Bear Week Provincetown 2018

Bear Week 2017

When: Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Sunday, July 15, 2018 (Tentative)

Traditionally Bear Week starts the second Saturday of July and runs for nine bear-filled days. While the dates are not final, it’s unusual for events like this to change their schedule. So if you want to make plans, the likely dates for Bear Week 2018 will be Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Where: All over town

Ptown Bears Website | Bearmania Website

What is Bear Week Provincetown?

Bear Week Provincetown is an annual gathering of bears. It’s one of the largest, busiest theme weeks in Provincetown, attracting tens of thousands of men and hosting dozens of parties and shows.

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Bear Week Provincetown 2017
Photo courtesy of Ptownbears.org

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Bear Week Events – 2017 Schedule 

We’re leaving the 2017 event schedule posted to give you a sense of what you can expect. Here are the major 2017 events, including those sponsored by from Ptownbears.org and Bearmania.

Daily Events

Tea Dance

What: The only place to be in Ptown from 4pm – 7pm. Enjoy the deck or the music by DJ Mary Alice.

When: Daily, 4pm – 7pm

Where: Boatslip Beach Club, 161 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $10

After Tea Dance

What: Tea continues at the Pied deck with After Tea. 7pm.

When: Daily, 6:30 – 9  pm

Where: Pied Piper Bar, 193 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: Free


Saturday, 7/8/2017

BigMuscleBears.com Party

What: Start off Bear Week 2017 festivities with the annual favorite BigMuscleBears.com Party! DJ Thiago spins.

When: Sat, 7/8, 9:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: $10

Sunday, 7/9/2017

Leather Masquerade Dance Party

What: Harness up for the Leather Masquerade Party presented by BRUT NYC and the Crown & Anchor! DJ Dan Darlington spins!

When: Sun, 7/9, 10 pm

Where: Paramount, Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: No cover

Monday, 7/10/2017

Bear Breakwater Walk

What: Come join other Bears for a walk out on the Breakwater Jetty, then along the beach to Long Point Lighthouse at the tip of Cape Cod. Flyer’s water shuttle will take you back to Flyer’s Boat Yard on Commercial St. in the West End. Shuttle is $10.00.

When: Mon, 7/10, 11:30 am

Meeting Point: Pilgrims’ First Landing Park

Matt Alber, Singer/Songwriter

Singer, songwriter Matt Alber returns for his annual Bear Week for 2 performances only.

What: Singer, songwriter Matt Alber returns for his annual Bear Week performances.

When: Mon, 7/10 & Tues, 7/11, 8pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Cost: $33.50 – $43.50 | Purchase Ticket

Dance Party sponsored by WOOF

What: Crown & Anchor and WOOF Ft Lauderdale sponsor a free dance party

When: Mon, 7/10,  9:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: No Cover

Bears in Space – Bearmania

A magical kick off to the WEEK OF BEARS with Bearmania!

What: A magical kick-off for Bearmania with Victor Rodriguez, Mike ETC, James Cerne.

When: Mon, 7/10,  10 pm

Where: Velvet Lounge, 258 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $10.00, Free with Bearmania Pass | Buy Ticket | Buy Pass

Tuesday, 7/11/2017

Matt Alber, Singer/Songwriter: 8 pm

Singer, songwriter Matt Alber returns for his annual Bear Week for 2 performances only.

What: Singer, songwriter Matt Alber returns for his annual Bear Week performances.

When: Mon, 7/10 & Tues, 7/11 @ 8pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Cost: $33.50 – $43.50 | Purchase Ticket

Cigar & Pipe Party – 8:30 pm

What: A Cigar & Pipe Men Pre-Party to DILF. Sponsored by HotCigarMen.com.

When: Tue, 7/11 at 18:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Polyglamorous Bearmania, Velvet Lounge: 10 pm

Who & What: The Polyglamorous crew brings their San Francisco magic to Provincetown once again for BEARMANIA!!! SF BAR readers voted Polyglamorous the Best Monthly Nightlife Event. 48 Hills described Polyglamorous as, “Honestly one of the best gay parties in the city…full of mind-expanding and just plain fun music, a little Burner-Faerie vibe mixed in with the half-naked mens, and an underground feel.” Hosted by Father Figure (Mark Louque/FAGBASH).

When: Tues, 7/11 at 10 pm

Where: Velvet Lounge, 258 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $10.00 | Buy Tickets

DILF Ptown Bear Week Party: 10 pm

What: A Singlet/Underwear/Jock dance party with International DJ Nick Bertossi of Vancouver! Throw on your Singlet or Jock & Harness and join us!

When: Tue, 7/11 at 10 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $10.00  | Buy Tickets


Wednesday, 7/12/2017

Eddie Sarfaty, Chucklef##er, 7 pm

Who: Candid and caustic, stand-up comedian Eddie Sarfaty is a natural storyteller, and his rapier wit effortlessly captures the everyday absurdities of life, blending self-deprecation and sarcasm with a razor-sharp instinct for the ridiculous.   Eddie’s appeared on The Today Show, on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Logo’s WisecrackThe Joy Behar Show and been featured at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

When: Wed, 7/12 at 7 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Peter Bisuito in My Big Funny Peter, 10 pm

What: Comic Peter Bisuito’s all new show. It’s his only performance, so get your tickets.

When: Wed, 7/12, 10 pm

Where: Cabaret, Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: $28.50 | Tickets

Peter Bisuito returns with his hilarious show, “My Big Funny Peter.” A Bear Week favorite comic, don’t miss your chance to see his only performance in Provincetown during Bear Week 2017, as it’s sure to sell out!

Dirty Daddy Dance Party, 10 pm

What: DIRTY DADDY is a new party for seasoned beefcakes looking for top sirloin. Dirty Daddy combines classic music with the classic man to bring you a party reminiscent of when the nightlilfe, the scene and the music were fun! DJs Hawthorne and Brian Kent will be spinning.

When: Wed, 7/12, 10 pm

Where: Velvet Lounge, 258 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: $7.00 | Buy Tickets

Fag Bash Presents Discodromo + Christeene. Bearmania 2017, 10 pm

What: Bearmania Dance Party

When: Wed, 7/12, 10 pm

Where: Club Purgatory, Gifford House, 11 Carver St. | Directions

Cost: $15.00 | Buy Tickets

Thursday, 7/13/2017

Neat & Greet – National Equality Action Team

What: Come out and play during a Bear Week afternoon of cocktails, friends and fun with special guest PA State Rep. Brian Sims to support the great work of NEAT the National Equality Action Team. Representative Sims is an out Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a lawyer and activist on LGBT civil rights. Founder and Executive Director Brian Silva will be attending as well, and can discuss how NEAT gives everyday folks all over the country the tools to fight for LGBTQ justice! | Buy Tickets

When: Thu, 7/13, 2 – 4 pm

Where: 8 Dyer Hotel, 8 Dyer St | Directions

Cost: $100, General Admission – Cocktail | $250 VIP – Open bar & Event Photo with Brian Sims | Buy Tickets

The Bristlecone Project: Portraits of Male Survivors

What: The Bristlecone Project and Sage Inn will host a VIP cocktail fundraiser to support 1in6, a non profit helping men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. This event includes a mosaic of photographs and words that portray the reality and hope of men who were sexually abused or assaulted.

When: Thu, July 13, 2 – 4 pm

Where: Sage Inn & Lounge, The Pilgrim Room, 336 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: Free. Registration through Eventbrite recommended

Boxers and Bears: An Underwear Party. Presented by Bears of All Colors

What: Bears of All Colors hosts an after-tea underwear party. Music by DJ Music Bear and Lizzy Pitch, with a live performance by Freddie and Jay Freeman. Join the fun at the Underground Bar, which has pool and pong!

When: Thu, 7/13, 7 – 10 pm

Where: The Underground Bar, 293 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: Free! Clothes check – $1.00

Furball Fetish & Gear Edition Party

What: Joe Fiore presents FURBALL: Fetish & Gear Edition party. NYC biggest bear party returns to Provincetown for its 5th year with GoGo Bears & Cubs! Leather & fetish wear encouraged, but not mandatory. Hosted by Daddy Ersin with music by NYC DJ Corey Craig.

When: Thu 7/13 at 10 pm

Where: A-House, 6 Masonic Place | Directions

Cost: $8 in advance / $10 at door | Buy Advance Tickets

Horse Meat Disco – Bearmania

What: Dance party with opening set by Father Figure and a special performance by Ambrosia Salad.

When: Thu, 7/13 @ 10 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: $20 | Free admission with Bearmania Pass | Buy Tickets

Friday, 7/14/2017

Daydreams Pool Party – Bearmania

What: Caftans and cocktails at the Ptown Inn pool.

When: Sat, 7/15, 12 – 6pm

Where: The Provincetown Inn Pool, 1 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: Free!

Fireman’s Ball

What: Bear Week’s biggest dance party! Music by DJ Chris Racine

When: Fri, 7/14 @ 9:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: $15

Saturday, 7/15/2017

The Deep End Pool Party #2 – Bearmania

What: Caftans and cocktails at the Ptown Inn pool.

When: Sat, 7/15, 12 – 6pm

Where: The Provincetown Inn Pool, 1 Commercial St | Directions

Cost: Free!

Under Bear Party

What: Crown and Anchor Presents Under Bear Party as a part of Bear Week 2017!

When:Sat, 7/15, 9:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: $10

Sunday, 7/16/2017

Black & Blue Closing Party – Bearmania

What: Seattle, Atlanta, and Provincetown join forces for this epic closing event. By the end of this week we will all be Black & Blue so put on your Leather Gear!

When: Sat, 7/15, 10 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St

Cost: Free with Bearmania Pass | Buy Pass

More about ‘Bears’

A bear is a slang term for a gay or bisexual man who has a hairy body and facial hair. Many are muscular and project an image of strong masculinity. “Bears are friendly, polite, and easy-going, a far cry from their animal namesake.

Their larger body types contain some of the kindest hearts. If a bear were to accidentally step on you at a bar, he would be the first one to apologize and feel awful for potentially hurting you.” (Jacob Z. Flores, A Reference Guide to the Gay Bear Culture)

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