Bear Runs

Urban Bear NYC returns this May

The 11th annual Urban Bear NYC takes place in Manhattan from Thursday, May 16th to Sunday, May 19th, welcoming more than 4,000 men to four days of events in NYC.

Now in its 11th year, Urban Bear NYC is a large series of events for the bear and bear-friendly gay community celebrating NYC. Second only to Provincetown Bear Week, Urban Bear NYC is the largest event of its kind on the East Coast featuring bar crawls, dance parties, a sunset cruise on the Hudson, beer busts, Bear Invasions, performances and more.

Check out our picture special from last year’s event here

The main event, The Urban Bear Street Fair which brings out thousands of supporters annually, takes place in NYC’s Meatpacking District, just below the HighLine on Sunday afternoon, May 19th. A portion of the street fair’s proceeds help benefit The Callen Lorde Community Health Center.

The schedule of events includes:

Thursday, May 16th

The Hairiest Happy Hour – Julius, 159 West 10th St @ 6pm

Friday, May 17th

Chunk – Bedlam, 40 Avenue C @ 10pm

Ünderbear Party – Rockbar, 185 Christopher St @ 10pm 

Saturday, May 18th

Bear Invasion: The Vessel – Hudson Yards @ 12pm

Grizzly Guzzler beer blast – Gym Sports Bar, 167 8th Avenue @ 2pm

Bears Ahoy! Sunset Cruise – Hudson’s World Yacht, Pier 8, West 41st St @ 6pm

Homeport – Gym Sports Bar, 167 8th Avenue @ 10pm

Sunday, May 19th

11th Annual Urban Bear NYC Street Fair – Little West 12th St @ 1pm

Mega Beer Blast – Rockbar, 185 Christopher St @ 6pm 

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