By Jade Byrnell
Love in the time of Coronavirus is certainly an unexpected challenge. While many of our beloved lifestyle events are being cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, others are set to go on with additional precautions to protect public health. All information listed here is correct as of time of publishing. Due to the dynamic nature of the outbreak, please consult the websites of individual events for the most up to date facts on schedules, precautions and cancellation policies. Whether you choose to party on or stay home, please follow current CDC guidelines to protect your health and the health of others.
Early April, Kawasaki, Japan — CANCELLED
The annual “Penis Festival” dates back to 1978 but exploded in popularity with the advent of YouTube. Today it draws 30,000 to the Kanayama Shrine, home to the gods of blacksmithing and sex. Arrive before 9am to view the portable shrines, known as Mikoshi before they begin their journey through the streets. Enjoy food and beer while you wait and be sure to get a souvenir penis t-shirt and jumbo penis-shaped lollipop. While the event swarms with penis and vagina-shaped paraphernalia, it’s a traditional festival of prayer for sexual health and LGBT awareness. Fertility, safety in childbirth and safe sex practices are the focus of the fun. Throughout the 17th and 19th centuries, prostitutes would visit the shrine for protection against STDs. Funds raised by the event support HIV and AIDS research. So strap on your penis and support healthy sex.
Apri 3-5, Chicago, IL – CANCELLED
After careful consideration, this event has been cancelled. If you were registered to attend, look for an email from Eventbrite explaining the process to either get a full refund, transfer your registration to the Homecoming Event scheduled for October 9-11 or donate your registration fee to charities selected by the organizers.
Apri 3-5, Vancouver, CA – POSTPONED
In response to requests by health authorities, this event has been postponed until the fall. Organizers are offering full refunds to any purchasers of play party tickets. Weekend pass holders may credit it toward the fall Rubbout or next year’s event. Refunds (minus third party service fees) may be requested via email by October 31, 2020.
Apri 4-5, Phoenix, AZ – POSTPONED
The 40th Anniversary of this Pride Festival has been postponed until November 7th and 8th.
Apri 4-5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – POSTPONED
Due to Dutch Health Authority regulations, this event has been postponed. Information regarding the new date and ticket status will be forthcoming.
April 20-25, Sails out of Miami, FL — CANCELLED
The sold out, clothing optional, couples’ cruise has been cancelled, if you were planning to attend the April 2020 Bliss Cruise, here’s an update from the company — log into PleazeMe to see the update.
April 24-26, Seattle, WA
The Pacific Northwest’s celebration of sex and culture will go on with its exhibition of visual and installation art, interactive performances, literary readings and ambient performances in aerial and bondage arts. Dress as your best self in fetish gear, black tie, club attire or dazzling costumes. Or go in jeans if that’s your thing. Just remember that state law requires you to cover your genitals, as alcohol is served at this event. Attendees must be 18 and over during Gallery Hours and 21 and over during evening activities. All ticket sales are final but if you decide not to attend, you may put the cost of your ticket toward a future Pan Eros event or convert it to a charitable donation and receive a tax receipt.
April 30 – May 3, Miami, FL
This seaside party for adventurous couples is set to go on as scheduled with its DJ-fueled pool parties, sexy theme nights, and luxurious setting.
POSTPONED: September 16-21, Palm Springs, CA
Founded in 1991, this massive lesbian/queer women’s party brings live performances, art and community together in the California desert. If you already have a ticket, it will automatically transfer to the new September date or the 2021 event. You can also contact the organizers for help in reselling your ticket.
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