“Ye Olde Bear Faire” Bear Jam hits Nashville July 21-24

Music City Bears, a social/fraternal organization composed of gay, bear identified people, their admirers and their friends, will hold their annual bear jam in Nashville July 21-24.

This year’s theme is “Ye Olde Bear Faire,” a fun and furry take on the ever popular Renaissance festival. The event will include a lot of exciting entertainment including the centerpiece event, Bearapalooza, produced by Music City Bear’s own Freddy Freeman and featuring 13 different Bear singers, bands and comedians from around the country.

Following the Friday night show at the Chute will be the main “Ye Olde Bear Faire” party, which will feature fun, games, prizes and general revelry. Everyone will also perform Saturday for a five hour outdoor concert event, featuring games, vendors, a medieval fun at DeVil’s and a cookout.

Bear Jam participants will also get to see Jade Esteban Estrada’s acclaimed one man show: Icons, the Lesbian and Gay History of the World. After receiving rave reviews for Vol 1 during Pride week, Estrada returns to club Blu for Bear Jam with Vol II.

The weekend will also include a Kings Feast banquet at the host hotel, The Country Legends Broadway tour, an exclusive screening of the Spanish film “Cachorro” (Bear Cub) sponsored by TLA video and additional private parties and receptions. The host hotel will be the Holiday Inn Express on Broadway, and transportation will be provided by Nashville’s own party on wheels, FADDS party bus.

The club, founded in December of 1993, was born out of a desire to provide men an alternative to the stereotypical gay lifestyle.

"The most common definition of a ‘bear’ is someone who is hairy, has facial hair and a cuddly body. However, the word ‘bear’ means many things to different people, even within the bear movement. Many who do not have one or all of these characteristics define themselves as bears, making the term a very loose one. Suffice it to say, ‘bear’ is often defined as more of an attitude than anything else ­-- a sense of comfort with our natural masculinity and bodies that is not slavish to the vogues of male attractiveness that is so common in gay circles and the culture at large."

The Music City Bears offers a haven for bear folk who want to meet people, make friends and bond with kindred spirits. Since its inception, the club has continued to grow and has made an exciting impact on the Nashville Gay Community. Growing every year and incorporating new and exciting events, the club’s annual Bear Jam, benefiting Nashville Cares, has become an anticipated event in Nashville’s gay community.

For a full schedule and registration information – go to www.musiccitybears.com/bearjam or call 615-218-4473.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 21st

3:00pm - Midnight
Main Registration in the Hospitality Suite
@ Host Hotel

7:00pm - Midnight
“The Hail and Well”
(Meet & Greet Cocktail Party)
@ Host Hotel

7:00pm and 10 pm
“Jade Esteban Estrada’s: Icons;
the Lesbian and Gay History of the World Vol 2”
@ Blu

Friday, July 22nd

8:00am – 10:00am

The Innkeepers Good Morrow Breakfast

Provided By Host Hotel)

Noon – 4:00pm

“Bears On Broadway”

Country Legend Tour

Private Walking Tour Of

Nashville ’s Famous Broadway


Bear Shopping Excursion

to Outloud Books & Gifts

And Magical Journey

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Bearapalooza Revue @ The Chute

-Featuring -

Singer/Songwriter Rounds

Live! Sets By Kendall, Yolanda

& Bear Comedian ‘Bobaloo”

10:30pm - 1:30am

Ye Olde Bear Faire @ The Chute

Official Bear Beer Bust

Fun, Festival Games, Costume

Contest, Bear Jam Contests

And A Whole Lot Furry Fun!!

2:00am – 4:00am

“Excalibears After Party”

@ Host Hotel

Saturday, July 23rd

8:00am – 10:00am

The Innkeepers Good Morrow Breakfast

Provided By Host Hotel

11 am – 6:00pm

Bearapalooza Blowout!

@ Devil’s

Live! Sets By All Bear Artist!

Hosted By Bear Comedian “Bobaloo”

Full Outdoor Festival W/ Cook-Out,

Outdoor Bar, Games & The Bearapalooza Bear Wash !

7:30pm – 9:30pm

The King’s Royal Feast (Banquet)

@ Host Hotel


Official Exclusive Screening of "Cachorro" (Bear Cub)

Sponsored by TLAVideo.com

@ Host Hotel

11:00 pm - 4:00 am

Excalibears After Party

@ Host Hotel

Sunday, July 24th

8:00am – 10:00am

The Innkeepers Good Morrow Breakfast

Provided By Host Hotel)

Fare Thee Well!

Check Out By 12:00pm

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

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