If money is an issue, many events have scholarships or will allow you to go to event in exchange for a certain number of volunteer hours.
Classes are a great place to learn kink as well as meet people. Classes aren’t for play, but you’re welcome to network and mingle. If you’re new, a class is a great place to start.
What to Wear: Casual, or close fitting clothing (leggings, sports bra etc.)
Cost: $20 - $100
A Munch is a social event for kinky people, typically at a restaurant or bar. Munches are networking events: people go to meet other kinky people and ask questions. Like classes, munches are good events for new people.
What to Wear: Street clothes (nothing overtly kinky)
Cost: Usually free or cost of drinks
Rope jams are for practicing rope in a casual environment. Rope jams are a peer learning environment, so asking questions is encouraged. Play is usually not permitted.
What to Wear: Casual, or close fitting clothing (leggings, sports bra etc.) Bring your own rope if you have some.
Cost: Free - $20
A tasting is a small scene or demonstration of a kind of kink play. For example, you might have an experienced top letting people from the audience try having wax dripped on them, giving them a little bit of information on how it’s done, safety and where to get started. The great thing about this kind of event is you can experience a wide variety of kinks and ask questions and try things in a low pressure environment.
Cost: $15 - $40
Kink conventions typically have several days of classes and play parties. They’re a great way to fully immerse yourself in a kinky environment.
What to wear: Some events allow leather and fetish gear inside the venue, others require vanilla attire.
Cost: $100 - $500
Play parties are for kink play. Each event has its own rules, but it’s common to see things like bondage, flogging, rope suspension, sex, and other BDSM activities. Bring your own partner or have a few friends if you want to play.
What to Wear: Dress to impress. Leather, button down shirts, cocktail dresses, and lingerie are all good.
Cost: $20 - $50
Play parties have their own etiquette:
Most kink events are friendly and welcoming of new people, but it’s important to behave appropriately for the space you’re in.
Kinky people take consent seriously. Respect everyone’s consent:
You should expect other people to respect your consent:
Start by making friends, not hitting on people. If you make friends, play partners will follow. You’ll probably need to go to a few events before you find anyone who wants to play with you.
Tips for making friends:
Don’t wear clothing that attracts attention outside of the kink space (for example don't wear a full latex bodysuit to a munch). You will find it attracts the wrong kind of attention.
Inside kink spaces there are generally one of three dress codes:
If you're not sure what to wear, black jeans and black tops never go out of style. Also wear cute underwear: you can always strip down in a pinch.
Every event is different—make sure to read the event rules or talk to a staff person if you’re new. These rules are pretty common, however:
Consent is mandatory at all times:
Even if you don’t agree with their policies, arguing with staff or dungeon monitors will get you kicked out and possibly banned.
Most venues ban certain types of play:
Most venues don’t allow alcohol or drugs on the premises, and don’t allow intoxicated people to attend.
Don’t wear clothing that attracts attention outside of the kink space (for example don’t wear a full latex bodysuit to a munch). In the context of clothing “vanilla” means something you can wear to Target without getting strange looks.