Major Events are covered locally, regionally, & on a national scale. Listings are sorted by date of the event, then coded & categorized by the nature of their primary interest:
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 its venue.
Sun 1st - Easter Sunday / April Fools.
1st-14th - National Cherry Blossom Festival (CherryBlossomFestival): A national wonder & highlight for the area.
Thu 5th - First Contact (Vulcans establish first contact w/ earth).
5th-8th - Bears, Bikers, & Mayhem (BearsBikersandMayhem): Jam packed weekend for bikers & leathermen in Gettysburg, Pa.
Sat 7th - The Metro Spring Formal Presents: "Studio 54" (MetroEvents): Please join us as Richard A.D. & Metro Events host “Studio 54.” Offering a throwback to the 70’s & 80’s, we can't think of a better way to raise the bar for glitz, desire, & absolute possibility! Hosted at our new venue on Capitol Hill, we now carry 3 full levels with beautiful accommodations, metro access, & plenty of parking. No doubt, THIS is a night you Won't want to miss!
12th-15th- Flame Festival (FlameFestival): Southeast gathering of fire & flow arts. Held in Layfayette, Ga.
Sat 14th - Tabu's 14th Anniversary (TabuLife.com): Lifestyle Social & Play Party hosted On-Premise in Catonsville, MD.
Thu 20th - National Cannibis Day (4/20).
20th-22nd - The M/s Gathering (MsGathering): Master-slave conference hosted in Wilmington, Delaware.
26th-29th - The Great Philadelphia ComicCon (PhiladelphiaComicCon): at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
- Rocky Mountain Poly Living (LovingMore): National poly conference located in Denver, Colorado.
- C.L.A.W. (ClawInfo.org): The Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend takes place annually in Northern Ohio.
2nd-6th - Fire & Flow Arts / F.Fl.Arts (Facebook): Smaller regional burn offering daily instruction & evening parties / spin jam.
- The Beltane (TurtleHillEvents): Pagan Festival meets erotic possibility at Ramblewood Retreat Center.
4th-6th - May Day Fairie Festival (Spoutwood): The last year the festival will be held at Spoutwood Farms.
- Steampunk World's Fair (SteampunkWorldsFair): Cancelled.
- Baltimore Tattoo Convention (VillainArts): At the Baltimore Convention Center.
- Colorado Leatherfest (ColoradoLeatherfest): Hotel takeover hosted in Denver, Colorado.
Fri 4th - Star Wars Day: "May the 4th be with you."
Sat 5th - Cinco de Mayo.
- Chicago Non-Manogomy Conference (ChicagoConference): National gathering for open & non-monogamous relationships.
9th-13th - Kinetic Fire (KineticFire): Providing a holistic flow arts experience w/ world class instruction. College Corner, Ohio.
- DomCon L.A. (DomconLA): West coast gathering of professionial dominants & those who serve.
- German Fetish Ball (German-Fetish-Ball): One of Europe's premeir fetish events, hosted in Berlin.
- Power eXchange Summit (PowereXchangeSummit): A 3 day gathering w/ comprehensive schedule in Columbus, Ohio.
Sun 13th - Mother's Day: call your mother, she misses you!
18th-21st - Wave Gotik Treffen (Wave-Gotik-Treffen): The worlds largest Gothic Festival takes place in Leipzig, Germany.
- Frolicon (Frolicon): Swingers meet kink for this long running convention in Atlanta, Ga.
Sat 19th - Tabu presents "Freakness" (TabuLife.com): Lifestyle Social & Play Party hosted On-Premise in Catonsville, MD.
25th-28th - Over Memorial Day Weekend:
- Balticon (Balticon): One of the nation's largest & most reconized con's for fantasy & science ficion. Now in it's 52nd year!
- Playa Del Fuego (PlayaDelFuego): East Coast Burning Man affiliated event. Currently seeking a new host venue.
- AniMinneapolis (AniMinneapolis): Three day celebration of anime, video games, & music. Hosted in Minneapolis, Minn.
- Camp Crucible (CampCrucible.com): Fetish retreat at Ramblewood. Also hosting the largest pony play camp in America.
- Fetish Factory Anniversary Weekend (FloridaFetishWeekend): Hosting 4 days w/ over 9 parties in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
- RopeCraft (Ropecraft): From the ashes of Shibaricon, Ropecraft Chicago has risen to fill the void.
- BoundCon (Boundcon): European Fetish Convention in Munich, Germany.
- International Mr. Leather (IMrL.com): Hosted in Chicago, Il.
27th-3rd - Fantasies Island (NaughtyIsland): Complete Lifestyle Takeover off the coast of Berlize.
1st-3rd - Dreamscape (Dreamscapefestival): But alas, one of the East Coast's largest music festivals is no more.
- Fire Drums (Firedrums): Fire, flow, & tribal drums in Calaveras County, Ca.
