Midwest Bearfest

Midwest BearfestMidwest Bearfest is our premier December event of the Midwest Bearpack. Founded in 1996, Midwest Bearfest will celebrate turning 21 with the event titled, appropriately enough, “Year 21: Legally Bear”. During this extra-special four-day event, December 14-17th in Indianapolis, we are anticipating a record-setting crowd to help celebrate two decades, plus one, of furry fun!

 

The host hotel is officially full. When you register, complete the HOST HOTEL registration form to be placed on the waitlist. But you should also make a reservation at the Overflow Hotel if no rooms at the host hotel become available before the event in December.   For information on the overflow hotel click here.

 

The Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center is conveniently located less than three miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and just 12 miles from downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis Convention Center and the Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Guests of this Indianapolis hotel are invited to enjoy full-service accommodations including free local calls and free weekday newspaper. Relax in the indoor heated pool with whirlpool within a tropical setting of the atrium.

 

Most of the newly renovated guest rooms have a poolside or lakeside view and provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for your stay. All rooms feature coffee makers, room service, free HBO and voice mail. Selected rooms have microwaves and refrigerators.

 

Tentative Schedule

For registration information, visit the club web site.

La Fiesta de Los Osos 2018

La Fiesta de Los OsosLa Fiesta de Los Osos will be held January 11-15th in Tucson Arizona.

 

Escape from winter and join the Bears of the Old Pueblo for fun in the sun, a chance to meet new friends, and explore what Tucson has to offer at our 20th annual La Fiesta de Los Osos! Official dates for La Fiesta 2018 are January 11-15th.

 

During the past eighteen Fiestas, over 3,000 bears and buddies from over 20 countries have enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of our desert city, making La Fiesta weekend one of the most anticipated bear events in the U.S.! As such, we choose to cap our attendance at 300 bears to make sure that La Fiesta is a size that’s fun, friendly, and intimate. Registration for Fiesta 2018 will be accepted until Saturday January 13th, 2018 with walk-up registration available! Your Fiesta gift and our hotel rates may not be available after December 31, 2017.

 

Day and half-day tours will be available every day, or you can just lay back and enjoy the sparkling pool and jacuzzi. A huge block of rooms has been reserved for Fiesta weekend attendees and the La Quinta Inn & Suites host hotel will be filled with BEARS, BEARS, BEARS!

 

SO WHAT DO I GET FOR MY REGISTRATION FEE?

Your registration includes three meals, entertainment and social activities, our famous Pinata Bust, and access to tours and free event shuttles. Registrants also get the reduced room rate and access to the events at the host hotel as well as an embroidered T-Shirt with the Fiesta logo.

 

FUR REAL DANCE

On Friday night, following the banquet and Bear Contest is our fourth annual DJ’ed ‘FUR REAL’ dance. Join Fiesta attendees and hot, friendly locals on the dance floor! Proceeds of this separate event (minus costs) go 100% to benefit local charities.

 

WHAT’S TO SEE AND DO WHILE I’M IN TUCSON?

Situated in an immense valley ringed by four stately mountain ranges with peaks as high as 9453′, Tucson, with a metropolitan population of over 1 million people, is a big city with all the amenities you’d expect but a friendly, small-town feel. Tucson has been continuously inhabited since at least 5000 BC, and has a wealth of history featuring native peoples, explorers and settlers, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo soldiers, Jesuit and Franciscan Missionaries, and old-west pioneers. Day and half-day tours will take Fiesta attendees on optional visits to prominent area attractions for everything from hiking to sight-seeing, green forests to desert mountains, animal-watching to spelunking!

 

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN TUCSON IN JANUARY?

Daytime highs in Tucson during January are regularly in the 60’s with nighttime lows in the 40’s. In 19 years of past Fiestas (that’s about 90 event-days) we’ve had exactly four cold or inclement days. Bring clothing that reflects the warm days but cool nights and you’ll be set!

 

HOW DO I GET AROUND?

We’ll be running shuttles and event buses free of charge to most scheduled events.

 

WHAT’S TO EAT?

We will offer dining opportunities (at your own expense) to early arrivals on Thursday evening. Meals included in your registration:

  • Saturday night continues our traditional Fiesta Banquet and entertainment in the hotel ballrooms. We’ll feature a full meal with a variety of fine entrees, sides, deserts, beverages, and a cash bar.

  • Sunday will feature a poolside BBQ with a full cash bar and soft drinks available.

  • Our traditional Adios Amigos luncheon on Monday will be held offsite, but at your own expense.

 

For information and to register, visit the web site.