National & Major Events

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 its primary interest:

  • Alternative Music & Culture in Rust.
  • BDSM & Fetish in Red.
  • Lifestyle & Swinger in Green.
  • Gay, Bi, & Transgender in Wine.
  • Mainstream in White.

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

  • The Calendars Page carries Gateway Links, Featured Events, & Regionial Concerts.
  • Our Main Calendar offers a Full listing of all regional events.
  • Major National Events are listed here & on the Main Calendar.
  • Weekly & Monthly Recurring Events carry affairs of an ongoing nature.
  • For News regarding recent developments in the scene, please see News & Notes.

Major Events for the Regional & National Stage:

March:

 

Sat 21st:

Weekend of the 26th-29th:

  • Dark Side of the Con (Facebook): Postponed.
  • L.A. Leather Pride (Facebook): Postponed.

Sat 28th - Xtreme Fetish (FetishFactory): Canceled.

 

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April:

 

Weekend of the 2nd-5th:

Sat 4th - Wasteland (wasteland.nl): Postponed.

 

Weekend of the 9th-12th:

  • Kinkfest (Kinkfest): Canceled. 
  • Swingers Break (ToplessTravel): week-long lifestyle excusion to Hedonimsm II.

Sat 14th: 

Weekend of the 16th-19th:

Sat 18th: 

  • Uppsala (VikingsCon): Fully emmersive Vikings event  in Charles County, Md.
  • Rubber Ball USA (RubberballUSA): Grand latex fetish ball in the heart of St. Paul. Minn.

Weekend of the 23rd-26th:

  • Baltimore Tattoo Convention (VillanArts): At the Baltimore Convention Center.
  • Fire & Flow Arts (Facebook): Canceled.
  • Rocky Mountain Poly Living (LovingMore): Postponed.
  • Lifestyle Bliss Cruise (ToplessTravel): Luxurious week-long lifestyle cruise.
  • Bears, Bikers, & Mayhem (BearsBikersMayhem): Canceled.
  • C.L.A.W. (ClawInfo): Postponed.
     

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May:

 

Weekend of the 1st-3rd:

  • Awesome Con (Awesom-Con): East Coast's largest comic con, at the Washington Convention Center.
  • Catharsis on the Mall (Facebook): Postponed.
  • Fertile Ground Gathering (Facebook): Canceled.
  • The Beltane (TurtleHillEvents): Canceled.
  • Frolicon (Frolicon): Postponed.

Sat 9th - EuroPerv (EuroPerv): European Fetish Ball in Amsterdam, Nl.

 

Weekend of the 14th-17th:

  • Kinetic Fire (Facebook): Providing a holistic flow arts experience w/ world class instruction. College Corner, Ohio.
  • Hedonism Goddess Week (Hedonism): Week-long themed event at Hedonism II in Jamaica.
  • DC Trans Pride Weekend (CapitolPride): A full weekend of events & parades celebrating trans pride in the nation's capital.

Memorial Day Weekend (20th-24th):

  • Balticon (Balticon):  One of the nation's largest & most reconized con's for fantasy & science ficion.
  • Ignite (IgniteBurn): Learn & Burn weekend in Stuart, Va. by the people who bring you Transformus.
  • Playa Del Fuego (PlayaDelFuego): East Coast Burning Man affiliated event.
  • AniMinneapolis (AniMinneapolis): Three day celebration of anime, video games, & music. Hosted in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Florida Fetish Weekend (FetishFactory): Celebrating the 25th Anniversary for Fetish Factory in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fetish Factory Road Trip (MetroEvents): The Metro Underground takes to the road for Florida Fetish Weekend.
  • Camp Crucible (CampCrucible.com): Fetish retreat at Ramblewood. Also hosting the largest pony play camp in America.
  • Power eXchange Summit (PowereXchangeSummit): A 3 day gathering w/ comprehensive schedule in Columbus, Ohio.
  • RopeCraft (Ropecraft): From the ashes of Shibaricon, Ropecraft Chicago has risen to fill the void.
  • German Fetish Ball (German-Fetish-Ball): One of Europe's premeir fetish events, hosted in Berlin.
  • BoundCon (Boundcon): European Fetish Convention in Munich, Germany.
  • Naughty in Vegas (Naughty): One of the nation's largest gatherings for the Lifestyle Culture.
  • Desire Red Carpet Cruise (NaughtyCruise): Lifestyle cruise for the swinger culture.  
  • International Mr. Leather (IMrL.com): Hosted in Chicago, Il.