- Figment NYC (Figment): Held on Governors Island, NY, Figment is an interactive art festival drawing thousands.
- Northeast Fire & Arts Festival (NEFireandArts): Hosted in Oxford, Conn.
- Atlanta Poly Weekend (AtlantaPolyWeekend): Full weekend schedule for non-monogamous relationships. Kid freindly!
Sat 2nd - Rubber Ball USA (RubberballUSA): Grand latex fetish ball in the heart of St. Paul. Minn.
2nd-9th - CMEN Southeast Gathering (Cmen.com): Cal Men Enjoying Naturism hosts 3 major events throughout the nation.
8th-10th - Fahrenheit (Flowarts.com): 4 day fire & flow retreat w/ daily workshops & nightly performances / spin-jam.
- Wickerman (WickermanBurn): Regional burn meets spiritual retreat / music festival at Four Quarters Farm, Pa.
- Nomadico (NomadicoFestival): Music/Art/Burner Festival by Meso Creso in Gore, Va.
- Maryland Faerie Festival (MarylandFaerieFestival): Hosted at Ramblewood Campground. Darlington, Md.
- Boundless (BoundlessEvents): 4 day kink retreat just north of San Francisco.
- DC Pride Weekend (CapitolPride): A full weekend of events & parades celebrating gay pride in the nation's capital.
- Debauchery! (DebaucheryNC): Gay, Bi, Transgender gather w/ a focus on fetish in the heart of North Carolina.
12th-17th - The Free Spirit Gathering (Free-Spirit.org): Gathing for Wiccan, Pagan, & Pantheist Spirituality. At Ramblewood Retreat.
14th-17th - Southeast Leatherfest (SELeatherfest): Pansexual educational & kink social convention in Atlanta, Ga.
17th-24th - Pagan Spirit Gathering (CircleSactuary): Billed as America's oldest & largest Pagan spirituality festival.
- Swinger's Cruise (TheSwingerCruise): Luxury lifestyle Alaskan cruise.
- Rhine River Cruise (ToplessTravel): Lifestyle river cruise running from Amsterdam to Switzerland.
Sun 17th - Father's Day.
- Philly Pride Parade (PhillyGayPride): Celebrating gay pride in the city of brotherly love.
21st-25th - Electric Forest (ElectricForest): Beloved rave format music festival over the last week of June in Rothbury, Michigan.
- Fusion (DarkOdyssey): Sex positive fetish focused camp retreat at Ramblewood. Darlington, MD.
- Toronto Gay Pride (PrideToronto): Seriously, America can't be this open w/ what's going on. Go north lads! Go North!
29th-2nd - PEX Summer Festival (PEXSummerFestival): Magic meets music festival at Camp Ramblewood. Darlington, MD.
- TESfest (TESfest): Premier sex positive kink-fest for participants of all levels. Hosted in Piscataway, NJ.
- Bearfest (AtlantaBearfest): All male "Bear" convention in Atlanta, Ga.
3rd - L.A. Bondage Ball (BondageBall): One of the nation's largest fetish balls, now celebrating its 15th year!
4th-8th - Naughty in Nawlin's (NaughtyNawlins): Massive couples con & hotel takeover in New Orleans. Dates to be confirmed.
4th - Independence Day (4th of July).
6th-15th - IMEN Gathering (Imen4allmen): One of the nation's largest gatherings for all male nudists. Hosted at Camp Ramblewood.
10th-16th - Starwood Festival (StarwoodFestival): Magical week-long Pagan festival at Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, Ohio.
20th-22nd - Thunder in the Mountains (ThunderintheMountains): Fetish convention & hotel takeover in Denver, Colorado.
Sat 20th - Caliente Eyes Wide Shut (CalienteResort): Hosted by Caliente On-site Resort, Tampa, Fla.
22nd-29th - Boom Festival (BoomFestival): A fusion of music, mind, spirit, & space in Portugal.
26th-29th - Big Dub (BigDubFestival): Rave format music festival at Four Quarter Farm in Artemas, Pa.
- Nova Con (NovaComic-con): Northern Virginia comic & gaming convention in Tyson's Corner, Va.
- Vancouver Fetish Weekend (VancouverFetishWeekend): Offering 4 nights of pervy perfection in British Columbia.
- Southeast Leather Alliance (SoutheastLeather): Regional Con in Charleston, SC. Awards for Sir, leatherboy, pup & trainer.
- CMEN Northwest Gathering (Cmen.com): Cal Men Enjoying Naturism hosts 3 major events throughout the nation.
Sun 29th - Up Your Alley (FolsomStreetEvents): Alley party for hard players. From the creators of Folsom Street Festival in San Fran.
28th-11th - Pennsic w/ Die Fledermaus (MetroEvents): In coordination with Clan Die Fledermaus, Richard A.D & The Metro Underground co-hosts a number of the most well recognized parties for all of Pennsic: Swampfest, Mardi Gras, & Naked Spaghetti.
