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):

 

July:

 

29th-2nd - PEX Summer Festival (PEXSummerFestival): One of the area's biggest & best festivals at Ramblewood Retreat.

3rd-8th - Firefly Arts Collective (FireflyArtsCollective): Annual Burn & Art Festival hosted in Vermont over 4th of July. 

7th-30th - Capitol Fringe Festival (CapitolFringe): DC festival dedicated to alternative forms of the visual arts.

 

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.

 

19th-22nd - Transformus (TransformausBurn): One of the nation's favorite burns rises again at Marvin's Mountain, WV. 

                  - Artscape Baltimore (Artscape): One of the area's most recognized festivals for local talent.

                  - Thunder in the Mountains (ThunderintheMountains): Fetish convention & hotel takeover in Denver, Colorado.

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

 

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.

 

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August:


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.

 

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September:
 

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 - 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.

 

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October:
 

The Maryland Renaissance Festival (rennfest.com): One of the nations largest & well recognized Renn-Faires runs 'till Oct. 22nd.

 

4th-7th - Constellation (ConstellationBurn): East Coast Burn by the same people who created Playa Del Fuego.

             - 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.

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

 

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November:
 

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.

 

Sat 3rd - Raven's Night (Facebook): One of the region's biggest nights for fusion belly dance.

 

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.

               - Baltimore FaerieCon (Facebook): A celebration of Magic! Offering grand balls, top music, & faerie's gaolore!

               - 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.

 

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December:

 

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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