Annual Men's Kink Retreat in California

About GearUp

GearUp is a primarily San Francisco Bay Area based group of gay male kinksters and fetish enthusiasts centered around our annual retreat, GearUp Weekend. GearUp Weekend is an retreat that happens annually in Saratoga Springs California where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. We also host regular events and play parties throughout the year.

Our goal is to provide education and community in the San Francisco Bay Area that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all levels of experience.

We use “Leathermen” to mean all kinks and fetishes! At GearUp Weekend you’ll find guys into all kinds of gear (such as leather, rubber, sports gear, uniforms, spandex, underwear) and all kinds of kinky activities – domination and submission, fisting, pup play, watersports, chastity, roleplay, and more.


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GearUp Weekend Retreat 2020

We are pleased to announce that GearUp Weekend 2020 will take place from July 9 to July 12, 2020.

Click for details about this year’s retreat!


GearUp Play Parties 2020

We host play parties to bring kinky men together in a safe and judgment-free atmosphere. Parties are targeted for any experience level and can be a great way to meet others with similar interests!

  • Saturday, January 18
  • Saturday, March 14
  • Saturday, May 9
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Saturday, September 12
  • Saturday, November 14th

We’ll send out specific updates on each event as they draw near, including hours, location, price, volunteer link, and themes. All parties for 2020 are held at Catalyst SF, located at 1060 Folsom Street. Admission is $20 cash only, $10 with Military/Student ID, $10 for first timers, and FREE for volunteers. Join our email list if you’d like to volunteer so you can get the link to signup a few weeks before the party. If you are applying for a scholarship to the July retreat, you will need to complete 2 volunteer shifts at our parties. Previous training is required to sign up for DM shifts.

Disclaimer: All GearUpWeekend Events, including the weekend and parties, are private. We reserve the right to refuse or revoke entry to anyone for any reason.


About the Committee

GearUp events are organized and run by a committee of volunteers on a non-profit basis. All committee meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. For information on meetings just email us at