2nd-5th - Rocky Mountain Rebellion (RMRebellion): Leather, Kink, & Fetish Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Weekend Reunion (WeekendReunion): Weekend fetish convention oriented to African American culture but open to all.
9th-12th - Otakon (Otakon): East coast convention dedicated to all things anime. Held at the Washington Convention Center, NW DC.
- FetishCon (Fetishcon): Industry Fetish Convention hosted in St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Kink Camp (CampHardWood): Weekend retreat for gay, bi, & transgender men. Based out of Minneapolis, Minn.
11th-12th - Moonrise Festival (MoonriseFestial.com): Rave format music festival at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore.
17th-20th - Key City Steampunk Festival (Facebook): Hosted in Frederick, Md.
- Potterverse (Potterversecon): Maryland's Wizard Convention at the Bethesda North Marriott.
- Monster Mania (MonsterMania): Philly's Horror & SciFi convention in Cherry Hill, NJ.
- Endless Poly Summer (CFNC.us): Weekend camp, retreat, & educational summit for the poly lifestyle in West Va.
- The Gathering (GayNaturists): Gay Naturists Interational host one of the nation's largest gatherings for gay nudism.
Sat 18th - The Pittsburg Bondage Ball (Facebook): Hosted by Phoenix Lagoon at Cruze Bar (1600 Smallman St. Pittsburg, Pa).
24th-26th - Faerie Worlds (FaerieWorlds): The world's largest gather of mystical enchantment. Hosted near Portland, Oregon.
- Opening Weekend for the Md. Renn-Faire (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Faires.
- Florida Power Exchange (FloridaPowerExchange): Hosted in Clearwater, Fla.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Renn-Faires runs through Mid-Oct.
31st-3rd - Labor Day Weekend:
- Burning Man (BurningMan.org): The nation's largest & most recognized gathering for alternative cultures.
- Dragon Con (DragonCon): The nation's largest convention for sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comics, & more. Hosted in Atlanta, Ga.
- Montreal Fetish Weekend (MontrealFetishWeekend): 6 days & nights of fantasy & fetish events for every taste imaginable.
- Summer Camp (DarkOdyssey): Sex positive fetish focused camp retreat at Ramblewood Campground. Darlington, MD.
- Master/slave Conference (MasterSlaveConference): Hosted in the heart of Washington, DC.
- Caliente Weekend Pool Party (CalienteResort): Hosted by Caliente Onsite Resort, Tampa, Fla.
- Poly Camp Northeast (Polycampne): 4-day excusion for the poly lifestyle in beautiful New Hampshire.
- Southern Decadance (SouthernDecedance): New Orlean's celebration of gay life, music & culture since 1972.
- CMEN West Coast Gathering (Cmen.com): Cal Men Enjoying Naturism hosts 3 major events throughout the nation.
- Interfusion Festival (InterfusionFestival): A transformative experience w/ a focus on dance, spririt, & movement.
Sat 1st - The Arizona Fetish Ball (ArizonaFetishSociety): Hosted in Meza, Arizona.
7th-9th - South Carolina Leather Pride (SCPrideinLeather): East Coast leather competition in Columbia, SC.
Sat 8th - Philly's Naked Bike Ride (PhiladelphiaNakedBikeRide): Drawing several thousand in support of clean earth initiatives.
- EuroPerv (EuroPerv): European Fetish Ball in Amsterdam, Nl.
13th-16th - New Orleans Burlesque Festival (NewOrleansBurlesqeFest): Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary!
- Crossroads (TurtleHillEvents): Mystic Festival meets erotic possibility at Ramblewood Retreat Center.
20th-23rd - Bass Harvest Festival (BassHarvest): Music Festival at Four Quarters Farm, Artemas, Pa. Date subject to change.
- Queen City Potter Party (PotterParty): The entire town of Staunton, Va. transforms itself to all things Harry Potter!
- Flow Camp (FlowCampFestival): Fire & Flow Art retreat in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Sat 22nd - U-Party Presents... (U-Party): Offered as more exclusive invite-only play parties, these are on-premise, sex-positive, kink & swinger friendly, dance worthy, full blown private affairs where anything goes & it usually does!
27th-30th - Constellation (ConstellationBurn): East Coast Burn by the same people who created Playa Del Fuego.
- Monster Mania (MonsterMania): Horror & SciFi convention in Hunt Valley, Md.
- Mates Leather Weekend (MatesLeatherWeekend): All male leather convention in Provincetown, Mass.
Sun 30th - Folsom Street Fair (FolsomStreetEvents): San Francisco's premier street fair w/ over 400,000 covering 13 city blocks.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Renn-Faires runs 'till Oct. 22nd.
4th-7th - Splash (SplashTakeover): Lifestyle hotel takeover in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
Sun 7th (Columbus Day Weekend) - The DC Fetish Ball (DCFetishBall.com): Presenting our 10th Anniversary Celebration! Bringing together some of the scene's very best DJ's, models, fashion, & national talent w/ an incredible play space in one of the city's most lavish venues. No doubt, we bring a level of twisted delight worthy of the Nation's Capitol! Please Note: due to our growing popularity, this year we WILL be limiting attendance. So don't wait & get left in the cold!
11th-14th - Flashpoint (Facebook): Regional burn w/ classes by day & performance/spinjam at night. Located in Stuart, Va.
18th-21st - Viking Con (VikingsCon): Encampment & reenactment w/ celebrity guests from "Vikings." Held in Charles County, Md.
- Super Megafest (SuperMegafest): New England’s Super-Fun Comic & Celebrity Pop Culture Fanfest.
- Prague Fetish Weekend (FetishWeekend.cz): Full fetish flair in one of Europe's most historic cities.
26th-28th - L.A. Comic Con (StanLeesLAComicCon): The nation's largest & most recognized Comic Convention.
- Va. Celtic Festival (VaCelticFestival): Celtic heritage festival & Highland games, in Richmond, Va.
- Nightmare Festival (NightmareFestival): Rave format music festival at Ramblewood Campground.
- Steamposium (Seatle-Steamposium): West coast gathering of all things Steampunk. Hosted in Seattle, Wash.
27th-3rd - Hedonism Halloween Week (HedonismII): Celbrating Hedonism's anniversary w/ one of its biggest weeks of the year!
- Desire Vampires & Virgins (ToplessTravel): Themed Lifestyle week in Cancun, Mexico.
Sat 27th - Endless Night Vampire Ball (EndlessNight): Elegance & Decadance in the heart of New Orlean's.
- PEX Halloween Ball (ThePhiladelphiaExperiment): The "Battleship Ball" is one of the region's most amazing affairs.
- Fetish & Fantasy Haloween Ball (HalloweenBall): Hosted in the heart of Sin City - Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Nuit Demonia (Nuitdemonia): An incredibly elegant fetish affair in the heart of Paris.
Tues 30th - DC High Heel Race (Facebook): As close as DC comes to Mardi Gras. Open to all & draws thousands.
Wed 31st - Halloween.
TBA - 'Fall' into Poly (CFNC.us): A welcoming gathering of all sexual lifestyles, amid the fall colors of West Virginia.
2nd-4th - FaerieCon (FaerieCon): Hosted in Hunt Valley, north of Baltimore.
- Louisiana Steampunk Festival (SteampunkFestival): Hosted in Lafayette, La.
- Conjuration (Conjurationcon): Immersive magical fantasy convention hosted in Atlanta, Ga.
- EXXXotica Expo (ExxxoticaExpo): Adult industry expo in Edison, NJ.
- Mr. International Rubber (MIRubber): Hosted in Chicago, Il.
Sun 4th - Daylight Savings Ends.
Mon 5th - Guy Fawkes Day.
8th-11th - Catharsis on the Mall (Facebook): Temple burn on the national mall. Actual burn takes place Saturday Night.
- The Geeky Kink Event (TheGeekyKinkEvent): For a kinky, steampunkish, geeky good time! Held in Piscataway, NJ.
- Kinky Con (KinkyConNH): Full hotel takeover in Manchester, NH.
- Surrender (DarkOdyssey): Sex positive fetish focused hotel takeover San Francisco, CA.
- Dominatrix (Dominatrix): Amsterdam fetish festival dedicated to European Domme's & those who serve them.
Sat 24th - Wasteland (wasteland.nl): One of the world's largest & most lavish fetish balls is hosted in Amsterdam.
TBA - The Diabolique Ball (PhillyFetishBall): Philly's biggest & best fetish ball!
- Brimstone V (Fetlife): A 4 day kink extravaganza hosted in Piscataway, NJ.
- EXXXotica Expo (ExxxoticaExpo): Adult industry expo in Edison, NJ.
Sat 1st - Krampusnaught DC (MetroEvents): One of DC's greatest nights for family & revelers alike.
Thu 6th - St. Nicholas Day.
8th-9th - Jekyll Comic Con w/ Hyde Horror Alley (JekyllIsland): Comic Convention meets horror festival on Jekyll Island, Ga.
Sat 15th - Naughty Snowball (Facebook): Massive burner ball hosted my Mischief DC on 17th St. NE DC. Date subject to change.
Fri 21st - Winter Solstice / Yule / Saturnalia.
Tue 25th - Xmas.
Wed 26th - Boxing Day.
Mon 31st - New Year's Eve:
- Sinn-Ergy's New Year's Ball (Sinnergy): A grand event for DC, & one of the most lavish & elegant affairs for the region.