Weekend of the 28th-31st:

  • Wave GotikTreffen (Wave-Gotik-Treffen): The worlds largest Gothic Festival takes place in Leipzig, Germany.
  • SEXcapade in Costa Rica (ToplessTravel): Luxurious week-long lifestyle excusion to by Topless Travel.

 

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June:

 

Weekend of the 4th-7th:

  • Figment NYC (Figment): Held on Governors Island, NY, Figment is an interactive art festival drawing thousands.
  • Monster Mania (MonsterMania): Philly's Horror &SciFi convention in Cherry Hill, NJ.
  • Boundless (BoundlessEvents): 4 day kink retreat just north of San Francisco.
  • EXXXotica Expo (ExxxoticaExpo): Nationally recognized adult expo comes to Washington, DC.
  • Fantasies Island (Naughty): Complete Lifestyle Takeover off the coast of Berlize.
  • Hedonism Kink Week (Hedonism): Week-long themed event at Hedonism II in Jamaica.
  • CMEN Southeast Gathering (Cmen.com): Cal Men Enjoying Naturism hosts 3 major events throughout the nation.

Weekend of the 11th-14th:

  • Midwest Shamans Conference (ShamansConference): Gathering for those in the healing arts, in North Madison, Ohio.
  • Fire Drums (Firedrums): Fire, flow, & tribal drums in Calaveras County, Ca.
  • Southeast Leatherfest (SELeatherfest): Pansexual educational & kink social convention in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Desire Libson Cruise (NaughtyCruise): Lifestyle cruise for the swinger culture.
  • DC Pride Weekend (CapitolPride): A full weekend of events & parades celebrating gay pride in the nation's capital.

Sat 13th - Alter Ego Fetish Party (FetishFactory): By Fetish Factory in Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.

Sun 14th - Philly Pride Parade (PhillyGayPride): Celebrating gay pride in the city of brotherly love.

 

Weekend of the 18th-21st:

  • SummerIsle (SummerIsle.com): Regional burn meets spiritual retreat / music festival at Fort Royal Farm, Pa.
  • Flowjam Festival (Flowjam): Healing Arts, Fire, & Flow Festival in Rixeyville, Va.
  • The Free Spirit Gathering (Free-Spirit.org): Gathing for Wiccan, Pagan, & Pantheist Spirituality. At Ramblewood Retreat.
  • Pagan Spirit Gathering (CircleSactuary): America's oldest & largest Pagan spirituality festival. Now celebrating 40 years!
  • Fusion (DarkOdyssey): Sex positive fetish focused camp retreat at Ramblewood. Darlington, MD.

Weekend of the 25th-28th:

  • Electric Forest (ElectricForest): Beloved rave format music festival over the last week of June in Rothbury, Michigan.
  • Galapagos Xpedition (NaughtyCruise): Lifestyle cruise for the swinger culture. 

TBA - Maryland Faerie Festival (Facebook): Hosted at Ramblewood Campground. Darlington, Md.

         - Debauchery! (DebaucheryNC): Gay, Bi, Transgender gather w/ a focus on fetish in the heart of North Carolina.

 

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July:

 

Weekend of the 2nd-5th:

  • Nomadico (Nomadico): Global Music & Arts Festival by Meso Creso. Hosted at the Cove Campground, Gore Va.
  • Firefly Arts Collective (FireflyArtsCollective): Annual Burn & Art Festival hosted in Vermont over 4th of July. 
  • Capitol Fringe Festival (CapitolFringe): DC festival dedicated to alternative forms of the visual arts. Runs through until the 25th.
  • 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.

Weekend of the 9th-12th:

  • Starwood Festival (StarwoodFestival): Magical week-long Pagan festival at Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, Ohio.
  • Naughty in Nawlins (Naughty): The nation's largest takeover for the Lifestyle Cultures.  
  • Hedonism Tantric Week (Hedonism): Week-long themed event at Hedonism II in Jamaica.

Sat 11th - Alter Ego Fetish Party (FetishFactory): By Fetish Factory in Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.

 

Weekend of the 16th-19th:

  • Artscape Baltimore (Artscape): One of the area's most recognized festivals for local talent.
  • IMEN Gathering (Imen4allmen): One of the nation's largest gatherings for all male nudists. Hosted at Camp Ramblewood.

Sat 18th - Caliente Eyes Wide Shut (CalienteResort): Hosted by Caliente On-site Resort, Tampa, Fla.

 

Weekend of the 23rd-26th:

  • Big Dub (BigDubFestival): Rave format music festival at Four Quarter Farm in Artemas, Pa.
  • Thunder in the Mountains (ThunderintheMountains): Fetish convention & hotel takeover in Denver, Colorado.
  • Vancouver Fetish Weekend (VancouverFetishWeekend): Offering 4 nights of pervy perfection in British Columbia.
  • Young Swingers Week (NaughtyEvents): Hedonism week focused on new & younger swingers.
  • Southeast Leather Alliance (SoutheastLeather): Regional Con in Charleston, SC. Awards for Sir, leatherboy, pup & trainer.

Sun 26th - Up Your Alley (FolsomStreetEvents): Alley party for hard players. From the creators of Folsom Street Festival in San Fran.

 

Weekend of the 30th-2nd:

  • Otakon (Otakon): East coast convention dedicated to all things anime. Held at the Washington Convention Center, NW DC.
  • Boom Festival (BoomFestival): A fusion of music, mind, spirit, & space in Portugal. SOLD OUT (Resale Tix Available).

TBA - Transformus (TransformausBurn): One of the nation's favorite burns rises again at Marvin's Mountain, WV. 

         - Rang at Zebulon's Grotto (ZebulonsGrotto): Offering nudist & social gatherings for men of common interest.

 

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August:

 

1st-9th - Pennsic w/ Die Fledermaus (DieFledermaus): 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. Most notably Carnival at Swampfest.

 

Weekend of the 6th-9th:

  • Fahrenheit (Flowarts.com): 4 day fire & flow retreat w/ daily workshops & nightly performances / spin-jam.
  • Moonrise Festival (MoonriseFestial.com): Rave format music festival at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore.
  • Kink Camp (CampHardWood): Weekend retreat for gay, bi, & transgender men. Based out of  Minneapolis, Minn.

Sat 8th - Alter Ego Fetish Party (FetishFactory): By Fetish Factory in Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.

 

Weekend of the 13th-16th:

  • Key City Steampunk Festival (Facebook): Hosted in Frederick, Md.
  • Monster Mania (MonsterMania): Philly's Horror &SciFi convention in Cherry Hill, NJ.
  • FetishCon (Fetishcon): Industry Fetish Convention hosted in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sat 15th - The Pittsburg Bondage Ball (Facebook): Hosted by Phoenix Lagoon at Cruze Bar (1600 Smallman St. Pittsburg, Pa).

 

Weekend of the 20th-23rd:

  • Faerie Worlds (FaerieWorlds): The world's largest gather of mystical enchantment. Hosted near Portland, Oregon.
  • DomCon L.A. (DomconLA): West coast gathering of professionial dominants & those who serve.
  • Endless Poly Summer (CFNC.us): Weekend camp, retreat, & educational summit for the poly lifestyle in West Va.
  • Tahiti Cruise (NaughtyCruise): Lifestyle cruise for the swinger culture.

Sat 22nd:

  • Weekend Reunion: Get Sprung (WeekendReunion): Baltimore African American Event but open to all.

Weekend of the 27th-30th:

  • Opening Weekend for the MD Renn-Faire (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Faires.
  • Hedonism Presents "Carnival" (Hedonism): Week-long themed event at Hedonism II in Jamaica.
  • The Gathering (GayNaturists): Gay Naturists Interational host one of the nation's largest gatherings for gay nudism.

 

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September:

 

The Maryland Renaissance Festival (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Renn-Faires. Runs through Mid-Oct.

 

Labor Day Weekend (3rd-7th):

  • Burning Man (BurningMan.org): The nation's largest & most recognized gathering for alternative cultures.
  • DragonCon (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.
  • Rocky Mountain Rebellion (rmrebellion): Leather, Kink, & Fetish Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Caliente Weekend Pool Party (CalienteResort): Hosted by Caliente Onsite Resort, Tampa, Fla.
  • Southern Decadance (SouthernDecedance): New Orlean's celebration of gay life, music & culture since 1972.

Weekend of the 10th-13th:

  • Celtic Weekend for the MD Renn-Faire (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Faires.
  • EXXXotica Expo (ExxxoticaExpo): Nationally recognized adult expo comes to Miami, Fla.

Sat 12th - Alter Ego Fetish Party (FetishFactory): By Fetish Factory in Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.

14th-17th - Poly Camp Northeast (Polycampne): 4-day mid-week excusion for the poly lifestyle in beautiful New Hampshire.

 

Weekend of the 17th-20th:

  • New Orleans Burlesque Festival (NewOrleansBurlesqeFest): Celebrating the beauty & art of burlesque.
  • Florida Power Exchange (FloridaPowerExchange): Hosted in Clearwater, Fla.
  • South Carolina Leather Pride (SCPrideinLeather): East Coast leather competition in Columbia, SC.
  • Crossroads (TurtleHillEvents): Mystic Festival meets erotic possibility at Ramblewood Retreat Center.

Weekend of the 24th-27th:

  • Pirate Weekend for the MD Renn-Faire (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Faires.
  • Queen City Potter Party (PotterParty): The entire town of Staunton, Va. transforms itself to all things Harry Potter!
  • Colorado Leatherfest (ColoradoLeatherfest): Hotel takeover hosted in Denver, Colorado.
  • Hedonism Mocha Takeover (ToplessTravel): Luxurious week-long lifestyle excusion to Hedonimsm II.

Sun 27th: 

  • Boarding for Goth Cruise (GothicCruise): Week long gothic excurtion aboard the Royal Carribean Harmony of the Seas.
  • Folsom Street Fair (FolsomStreetEvents): San Francisco's premier street fair w/ over 400,000 covering 13 city blocks.

 

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October:

 

The Maryland Renaissance Festival (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Renn-Faires. Runs untill Oct 25th.

 

Weekend of the 1st-4th:

  • The Endless Night Salem Vampire Weekend (EndlessNight): Elegance & Decadance in Salem, Mass.
  • Desire Greek Island Cruise (NaughtyCruise): Lifestyle cruise for the swinger culture.
  • Mates Leather Weekend (MatesWeekend): All male leather convention in Provincetown, Mass.

 

Sun 11th - The DC Fetish Ball (DCFetishBall): Bringing the DC Scene to the National Stage, The Metro Underground is proud to host some of the scene's very best DJ's, models, fashion, & national talent. Providing an incredible play space in one of the city's most lavish venues, The DC Fetish Ball brings a level of twisted delight worthy of the Nation's Capitol! No doubt, THIS is a night you WON'T to miss!  Are you ready for The Ball?

 

 

Weekend of 10th-13th:

  • Constellation Burn (ConstellationBurn): East Coast Burning Man affiliated event at Pegasus Farm Campground, WV.
  • Flashpoint (Facebook): Regional burn w/ classes by day & performance/spinjam at night. Located in Stuart, Va.
  • L.A. Comic Con (StanLeesLAComicCon): The nation's largest & most recognized Comic Convention.
  • New Culture Fall Camp (CFNC.us): A welcoming gathering of all sexual lifestyles, amid the fall colors of West Virginia. 

Weekend of the 15th-18th:

  • Wicked Wildcat's Oktoberfest (Hedonism / Wildcats): Weeklong excursion to Hedonism II from the 11th-18th.

