April 6-7, 2018

Radisson Riverside Hotel

rochester erotic arts festival

FAQ for REAF

Is there an age limit to the festival?

Yes, the festival is open to 18+ only, due to the adult nature of the content. Bring your ID to be checked at the door.


Will you accept credit cards? Is there an ATM?

Yes, we can process credit cards for ticket sales and art sales. There is also an ATM machine next to the InfoDesk.


Do I have to sign up for workshops ahead of time?

There is no pre-registration for workshops on Friday or Saturday. All workshops on those two days are free (included in ticket price). However, we are adding some in-depth hands-on workshops on Sunday for the minimal price of $5 per person. We feel that people purchasing a "toy" like a whip, flogger or firekit should have an opportunity to learn to use it properly with close supervision. We will also offer a small, hands-on rope workshop with Lew Rubens for $20 per person. Tickets for Sunday workshops will be available online or at the festival. Sunday tickets must be purchased no later than Saturday at 6 pm.

Will there be food or drinks available at the festival?

There will be a light menu snack bar open in the lounge at the festival, offering items like chili, hamburgers and a taco bar. There is a restaurant and bar in the hotel, and there are numerous restaurants in the neighborhood. There will be a cash bar open during the festival. If you appear to be under the age of 30, the hotel's alcoholic beverage license requires them to request 2 forms of proof of age (1 with photo such as valid Drivers License, Non-driver ID card, passport, or military ID card). The hotel may refuse to serve alcohol to any person who, in their judgment, appears intoxicated.

What should I wear?

Our only requirement is that you have genitals covered. Many people wear jeans/casual clothes, some people wear fetish wear, some get bodypainted and are only wearing bottoms. Friday night is usually a little dressier than Saturday daytime. We see this as a safe space where you can wear slutty clothes if you want and not feel self-conscious or afraid. Each year more people take the plunge and wear something on the naughty side.

CHANGING ROOM! We have a changing room where you can dress in your fetish clothes. It is located in our event space between  Classroom 1 and 2. Please bring a small bag for your street clothes, which can be checked at the Information Desk/Coat Check for $1.

Photo Policy

The festival is, overall, a camera-friendly event... because the wonderful exhibits are so eye-catching, and because it is impossible to police who is or isn't taking pictures with cell phone cameras everywhere.

*** The All-Important "BUT" *** 

We respect those who do not wish to have their photo taken at a sex-oriented event. If you do not want your photo taken: 

  • Orange armbands will be available at the ticket counter and the infodesk to wear around your arm or as a headband. This will alert people with cameras to avoid taking your picture, even in the background. 
  • The Photo Policy will be prominently displayed at the ticket counter and the infodesk. 
  • There will be fluoresent orange "No Photo" signs available for vendors to display. An effective alternative is to wear a mask (no ski masks please). There is no guarantee that your photo won't be taken! If you are truly worried about losing your job if your picture shows up online, this may not be the event for you. 

If you are planning to bring/use a camera at 

  • Please look for the orange "no photo" armbands or headbands. Be  careful not to include anyone wearing these in any of your photos, even in the background. 
  • Check for orange "no photo" signs on vending tables.
  • All performers will be expected to allow their photo to be taken. 

Professional Photographers:

Please register at the ticket table when you arrive. After the event, notify the organizers if you have posted photos online. If the photos are not online, we would appreciate a CD/DVD with photos for possible posting on our web site (with proper credit, of course).