Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is a three-day long party and event with participants that now number in the thousands. The heart of the weekend is the historic leather formal Saturday evening cocktail social, Leather Cocktails. Leather Cocktails is the weekend lynchpin gathering from which all other weekend events evolved. The Weekend also includes official events organized by weekend hosts, Centaur MC, that include a bustling Leather Exhibit Hall; Sunday brunch; Mr. MAL Contest and the official Sunday night closing party. In addition, Weekend hosts provide hotel space for what has evolved into a huge leather-loving community and affinity annual reunion. Weekend participants may purchase a full weekend package that includes access to all events. Tickets to a few select events are sold separately. Read more about the history of MAL weekend on the History Page. You must be 21 years of age or older to register for the weekend.
Yes. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is a 21+ weekend event. You must be 21 or older to purchase a run package or weekend pass or to attend any of the events. Anyone under 21 or unable to show ID indicating they are 21 or older will not be admitted.
A full weekend package includes access to all official MAL events including:
• Friday, Saturday and Sunday access to exhibit hall and lower level of hotel
• Leather Cocktails that includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres
• Sunday morning brunch buffet
• Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest (Sunday afternoon)
• Sunday night REACTION Dance party (includes limited and scheduled shuttle from hotel to 9:30 Club)
• Bar Crawl Shuttle Bus (includes limited and scheduled service from hotel to local bars and on Sunday night, to the closing dance party
While we do encourage early registration, you may also purchase a full weekend package at the Centaur MC Registration office located at the Hyatt Capitol Hill. Full weekend packages can only be purchased on the Friday of MAL weekend. The number of full weekend packages are limited and availability is not guaranteed.
No. Admission to Leather Cocktails and Sunday Brunch is only available if you purchase the full weekend package. If you do not purchase the full weekend package, you will not be permitted to attend Leather Cocktail or Sunday Brunch.
Yes. Tickets are available for the closing dance party. Please visit the dance party page for information on purchasing tickets. Tickets are also available at the Centaur Store at the Hyatt Capitol Hill throughout MAL Weekend and sold at the door.
A weekend admission pass is our lower cost option that provides access to the MAL social area in the hotel lobby, and Leather Exhibit Hall for the entire weekend. The weekend pass is sold throughout MAL weekend at the Hyatt in the Capitol Room A & B and is not available for purchase online. A single day or weekend pass does not include admission to official MAL Events — e.g., Leather Cocktails, Sunday Brunch, Mr. MAL Contest, closing dance party or shuttle bus access. You must be 21 years of age or older. For pricing information, visit the Registration Page
Yes. In keeping the time-honored tradition of Leather Cocktails, it is a formal event. We request that you dress in your best formal leather, boots, jeans, etc. NO BARE CHESTS AND NO EXPOSED BUTTOCKS WILL BE PERMITTED IN LEATHER COCKTAILS. Individuals who are not appropriately dressed will be turned away from Leather Cocktails. For more information about Leather Cocktails please visit our history page.
Nudity is not allowed in the public areas of the hotel. Men are able to walk around the hotel shirtless, in a jock or in chaps with a jock. Women are not permitted to be shirtless or have their nipples exposed. When dining, your buttock must be covered and at least have a vest on. When leaving the hotel, you must have at least a 1 inch strap covering your ass-crack.
You must use the special MAL Weekend room reservation link on the hotel page, or phone number, 888-421-1442 to book a room. The basic room rate is $175 for both one and two people, and a 2-night stay is required. You will be charged for 1 night when you make your reservation. You may also review room rates, etc., here on the hotel page on the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend site.
Yes. You may be asked to present your picture ID to purchase alcohol. The bars in DC are also required to check ID of all persons entering their establishment to ensure they are 21 years of age or older.
There are dining options at the hotel . If you choose to eat at the hotel restaurant, your buttocks must be covered and wear at least a vest. Other nearby restaurants include:
• Billy Goat Tavern, 500 New Jersey Ave NW #1, Washington, DC (202) 783-2123 (Burgers, sandwiches, breakfast items)
• Kogod Liquors, Inc. 441 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC (202) 737-1600 (Subs, Liquor Store)
• Union Station Shoppes, 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC – Variety of Restaurants. Click here for Dining Directory. There is a variety of nice and quick serve places to eat.
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport. You can take the Yellow line Metro Rail downtown to Gallery Place and transfer to the Red line to the Union Station stop.
You can also fly in to BWI Airport. You have two choices – you can either take the MARC Train to Union Station; or take the B30 Metro Bus to the Greenbelt Metro Rail Station (Green Line). Take the Green Line to the Fort Totten stop and transfer to the Red Line. Take the Red line train to Union Station.
If you fly into Dulles Airport, there is a Metro Bus (5A) that will take you to the Rosslyn Metro Rail Station (Blue/Orange Line). Transfer at Metro Center to the Red Line. From there, you can take the Red Line Metro Rail Train into Union Station.
*** Please be sure to check WMATA’s website trip-planner to ensure that the trains/buses will be running when you need them
Union Station on the Metro Rail Red Line. Exit Union Station at the First St, NE & Massachusetts Ave, NE exit and walk south to E St, NE. Follow E St, NE to New Jersey Ave, NW and turn left on New Jersey Ave, NW. (Approximately 4 blocks). You can use the WMATA Trip Planner to help you get around and be sure that services will be running when you need them!
We typically have a shuttle bus that runs on Friday and Saturday nights. The bus leaves from the front of the Hyatt Capitol Hill and travels to local bars before returning to the host hotel. Riders must have a full weekend run pass to ride the shuttle.
More information about the shuttle will be posted as the weekend draws closer.
We appreciate volunteer requests but please note that nearly all volunteer assignments are handled by your hosts, Centaur MC. We continually develop and manage assigned tasks and will contact those individuals who have expressed an interest should we need assistance for the weekend.
We sure are! Keep up with the latest MAL-related chats and official announcements on both our Facebook Group and Twitter.
You can post questions on our Facebook page and they will be answered as quickly as possible! You may post events you are hosting over MAL weekend, look for a roommate, etc. in our Facebook Group, however, PLEASE do not advertise other non-MAL relevant events. Inappropriate posts will be deleted.
We've also set up a Hash-Tag for MAL2017 It's #MAL2017 and we follow your tagged posts on TagBoard.
Past Hash-Tags have included: #MAL2014, #MAL2015, #MAL2016
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority offers both bus and rail service within the DC Metropolitan area. Please check out their website at www.wmata.com. Taxi cabs are available at the hotel. Uber and Lyft are also available in the DC area.