44 Bear Weeks Around the World
The Ultimate List of Bear Weeks
Bear weeks are some of the most amazing gay events where everyone can celebrate body positivity and have a blast while meeting gay men of the same and similar tribes.
Since there are so many different bear weeks around the world, I’ve compiled this list of all the most notable events so you can find the perfect one to attend. They’re everywhere from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and even the Middle East.
For each of the bear weeks and weekends below, I’ll fill you in on what to expect, when they’re hosted, recommended hotels, and links to official event websites and social media.
#1 BeefDip Puerto Vallarta
By bringing bears and their admirers from all over the world, BeefDip has helped raise more than $100,000 for different Puerto Vallarta non-profits over course of its history.
BeefDip consists of eight days filled with activities like pool parties, the famous “Booze Cruise,” dance parties, karaoke, surprise performances, and music by international DJs. It all happens in late January into early February each year.
#2 Maspalomas Bear Carnival
Maspalomas Bear Carnival is a massive event, with around 40 events spanning 9 days. Some of the best include the yearly carnival parties, open-air dance parties in Yumbo Centre, floating disco boat cruises, pool parties, and daily sex parties. There’s even a sex party on a boat!
You can enjoy calmer events at Bear Carnival too, like relaxing spa evenings, cheese & wine tastings, scenic tours to colonial towns, bear yoga workshops, and speed dating.
Attendees are so talkative that making friends is easy, which is typical in Maspalomas. It’s a fantastic option for solo travelers or those who haven’t been to a bear week before.
#3 Asbury Park Bear Invasion – New Jersey
Weekend events include the Welcome Tea Dance as well as the Plunge Pool Party at Asbury Park’s adults-only Empress Hotel, the Furball Dance, Bears on the Beach, and dance parties at the local Paradise Club.
To meet some new friends or discuss details about the event, join the Asbury Park Bear Invasion Facebook Group.
#4 Bears Sitges
Bears Sitges is another one of the most popular gay bear weeks in the world—one with a ton of diversity among LGBT visitors. While you’ll certainly find bears, there are also plenty of chasers, otters, cubs, and even their ally friends at many of the events.
Held in September, bear week in Sitges has a fun, high-energy, and sexy atmosphere along with an overall positive attitude among guests. One of the main reasons for this bear week’s success is the care and mutual respect everyone has for each other.
Bear Village is the beachfront event space where the action happens. It’s essentially a pop-up extension of the street for dancing, drinking, and socializing each evening from 8 PM to 3 AM.
Carrer de Joan Tarrida is transformed into “Bear Alley” during bear week. This is the street is where the Sitges gay bars are located—another notable spot where everyone meets.
By the way, Sitges also hosts a smaller yearly bear event in late April/early May called Bears Sitges Meeting, another option to consider.
On your trip to Sitges, I definitely recommend a stop in Barcelona! There’s no doubt many guys will be also staying here for bear week.
#5 Bearrison Street Fair San Francisco
They have some hilariously unique events, including the “Barbells, Bears, and Butts” deadlift contest, twerking contest, and a wrestling event with an actual ring set up in the street.
Epic local DJs and all sorts of performers always create an awesome vibe at Bearrison. Notable performers include The Boys of Bearlesque and the queer Latin punk band, Muñecas.
#6 Bearly Athens
Events are both authentic and energetic. During the day you’re welcome to enjoy the queer art show, a private pool party outside of Athens, a demonstration by the local queer rugby team, and drag performances.
Nikolas, the founder of the Athens bear week, mentions how the Booze Cruise boat party to nearby Agistri Island was especially memorable—”Food, drinks and incredible music had us all dancing while jumping in the sea from the boat. So much fun! ”
In the evenings, dance the night away in your sexiest underwear at the UnderBear Party, head to the sweaty dungeon party, and attend Purple Night, a musical institution of the Athens bear community.
The week comes to an end at the UnBearable Farewell Splash, where everyone says goodbye, until next time!
