By Jade Byrnell
February, with its Be Mine hearts and red roses and boxed chocolates, seems designed to celebrate traditional, romantic love. But February is also home to Mardi Gras, with its wild costumes, street dancing and hedonistic revelry, all designed to celebrate the joys of the flesh. Finally, it’s also the month of a variety of international Pride celebrations. So whatever your love style, make this your hottest February yet.
January 19 – February 9, Melbourne, Australia
This annual LGBTQIA+ event grew from a week-long Pride festival in 1989 to a 22-day queer celebration, attended by more than 280,000 people annually. The main event is still the Pride March, which turns 25 this year. 53,000 marchers are expected to come together in a colorful display of unity. But surrounding the march is a vast array of parties, exhibitions, workshops, cabarets, readings, and sporting events. Don’t miss the Midsumma Carnival, featuring live music, live performances, a T dance hosted by The Beastie Girls, and dog show. Boasting 194 events in 100 venues, this is a party not to be missed.
January 31 – February 1, Central Ohio
This two-day educational and play focused event boasts more than 14,000 square feet of furnished play spaces for your explorations, including a special space for fire play and one dedicated to rope. Workshops topics include Abase & Disgrace: A Humiliation How-To, Wax Play, Tit Torture and Talk Dirty Like A Whore. There are activities for pets and littles and a quiet room for cuddling and relaxation.
February 13-18, Western Carribean departing from Tampa, FL
Temptation Cruises is launching their first-ever Carribean excursion on a luxury liner. Break up your adults-only pool party at sea with visits to exotic ports of call. Onboard dining, topless pool areas, DJs, theme night parties and a cinema, casino, and nightclub ensure there’s something for everyone on this fantasy playground for grown-ups.
February 14-16, Warwick, RI
This weekend getaway for the kink inclined brings the delicious sting of thorns into your Valentine’s Day celebration. Drawing thousands of diverse participants, this event combines introductory-level classes with high-quality vendors supplying the BDSM and fetish communities. If you’re currently in a Dom/sub pairing, don’t miss the High Protocol Dinner. Flying solo? Go see The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, San Francisco drag queens dispensing judgment-free, confessional fun. Visit the Kinky Art Gallery, Kinksters’ Lounge or Self Care Suite in between programs like Erotic Hypnosis and Electrical Play. With a Kinky Scavenger Hunt, Erotic Readings, Bootblacking and so much more, you’re sure to find your bliss.
February 14-17, Baltimore, MD
Dark Odyssey hosts this luxury hotel takeover weekend for the adventurous, kinky, sex-positive community. Indulge your lust while developing your spirituality. Learn while you play. Immerse, explore and discover yourself in a supportive environment. Workshops cover topics like bondage, flogging, Tantra, and paganism. When school is out, head to a play party to try out your new skills or simply observe others trying theirs. Be sure not to miss Sunday morning cartoons.
February 14 – March 1, Sydney, Australia
The biggest, gayest party in Australia is set to go down on Valentine’s Day and last for two weeks, culminating in the February 29 parade, which attracts over 8,500 participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators. This year’s theme is What Matters, a nod to the event’s protest origins, as organizers ask participants what (and who) they are willing to fight for. Share your answers to the central question at the array of art parties, panels, films, theatre and music performances, or on one of the many packed dance floors. In addition to the parade, there’s a family-friendly Fair Day carnival, a vogueing party known as The Sissy Ball, and Circuit-style parties. Packed with top tier performers, this queer celebration combines the personal with the political for an epic good time.
February 20 – 25, New Orleans, LA
This outrageous street party turns America’s most decadent city into a costumed gay paradise, bringing the best DJs in the nation to The French Quarter. Splurge for a weekend pass to make the most of the merriment and stick around to see who goes home with the Bourbon Street Award for best costume.
February 20 – 26, Cologne, Germany
This week-long street party takes over the town, starting with the gay bars. The locals start partying on Thursday and the parade takes place on Monday. In between, there’s a buffet of parties celebrating everything from kink to disco.
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