Bear Week 2017 wrapped up its annual event in Provincetown last Saturday after 9 days full of bear-themed events and socializing.
The events ranged from the traditional dance parties, boat cruises and dune tours, singers and comedians popular in the Bear community, bear-themes art gallery shows, a ‘singlet’ day, and fundraisers.
When is Bear Week 2018?
Tentative dates are Sat, 7/7 – Sun, 7/15/18
If you’re not familiar with “Bear culture” in the gay community, Jacob Flores describes bears as” “Men in the gay community who have hairy bodies and facial hair. Many are stocky and/or muscular (generally larger in mass than any other classification of gay men in the community). They often portray themselves as the epitome of masculinity through their rugged appearance and demeanor.”
Ptown residents and visitors alike love the friendly, playful, and joyous energy that the Bears bring to the town. One afternoon I was taking photos of the Boatslip’s Tea Dance from the lobby window above the Boatslip deck packed with the Bears, and a young 20-something couple came by to ask what was going on.
I explained that this crowded event was a daily occurrence during the summer in Ptown, and this week was Bear Week. The wife, who was pregnant said that they looked like they were having a blast, and that if she weren’t 8 months pregnant she’d be down there in a heartbeat. I laughed, and her husband smiled and said, “She not kidding!”
Here are some photos that’ll give you a feel for the week. You can also check out the list of 2017 events on our Bear week page. We’ve left them up so you can get a feel for the range of events. So if you want to experience Bear Week, mark your calendars now. Traditionally Bear Week begins the second Saturday in July and runs for 9 days. In 2018, the likely dates will be Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, July 15!