Cincinnati Leather Weekend, Aug 18-20, 2023

Cincinnati Leather 2023 is a full weekend experience.

We kick the weekend off on Friday with a drag and burlesque show, and a chance to meet the contestants.  Saturday features daytime Kink U classes and social meetups that lead up to the evening’s main contest, followed by a victory dance party.  Sunday’s brunch concludes the contest weekend with time to meet the winner, contestants, and all local and visiting leatherfolk.

Thursday, Aug. 17th


  • 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Doors open at 7:00 pm

  • Critter-focused kickoff event
  • Cocktails and Mocktails available
  • No cover!

Friday, Aug. 18th

  • 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

    Doors open at 7:30 pm

  • Live drag and burlesque show
  • Meet the contestants and visiting leatherfolx
  • 11:00 pm to 2:00 am
  • No cover!

Saturday, Aug. 19th

Cincinnati Leather Contest

  • 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

    Doors open at 7:30 pm

  • Cincinnati Leather contest
  • Amazing performances
  • Vendor mart
  • Ticket required

    See details below

ONYX University kink classes

  • 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Enjoy three kink classes presented by ONYX Great Lakes
  • Vendor mart (only daytime shopping at CLW!)
  • Free!

FETISh Happy Hour

  • 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Join Cincinnati’s leather and kink community for F.E.T.I.Sh happy hour, a gathering that centers femme, enby, trans, intersex, and Sapphic folx. Relax together and get excited for the Saturday night contest.
  • Pub food and drinks available for purchase
  • No cover!
  • 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • No cover!


  • 11:00 pm to 2:00 am
  • Celebrate our new titleholder with your leather community!
  • No Cover!

Sunday, Aug. 20th

  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Brunch with winner, contestants, and all local and visiting leatherfolk
  • No cover!

Black Level Sponsor

Bar Sponsors

Bar 901 at the Brittany

Tickets & Venue

  • Tickets

    All attendees must be 21+ and can buy tickets online or at the door. The venue will only check IDs for age verification, not gender.

    General Admission
    Weekend Package: $35
    Friday Only: $15
    Saturday Only: $15

    VIP Experience
    VIP Individual: $100
    VIP Table: $400 (includes 4 tickets and a reserved table)

VIP Experience

The VIP Experience is available for $100
and includes the following exclusive benefits.

  • Private seating area, Best seats in the house
  • Table reservation with 4 tickets is available for $400.
  • Fast-Pass bar access.

    No waiting in line for a drink

  • Complimentary cocktail.
  • First access for meet-and-greet and photos with the 2023 competition winner.


Up to seven contestants will be selected based on their applications.

Additional entrants will be waitlisted and considered if a vacancy arises.
Contestants will be notified by 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 1st.


  • You must be 21 or older.
  • You must live in the greater Cincinnati area or be able to reasonably represent and serve this community.
  • You must submit your application by 11:59pm on July 26th.


  • The winner will care for the sash during their title year and bring it back to sash the new winner at the 2023 contest.
  • The winner may not compete for another local title while they hold this title.


  • The winner will receive a back patch that they may keep, and credit for a custom title vest by Abraided Leather.
  • $500 travel fund for competing at a next-level contest and/or representing Cincinnati Leather other events.


  • The winner is automatically invited to judge the 2023 contest.
  • The winner can petition the producer for sponsorship to the appropriate “next level” contest that they are interested in competing for.


It takes a community to make this weekend possible.

We have a wide range of areas where your expertise would be invaluable.
All weekend volunteers will receive free entry to both Friday and Saturday night events.

Click the link below to sign up.

Simple Commitment

Move sets and props on/off the stage during Friday and Saturday productions.

Assist event staff with time sensitive requests.

Welcome and direct guests from ticketing and to the event floor.

Assist the production crew after Saturday night’s production finishes.

Follow the lighting director’s cues to illuminate our contestants and performers.

Leadership Roles

Assist the Show Director and Artistic Director during Friday and Saturday evening productions.  You will direct stage hands, contestants, and performers to their positions and duties.

Set up and direct the green room for our performers during Friday and Saturday evening productions.


We are committed to making our events as inclusive as possible.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Dan at to begin a dialogue.


  • The front doors have a single step up into the building. We have a portable wheelchair ramp and greeters can assist guests who use wheelchairs into the building.
  • Handicapped parking spaces are available on Main Street, both above and below 14th Street.
  • Limited seating near the front is available for guests with mobility challenges and their companions.
  • The venue has two ADA-compliant restrooms on the ground floor. All restrooms are gender neutral for the weekend.
  • ASL interpretation will be provided for the Meet & Greet, Contest, and ONYX University kink classes.  Reserved ASL seating in front of our interpreters will be available.
  • The vendor mart and clothes check are located on the second floor balcony, which is only accessible by stairs.
  • We will have bootblacks on both floors of the Woodward at the Meet & Greet and the contest.
  • Flash photography and moving lights will be used during stage production elements.
  • Flashing lights and strobe lights will not be used.
  • Service animals are welcome. Handlers will be responsible for any messes made.


  • The front doors are flush with the sidewalk and there is no step up into the building.
  • The venue has an ADA compliant restroom on the first floor.

Bar 901 (Happy Hour and Afterparty venue)

  • The front doors have a single, low step up into the building.
  • The venue has ADA-compliant restrooms.
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