Resources

Munches are one of the best ways to get involved in our local community. There are at least two that you can attend in any given week, and often more. Whichever ones you choose to attend, PLEASE go at least 3 times without too much time in between. The more you seem to be interested and invested in the community, the more likely you are to have good experiences at the munches.

  • ALAD Munch – Monthly munch on the 3rd Sunday for Ageplayers, Littles, and Adult Babies. This might not be happening any more.
  • Bad Girls Women’s Munch – Monthly on second Tuesdays, this munch is for female-identified people age 21 and up. The location has just changed to the Hobnob Grille.
  • Bears’ Happy Hour - Monthly on the second Friday at The Local Lounge.
  • Beaverton Munch – Held every second Sunday at a McMenamins. 18+
  • Beaverton B-Town Munch – Every Monday! 18+
  • Far East Munch – Held monthly on the 2nd Sunday, this munch is for those in the Gresham area. 18+
  • Hillsboro Munch – Held every second Saturday at a McMenamins, and is 18+.
  • Kinky-Ass Introverts Munch – A quasi-monthly safe haven and judgement-free zone for kinky people who are introverted and/or shy and interested in connecting with others in the community.
  • PDX Littles Meetup – Monthly get together on first Fridays for littles (and Bigs) at The Catalyst. Snacks, coloring, and games!
  • PDX Midnight Munch – Weekly munch for night owls at the IHOP on 82nd.
  • PDX Monogamy Munch – Sporadic munch for those who identify as monogamous. Location varies.
  • PDX Trans* Meetup – New munch for trans* identified people and their partners. The location and date are still in flux, so check the website for the current plans.
  • Portland Leathermen Potluck – 18+, Men Only Portland’s oldest Men’s-Only leather group meets for food and camaraderie. Email tuckerwalter@gmail.com
  • Portland Queer Munch – Monthly munch for queer-identified people and their partners on first or second Thursdays at The Radio Room on Alberta. 18+
  • Portland Wednesday Munch – This is a very popular weekly munch, held every Wednesday at Berbati’s in downtown Portland. 18+
  • Queer Leather Dinner – A gathering for Queer Leather people to comfortably wear their leather gear and have community conversations. 21+, every other month on the 4th Wednesday at Crush.
  • Rose City Domme/sub Mixer – A casual social event for Female Dominants and subs of all genders, held monthly on the 3rd Saturday at The Catalyst.
  • Salem Munch – Held on the second Tuesday and the fourth Saturday of each month, and is at a pub so it is 21+.
  • SE Portland Munch – Every Thursday at Crush in SE Portland. This very popular munch is 21+.
  • Service Social – Every other month on the 4th Tuesday at Crush to provide a space for those interested in service dynamics. Includes an on-stage showcasing of those looking for a service relationship. 21+
  • Super No-Va Munch (Vancouver, WA) – This munch is held every Friday night and is 21+.
  • SW PDX Happy Hour – Every Monday at Blitz Sports Pub
  • Vancouver Munch – Second Tuesday of the month in a private room at El Presidente in downtown Vancouver. They also have a FetLife group: fetlife.com/groups/463 18+
  • Whipper-Snappers – Every 1st Saturday and occasionally on Tuesdays, for anyone 18-30 years old. 18+

We have quite a few local organizations that provide resources, education, and events to our community. Some require membership, some offer discounts for members, and some are open to the public.

