To get readers geared up for the coming year, we have assembled a list of some of the better, and lesser, known events around the world that need to get on your social calendar. Here is a sampling below, so get your gear and toys ready to enjoy the spectacular gay scene that contains all things fetish.
Leatherpride in Antwerp, Belgium – If you can get your travel gear together quickly, you still have time to plan on attending this event in Antwerp from February 11 – 16, 2016. That’s right – enjoy Valentines Day meeting other fetish lovers from throughout the region. This is rated as one of the most perverted events in European, so prepare to let your inhibitions run wild. Those into kink are likely already aware that Antwerp is the self-designated king of perv, and they have developed quite the leather and fetish scene. This six day event is highlighted by the indoor fetish festival. This is where loads of top porn actors from through the globe come to strut their stuff. There is a wild opening party, followed by an equally kinky closing party. They are appropriately referred to as Pervets and Hardon. There is also the not to be missed Mr. Leather Belgium contest. What are you waiting for? Get you kink on, make your reservation, and get ready for the action in Antwerp in a few short weeks.
Fetish Pride in Rome, Italy – Following closely on the heels on Antwerp is Fetish Pride in Rome. Beginning this year on Friday, Feb. 20th, this is 10-day event that is highlighted by its very own fetish film festival. There are also art and photo exhibitions on display, in addition to all of the other events that now grace the Italian fetish scene. This is a relatively new event, and a bit smaller than others given that Southern Europe has been slow to integrate this aspect of gay life, but rest assured that it is growing by leaps and bounds every year. Look for a wide variety of specialized and unique parties to accommodate nearly every type of fetish lover. Make sure you know the party that you want to attend, dress accordingly, and have your toys ready. There are parties focusing on rubber to sneakers, those into fisting, and much more. This year will feature the first time that Rome has invited in the Berlin and Antwerp party Perverts, which will include world renowned DJ Jack Chang, so that demonstrates the manner in which this event is already growing into a globally recognized fetish event that must make your calendar.
Sleazy Madrid, Spain – Everyone knows that the Spaniards know how party, and that has helped the fetish scene flourish in that region of the world. Sleazy Madrid is a relative newcomer to the scene, but it is sure to become more and more popular in the years to come. This is a five day event occurring in the Spring. This years festivities begin on April 29th and conclude on May 3rd. Sleazy Madrid is heavy on the parties, with big events such as the Perverts. There is a also a Full Fetish party, which is a multiple king event that is hosted by the London based hookup application, Recon.
Cologne Fetish Pride, Germany – Moving in the unofficial fetish capital of the world, Germany’s fetish calendar begins this year in Cologne. The city’s annual Cologne Fetish Pride occurs for five days from May 21-25, 2016. This will be its 11th year. While the event caters to the region already large and lively fetish community, pervs from throughout Germany and the greater European continent are putting this on their annual travel calendar. The five day event includes more parties than one person could possible attend. This includes the main event – Bull Party. Cologne Fetish Pride is also home to a unique waterborne boat party, and Mr. Fetish North Rhine-Westphalia is also crowned here. Hotels for this event book up quickly, so consider getting your reservation in soon.
Paris Fetish Weekend, France – Paris is certainly the place to be this year for an up and coming event that spans four fetish packed days. Surprisingly, this will be only the second annual Paris Fetish Weekend, but last years was such a smashing success, that this one is already being expanded. Due take place from May 28 – May 31, fetish lovers from all over the region will be getting down and dirty at an abundance of parties and themed events. The highlight will once again be on Saturday night with the multi-fetish Bruthal party. This will be open to all types of fetishes, but do not despair if you are looking for something a bit more unique. There will be a number of events at Paris Fetish Weekend that cater to specialized fetishes, so be on the lookout for a published schedule to be announced soon. This event also highlights a leather biker tour of Paris and a guided tour of all of the cruising sites that have made the city famous. What more can you ask for?
Vienna Fetish Spring, Austria – Vienna jumped into the official fetish circuit four years ago, and their now annual leather and fetish event has grown into an action pack five day event. The parties on tap are specialized and they adhere to strict dress codes, so make to bring your gear. Some even promote the nude lovers among us, so look out for those as well. The Vienna Fetish Spring will feature a unique full-fetish tram tour of the city that is hosted by a local leather organization. The event culminates with the crowning of Mr. Fetish Austria.
Fetish Week London, England – While the exact dates for the 2016 version of Fetish Week London have to be announced, you can expect it to take place around early to mid July. This event is huge and is sponsored and organized by Recon. This is an annual event that is known to be well attended by the London’s sizeable leather and fetish community. During the week one can expect numerous events all over the city. Each event caters to a specific fetish, so nearly every imaginable fetish appetite will be accommodated. This ranges from lycra to leather to lingerie and almost everywhere in between. There is a full fetish party on the Saturday of the event, followed by a closing Desconstruction party on Sunday. Naturally, London is the place to be for all things fetish, so make plans to attend this special event mid-Summer. Make your reservations early and check the schedule to see which part of town the fetish parties of interest to you are located. Enjoy and be safe.
Folsom Europe in Berlin, Germany – Berlin is home to Folsom Europe the weekend of Sep 12-13. Many might question if it is really worth traveling to just a two day fetish affair, but I can assure you that the answer is a resounding yes. The nickname ‘naughty Berlin’ says it all. This event is the dirtiest in Europe, so two days is all that is needed to lay all of your inhibitions out there for all to see. This event is modeled after San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair, so many will see the distinction. This will be the 13th annual installment of a late summer weekend of bondage and debauchery taking place in Berlin. There is a street fair that is quite lively and take over a gay neighborhood. They will be an open air cruising area of the fetish variety, and there will be tons of merchandise on sale for those seeking the latest in fetish and leather gear. This is truly one fetish event that should not be missed if at all possible.
Leather Pride Weekend in Amsterdam, Holland – Wrapping it up for this posting is Leather Pride Weekend in Amsterdam to be held in late October. The exact dates should be announced soon, but fetish lovers already know that Amsterdam is home to one of the most active leather and fetish communities in the world. That should say it all. Make plans to attend the four day event and you will be sure to wrap up your travel season with a bang.
While the aforementioned fetish events revolve around European cities, the scene is growing elsewhere as well. Look at gay and lesbian travel associations as a great source of information about events near you. In addition, show your support and get involved. Learn about new events that are trying to promote themselves within your region, consider attending, and meet new likeminded friends and couples. Remember to be safe out there, bring your own toys and pleasure devices, and have fun.