Weekend of the 22nd-25th:

  • Nightmare Festival (NightmareFestival): Rave format music festival now at The Anthem DC.
  • Monster Mania (MonsterMania): Baltimore's Horror &SciFi convention in Hunt Valley.
  • Va. Celtic Festival (VaCelticFestival): Celtic heritage festival & Highland games, in Richmond, Va.
  • Prague Fetish Weekend (FetishWeekend.cz): Full fetish flair in one of Europe's most historic cities.
  • EXXXotica Expo (ExxxoticaExpo): Nationally recognized adult expo comes to Edison, NJ.
  • Hedonism Halloween Week (Hedonism): Celbrating Hedonism's anniversary w/ one of its biggest weeks of the year!

Sat 24th: 

  • Halloween Fetish Ball (FetishFactory): By Fetish Factory in Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Nuit Demonia (Nuitdemonia): An incredibly elegant fetish affair in the heart of Paris.

Tues 27th - DC High Heel Race (Facebook): As close as DC comes to Mardi Gras. Open to all & draws thousands.

 

Sat 31th:

  • Endless Night Vampire Ball (EndlessNight): Elegance & Decadance in the heart of New Orlean's.
  • Fetish & Fantasy Haloween Ball (HalloweenBall): Celebrating 25 years in the heart of Sin City - Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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November:

 

Weekend of the 5th-8th:

  • FaerieCon (FaerieCon): Hosted at the Sheraton Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Viking Con (VikingsCon): Encampment w/ celebrity guests from "Vikings." Held in Charles County, Md.
  • Conjuration (Conjurationcon): Immersive magical fantasy convention hosted in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Kinky Con (KinkyConNH): Full hotel takeover in Manchester, NH.
  • Exotic Fantasies Weekend (Exotic-Fantasies): Immersive hotel take over for the Lifestyle Communities in Wilkes Barre, Pa.
  • Mr. International Rubber (MIRubber): Hosted in Chicago, Il.

Weekend of the 12th-15th:

  • Super Megafest (SuperMegafest): New England’s Super-Fun Comic & Celebrity Pop Culture Fanfest.
  • Bliss Mariner Cruise (ToplessTravel): Luxurious week-long lifestyle cruise aboard the Mariner of the Seas.

Sat 14th - Alter Ego Fetish Party (FetishFactory): By Fetish Factory in Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.

Sat 21st - The Diabolique Ball (PhillyFetishBall): Philly's biggest & most recognized fetish ball. Date subject to change.

 

Thanksgivng Day Weekend (26th-29th):

  • Brimstone VI (Fetlife): A 4 day kink extravaganza hosted in Piscataway, NJ.
  • Surrender (DarkOdyssey): Sex positive fetish focused hotel takeover San Francisco, CA.

Sat 28th - Wasteland (wasteland.nl): One of the world's largest & most lavish fetish balls is hosted in Amsterdam.

 

TBA: 

  • Nova Con (NovaComic-con): Northern Virginia comic & gaming convention in Tyson's Corner, Va.

 

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December:

 

Sat 5th - Krampusnaught DC (MetroEvents): One of DC's greatest nights for artistic expression, talented performance, family fun, & revelry for all. Celebrating an age old tradition & benefiting an amazing cause for DC's foster children, it is one of the area's best events & a night DON'T want to miss!

 

 

Sat 12th:

  • Naughty Snowball (Facebook): Massive burner ball hosted my Mischief DC on 17th St. NE DC. Date subject to change.
  • Alter Ego Fetish Party (FetishFactory): By Fetish Factory in Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.

Thursday 31st:  New Year's Eve.

  • Balaibalan (Facebook): Offering a high end event w/ exotic atmosphere & an erotic edge. Caters primarily to a mainstream attendance.
  • The Crucible NYE Speakeasy (The-Crucible): Special New Years Eve event & play party.
  • Sinn-Ergy's 10th Anniv. NYE Gala (Sinnergy): A grand event for DC & one of the most lavish affairs for the region.

TBA - Jekyll Comic Con w/ Hyde Horror Alley (JekyllIsland): Comic Convention meets horror festival on Jekyll Island, Ga.

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