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 their 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 predominantly reflects the general practice of its venue.

  • The Calendars Page carries Links, Featured Events, & Regionial Concerts.
  • Our Main Calendar 2018 offers a FULL listing of all regional events.
  • Major National Events are listed here & on the Main Calendar.
  • Weekly Recurring Events are now listed on their own page (theme nights will be listed here).
  • For News regarding recent developments in the scene, please see News & Notes.

Major Events for the Regional & National Stage (2018):




New Year's Day - Philly Mummers Parade (MummersParade): The oldest folk festival in the nation, now in its 118th year!


4th-7th - Magfest (Magfest): Music & Gaming Festival at the National Harbor, Maryland.

12th-14th - Mid-Atlantic Leather (LeatherWeekend): Major gathering for leathermen in Washington, DC.


13th-20th - Pleasurefest 2018 (Hedonism-II): Week long themed week at Hedonism Resort, Jamaica.


Sun 14th (MLK Weekend) - DC eXotica! (MetroEvents): Welcome to the Next Big Thing! DC eXotica brings together all the elements you love from The DC Fetish Ball with the opulence you've come to expect from Metro Events. All you'll miss are the crazy crowds!



Mon 15th - Martin Luthur King Day.

18th-21st - Winter Poly Wonderland ( hosted at the Abrams Creek Retreat Center, West Virginia.

                 - Southwest Leather Conference (SouthwestLeather): Hosted in Phoenix, Arizona.


Sat 20th - Caliente Aahz Fetish Ball (CalienteResort): Hosted by Caliente On-site Resort, Tampa, Fla.

24th-27th - AVN Adult Ent. Expo (AdultEntExpo): The nation's premier industry expo. At the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.

26th-28th - Love Burn (TheLoveBurn): East coast burn held on Key Biscayne just south of Miami Beach, Fla.


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Fri 2nd - Ground Hog Day.
2nd-4th - Poly Living (LovingMore): National conference on the polyamorous lifestyle. Hosted in Philly. 

              - Sin in the City (Sin-in-the-City): Sex-positive kink-friendly adult convention in Las Vegas, NV.


9th-11th - Philly Tattoo Convention (VillainArts): At the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

              - Rubdown (Rubdown): All male fetish con in San Francisco, CA.


10th-17th - Valentine's Desire (ToplessTravel): Luxurious lifestyle excusion in Cancun, Mexico.


Tue 13th - Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

Wed 14th - Valentine's Day (Singles Awareness).


15th-19th - Katsucon (Katsucon): 3-day anime convention at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

                 - Frostburn (Frostburn): A regional burn in February, in the mountains of West Virginia?  Sure, why not! 

                 - Winterfire (DarkOdyssey): Sex positive fetish focused hotel takeover on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. 


Fri 16th - Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year).

Mon 19th - President's Day.


22nd-25th - DNA Fetish Weekend (DrummerNA): All male fetish weekend in Las Vegas, NV.

                  - Snowbound (MatesWeekend): All male leather convention hosted in Provincetown, Mass.


TBA - Freeflow Arts (FreeflowArts): Luxurious fire, flow, & sprituality festival on Koh Rong Island off the coast of Cambodia. 

         - Fetish Fair Flea Market ( Hosted in Marlborough, Mass.

         - Mr.& Ms. Philly Leather (PhillyLeatherContest): Annual leather contest hosted in the heart of Philly.


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1st-4th - Texas Latex Party (TexasLatexParty): Latex fetish gathering in Houston, TX.

9th-11th - South Plains Leatherfest (SouthPlainsLeatherfest): International master-slave conference in Dallas, TX.

               - Esprit de Corps (DisciplineCorps): Major all male leather retreat near Dallas, TX. 


Wed 14th - Pi Day (3.14).

10th-17th - "Swing Break" 2018 (Hedonism-II): Week long themed week at Hedonism Resort, Jamaica.

16th-18th - Bound in Boston (BoundinBoston): Fetish-con actually hosted in Warwick, RI.


Sat 17th - St.Patrick's Day.

              - U-Party Presents St.Patrick's Night of Mayhem (U-Party): The Return of the Snakes!


