Bearrison Street Fair Returns to San Fran this October

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.®️, (SPI) in collaboration with The Bears of San Francisco (BOSF), are excited to announce the fourth annual Bearrison Street Fair, returning to San Francisco on October 19, 2024. A queer street fair with a carnival theme, attendees will discover a day inviting creativity and playfulness surrounded by music, dance, food, competitions, and more. Join the festivities of bear-flavored merriment for all bodies, all shapes, all sizes, and importantly — all identities.

Set in the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District in SoMa, Bearrison Street Fair is “A Fair For Every Bear.” SPI and BOSF’s goal for Bearrison Street Fair is an inclusive event for adult members of the LGBTQ+ community by promoting body positivity and cultural diversity for all, fostering a supportive and welcoming bear scene. 

For 2024, Bearrision Street Fair continues the established focus on burly entertainment, with new contests, live art, and more to delight attendees. Among the variety of food and drink options will be live music, performances, and DJs. Come and experience the only Deadlift Competition in the world with a drag queen emcee, a dance routine from the hosts, the inspiring lifting itself, and a butts competition to wrap everything up! All genders are welcome to compete in the event. Also returning to 2024 is the increasingly popular Full Queer Wrestling, full of over-the-top antics and campy humor, with queer wrestlers from all over the United States traveling to compete.  

In addition, fairgoers will find several returning competitive activities, including a drag competition, twerking contest, and the hugely popular beard contest, which includes traditional and creative categories so the naturally and unnaturally bearded can compete. Bearrision also seeks to provide a platform for artists and is excited to showcase live art, an art gallery, and live sketch drawing opportunities for the creatively inclined. Also returning are several homegrown midway carnival games, and circus performers will be showcasing their talents of juggling and more to attendees. 

More information and opportunities to get involved will be announced soon at the Bearrison Street Fair website: Attendees can also follow @BearrisonSF on Instagram and Twitter for updates. 

“We’re ramping up Bearrison Street Fair to be bigger and better than years before. For 2024, we aim to be one of THE premier bear festivals in the world, and shine a light on the goodness that comes from San Francisco” said Bearrison Co-Chair and BOSF Chair Erik Greenfrost. “Whether you’re a stereotypical ‘bear’ or you’re looking to redefine what it means to be a ‘bear’, we want you to join us!” 

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About The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., is a 21st century order of queer nuns. Since their first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday in 1979, the Sisters have been accused of “ruining it for everyone” with their habitual injection of gaiety into serious affairs, involving ourselves in human rights, political activism, and religious intolerance. The Sisters consider it their mission to “ruin” all detrimental conditions including complacency, guilt, and the inability to laugh at one’s self.  Please continue to check our calendar on; we are always adding new material and events.

About the Bears of San Francisco

Formed in 1994, the Bears of San Francisco is an all-inclusive community-based association that benefits the greater Bay Area through fundraising, service, and socializing. More information can be found at

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