Parties, pools, and bears, oh my! Key West’s Bear Fest 2012 will gather bears, cubs, and their admirers for a long weekend of fun from October 4-7. The annual celebration’s schedule includes more than 20 events ranging from pool parties at LGBT resorts and clubs to “Bear-e-Oke” and hearty dinners at leading island restaurants. Bear Fest’s celebrity host is comedian Paul J. Williams, acclaimed for his work on the Logo cable television network and with RSVP Vacations cruises. Williams is scheduled to appear at the festival’s major events and star in a standup comedy performance at 9 P.M. on October 5. Purchase your weekend pass online or pay at the door for individual events. The host hotel is the lush and tropical gay resort Island House, which will host late night “happy ending” parties each night. See full event list after the jump…
Thursday, October 4: Bear Fest Registration, a pool party and the Bear Fest Kickoff Happy Hour at Island House (1129 Fleming St.) from noon-5 P.M. At 7 P.M., dinner will be hosted at Square One (1075 Duval St.), and dance off the meal and get your kink on at the Bear Cave Leather Party at Saloon One (504 Petronia St.) starting at 10 P.M.
Friday, October 5: Start off your day with the Lazy Bear Pool Party and Pig Roast at Bourbon St. Pub (724 Duval St.), and take a cat, I mean bear, nap afterwards before an Italian dinner at Antonia’s (615 Duval St.). The weekend’s main event with Paul J. Williams takes place at 9 P.M. at Bourbon St. Pub, which follows by Manhunt’s Open Season Bear Pool Party.
Saturday, October 6: Manhunt continues the party at noon with a pool party at Island House. Meat lovers will enjoy the Carnivale for Carnivores dinner at Brazilian steakhouse, Braza Leña (421 Caroline St.), and the premier nighttime event of Bear Fest 2012 is the Dirty Fur Party at Bourbon St. Pub.
Sunday, October 7: Who can get tired of pool parties with a bunch of rugged and beefy bears and cubs? Enjoy the last day pool party at the Island House, and then venture to La Te Da (1125 Duval St.) at 4 P.M. for their Let The Fur Fly Tea Dance party. At 801 Bourbon (801 Duval St.), come for the Bear Bingo, Bear-e-Oke and a Bear Drag Show to tickle your fur. Top off the weekend with the Bear-Beer-Bust at Saloon One.