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About Bear Essentials 19:

Welcome to the Bear Essentials festival website.

Bear Essentials is an internationally recognised and respected bear festival organised and delivered by the Harbour City Bears. It brings together the best of our local bear culture and offers it to the world in one of the best cities in the world, Sydney.

We have partnered up with great organisations and businesses to help us deliver the best Bear Essentials yet.

Harbour City Bears members enjoy great discounts on the prices of ticketed events so it’s well worth your while becoming a member if you are not already.

If you are new to Sydney or visiting our city for during our festival we recommend you check out our contact page

A great way to stay connected with the Harbour City Bears and keep up to date on our events all year round is to like our Facebook page and don’t forget to follow us on twitter.

SUPPORTERS:

KINSELAS
The BANK Hotel
Milkman Australia
Canons Shuttles
Bench Win Bar
SAX Fetish
Wade the Trainer
Swiss Bel Hotel
Cambridge Hotel
ACON
City of Sydney

Our DJ Line-Up

 

  • Mark Alsop [AUS]

    7 Mar: 3 Floors of Fur, Kinselas

    Website Facebook Soundcloud

  • Paul Coals [UK]

    28 Feb: Bear Black Party, The Standard

    Twitter Soundcloud
  • Domenic De Sousa [AUS]

    3 Mar: Press Paws, Kinselas

    Facebook Soundcloud
  • DJ Fat Cat [AUS]

    8 Mar: Farewell BBQ, The Bank

  • Sandi Hotrod [AUS]

    4 Mar: Underbear Party. ARQ Nightclub

    Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
  • Jimmy James [AUS]

    7 Mar: 3 Floors of Fur, Kinselas

    Facebook Soundcloud
  • Gordon John [UK]

    4 Mar: Underbear Party. ARQ Nightclub

    Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
  • Man Lie [AUS]

    28 Feb: Bear Black Party, The Standard
    6 Mar: Wet Fur Pool Party

    Website Facebook Soundcloud
  • Amanda Louise [AUS]

    7 Mar: 3 Floors of Fur, Kinselas

    Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
  • George Roussos [AUS]

    4 Mar: Underbear Party. ARQ Nightclub

    Facebook Soundcloud
  • Justin Scott [AUS]

    27 Feb: Friday Night Bears @ Kinselas

    Soundcloud
  • Shane Stiel [USA]

    4 Mar: Underbear Party. ARQ Nightclub

    Facebook Soundcloud
Event List

Event Listing

 

Fair Day 2015

Fair Day 2015

Sunday 22nd February : Free Event

Fair Day 2015

  • Where:Victoria Park, Broadway
  • When:22 February 2015
  • Time:10:00am - 7:30pm
  • Cost:Free Event

Bear Essentials 19 will kick off with the Bear Tree set up at Fair Day 2015.

Come along for a beautiful day in the sun celebrating the beginning of the Mardi Gras season, and be sure to catch the bears on stage for a one off performance!

Fair Day 2015
BEARS @ THE BANK

BEARS @ THE BANK

Sunday 22nd February : Free Event

BEARS @ THE BANK

  • Where:The Bank Hotel, Newtown
  • When:22 February 2015
  • Time:4:00pm -
  • Cost:Free Event

Following on from a sunny day in the park, jump over to the regular Sunday session, Bears @ the Bank where international DJ Kevin will be on decks to keep the day alive.

Along with our regular members’ jackpot draw and a heap of friendly faces, we’ll be ready to round out a major Sunday!

BEARS @ THE BANK
BEAR ESSENTIALS 19 OPENING CELEBRATION

BEAR ESSENTIALS 19 OPENING CELEBRATION

Wednesday 25th February : Free Event

BEAR ESSENTIALS 19 OPENING CELEBRATION

  • Where:Royal Automobile Club, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney
  • When:25 February 2015
  • Time:7:00pm -
  • Cost:Free Event

We have secured one of the best locations in Sydney to hold our Opening. This year we will be at the Royal Automobile Club 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney and we will be overlooking Sydney Harbour from the Victoria Room.

