Welcome to BEARFEST South Africa, the annual event in celebration of the gay subculture known as the Bears. BEARFEST SA has been running since 2014 and is the highlight of the Bear calendar in South Africa.
Each year you can expect a variety of entertainment from the ridiculously fun Bear Sports (which includes lube wrestling and popping a balloon with your dry-humping skills) to karaoke,
drag shows, live music, DJs and now and then the ever popular Glee Bears performing their hot and hairy interpretation of the popular TV show.
Great food, cold beers (or whatever your
alcoholic beverage of choice may be) and good music by the swimming pool is a constant and of course the highlight of the event, the crowning of Mr BEARFEST.
BEARFEST draws furry folk from all over the country and we have even had a few guests from abroad. It takes place during the sunny South African summer so if it is winter where you are why not escape the hibernation blues and join us? Although it is a celebration of all things Bear it is not an event exclusively for Bears. Allow us to explain.
There is a never ending debate around what constitutes a Bear in the gay community. For some it is all about the physical appearance, you must look like a Bear. Meaning big, either due to muscle bulk or just good old jiggley chubbiness, and if possible as hairy as the animal namesake. For others being Bear is a state of mind, if you are a masculine gay/bi man regardless of body type, you are a Bear. And then we have the chasers who are not Bears themselves in any form but have a lustful appreciation for them big furry boys.
The point of all this explaining is simply that anyone is welcome at BEARFEST. No matter if you are a big hairy gay/bi guy or a smaller gay/bi man with a big hairy heart of a Bear or even a fem twink who just loves Bears, you are welcome.
The rules are simple:
- Be yourself
- Have a good time
- And most importantly have nonjudgmental mutual respect for everyone.
Sounds like a fantastic weekend, right? So if you have never been to BEARFEST SA make sure you don’t miss the next one. And if you have been, you probably need absolutely no motivational speech to return. You will make friends and memories never to be forgotten.