takes place in DC.
        - DomCon (www.domconatlanta.com): hosted in Atlanta, Ga.
        - Miss Gay America Pageant (www.missgayamerica.com): this year's pageant will be hosted in Nashville, TN.

November:

Tue 1st - All Saints Day .

4th-6th - FaerieCon East (Faeriecon.com): Baltimore hosts one of the nation's largest festivals dedicated to myth & fantasy!
            - EXXXOTICA Expo (exxxoticaexpo): Taking place over 3 days in 4 cities throughout the U.S.

            - Danube Delights (Playcate.com): Week long swinger cruise. 

Sat 5th - Torture Garden's Halloween Ball II (www.torturegarden.com): by London's hottest fetish club.
Sun 6th - Daylight Savings (Fall Forward 1 Hour at 2am Saturday Night). 

Fri 11th - Veteran's Day.
Thu 24th - Thanksgiving.
Fri 25th - Richard A.D. Anniversary

December:

Sat 3rd - DC Krampuslauf (Event Page): One of DC's greatest new traditions takes place on H St. NE DC.
Tue 6th - St. Nicholas Day.

Sat 10th - Torture Garden X-Mas Ball (www.torturegarden.com): Presented by London's hottest fetish club.

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

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



~ 2017 ~



January:

Sun 16th - The Metro Winter Formal (MetroEvents): Hosted by The Metro Underground at Ultra Bar (over MLK Weekend).

12th-15th - Mid Atlantic Leather(www.leatherweekend.com): Gay Male Leather Convention, hosted at the Hyatt in DC.
19th-22nd
- AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (Show.AdultEntertainmentExpo.com): Held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

27th-29th - Shibaricon (Shibaricon): National Rope Convention dedicated to the art of Shibari. Hosted in Chicago.

February:

Build-Out Coming Soon!  

March:

Build-Out Coming Soon!



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