The Royal Automobile Club does have a dress code that must be adhered to; No Jeans, No T-Shirts, No Runners. Once you RSVP you will be reminded of these conditions.

The event will start at 7pm and will feature a Welcome to County from a local Aboriginal group and opening speech from Alex Grenwich MP for Sydney. We will have some canapés provided and there will be a cash bar for drinks.

As this is a free event we would like an indication as to who will be coming on the night, please RSVP to be@bearessentials.com.au

BEAR ESSENTIALS 19 OPENING CELEBRATION
TRIVIA NIGHT

TRIVIA NIGHT

Thursday 26th February : $10 + Booking Fee

TRIVIA NIGHT

  • Where:The Imperial Hotel, Erskinville
  • When:26 February 2015
  • Time:Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start
  • Cost:$10 + Booking Fee

Come down to a Harbour City Bear’s favourite, the Imperial Hotel we will be hosting a night of good fun, friends and laughs at the official Bear Essentials Trivia Night.

Prizes from The York by Swissbel Hotel, Cambridge Hotel.

Hosted by Shannon and Michael, with a fun range of questions, the night will sure to be a great time!

TICKETS
TRIVIA NIGHT
FRIDAY NIGHT BEARS @ KINSELAS

FRIDAY NIGHT BEARS @ KINSELAS

Friday 27th February : Free Event

FRIDAY NIGHT BEARS @ KINSELAS

  • Where:Kinselas, Darlinghurst
  • When:27 February 2015
  • Cost:Free Event

Friday night is all about Bears at our regular spot, Kinselas!

Along with our regular meat raffles and $50 bar tab, you ears will be treated with DJ Justin Scott on deck.

Pop along to kick off your weekend!

FRIDAY NIGHT BEARS @ KINSELAS
YUM CHA

YUM CHA

Saturday 28th February : from $30

YUM CHA

  • Where:Golden Harbour Chinese, Dixon St, Haymarket
  • When:28 February 2015
  • Time:10:30am
  • Cost:from $30.00 + Booking Fee

It’s time for a feast! Join us all down at for a delish lunch of Yum Cha.

Make sure to RSVP so we can book enough tables.

TICKETS
YUM CHA
PARTY: BEAR BLACK

PARTY: BEAR BLACK

Saturday 28th February : from $15

PARTY: BEAR BLACK

  • Where:The Standard, Surry hills
  • When:28 February 2015
  • Time:9:00pm - Late
  • Cost:from $15.00 + Booking Fee

Come into the night with the first party for Bear Essentials, Get ready for a night of hot bears, sexy daddies, cute cubs all dancing in the dark to the hottest DJ’s, Paul Coles UK & Man Lie AUS

The party will go into the night at this hot venue.

TICKETS

Party Pass:
Bear Black Party + Underbear + Wet Fur
Tickets

PARTY: BEAR BLACK
BEARS @ THE BANK

BEARS @ THE BANK

Sunday 1st March : Free Event

BEARS @ THE BANK

  • Where:The Bank Hotel, Newtown
  • When:1st March 2015
  • Time:4:00pm -
  • Cost:Free Event

Come and join the relaxed atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon with our regular member draw.

BEARS @ THE BANK
BEAR BEACH

BEAR BEACH

Monday 2nd March : Free Event

BEAR BEACH

  • Where:Bondi Beach (North of Pavilion), Bondi
  • When:2nd March 2015
  • Time:11:00am -
  • Cost:Free Event

It’s time for a bit of recovery with Bears at the Beach!

Come along down to one of Australia’s most iconic locations, Bondi Beach and enjoy a beautiful day in the sun, swim and sand!

Look out for the bear flags set up, Along with a few familiar bear faces!

BEAR BEACH
Hunter Valley Day Trip

Hunter Valley Day Trip

Monday 2nd March : $249

Hunter Valley Day Trip

  • Where:The Cambridge Hotel, Surry Hills
  • When:2nd March 2015
  • Time:7:30am
  • Cost:$249.00

For Sydney-siders with a taste for all things wine and gourmet, our home away from home is the world famous Hunter Valley.

All manner of delectable tastes await the traveller who ventures north, with rolling hills and jagged limestone cliffs set a backdrop to this stunning location.

Tickets
Hunter Valley Day Trip
BEAR & BOWLS

BEAR & BOWLS

Monday 2nd March : from $30

BEAR & BOWLS

  • Where:Paddo Bowls, Paddington
  • When:2nd March 2015
  • Time:5:00pm -
  • Cost:from $30

Bears & Bowls! Come along to Paddo Bowls, for a feast, beverages and games (some with prizes) of BEARfoot bowls to kick off your Mardi Gras week.

Tickets include a BBQ, unlimited rounds of games and a friendly welcome from Harbour City Bears!

Tickets
BEAR & BOWLS
Blue Mountains + Jenolan Caves Day Trip

Blue Mountains + Jenolan Caves Day Trip

Tuesday 3rd March : $249

Blue Mountains + Jenolan Caves Day Trip

  • Where:The Cambridge Hotel, Surry Hills.
  • When:3rd March 2015
  • Time:7:30am
  • Cost:$249.00

The world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park is the number one visited location from Sydney – and today we find out why!

Spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, breath taking natural formations, unique shopping experiences, friendly, down to earth and tasty Australian style food and strolling the elegant streets of mountain hamlets!

Tickets
Blue Mountains + Jenolan Caves Day Trip
PRESS PAWS

PRESS PAWS

Tuesday 3rd March : from $10

PRESS PAWS

  • Where:Kinselas, Darlinghurst
  • When:3rd March 2015
  • Time:7:00pm
  • Cost:from $10 + Booking Fee

Come along and enjoy the fun of Press Paws, games master Daniel has something special in store for this night.

Tickets from $10 and included pizza and entry for the games.

DJ: Domenic De Sousa

Tickets
PRESS PAWS
PARTY: UNDERBEAR

PARTY: UNDERBEAR

Wednesday 4th March : from $40

PARTY: UNDERBEAR

  • Where:ARQ Nightclub, Darlinghurst
  • When:4th March 2015
  • Time:Doors open at 8:00pm
  • Cost:from $40.00 + Booking Fee

The hottest party of Bear Essentials, UNDERBEAR is back for 2015!

Hosted at ARQ nightclub, you will see the beefy blokes, burly bears, cutest cubs, furry studs and hot daddies come together in just their jocks, footy shorts or briefs to dance the night away.

Featuring the hottest sounds from internationally recognized DJ Shane Stiel USA, Gordon John UK, Sandi Hotrod AUS & George Roussos AUS.

Tickets

Party Pass
Bear Black Party + Underbear + Wet Fur
Party Pass!

PARTY: UNDERBEAR
Sydney Wildlife

Sydney Wildlife

Thurssday 5th March : $149.00

Sydney Wildlife

  • Where:The Cambridge Hotel, Surry Hills
  • When:5th March 2015
  • Time:8:30am
  • Cost:$149.00

Sydney-siders in the know, have for years kept a little secret from our visitors – Featherdale Wildlife Park!

The most immersive, interactive, native wildlife and specialist bird-park in Australia is nestled deep in the suburbs of Sydney! Sydney’s second CBD, Parramatta, once the geographical centre of Sydney, sits at the end of the Parramatta river and is the waterway which becomes Sydney Harbour! Here we enjoy a quaint suburban lunch, followed by one Sydney’s favourite forms of transport – The River Cat Catamaran!

It is a wonderful super fun day out, meet the wildlife you came to see and travel home at the end of the day down through the stunning river! A truly Sydney Experience!

Tickets
Sydney Wildlife
TRIBAL ISLAND CRUISE

TRIBAL ISLAND CRUISE

Friday 6th March : $55.00 + Booking Fee

TRIBAL ISLAND CRUISE

  • Where:Man-O-War Steps, Eastern side Sydney Opera House
  • When:6th March 2015
  • Time:10:30am for 10:45am sharp departure
  • Cost:from $55.00 + Booking Fee

Cruise the most beautiful harbour in the world, and enjoy the relaxed and friendly company of your Aboriginal hosts and crew.

Set sail on a journey to discover the stories of the Eora, Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people.

Come ashore on Clark Island in Sydney Harbour for a Fully Catered BBQ Lunch and immerse yourself in Aboriginal history around the Island. View an authentic Aboriginal cultural performance. Learn the Aboriginal names and meanings of significant Sydney landmarks.

Sydney Harbour as you have never experienced it before. Explore its waters on our unique cultural harbour cruise.

We will take you on a journey from pre-white settlement through our coastal lifestyle - uncovering traditional fishing methods and food gathering techniques.

Discover our culture, meet our people and enjoy the sights of Sydney Harbour.

Tickets
TRIBAL ISLAND CRUISE
PARTY: WET FUR

PARTY: WET FUR

Friday 6th March : from $15 + Booking Fee

Wet Fur: Pool Party

  • Where:CCook and Phillip Park cnr of Collage and William sts East Sydney
  • When:6th March 2015
  • Time:from 6:00pm
  • Cost:from $15 + Booking Fee

It’s splash time! Bear Essentials Pool Party is back to have some afternoon pool fun.

Come along, jump in the water and play around to some fresh tunes from DJ Man Lie.

A perfect way to soak up the start of what is sure to be a big weekend!

Tickets

Party Pass:
Bear Black Party + Underbear + Wet Fur
Tickets

PARTY: WET FUR
3 FLOORS OF FUR

3 FLOORS OF FUR

Friday 6th March : Free Event

3 FLOORS OF FUR

  • Where:Kinselas, Darlinghurst
  • When:6th March 2015
  • Time:7:30pm -
  • Cost:Free Event

Friday Night Bears @ Kinselas is back for a HUGE Friday Bear Essentials Celebration.

We’ve taken over all 3 stories of Kinselas, including the Lo-Fi & the Standard Bowl.

Get ready to see sexy daddies, beefy blokes, cute cubs and furry studs mingle.

Across the three levels we have the amazing DJ’s Amanda Louise, Jimmy James in Kinselas Chapel Bar, DJ Sevta and Mark Alsop in Lo - Fi, & Sterogamas And it’s still free entry… so come along!

..and don’t forget Jonny Wong’s Retro Dumpling bar will be open on the night.

3 FLOORS OF FUR
PRE-PARADE GATHERING & PARADE

PRE-PARADE GATHERING & PARADE

Saturday 7th March : Free Event

PRE-PARADE GATHERING & PARADE

  • Where:Lord Roberts, East Sydney
  • When:7th March 2015
  • Time:from 2:00pm
  • Cost:Free Event

YOU NEED TO BE AT THE LORD ROBERT’S HOTEL IN STANLEY ST. EAST SYNDEY BY 2pm

If your not in the parade you can still come along to the lord Roberts hotel and cheer the bears on.

We will have free finger food for the marches and for a gold coin donation your friends can enjoy our finger food offerings

Pack will include;

  • BE19 Printed check Shirt
  • Harbour City Bear official logo Cap
  • Fluro Braces as part of your marching uniform
  • Denim shorts and black boots to be supplied by the participants
Tickets:
Pack Only $35 Pack only
Marching and Pack $45 Marching and Pack

Coming Soon!
PRE-PARADE GATHERING & PARADE
FAREWELL @ THE BANK

FAREWELL @ THE BANK

Saturday 7th March : Free Event

FAREWELL @ THE BANK

  • Where:The Bank Hotel, Newtown
  • When:7th March 2015
  • Time:4:00pm -
  • Cost:Free Event

It comes that time again to celebrate the time that was had and send of Bear Essentials 19 with a big bear bang!

Come along to our home on a Sunday afternoon, Bears @ the Bank to say, grab a beer, enjoy nibbles (provided by the Bank Hotel) and wish you’re new & old mate’s goodbye.

DJ Fat Cat will be playing some good vibes and classic tracks to keep the afternoon going.

The regular badge draw for our members will still be on.

FAREWELL @ THE BANK
Event List

Contact Harbour City Bears

  • P.O. Box 1532 Darlinghurst
  • info@harbourcitybears.com.au

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We look forward to see you at our events in 2015!