Last year’s inaugural Bearvasion was a great start to what organizers hoped would be an annual event bringing bears and bear lovers together for four days of camaraderie and fun.
Prepare yourself for BEARVASION 2, May 19–22., in Salt Lake City.
Salt Laker Ricky Regur heads up the team that brings the event each year as sort of a “Bear Pride” week.
There are a ton of events planned for the four-day festival. The kick-off event on Thursday, May 19 is a Bear Pride 80s-themed party with stand-up comedy by Chris Grace and local comedian Amanda Earl. There will also be 80s trivia, a raffle, and of course dancing the night away. You are encouraged to wear your best 80s outfit. Try Pibs Exchange, Decades, and Iconoclad if your closet contains no 80s wear.
Grace is best known for playing Jerry in the NBC sitcom “Superstore.” He has been in nearly a dozen films and two dozen television shows. He is part of the Baby Wants Candy comedy ensemble.
On Friday morning, Bearvasion will invade the lanes of Bonwood Bowl for Bowling with the Bears.
Friday night is Cowboy Western night with a wiener roast and underwear auction. Yes, the winner gets the underwear right off the model. Hosted by Marky Mark and Tempest.
Saturday afternoon is a Beer Brewery Crawl, followed by Beers, Burgers, and Bears hosted by the Utah Bears.
That night is underwear/gear night.
On Sunday morning, there is Bear Bingo and Brunch.
Sunday night is 80s Drag Show, then a Leather and Gear night and “The Category is Fantasy Bare Chest” Contest. There will also be an AIDS candlelight vigil.
Tickets are available on the event website, bearvasion.com