#7 Provincetown Bear Week
Bear Week in Provincetown is among the largest bear weeks in the United States, attracting LGBT+ travelers from all around the country as well as other world cities.
Bring your dance party gear for the Bear Boat Sunset Cruise, socialize at all-day pool parties like Otter Pop, and carry on at the Boatslip Tea Dance. Other typical events over the week include Bears on Bikes, nature walks, and parties like the singlet tea dance.
Ptown’s biggest bear week is definitely what you make of it. Some European tourists have mentioned that while the vibe is fun, it’s not as carefree as bear weeks in Europe.
While it’s plausible many gay guys at dance parties and such may be more guarded, I would say taking part in some of the group excursions and activities will give you a friendlier experience.
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#8 & #9 Spooky Bear and Hibearnation Provincetown
Provincetown has several other bear weekends every year in addition to their main bear week. So, no matter what time of year you want to travel to Ptown, it’ll be pretty easy to connect with other bears!
Spooky Bear Halloween Weekend is the bear event of the fall, filled with costume parties and a haunted house. In the springtime, the Provincetown Out of Hibearnation bear weekend celebrates the end of winter.
You can learn more and connect with other guys for both these events by joining the Spooky Bear & Out of Hibearnation Facebook group.
#10 Bearsurrection Fort Lauderdale
Events run from Friday to Sunday including themed parties like Fashion Bear at the local Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, and an amazing pool party at the Bearsurrection partner hotel. I thought the Bobo bear runway show in 2022 was so adorable!
If you’re headed to Bearsurrection, consider staying at one of these clothing optional Fort Lauderdale gay resorts!
#11 Bear Pride Tel Aviv
Experience the only bear week in the Middle East at the amazing Bear Pride Tel Aviv! It’s held in the fall, typically during October or November, and has plenty of burly and sexy bears.
Activities include parties such as the notorious BEEF and beloved DoBe events, and the traditional beach picnic conveniently named “Picdic.”
The Mr. Bear Israel competition is another highlight of the week. Contestants take the stage and are judged on their ability to enamor the audience and build community with their presence.
At the vibrant parade through Tel Aviv, everyone shows pride, love, and support for the bear community, holding hands, waving bear pride flags, and making new friends.
#12 Belgium Bear Pride – Brussels
At Belgium Bear Pride, bears from around the world celebrate diversity and inclusion, with body positivity being the common thread. 2022 marks Belgium Bear Pride’s twelfth season of events in Brussels.
The week is packed with activities like a bear pub crawl, a charity dinner, the official Bear Pride Walk and Parade, a disco bear dance party, and the election of the next Mister Bear Belgium.
#13 BearScotFest – Edinburgh, Scotland
BearScots is a bear social group that has been creating bear-friendly spaces in Scotland for over 20 years. They host BearScotFest, the yearly Edinburgh bear week spanning a long weekend in early October.
Things kick off on Thursday with a welcome night at the BearScots’ favorite local gay bar. “Bear Market” happens the next day on Friday, followed by an iconic evening party at CC Blooms.
Saturday consists of a late-morning brunch before activities like the popular pool party, whisky tasting, and afternoon tea. Everyone meets at The Caves on Saturday night, where the bears wear kilts for this classic gay event that has become the largest men-only party in Scotland!
Sunday activities include brunch, an afternoon of cabaret, and the epic Mr. BearScots competition.
#14 Lazy Bear Week – Guerneville, California
Lazy Bear Week is a popular gay bear event in Sonoma County, California. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and the events build a wonderful sense of community among both newbies and veterans.
Events at Lazy Bear Week range from pool parties and upbeat block parties to local nature excursions along and trips to nearby beaches. To find other travelers attending the next event as well as answers to common questions, join the Lazy Bear Facebook Group.
#15 Mad.Bear Beach Festival Torremolinos
It’s one of the biggest events produced by Mad.Bear, which also hosts individual bear parties in other Spanish cities like Valencia and Madrid, which I’ll mention in the section below.