  • Bad Girls – Bad Girls is our local women’s BDSM social club that host monthly munches, workshops and discussion groups for female-identified people. Memberships start at $20/year.
  • Blackout Leather – A long-time staple of the Portland leather scene, Blackout Leather supports the LGBT Leather/SM/Fetish community. They hold monthly social parties (LURE) and are partners in Oregon Leather Pride, during which they put on the Oregon State Leather competition. They are not membership based.
  • Boiys in Leather Service – a group of self-identified leatherboys/bois with a mission to contribute towards the betterment of their communities (both leather and non-kink) through volunteering time and service.
  • Bridgetown Leathermen – Bridgetown Leathermen is more than dungeon parties; we are a network of Leathermen who care about each other and are interested in mentoring those coming up in the Leather way of life. (From their site)
  • MAsT Pacific Northwest – Focused on the Master/slave dynamic, they host monthly meetings on the 3rd Sunday of the month in NE Portland.
  • Oregon Bears – A fraternal and social organization committed to fun and fundraising. Although essentially a “Bear” club, the Oregon Bears has always been inclusive and welcomes individuals of all colors, shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. (From their website)
  • PDX League of Gentlemen – A support group for Gentleman-identified, Male-identified and Male community of Portland.
  • PDX-PAH – A social group for pups and handlers (and kitties!)
  • Portland Leather Alliance – This is the most well-known group in the Portland Metro area. They are the producers of KinkFest, partners in Oregon Leather Pride, and provide monthly workshops for the community. Membership gets you a discount on all events, and costs only $10/year.
  • Portland Leather Men: A social group for men, which has no bylaws, no politics, and no committees. Email furry@direcway.com
  • Portland Rope Arts Group – The Portland Rope Arts Group promotes education and the exchange of knowledge about rope bondage.
  • Portland Zeniths – Social and educational group for those interested in BDSM who are 45+.
  • STEEP – The Society for Tea Enjoyment and Entertainment in Portland: A group for people in Portland, OR and surrounding areas who are interested in Tea Parties for the pleasure of Ladies. (From their website)
  • Valhalla Education Series – Monthly classes in a 6-month cycle covering a range of BDSM 101 topics.
  • Whipper-Snappers – This group is for anyone aged 18-30. They hold munches every 1st Saturday in SE Portland, and give workshops periodically. All events are free!

There are lots of BDSM events in the Portland Metro area. Outside of munches and workshops (see above) there are several play parties that are open to the public, and some larger annual events. While there are quite a few other parties around town, most of them are invite only and your best bet to get on the invite list is to attend munches and get involved with the community.

  • Bears XX Dance – Bears, Cubs, and all kinds of other wildlife converge at Boxxes on the fourth Friday of every month to dance the night away. (From their website)
  • Blood, Sweat and Queers – If you’re heading up to Seattle, check out this monthly queer play party. It happens on the first Saturday of every month.
  • DeaconX – Portland’s longest running public fetish event, now happening every 3rd Sunday at The Analog Cafe.
  • Dirty Playground – This Portland’s queer play party, put on by Haus of Consent, a group devoted to creating queer space. There are currently no monthly parties, but they host Queer Summer Camp in August.
  • Domme-sub Mixer - Gathering for Dominant Women and those who love them, every 3rd Saturday at The Catalyst.
  • First Friday Fetish Party - Monthly men’s party at HawksPDX, often with a live demo. 8pm-4am.
  • Full Moon Friday – Monthly topical discussion for self-identified women age 18+. Hosted by Bad Girls.
  • Kink Night at The Velvet Rope – Recently expanded kink-themed party at The Velvet Rope (formerly Angel’s), a local swing club. 21+, every 4th Sunday.
  • Night of Kink – A bi-monthly dance/performance/play party.
  • Portland Ropesters – A monthly bondage social & party held at The Catalyst on 4th Saturdays. Relaxed & casual rope practice, very female friendly. 18+
  • PRAG Workshops & Party – Workshop on the first Monday followed by a play party (occasionally on Fridays) to exchange knowledge about rope bondage.
  • Pup Mosh – PDX-PAH’s monthly gathering for pups, handlers, and even kittens! Location varies.
  • Red Cheeks Party – A fun group dedicated to Spanking & Bondage, open to new people. Party on the second Saturday of the month.
  • Rope Jam – Monthly rope-focused play party on the 4th Sunday at Penumbra Studio.
  • The Shop Parties – Play party held the second Saturday of the month near Estacada. Very size positive, 18+.
  • Sunday Geeky Rope Fun Day – Rope-heavy play party at a private home on first & third Sundays.
  • Talking Kink – A panel-led community discussion held on fourth Mondays.
  • Twisted Party PDX – The most overtly sexual play party open to the public, Twisted Party PDX is held monthly at Club Sesso on second Thursdays.
  • Under the Leather Umbrella – Roughly bi-monthly event that showcases individuals from around the country who are actively involved in the BDSM/Leather scene.
  • Valhalla House Party – This is a bi-monthly party occurring on the second and fourth Fridays. You must be on the list to attend, so go out and meet the people of Valhalla!
  • Beartown Weekend – Weekend-long series of events celebrating Bear culture. Every June, locations around Portland.
  • HOWL – A women-only overnight event open to all self-identified women. Occurs every July.
  • KinkFest – The largest event in Portland and one of the largest on the entire west coast. Put on by the Portland Leather Alliance, it is 3 days of kinky bliss with workshops, vendors and a huge dungeon. Happens every March.
  • Leatherwoods – Like to camp? Enjoy playing outdoors? Leatherwoods happens every August over 3 days in a secluded campground, with workshops, vendors and an outdoor dungeon.
  • Northwest Sash Bash – An event for titleholders from around the country to get together to socialize and relax in a contest-free weekend. Every February.
  • Oregon Leather Pride – Every August most of the local BDSM organizations collaborate to bring you Oregon Leather Pride, with special munches, gallery openings, Leather Tastings, workshops and one of the year’s biggest play parties.
  • Oregon State Leather Competition – Title competition happening every August during Oregon Leather Pride Week, hosted by Blackout Leather Productions.
  • Paradise Unbound – While not technically in the Portland area, many Portlanders head north for this event every August. Huge outdoor kink gathering with education and play.
  • Portland Erotic Ball – Portland’s biggest Halloween party. A costume mandatory event for guests 21+ only.
  • Queer Summer Camp – Hosted by Dirty Playground, this is a weekend camping event in Sandy. Tons of fun!
  • Sinsations Sampler – Similar to the Leather Tastings, this is an event for female-identified people only, and happens every February. It is put on by Bad Girls, and there is a play party immediately after.
  • Summer Spank – This is a new kinky camping event happening over Labor Day weekend. 5 days of games, workshops, and vendors!
  • Vendors Fair & Leather Tastings – Every August & November, the PLA hosts a vendors fair featuring local kinky businesses and a huge play party in the evening. 

  • Catalyst Art & Cultural Space – A community space for adults (18+) to use for meetings, workshops, art shows, social activities and more.
  • Club Sesso – Swing club with a monthly kink night. Very kink friendly if your kink follows their guidelines.
  • Crush – Gay owned restaurant that hosts many of our local munches.
  • Hawks PDX – Bathhouse sex & social club for men.
  • The Local Lounge – Small bar located in NE Portland that is the home of many Oregon Bears events, the R.A.C.K. party, and other kink-related events.
  • Meadhall Dungeon – Play space located in West Linn, available to rent for photo shoots, pro-domme sessions, and private sessions.
  • Penumbra Studio – Small studio/house in outer SE Portland, home of Rope Jam and available for rent to individuals or small groups.
  • Q Center PDX – Queer community center providing space for meetings and social events. Very kink friendly, with discounts for community/nonprofit groups.
  • The Sindicate – The Sindicate is closed until further notice.
  • Twisted Cedar Estate – A private adult retreat outside of Portland on 8 acres of secluded land.
  • Valhalla House – Local community-oriented dungeon that hosts bi-monthly play parties and the Valhalla Education Series.
  • The Velvet Rope – Swing club in SE that hosts monthly BDSM and rope parties. Seem to be open to other groups having parties in their space.
  • Leather PDX mailing list – A mailing list for the PDX scene with more of an emphasis on the gay Leather community.
  • Oregon Leather History – Project by a local community member documenting the history of the leather community in Oregon.
  • PDX-ASB mailing list - Most events in the Portland area are announced here. You can sign up for individual emails (only occasionally will this fill your inbox) or daily digests.
  • SinergyPDX – website of local resources, including shops, therapists, attorneys, and more.
  • South Valley Oregon BDSM mailing list – Another announcement list with more of a focus on the Salem/Eugene area. There is some duplication of the PDX-ASB list but a very good list.
  • Vancouver Munch Online Chat Night – On the first Monday of the month the Vancouver Munch hosts a topical online chat night. It’s a great way to interact with people in the community, especially if you’re nervous about attending your first munch.

Our community has been growing and evolving for many years. These links can help give you an idea of where we’ve come from

  • FindAMunch – Actively updated website listing adult groups around the world.
  • FetLife – Nearly everything is on FetLife these days, as made obvious by all of the links above going right back there. It’s a great and pretty much unavoidable resource, but it is no substitute for real-time interactions, or even independently maintained websites.
  • Leather Archives & Museum – Located in Chicago, the LA&M preserves leather & fetish materials and makes them available for viewing and research.
  • NCSF – Advocacy, education, and outreach organization working towards equal rights for adults who engage in alternative sexual expressions.
  • Scene USA – List for scene resources around the country.
  • Woodhull Freedom Foundation – Advocacy and activism towards preserving and expanding our sexual freedoms.

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