Bear Runs

International Bear Convergence – Giving a Big Bear Hug to Palm Springs

Bears are coming out of hibernation and are heading to the International Bear Convergence (IBC), the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, California. The event will take place on February 7-11, 2019. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes thousands of frisky, furry bears, their friends & their fans to Palm Springs.

The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. The last five years have been hugely successful and expect more of the same in 2019 with record-breaking attendance.  

“This year, being our 6th, we will be pulling all the stops so expect us to mix it up a bit. In addition, we will again receive a Proclamation from the City of Palm Spring presented to us by City councilman JR Roberts on Thursday February 7 at 1:30pm in front of Hotel ZOSO” adds co-producers Nino Eilets & George Frank. We appreciate the recognition from the city for what IBC contributes to Palm Springs.

During the day kick back and enjoy themed pool parties sponsored by Hunters, Chill Bar & Toucans Tiki Lounge, with music provided by world renown DJ’s at the fabulous Hotel ZOSO pool. With multiple bars, cabanas, outdoor-lounge areas and our new sun deck area overlooking the action at the pool, you’re destined to have a fantastic day. After the sun goes down, evenings will heat up with three high-energy dance parties. 

Saturday’s main dance event, Nasty Nineties, will feature a live performance by the amazing dance club queen, superstar Inaya Day. This year we will once again feature the very popular, Populart; presented by Modern Bear, a pop-up art show highlighting well known artists including a great reception Saturday afternoon featuring retro disco/80’s music and surprise “Bearlesque” routine.  

Sunday night, the closing party, will be a party to remember presented by Bearcules. Get ready for an evening of Roman decadence and debauchery. You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

Plus several surprises through out the weekend. So don’t wait; the host hotel is just about sold out and currently has a waiting list. Attendance was over 2500 last year and is expected to grow exponentially in 2019. IBC will again take over Palm Springs! 

Passes are still available on line and if you miss the deadline you may still purchase passes at the hotel. You can also buy tickets for individual events the day or evening of the event at the door.

Go to for more information. 

Forget shoveling snow and get out of the cold and plan on hanging with the guys in Palm Springs, CA in February for IBC 2019!  You know you want to!

Potions of the proceeds from this event will go to Sanctuary Palm Springs & AIDS Life Cycle

Latest Articles

BWM Staff

Our Staff Writing Team works hard to bring you great content and share news & events from the bear community and beyond.

One thought on “International Bear Convergence – Giving a Big Bear Hug to Palm Springs

  • Nice Pics, I love to see older ,mature Bears come out to play

Comments are closed.