The Exotic Erotic Ball (often referred to as "The Ball" or "Perry Mann's Exotic Erotic Ball") is held annually around Halloween time (usually the weekend before Halloween Night) in the San Francisco Bay area of California and is the longest-running public adult-themed event in the world. The annual indoor event has become a major attraction in the San Francisco Bay and has been attended by nearly half a million people since its inception with steadily increasing growth in attendance each year. Due to the worldwide popularity of the event the City of San Francisco has issued three proclamations for “Exotic Erotic Ball Day”, twice by Mayor Willie Brown in 1999 and again in 2001, and once by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004.
Many attendees of the Exotic Erotic Ball come to the event in wildly elaborate, creative, and sexy Halloween costumes to compete in the annual “Best Costume” contest which typically awards the winner with prize money and merchandise in the $10,000 USD range.
While the Exotic Erotic Ball by definition would be considered a “Festival” the event is rarely categorized into conventional terms by attendees, the media, or event organizers. Because of the broad spectrum of conventional and unconventional entertainment offered on multiple stages at the Exotic Erotic Ball, it may be best described as a bizarre combination of Adult-themed; Halloween festival, Music Festival, Burlesque show, Lingerie party, Masquerade ball, Fetish club, Swingers party and Adult Industry Trade Show.
In 2004, organizers expanded the Exotic Erotic Ball to include the Exotic Erotic Expo. The Exotic Erotic Expo is a two-day event typically held the day before and the day of the Exotic Erotic Ball. The Exotic Erotic Expo activities include panel discussions on First Amendment rights with adult actress, actors, and media, wine tastings with porn stars, and various oddities such as the "spiritual oasis" with psychic readings and massage, body painting, a classic adult cinema, and a human petting zoo. The Exotic Erotic Expo also features a commercial area with vendors and exhibitors who showcase the latest in exotic fashion, erotic art, adult products, games, websites, and adult novelties.