18th-25th - L.A. Leather Pride (Facebook): Leather pride festival oriented toward the gay, lesbian, & trans community.

30th-1st - Awesome Con (Awesome-Con): The East Coast's largest comic con, held at the Washington Convention Center.

              - Kinkfest (Kinkfest): West Coast fetish & kink festival in Portland, Oregon.


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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 - Metro Events present Studio 54 (MetroEvents): The Metro Spring Formal offers an ode to the decedance of the 70's & 80's.


Thu 20th - National Cannibis Day (4/20).

20th-22nd - The M/s Gathering (MsGathering): Master-slave conference hosted in Wilmington, Delaware.

26th-29th - Rocky Mountain Poly Living (LovingMore): National poly conference located in Denver, Colorado. 

                 - C.L.A.W. ( The Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend takes place annually in Northern Ohio. 


TBA - Flame Festival (FlameFestival): Southeast gathering of fire & flow arts. Held in Layfayette, Ga.

         - Fetish Evolution Weekend (FetishEvolution): Elegant fetish expo hosted in Essen, Germany.


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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 - Steampunk World's Fair (SteampunkWorldsFair): The world's largest Steampunk Event takes place in Piscataway, NJ.

             - 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.

               - 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.


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 ( 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 ( Hosted in Chicago, Il.


27th-3rd - Fantasies Island (NaughtyIsland): Complete Lifestyle Takeover off the coast of Berlize.


TBA - DomCon L.A. (DomconLA): West coast gathering of professionial dominants & those who serve.


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1st-3rd - Dreamscape (Dreamscapefestival): Rave format music festival at Camp Ramblewood. Darlington, Md. 

             - 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.

8th-10th - Fahrenheit ( 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.

               - 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 ( 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 - Fusion (DarkOdyssey): Sex positive fetish focused camp retreat at Ramblewood. Darlington, MD. 


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.


TBA - Electric Forest (ElectricForest): Beloved rave format music festival over the last week of June in Rothbury, Michigan.

         - EXXXotica Expo (ExxxoticaExpo): Adult industry expo in Chicago, Il.

         - CMEN Southeast Gathering ( Cal Men Enjoying Naturism hosts 3 major events throughout the nation.


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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.


Sun 29th - Up Your Alley (FolsomStreetEvents): Alley party for hard players. From the creators of Folsom Street Festival in San Fran.

TBA - CMEN Northwest Gathering ( Cal Men Enjoying Naturism hosts 3 major events throughout the nation.


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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.


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.


17th-19th - Monster Mania (MonsterMania): Philly's Horror & SciFi convention in Cherry Hill, NJ.

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 ( One of the nations largest & well recognized Faires.

                 - Florida Power Exchange (FloridaPowerExchange): Hosted in Clearwater, Fla. 


TBA - Endless Poly Summer ( Weekend camp, retreat, & educational summit for the poly lifestyle. Hosted in West Va.

         - Weekend Reunion (WeekendReunion): Weekend fetish convention oriented to African American culture but open to all.

         - International Deaf Leather (InternationalDeafLeather): Hosted in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

         - The Gathering (GayNaturists): Gay Naturists Interational host one of the nation's largest gatherings for gay nudism.


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The Maryland Renaissance Festival ( One of the nations largest & well recognized Renn-Faires runs through Mid-Oct.


31st-3rd - Labor Day Weekend:

              - Burning Man ( 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 ( 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.


TBA - Folsom Street Fair (FolsomStreetEvents): San Francisco's premier street fair w/ over 400,000 covering 13 city blocks.


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The Maryland Renaissance Festival ( 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 (  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!



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 ( 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 - Flashpoint (Facebook): Regional burn w/ classes by day & performance/spinjam at night. Located in Stuart, Va. 

         - 'Fall' into Poly ( A welcoming gathering of all sexual lifestyles, amid the fall colors of West Virginia.

         - Wicked Wildcat's Oktoberfest (Hedonism / Wildcats): Weeklong excursion to Hedonism II.


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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. 

             - 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 ( 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.


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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.

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