Are you looking for something different to try with your loved one this year? You may find all-new excitement by visiting one of the world’s wildest sex festivals.
We delve into six of the best-known festivals from around the world.
Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival
The Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival (FICEB) is an annual Spanish pornographic film festival and awards ceremony in Catalan.
The FICEB hands out three awards in a trio of different pornographic film categories. These categories are the Ninfa (Nymph), which is given for heterosexual pornography, the Tacón de Aguja for BDSM and sexual fetish movies, and the HeatGay for homosexual pornographic films.
Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco USA
The Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is held annually and celebrates BDSM and the leather subculture. The street fair takes place on the last Sunday in September and is part of San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week”.
The Folsom Street Fair began in 1984 and has grown into California’s third-largest spectator event. In addition, it is the world’s largest leather event and get-together for BDSM culture.
The event takes donations at the gate and donates the money to various charities. The festival showcases a variety of adult-themed displays, food and drinks, and much more.
Nudes-A-Poppin’ Pageant, Indiana USA
Nudes-A-Poppin takes place every year in Indiana. The event features nude men and women competing in an erotic dance contest. Nudes-A-Poppin’ started in the 1970s and has been held annually ever since by Ponderosa Sun Club.
The pageant welcomes more than 5,000 people every year to watch the erotic dance contest.
Brussels International Festival of Eroticism
The Brussels International Festival of Eroticism is a festival and trade show featuring industry leaders in the European adult entertainment sector. During the Brussels festival, the European X Awards hands out film awards for the best European pornographic movies.
The European X Awards are Europe’s equivalent to America’s AVN awards. The Brussels International Festival of Eroticism presents awards to each participating country. Each country will receive recognition for categories such as Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Film.
Erotica UK is an adult exhibition held every November in London at the Olympia. The “lifestyle show” event is aimed mainly at women and couples and is tailored toward the mainstream rather than a niche audience. The event encourages visitors to celebrate sexual relationships with their loved ones, offering products and services to improve their love lives.
The organisers state that it is now the world’s largest lifestyle event “for freethinking adults who are comfortable with their sexuality” and welcomes visitors of all persuasions: straight, gay and transgender.
The event welcomes small and medium-sized companies and sole traders. Visitors can purchase or view items, including sex toys, games, DVDs, furniture, fashion, art and photography.
Free entertainment includes stage shows produced by London’s Torture Garden; The Fantasy Boys’ strip tease. In addition, NHS health advisors offer free advice, condoms and testing to attendees.
Hanen Matsuri, Japan
The Hanen Matsuri is a fertility festival held annually on March 15th. Hanen translates to rich harvest in English, and the event honours the blessings of a beautiful harvest, prosperity, and fertility.
The most famous fertility festival is held in the Japanese town of Komaki (north of Nagoya City). Shinto priests play musical instruments while a parade of participants walk through the streets dressed in ceremonial outfits. Visitors can enjoy all-you-can-drink sake.
There is also a 620-pound, 96-inch-long wooden phallus on display. The wooden phallus is taken from Shinmei Sha up a large hill during even-numbered years or from Kumano-sha Shrine to another shrine known as Tagata Jinja on odd-numbered years by the ceremonially-dressed priests.
Food and souvenirs are available throughout the festival. Large buckets of sake are also available, allowing visitors to drink as much as they want. The Shinto priests offer prayers and blessings to festival participants.