Bear Essentials 2017

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Bear Essentials brings together the best of local bear culture and offers it to the world in one of the best cities in the world, Sydney.

The main part of Bear Essentials will run from the 24th of Feb to the 5th of March.

Please see the event list below, any new information will be added here as it becomes available.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!



Buy tickets to all of our ticketed events here!

Our Logo

With Mardi Gras 2017 theme being “Creating Equality”, we decided to use the pink triangle as the basis of graphic design throughout our BE festival, and as a prominent feature in our BE21 logo.

The pink triangle has its roots in Nazi Germany where homosexual men were discerned from the other prisoners with this pink triangle on their jackets and were tattooed on them. However, gay men have reclaimed this symbol for themselves, and its modern usage is to symbolise gay pride and gay rights. As gay men have reclaimed this symbol and given it new meaning, we, as a group, have created a way of moving equality forward and making it visible.

Placing the HCB Paw in a pink triangle shows that the bears are behind any movement toward equality and equal rights.


Bear Essentials Opening

Fri February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bear City 3 Social and Screening!

Sat February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Meet & Greet @ the Bank

Sun February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Press Paws – BE Edition

Tue February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Wed March 1 @ 9:00 pm - Thu March 2 @ 5:00 am

Beach Recovery

Thu March 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wet Furr

Fri March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

3 Floors of Fur

Fri March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mardi Gras Parade + Float

Sat March 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Recovery and Farewell

Sun March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm