Twin Cities Leather Weekend 2018

Weekend Schedule

All events are held at The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

The only ticketed event is Sunday Brunch (Get Your Ticket Here!).
There are no other "weekend packages" to purchase - all events are free of charge to the public.
However, The Saloon may charge standard bar cover for entry or things like coat check, etc.
Kink-U, Sunday Brunch, and Sunday Shower Contest are all 18+ events. All other events are 21+.

Bookmark this page on your phone to use as your weekend guide!

  • 7pm-9pm - Meet & Greet the Contestants
    • Prize-giveaways! Huge giveaways courtesy our contest sponsors.
    • Contestants are introduced on-stage and draw their numbers
  • 9pm-Bar Close - SpANK! A Special Tank: A night for Leathermen & Women
  • 11am-12:30pm - Contestant Interviews (Closed to the public)
  • 12:30pm-4:30pm - Kink U, brought to you by Titans of the Midwest
    • 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Disco Bar - People of Color Leather Panel Discussion. Panelists and moderators include: Tyesha Best, Girl Complex, Ryan Garner Carpenter, Ivan Nunez, Rod Onyx, Alexandra Gray, and Steven Patton
    • 2pm-3pm in the Fire Bar - Impact Play, hosted by Onyx Rod
    • 2pm-3pm in the Disco Bar - The Ball Dance, hosted by Doug Van Kirk
    • 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Fire Bar - Navigating Sex with Transgender Partners, hosted by Jude & Mikayla Stanek
    • 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Disco Bar - Puppy Play and Mosh, hosted by the North Star Kennel Club
  • 7:30pm - Contest doors open (Saloon Disco Bar)
  • 8:00pm-10pm - The Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2018 Contest
  • 10pm-Bar Close - Victory party for the newly sashed Mr. TCL
  • 11am-1pm - Brunch & Presentation of the Robert "Bobbie" Smith Community First! Award.
  • 3pm-7pm - BDSFemme. An afternoon tea dance celebrating femmes and friends, presented by Twin Cities Girls of Leather. $5 suggested donation.
  • Enjoy the rest of the day with your family, friends, and community in Minneapolis.
  • 10pm-1am - The weekly shower contest at the Saloon. This week the prize will be bumped up to $500!

Contest Judges

  • Emerson Kellogg, Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2016
  • Girl Complex, International Ms. Leather 2017
  • Tyesha Best, Media Director, International Mr. Leather, Inc.
  • Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016 and 2nd Runner Up, International Mr. Leather
  • Dan Beach, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2007
  • Ross Ransom, Mr. Louisiana Leather 2017
  • Alexandra Gray, Ms. Iowa Leather 2016
  • Nitro Hankinson, International Leatherboy 2011


  • Michael Kramer, Mr. DC Eagle 2011
  • Ryan "Pawlish" Garner-Carpenter, International Mr. Bootblack 2017

Weekend Sponsors

Logo of Twin Cities Leather & LatteLogo of The SaloonLogo of The Nicollet Diner

Do you want to be Mr. TCL 2018?

The contestant application is now available. Click here to view.

At Twin Cities Leather & Latte, we value the diversity of all community members. We view title contests as a celebration of diversity, and an opportunity to showcase our community's best and brightest. But that doesn't mean it's open to experienced community members only. No matter what your experience level, your kink or your fetish, you deserve to be a part of the Mr. TCL contest.

We seek contestants who will make a difference in our local community and beyond. We will never ask you to get up on stage at IML or anywhere else and pretend to be someone or something that you are not. It would be easy for us to say that all we are seeking is someone who will win at IML in May - let's face it. That would be great for us and our business. But the title of this contest is Mr.Twin Cities Leather. This is a celebration of our community - it's a chance to show the world what we are made of here in Minnesota, and it's one more way we are committed to our mission: "Community First!"

See the contestant application for more information about eligibility, expectations, and the contest format.

Winner's Prize Package

Twin Cities Leather & Latte, in conjunction with the other contest sponsors, is proud to strongly support their titleholder with a prize package valued at over $5500.00, including:

  • Travel arrangements to and from IML 2017, plus 6 nights' lodging/accommodations at the host hotel
  • Travel arrangements to and from CLAW 2017, plus lodging/accommodations at the host hotel
  • New for 2018! Travel arrangements to and from Iowa Leather Weekend 2018, plus lodging/accommodations at the host hotel and a weekend package
  • A full set of formal leathers, tailored to fit you and altered to reflect your unique style
  • Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2018 Title Patch and Vest, custom made for you
  • To proudly wear the Mr. TCL legacy sash for your title year, with your title year number
All travel arrangements are booked by Twin Cities Leather & Latte.

2nd Host Hotel

Hurry! Room Block closes January 31st!

We've secured a second room block courtesy The Doubletree Suites, we have a room block available for Friday, February 16th through Monday Feb 19th. Rooms are just $109/night. The hotel is located at 1101 LaSalle Ave, which is just a short 3 blocks walk from The Saloon. The room block booking link shows King rooms, but we are working to add double rooms to the block as well. Watch for details.


Host Hotel

The host hotel room block is SOLD OUT

Thanks to our community partnership with The Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis/Downtown, we have a room block available for Thursday, Feb 15th through Monday Feb 19th. Rooms are just $109/night, and the hotel is located just a short walk around the corner from The Saloon. Accommodations don't get any better than that in February in Minneapolis! And even better, your room rate includes FREE hot breakfast AND Wifi for your entire stay.