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Name The Forbidden Market
Producer Spark-Luscious Events
Time Sunday 3rd of March 2024, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm (PST)
Location Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center, San Jose
Category Festival
This event is 18+ only.

The Forbidden Market

A maker's market for the South Bay LGBTQ+ & Leather community... and a mini Flea Market!


The Forbidden Market — your one and only South Bay LGBTQ+ & Leather Market Fair — is back on track after the storm ✨ Missed opportunities may have broken a few hearts, but fear not — we've got the perfect remedy: retail therapy that doubles as support for local small business owners! (Well, it's almost as good as real therapy.)

We will be brimming with talented artisans and creators from the Bay Area, along with your friendly neighborhood kink event orgs! And a Flea Market section to either vend your pre-loved items or embark on a treasure hunt for your new favorite toys/outfit!

We are open for vendor applications now! Please check the details below in the section “For Vendors & Booths” if you are interested in selling your arts & crafts!

Event Details

Date: 3rd March 2024
Time: 3pm - 7pm
(Door open for Vendors to set up @2pm)
Location: Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center (Community Hall)
Please come in from the parking lot.

What’s here?

  • Raptrix
    Raptrix's artisanal leather art embraces pleasure-filled living for everybody. Handcrafted with super soft premium leather, in a bunch of awesome colors, and with decadent designs.

  • Choni
    Adorable and alluring anime-inspired artwork by @MarineKitty transformed into keychains, prints, tees, and stickers.

  • FairyHairSparkles
    Hair Tinsel Tying Service: Let @BadAssBunnyJinx add strings of rainbow to your hair 🌈

  • Copper Wolf Woodworks
    Handmade wooden impact toys and otherwise kink accessories by @TheCopperWolf . Available for custom orders!

  • Darling Diamond Handmades & More
    Based in San Francisco, this small business, owned by @-Doll_Diamond-, is a hub for designer-quality Adult Deco Pacifiers, Clothespin Zippers, Accessories, and more!

  • Kink Kandi
    What happens when 90s rave meets kink? @KinkKandiKid! Check out their pony beads collars and bracelets, ID tags, painted paddles and more.

  • In-Decent Art
    Kinky and fetish photography by independent artists.

  • Barbarian Designs
    Bicycle mechanic by day. Toy maker by night. Check out their unique handmade bike tube floggers, chain maille jewelry, and bondage toys.

  • JB Laumond
    JB, who has recently moved from Paris, France to California, has brought his talent, shibari drawings, and graphic novel to share with us.

  • EvilToyz
    Hand-crafted Impact toys by @iShowYouTheRopes such as The Illuminator Paddle and Club – interactive toys with illuminating features, exotic wood paddles, and the distinctive Evil Trinity Sticks.

  • Cumply
    Cumply, started in 2023, is a business rooted in the queer and Black communities, proudly based in Oakland. They specialize in wearable soft goods, offering pocketed bandanas, pocket flags, and Kinky Affirmation Puzzles.

  • Playful Prism
    Handmade collars, chokers, and various jewelry along with prints of shibari diagrams

  • Stingy Thuddy
    Kinky gear for horny people

  • Tiny Teddy Cafe
    Thirsty? Come get an espresso drink from @Tiny_Teddy and his fellow maids!

We are also excited to have our local organizations here!

For Attendees

  • This is an 18 + event. No minors allowed.
  • We will check your photo ID & vac card at the entrance.
  • Please be respectful and responsible to other attendees, staff/volunteers & vendors.
  • There is zero tolerance for hate speech. Help create a safe space for everyone, regardless of their role, gender, ethnicity, orientation, or religion.
  • No nudity allowed. Please cover your genital & nipples (for all genders)
  • Ask before touch, that goes for people, their belongings, AND vendor’s products.
  • Do not bring illegal or regulated items, including but not limited to guns, recreational medication, alcoholic drinks, darts etc.
  • The Billy DeFrank Center is an alcohol, drug and nicotine-free facility, this includes no vaping indoors.
  • We do not allow any type of play, including testing toys on other people. You may try them on yourself lightly.
  • You may only take photos of people whom you asked for explicit consent. If you wish to take a photo of a vendor’s booth, please ask for their consent also.
  • Please bring cash for the Flea Market booth.
  • Most Vendors will accept Venmo or cards.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry or ask you to leave for any reason.

For Vendors & Booths

Renting a table...

  • All applications are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Each vendor table is $50. Your application is completed only after we receive your payment. We will provide payment instructions via e-mail after we receive your application.
  • We will provide 1 x 72” x 30” table, 2 x chairs, and a handful of candy for each vendor. You may bring more chairs, decorations, and displays if you want to.
  • One table can be shared by a maximum of 2 vendors.
  • You may and only may display your products and promotional materials on your table & in your booth area (marked by floor tape)

What can you sell?

  • We are primarily looking for LGBTQ+ and/or Leather culture art & craft. But we welcome all makers from our local community!
  • Your goods must be handcrafted/designed/created by you and/or your employees. Locally sourced, small-run production from the Bay Area will be accepted for certain products. (We do accept prints of your original artworks)
  • Do not sell illegal or regulated goods, including but not limited to guns, recreational medication, alcoholic drinks, darts etc.
  • Do not sell bladed weapons and knives.
  • If you wish to sell homemade food or drinks, please have individually package them for sanitary reasons.

Other rules & logistic

  • We do not allow any type of play, including testing toys on other people. The customers may try them on themselves lightly.
  • All booths will be set up on the day of the market. Vendors must arrive promptly for setup time (2pm - 3pm)
  • You are responsible for registering any license you might need. Vendors are responsible for their own sales, collecting sales tax, and reporting to the BOE.
  • Vendors can cancel their space up to 2 weeks before the market date for a full refund. Cancellations made with less than 2 weeks notice might not be issued a refund.

Want to sell your arts/crafts at the event? Apply here! Our tables are first come first serve basis.

We also welcome promotion & fundraiser booths for our local LGBTQ+ or kink groups, please contact @Nocturnal_Events for details.

The Flea Market: How it works

  • There is a flat fee of $1 for every item sold. (If the item didn’t get sold, you will not need to pay for the listing.)
  • We only take cash at the Flea Market Booth.
  • You will have to fill in a card in order to list your item, including: Your contact information, asking price, and description of your item.
  • We do not accept illegal or regulated goods, including but not limited to guns, recreational medication, alcoholic drinks, darts, bladed weapons and knives etc.
  • We do not accept food or drinks at the Flea Market booth.
  • We reserve the right to refuse listing your item(s) for any reason.

Covid Stuff

  • We will check your photo ID & the vaccination card. You will need the original 2 vaccinations.
  • Masks are recommended, but not required. We will have surgical masks for you if you forget yours.
  • If you feel sick, please stay home.

When in doubt, message @Nocturnal_Events or email

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