It’s October, and that means it’s time for romantic walks through autumn leaves, sexy Halloween costumes, and doing unspeakable things with pumpkin spice. It also happens to be the second coming of Pride Month, as several cities celebrate their Pride to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11.
So as you can guess, there are a zillion great Pride events, a bunch of dark and spooky kink parties, and even some cute snuggly events as the weather cools down (Puppies in the Mountains, anyone?) So check out the list – wherever you are, there’s bound to be something to warm those rosy cheeks (or spank them until they’re rosy – whatever you’re into!).
October Pride Events
This is just a sampling! Check out your local listings to see if there’s something fabulous happening near you.
Orlando Pride, Oct. 7-12
Central Florida celebrates Pride with a week of community building, celebration, and advocacy, culminating in The Most Colorful Parade on October 12! From a Drag Race to Leather Night, from TransFormation to a Gayme Night, fly your queer colors in Orlando next week.
Atlanta Pride, Oct. 11-13
Kicking off on National Coming Out Day, this year’s Atlanta Pride will be the 49th in the so-called “gayest city in America.” Come for the famous kick-off event, stay for the parades and after-parties.
Las Vegas Pride, October 11-12
Las Vegas parties by night, and Pride is no different! The parade takes place at night, on October 11, with a more family-friendly festival during the day on the 12th. Drag shows, parties, and other decadence follows!
Black and Blue Festival Montreal, October 9-15
Now in its 29th year, The Black and Blue Festival celebrates Montreal’s gay community and provides assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS. The main event has a Venetian Carnivale theme this year, so get your masks and head to Quebec for the fun!
Taipei Pride, October 26-27
Taiwan is one of the more queer-accepting countries in Asia, and Taipei holds Asia’s largest Pride Parade every year, drawing around 80,000 people.
October wouldn’t be complete without the donning of leather jackets, vests, boots, and…the possibilities are endless.
Mates Leather Weekend, October 3-7, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Bootblacking, cigars, furry chest contests – this weekend is for leathermen and those who love them! Get out to the tip of the Cape for P-town’s fall celebration of all things Leather.
Mr. Leather Europe, October 10-13, Roma, Italy
The European fetish community will meet in Rome for a weekend of cameraderie and competition.
Blackout 24, October 10-13, Glendale, CA
A celebration of all things gay leather, in the heart of Hollywood.
GLUE, October 11-13, Houston, Texas
A weekend of leather, uniforms, and of course, a pool party, deep in the heart of Texas.
American Brotherhood Weekend, October 11-13, Chicago, IL
The American Brotherhood celebrates its 30th year of leather family in Chicago.
Palm Springs Leather Pride, October 24-27, Palm Springs, California
California’s gay capital of the high desert brings you four days of hardcore gay leather events.
Latex, spanking, puppies, and hypnosis, oh my! October is rich with events all over the world for whatever spices your pumpkin.
London Fetish Weekend, October 3-7, London, England, UK
A weekend of leather, lace, latex and lasciviousness brought to you by a collaboration of London’s diverse event producers, for “kinksters of all ages, energy levels, and experience.”
Puppies in the Mountains, October 4-7, Colorado Springs, Colorado
For human pets and the owners that love them! A weekend of play in a beautiful setting.
DC Fetish Ball, October 13, Washington, DC
Dance, strut your stuff, play, and enjoy a performance by Miss Rubber Doll at the capital’s hottest fetish party.
JAX Fet Fest, October 10-13, Jacksonville, Florida
In Northern Florida? Come to the Jacksonville area’s first-ever 4-day event “for all kinksters and curious” in the area!
SCONY Mountain Weekend, October 11-13, New York
Strictly for spanking fetishists! A weekend in the mountains for spanking and roleplay.
Fetish Weekend Prague, October 17-20, Prague, Czech Republic
Four days in Prague where you can “be what you want to be.” Vendors, parties, and the pinkest fetish website you’ve ever seen.
ROPECRAFT, October 26-28, Austin, Texas
With the motto “Knot – For Everyone,” Ropecraft bills itself as an inclusive, rope-focused convention for people at all levels of experience.
Kinky Kollege, October 25-27, Chicago, Illinois
A weekend of higher education and fun with 60 classes, kinky vendors, and over 15,000 square feet of play space.
MindQuake, October 31 – November 4, Emeryville, California
A weekend-long event for erotic hypnosis enthusiasts with parties, presentations, and classes.
Fetish Factory Halloween Parties, October 12 and 25, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vamps and Tramps on October 12 will warm you up for the main event, the Fetish Ball on the 25th!
fIXEParties: fIXE Halloween Party, October 17, New York, NY
Featuring the Soho Mean Girls, this “fun, friendly fetish party” happens at The Late Late on Houston Street.
Endless Night, October 26, New Orleans, Louisiana
Described as “a Venetian masquerade, meets a vampire court, with the elegance of a burlesque cabaret and the energy of a rock concert,” the annual Endless Night ball is a New Orleans tradition.
Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball, October 26, Las Vegas, Nevada
Named one of the hottest events in the world by several media outlets, Las Vegas presents the wildest Halloween party ever.
Moonfest, Oct 26, West Palm Beach, FL
A night of costumes, music, vendors, food, and wild fun await in this spooky street festival, traditional to West Palm Beach.
Key West Fantasy Fest, Oct 18-27, Key West, FL
Not formally Halloween-themed, but dedicated to costumes, glamour, fantasy and fabulousness! Now in its 40th year, reserve now to spend a week in paradise!