The parties at Torremolinos bear week are nonstop, with over 20 events spanning 10 days. Daytime events include boat parties, pool parties, and themed parties.
Gorgeous men crowd the local gay beach in the late afternoons in front of the famous Eden Beach Club, socializing and dancing to the DJ’s beats. After midnight, the party is only beginning at the local Mad.Bear club space.
#16 Mad.Bear Madrid
Aside from dance parties, you can participate in nightly bar crawls, gay sauna meetups, and organized bear dinners at Mad.Bear. And no matter where you go, bears and their friends are bound to be cute—one more reason why Madrid is one of my favorite cities in the world.
#17 Sugar Bear Weekend Montréal
Most people get an all-inclusive ticket for access to all the main events in addition to entry to events like Bear Soup, a get-together at one of Montréal’s gay saunas.
Events at Sugar Bear Weekend are organized by Bear It, the local Montréal bear association. They’re incredibly friendly and super helpful with answering any questions.
#18 Bear Tubing – New Braunfels, Texas
You don’t have to be a typical bear to attend, either. Bear Tubing also welcomes tribes adjacent to the gay bear community. So if you’re a twink, grow a beard or mustache and join the otters or cubs!
To attend, register on Bear Tubing’s website, reserve your tube, and pick out some sexy swimwear to show off at all the outdoor events.
#19 Atlanta Bear Fest
Atlanta Bear Fest is a bear run and charity event weekend hosted by Southern Bears. Days are filled with poolside games, dancing to the DJ’s upbeat mixes, and group meals at local restaurants.
After sundown, everyone convenes at a local bar for dancing, competitions, and meeting new friends. Some guys hang back and continue to enjoy the pool at the host hotel by night, swimming under the moonlight.
A portion of all the proceeds from Atlanta Bear Fest is donated to those in need in the local community. It’s always nice to hear when the gay events we attend give back and make a difference.
#20 Reykjavík Bear Week
Everyone is oriented at Thursday’s welcome party. On Friday, the bears embark on a day trip to experience the historic Þingvellir National Park, the surrounding geothermal areas, and the Gullfoss (Golden) waterfall. In the evening, have a blast being shirtless at the “Top-Off” party.
Saturday follows a similar schedule, with a day trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon for a calming soak in the turquoise waters. Then get ready for the main party of Iceland’s bear week on Saturday evening.
#21 Key West Bear Weekend
In the evenings, you can’t miss the Mr. Key West Bear Contest, the Key West Leather Ball, or the Bear World Magazine birthday celebration.
#22 Fire Island Bear Weekend
Fire Island Bear Weekend has the same event organizers as the Key West Bear Weekend mentioned above, and you can be sure both these bear weekends are among the gayest festivities around.
It’s held in June and from Thursday through Sunday with events including daily bear beach days, tea dances at the Ice Palace Club, and sexy nighttime circuit parties.
Decide where to stay in Fire Island Pines for Bear Weekend as early as possible. House rentals fill up far in advance and become quite pricy as summertime starts, especially for these kinds of event weekends.
#23 Sardinia Bear Weekend
Sardinia Bear Weekend may be one of the lesser-known bear weeks, but that shouldn’t stop you from joining the fun on this dreamy Italian island.
More than 15 events over four days in the middle of summer all take place in Cagliari, a town on the southern coast of Sardinia where the local gay life thrives.
Sardinia Bear Weekend events include guided city tours, social aperitivo gatherings, the crowning of Mister Bear Sardinia, and fun, themed events like “Hungry Beasts – Don’t feed the Drag!”
#24 The Urban Bear – New York City
While New York City’s top bear event has more of a local vibe, you can bet on seeing a ton of sexy, self-loving bears all around. The crowd here tends to be mixed, attracting both local bears, lots of their admirers, and other people from the local LGBTQ+ community who just want to celebrate sexy big guys!
