Great article from Vocative talks about how the kinky BDSM subculture and Renaissance Faires go together like a zippered mask and a leather whip.
California (1963) the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is widely accepted as the first modern Renaissance Faire.
Some fun links:
Michigan’s famous Renaissance Festival started in 1979.
Collar Chat BDSM Forum
Wicked Renaissance Fair (New Jersey)
Extensive List of Kink, BDSM & Fetish Groups in Michigan
BDSM Glossary of Terms