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The 2nd annual Palm Springs International Bear Convergence is growing to become one of the premier winter Bear circuit events for Gay Bear men and their admirers the weekend of February 12th thru 16th in 2015. Occurring on both Presidents’ and Valentine’s Day Weekend, it will once again be held at the perfectly located Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs, California. Within easy walking distance, it’s just a few blocks from the heart of downtown and the Arenas gay bar, restaurant, and shopping strip.
The first year of IBC was a great success with well over a thousand attendees, the largest Gay Bear event the town's ever seen! In 2015, that number’s expected to double or triple. The event includes four themed pool parties in the Renaissance Hotel’s huge courtyard that features the city’s largest heated swimming pool. The are towering palm trees to provide often-needed shade and plenty of outdoor lounging areas with fire pits, cabanas and multiple bars to keep you wet and wild.
Bear Convergence will have plenty of opportunities to show off your beefy, hairy body in the latest Speedo Bear swimwear fashion poolside, shake your furry butt dancing to guest DJs, live entertainment, and meet thousands of bears from around the globe. Friday, Saturday and Sunday there'll be three themed nighttime dance parties. At the weekend’s main dance event Saturday night, there’ll be a live performance with Amber and Ultra Nate'. International Bear Convergence’s evening dances and daytime poolside events will feature some popular DJs from California and around the the world including: Doug Jackson from Fort Lauderdale, Sean Mac from Atlanta, John LePage from San Francisco, and our own DJ Chub Jim from Palm Springs.
For out of towner's flying in, the hotel's location is close enough to the heart of town that you may not need to rent a car. Weather in February can be 'iffy', but last year 80F temperatures and sun smiled down over the entire IBC weekend: Perfect! You'll likely need a light jacket or heavy overshirt in the evening, but wearing shorts in the desert is doable all year 'round.
Room rates at the Renaissance host hotel are $200+ a night, 3 day minimum -- But you'll be within spitting distance of the Bear-filled pool. For more affordable accommodations, budget hotels down around the curve of South Palm Canyon about a mile from downtown are far more affordable. (Think Knight's Inn, Travelodge, Royal Sun, Vagabond, Caliente Tropics or The Curve.) Clothing Optional Nude Gay resorts in the Warm Sands area won't be cheap, but offer more sexual freedom and playtime potential. (Think All-Worlds, Mirage, Inndulge). I'd guess by the time you read this, the more Bearish Bearfoot Inn and Chaps Inn Gay resorts are likely already booked solid. It'll be peak of tourist season in Palm Springs when bookings and room-rates are at the highest point of the year.
Local Bear men have the opportunity to buy a full weekend event package from the IBC website ahead of time, or you can just Pay-As-You-Go for select day or evening events if you just want to dabble and dip a toe into a few of in the weekend's festivities.