#25 Big Men’s Weekend Palm Springs
Things start with a welcome party on Friday, followed by an all-day pool party on Saturday with sexy dancers. Then on Sunday, everyone relaxes by the pool at the event’s clothing-optional host hotel.
With parties, pool time, outdoor music, and plenty of desert sunshine, Big Men’s Weekend will surely give you a well-rounded Palm Springs gay experience.
#26 International Bear Convergence – Palm Springs
Another fabulously friendly bear weekend in Palm Springs, International Bear Convergence draws an enormous crowd.
It’s the signature local bear gathering of the winter season with four days of pool parties, comedy acts, and high-energy dance parties with well-known DJs. Everything takes place at Hotel ZOSO.
Weekend passes come in two types: a standard-level “Weekend Run Pass” or the VIB (Very Important Bear) Pass.
While both grant you access to all weekend events, the VIB Pass includes early access to the pool parties, entry to a VIB-only pool area, and other cocktail and food perks. Discuss with others about it on the IBC Facebook page.
If you choose not to stay at the event’s host hotel, I recommend booking a room in one of these popular clothing optional Palm Springs gay resorts.
#27 Bear Your Soul – Easton Mountain, New York
Activities include dance parties, hot tub and sauna time, movies, and more. You can partake in massage exchanges, sexy dance classes, yoga sessions, and empowering workshops like the “Loving Our Bear Bodies” naked experience of group affirmation and touch!
Bear Your Soul founder Freddy Freeman says “I spent over a decade going to bear runs around the country, and they were a lot of fun. They give guys an opportunity to dance, have erotic connection, socialize, and unwind. I wanted to create something that would provide all of that while going a little deeper. Our events also focus on boosting confidence and body image, fostering meaningful connections with yourself and others, and providing a supportive and welcoming community.”
#28 Bear Summer Berlin
Bear Summer Berlin happens from Wednesday to Sunday, always straddling the last Saturday in June. The celebration has a local feel, with streetside cookouts and picnics in the park during the daytime.
The UNSHAVED party Bear Summer Edition happens on Saturday night—always the highlight of the weekend!
Other events during Berlin’s bear week vary from year to year. The program is usually announced only a few months before the event since all of the event’s organizers are volunteers and plan Bear Summer in their spare time.
#29 Texas Bear Round-Up (TBRU)
Events take place on the third weekend of March, all for the benefit of three local charity organizations.
TBRU calls their schedule of events the “Bear Run,” and the purchase of a Run Pass includes access to all sorts of fun stuff like a nightly hangout with a DJ and open bar, a puppy-play room, the Mr. TBRU contest & underwear auction, local transport, group excursions, brunches and dinners, and tons more.
The Dallas Hyatt Regency is the Texas Bear Round Up’s host hotel, a fantastically massive property in the city’s center. Staying here is a must! The event has a block of rooms here, but it’s still possible to book on your own within the same hotel.
#30 Bears Bikers & Mayhem – Gettysburg
Bears Bikers & Mayhem is a special weekend of events during the month of May in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that surrounds the male-identifying leather, bear, and kink communities.
They host classes on learning kink activities, throw dance parties with national DJs, and even have the largest adult play space on the east coast of the US.
During the weekend, there are contests for Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear. Guests are also invited to a vendor market to purchase fetish gear and essentials, all surrounded by a beautiful pool atrium where the weekend’s pool parties happen.
#31 Bear Cruise
#32 Bearracuda Heretic Cruise
While not all passengers aboard the massive ship are attendees of the Heretic Cruise, there are lots of exclusive bear events for those who book through Bearracuda. Off-ship excursions are also planned exclusively for Bearracuda Cruise attendees.
#33 Prague Bear Summer
Prague Bear Summer is another fantastic international bear week in Europe that happens at the end of the summer season in August.
It consists of various types of events from community gatherings, parties, a bear pride parade, and guided city tours creating an inclusive atmosphere. Everyone feels welcome—not only chasers and other bear lovers, but also non-binary and transgender friends.
