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Christchurch, New Zealand

Big Bear Weekend 2019

Bears Christchurch, along with principal sponsor Rainbow Lifestyle Protection, and supporting partner Ending HIV are proud to present Big Bears Weekend 2019!


Bears Christchurch Big Bear Weekend is always the highlight of the bears social calendar, and we invite all bears far and wide, and bears supporters and members of our wider community to join us in a weekend of fun activities and opportunities to mingle, make new friends, and celebrate what it is to be part of our diverse and inclusive community!


We have a few new events on the calendar this year, LOTS of fun things for bears and bear followers to take part in (feel free to bring a friend or more with you!), plus some different locations for the events, so it promises to be a great time for all involved!


We are fortunate to have principal sponsor Rainbow Lifestyle Protection and supporting partner Ending HIV as our major supporters for this weekend, and we thank them for their support and commitment to our social group and to the community they are part of. Thanks fellas!


Looking forward to the best Big Bear Weekend ever! Roll on BBW 2019!!


Earlybird tickets now on sale. 


Check out our great events below…



BBW2019 Opening Drinks – Thursday 14th Nov 7:30pm – FREE event – at Retropolitan Social


Come along to our opening night at Retropolitan Social for a casual Thursday night of drinks, mingling, and meeting our Mr Bear Canterbury contestants! We’ll also have the last of the discount tickets to the Bears Party.  This is your last chance to go into the earlybird draw for pre-purchased tickets. There’ll be a $50 bar tab at the Bears Party for the winner.



BBW2019 Bears Waipara Wine Tour (Limited seats) – Friday 15th Nov – $100


This is one of our most popular events so make sure you book your tickets before it sells out!

Bears will be hiring a bus to take a group out to the Waipara Valley wineries, and will include lunch. Has been very popular in past years and an unmissable event for those looking to have fun and make good friends!

Tickets are $100, and this includes the bus fare, morning coffee, wine tastings, and lunch (grazing platters and wine included in price).

Here’s the plan for the day:

10.00 Meeting time at Latimer Square
Meeting point: corner of Latimer Square and
Worcester Street (by The Christchurch Club)

10.15 Leave to Greystones Wines
Stop at Pukeko Junction Café for midmorning coffee

11.30 Wine Tasting at Greystones Wines 5-7 wines

13.30 Lunch at Torlesse Winery
Price includes: Platters and wine

16.30 Leaving back to Christchurch the latest

17.30 Arrival back at Latimer Square

It’s gonna be an epic day! Make sure you are part of it!


Earlybird tickets now on sale. 



BBW2019 Bears Dinner  – Great fun night out! – Friday 15th Nov 7:30pm – at BYO Restaurant – Thai Rendezvous Restaurant and Bar, 250 Barrington Street


Bears Christchurch are proud to host the BBW2019 Bears Dinner, where you and friends can bring a bottle to a cheap and cheerful restaurant (Thai Rendezvous Restaurant and Bar). A great night out and a cheap and fun way to enjoy a night out with our Bears community.



BBW2019 Bears Car Rally – Sat 17th Nov 1030am till 3:00pm – Gold Coin Donation 


Bears Christchurch are proud to present our first car rally!

If you are looking for a fun day out with a group of friends, be sure to register your interest!

Gold coin donation per vehicle 🙂

Groups will set off from a chosen point and will have to fill out a task list that will require solving clues, taking photos, and more, as you travel a secret path across Christchurch!

The conclusion of the rally will be a BYO picnic lunch at a secret location. Bears will provide sausages and bread for a sausage sizzle, but please bring other food and drink.

This will be LOTS of fun with prizes for best dressed, first car/group to complete the course correctly, and more!

Details will be updated soon 🙂



BBW2019 Mr Bear Canterbury Party – Sat 16th Nov 9:30pm till 3:00am – $20 presales – $25 on the door – at A Rolling Stone


The Bears Party is always a night not to be missed. We have the annual Mr Bear Canterbury competition with a fantastic prize sponsored by Rainbow Lifestyle Protection and Bears Christchurch


Nominate someone you know who could be persuaded to enter Mr Bear Canterbury. It’ll be fun and it comes with a great prize of a weekend in Auckland including airfares, accommodation and some spending money for Auckland’s Bear Week as the grand prize.


Look forward to a night of furry fun with friends. The Bears Party and the Mr Bear Canterbury competition is a relaxed night where all ages and orientations come together to celebrate being hairy, beary, accepting and proud.


This years venue is A Rolling Stone on Colombo. Its spacious with something for everyone. Why not come early and enjoy a good meal beforehand. From 9:30 the place is ours and the Bears Party commences. There’ll be a DJ, there’s a pool table and plenty of room. We’re licensed till 3am and the DJ will keep the music pumping.


Earlybird tickets now on sale. 



BBW2019 – Ferrymead Sunday Matinee – Sun 17th Nov 14:00 – 15:30 – $5 – at Arcadia Theatre, Ferrymead Heritage Park


Back again by popular demand, come and join us as we host a movie in Ferrymead’s boutique cinema.

This year we will be screening “Hot Fuzz”, a 2007 action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg and Frost play police officers attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in Sandford, a village in the West Country.

Strictly limited numbers, followed by Martin’s famous High Tea (separate price for High Tea)


Earlybird tickets now on sale. 



BBW2019 – Ferrymead Sunday Matinee – Sun 17th Nov 14:00 – 15:30 – $5 – at Arcadia Theatre, Ferrymead Heritage Park


Bears are proud to host another favourite event… High Tea at Ferrymead! Host Martin James is famous for his amazing high teas, and this is a fitting and fabulous conclusion to a busy Bears Weekend. Very popular so reserve your seat quickly!



Earlybird tickets now on sale.