To be held at venues around Fort Lauderdale over five days from May 20 to 24, the 2020 weekend will again host a programme of nine parties. Performers already lined-up include Jean Bardot, Miss Crash and Natasha Nebula.
The $210 all-access passes, which allow rooms to be booked in the host hotel and include shuttle transport to all the venues, went on sale on July 1 and will continue at this price until the end of July.
On August 1 the price increases to $240, and will continue at that rate until main host hotel, the Westin Fort Lauderdale, is completely sold out — which Fetish Factory boss Glenn Catapano predicts will be by December or earlier.
“We will then take another hotel for overflow,” he adds, “and will take a huge block so that anyone at the second hotel will be with fetish folk on pure fetish floors.”
Finally when that block is sold out, sale of à la carte tickets (for individual events in the five-day programme) will begin. The strict four-day minimum booking for Westin rooms will not apply to the second hotel, where there will be a minimum two-day requirement.
Glenn says Westin room bookings for the 2020 FFW dates will not be possible via travel sites, central reservations or any other of the usual means.
“No one can book anywhere except through FF, where I personally book every guest in style — with a fun conversation like no other hotel reservation you will make, ever!” he promises.
From chatting with Glenn, it’s clear that the commitment people have already made to next year’s Florida Fetish Weekend has exceeded his expectations, prompting him to add more features to a programme that was originally more or less a straight repeat of the 2019 schedule.
He had made a point of putting his first tickets for 2020 on sale earlier than usual this year, after Facebook unhelpfully removed the newly rebadged 2019 Florida Fetish Weekend from its events listings during FFW’s final pre-sale weeks.
Thanks to a big last-minute promotional effort, all the rooms at the Westin were still sold in time. So Florida Fetish Weekend 2019 went ahead as planned with its promised full hotel takeover.
But Facebook’s intervention emphasised the danger of relying on a social media site whose policies regarding anything ‘fetish’ can be capricious to say the least. However, Glenn’s response to it seems to have paid off in bucketloads.
For Fetish Factory (also famous for its long-running Alter Ego parties and its Fort Lauderdale fetish store), the anniversary weekend’s full hotel takeover has been a much-vaunted feature for many years.
Among European events that are specifically fetish weekends (ie not BDSM conventions), only Fetish Evolution had been able to make the same boast on a regular basis — until this year when it lost its partner hotel, resulting in cancellation of the whole 2019 FE event.
Even the German Fetish Ball Weekend has yet to achieve a full fetish takeover of a Berlin hotel —
although its organisers are hopeful of reaching that goal in 2020, possibly with the new Hotel Indigo on Mercedes Platz.
So for now at least, Florida Fetish Weekend can probably rightly claim to be the only large scale fetish festival offering a full takeover.
Why do major fetish event organisers tend to prize such a takeover so highly? Because it adds immeasurably to the overall atmosphere of an event.
Staying in a hotel exclusively occupied by our community — where we can dress in latex etc and wonder around all day and all night without scaring other guests — can be a truly life-affirming experience.
And there’s more good news for those who take rooms in the Westin for next year’s Florida Fetish Weekend. The hotel is renovating rooms and replacing all elevators with new, fast, smart models.
Some people complained the lifts were slow, Glenn reveals, but others enjoyed that fact as it gave them time to make new friends!
The Westin is also renovating the Mecca of Kink Pool area (where Sunday’s Pervy Pool Party takes place), adding a new monster structure and changing the pool to an infinity pool.
And it now looks very likely that the 2020 schedule will add a fetish cruise on the Florida Intracoastal Waterway as a new feature for the 25th Anniversary celebrations. Glenn and partner Donna have in view hiring a 380-capacity yacht for a 6-9pm sunset cruise on the Thursday when the schedule officially moves into high gear for the main weekend events.
One further new feature Glenn is working on for 2020 is “a travel insurance offer for people who have to cancel [for a range of reasons]… that will cover flights and hotel and event. Rate is based on age so the young ’uns get a very low rate and the more mature pay more – typically like healthcare for us here in the US”.
What more could anyone want? Well, if you are still looking for further USPs to make this event worth considering, its location cannot be ignored. Florida is as integral to the appeal of FFW as Berlin is to the German Fetish Ball Weekend.
And there is nothing in the UK/European fetish universe that comes close to FFW’s outdoor Pervy Pool Party. Just check out the pictures of this year’s PPP included in the galleries below!
Running order of Florida Fetish Weekend 2020 — endorsed again by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (another feather in Fetish Factory’s cap) — is currently as follows:
Wednesday May 20: Jester’s Dive Bar; Thursday 21: Fetish Cruise (tbc), Beat & Greet; Friday 22: Anniversary Fetish Ball; Saturday 23: Xtreme Player’s Party; Sunday 24 (day): Pervy Pool Party; Sunday 24 (night): Constellation Farewell.
Full details of the individual events, venues and times are on the Florida Fetish Weekend 2020 website.
And just a final reminder: purchase of an All Access ticket is a prerequisite for booking at the host hotel. When room bookings officially begin on August 1 via Fetish Factory, they’ll be prioritised by the order in which tickets were bought.
BELOW: Florida Fetish Weekend host Glenn (centre) and 2019’s ‘Hooters Gang’ (photo: Warfare01)
BOTTOM: 33 gallery images from 11 photographers covering Florida Fetish Weekend’s 2019 parties