#34 Big Boy Pride Orlando
Big Boy Pride Orlando isn’t specifically branded as a bear week event, but you can bet the bears will be there! The springtime four-day event is packed with pool parties, seminars, cocktail hours, and plenty of live entertainment.
Their goal is to create an empowering environment supporting brotherhood, unity, and self-love while having some good-natured fun! There’s a ton of diversity among attendees and significant representation of LGBTQ individuals of color.
The host hotel is the Hilton Doubletree SeaWorld Resort, and since Big Boy Pride takes over the entire hotel for the event, you’ll need to commit to a minimum of a three-day stay.
#35 Bear Pride Stockholm
One of the best events is the meetup at Saltsjöbadens Bathhouse, a traditional waterfront swimming facility, and sauna. After a day of naturist rejuvenation, get ready for the Mega Bear party where Mr. Bear Sweden is chosen.
The rest of the weekend includes a bear’s dance party, the Bear Picnic Bath, and a farewell dinner at a local nightclub on Sunday evening.
#36 Stockholm Bear Weekend
The Nordic Bears also host Stockholm Bear Weekend, another local bear event held during the month of May. While there’s no official website, you can find information on the Stockholm Bear Events Facebook page.
Weekend gatherings at local gay bars, pizza parties, an event at Stockholm’s SLM sex club, and a queer film history screening.
#37 Bearty – Tallinn, Estonia
Even the country of Estonia has its very own bear weekend! Bearty is a small non-profit that aims to increase public awareness of the LGBTQ issues of equality and acceptance by breaking stereotypes built by societies during the past half a century.
Between 200 and 250 visitors attend Tallinn Bearty, making the event exciting yet intimate. This bear weekend focuses on one of three art categories—a sort of tri-annual rotation between visual arts, music, and cinematography.
Events are food for your mind and soul, starting with a pool party, and ending with an emotional farewell brunch, plus club nights, exhibitions, artist gigs, seminars, and stimulating conversation meetups in between. Bearty’s team makes sure everyone feels happy when they leave, wanting to come back for more
#38 Southern Hibearnation – Melbourne, Australia
Southern Hibearnation is a massive celebration of all things Bear, especially body positivity and brotherhood. It’s held in June every year in the Australian city of Melbourne and is officially the largest standalone bear week in the Southern hemisphere.
During the week, hosted events range from casual barbecues to dance parties. And of course, there’s the wonderful Mr. Australasia Bear Competition. Visitors from all around Australia, New Zealand, and beyond come to celebrate.
#39 Bear Essentials – Sydney, Australia
#40 Sydney Bear Pride
Also hosted by Harbour City Bears, Sydney Bear Pride is a local bear week celebration in August, during the mild Australian winter.
#41 Northern Exposure – Brisbane, Australia
One more bear week down under I want to mention is Northern Exposure hosted by Brisbears in Brisbane, Australia. Typical events include a meet & greet, bingo, the Polar Bear Pool Party, an UnderBear party, dinners and shows, and a final Recovery event.
Bear Weeks We Miss!
A few of the world’s bear weeks haven’t hosted events in the past few years. Whether they haven’t picked back up after pandemic lockdowns or are just taking a break, they’re dearly missed! Here are a few bear weeks we’re waiting to see more from.
#42 Amsterdam Bear Weekend
They haven’t hosted a bear weekend since 2019, but hopefully will be organizing one soon.
#43 Fierté Ours - Paris Bear Week
Les Ours de Paris, the local bear association, hosts this bear week. They also organize a bunch. Of other bear outings in Paris all year. Find out more about these as well as potential updates for Bear Week Pride on the Les Ours de Paris Facebook page.
#44 International Bear Bash – Orlando
Typical high-energy events at International Bear Bash include a masquerade party, karaoke, the Bear Leather & Uniform Ball, and the Bear Bash Cabaret.
They haven’t held events since a couple of years before the pandemic, but are worth noting in case they start planning events in coming years.
Curious about more community-building gay events? See wolfyy’s ultimate list of international gay ski weeks.