Welcome to Bear Bust XXVI
Welcome to the home of Bear Bust XXVI! Join us October 20-23, 2016 for the largest, and longest running, bear event in Central Florida!
the countdown is on!
We're the longest running bear event
and we can't wait to show you why
about OUR event
Started in 1990, Bear Bust has been a staple of the Central Florida bear community for 25 years. From its original home at the historic Full Moon Saloon to its new home at the Parliament House, Bear Bust has been THE premier bear event in Florida.
Bear Bust was organized and run by the Bears of Central Florida for the majority of its run, but for the past 4 years it has been run by the Parliament House and is now overseen by Bears In The City and the new charitable social organization, We Bears Care!
Bear Bust is held at the Parliament House and we strive to be your one stop destination for furry fun! Located on 10 acres, the Parliament House offers everything you will need for an amazing vacation. From the amazing outdoor pool to the delicious food in the restaurant and, of course, 5 bars on property, we've got it all! Pool parties, karaoke, a huge vendor fair, concerts and of course, BEARS OF ALL SIZES AND COLORS!
One of the best things about our event taking place in Orlando is that it is still sunny and warm in October! Because of that, we center our midday activities around our pool! Make sure to bring your favorite swim suit and LET'S GET SOAKING WET!
Our vendor fair is open all night for your shopping pleasure! Check out vendors from all over the U.S. and find great new products to take home to show your friends!
Every year we bring you some of the best LGBT/bear community singers and songwriters to add an extra layer of fun to your Bear Bust experience.
Hosting our event at the Parliament House offers you the unique ability to make Bear Bust your one stop shop vacation! Our host resort sits on 10 acres of land which is home to a 112 room hotel, 5 bars, a restaurant, a fantastic pool and much, much more!
Staying at the Parliament House is not only convenient, but it is also the most cost effective way to enjoy all of the activities that our event has to offer because every room reservation gives you two run passes! Once you have completed your room reservation (online or by phone) you'll receive a discount code which you will use when you visit our online registration site. Once you've registered, you'll be ready to take part in this year's Bear Bust!
You don't need to stay at the Parliament House to enjoy all that Bear Bust has to offer! We know that Florida (and Orlando in particular) is a great place to visit on your holiday and you may have a hotel or resort that you enjoy staying at while you're in town, so we've made it easy for you to take part as well! Visit our online registration page and you can purchase a full run pass or, new for this year, our Saturday Day Pass!
If you have been to bear runs before then you are no stranger to run passes, however, if this is your first time you may be a little confused so we're here to offer some insight. Run passes serve two purposes.
The first is to provide you, the participant, with some great information, memorabilia, and goodies during your time at our event. This often includes your commemorative shirt and dog tag as well as discounts and goodies from sponsors and vendors, but can also include event specific activities such as free drinks, club entry and a complimentary photo from our photo booth.
The second purpose for run passes is to provide outstanding entertainment for all of our participants during the event. Running a bear event is not cheap, and one way for us to be able to afford our entertainment is through run pass sales. We don't make a ton of money from each run pass, but the more people that come to enjoy our event that purchase a pass, the easier it is to make this event the best it possibly can be!
Check back here as we reveal what items will be included in our run pass package this year or head to our online registration page to purchase yours now!
Every year we host a HUGE outdoor vendor fair with some of the best in LGBT (and LGBT friendly) vendors from around the U.S. and we are always looking for more vendors to join the fun! If you have a product or service that you'd like to display during our event, download the application (click the button below) and email/fax it over today! The vendor fee for this years event is $25 for a single 10'x10' space and $50 for a double 20'x10' space. The vendor fee is due by October 12th and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Orlando Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence!