Do you offer travel packs? Where should I stay?

We don’t sell flight tickets, but our airport (LPA code) is a major international hub. You will find no problem to get here. 

Regarding accommodation, we don’t directly sell rooms, but we recommend to gather at specific, official bungalows and aparments, where some of the official events also take place. Please visit our accommodation page for more info. As official accommodation sell out quickly, any aparment not too far from Yumbo Centre in Playa del Inglés or Maspalomas districts will do it. Even further locations are not a problem; taxi service is fast and very cheap here. But again, please book in advance to avoid dissapointment.

Is is compulsory to register or buy tickets in advance? How can I book?

Short anwer: no. You only need to book online or buy tickets at the door for those events you want to attend. However, online booking is essential for some of the most popular events.

Long answer: unlike some bear events in the USA, there is not one single pass or ticket allowing you to access our whole bear week.  The programme features nearly 40 events (!), and you have complete freedom to choose which ones do you want to attend. You can however register here, so we can update you by e-mail on important news, and buy a VIP wristband for only 10 € allowing you to buy discounted and preferential tickets for the most popular events.

Regarding bookings, those 40 events can be divided in these categories:

  • No online booking necessary. Say, for example, a costume party at Kiki o the daily bear pub crawl. However, we still may have capacity restrictions because of COVID-19, so venues could individually ask for a booking according to demand.
  • Online booking is recommended. Pool parties are a good example. Yes, you can usually get a ticket at the door, but this is never guaranteed, especially in a year of rolled-over tickets from two postponed editions.  Also, men who booked usually don’t need to wait in queue, as there is a special welcome desk for them.
  • Online booking is essential. Boat cruises, spa evenings and island tours are great to mingle while discovering a fascinating destination… but they sell out fast every single year! 

Bookable events are highlighted with a shopping cart icon on the programme.  So, once the final programme is out and we start taking bookings (usually just before the bear week) please get to our online shop and get your tickets! Click on the following links to be notified:

What’s a VIP wristband?

It’s an optional 10-euro, soft-touch and stylish wristband giving you discounts on many venues and events. It is also a priority pass ensuringyou can access some of the most popular events on the programme. You can book it online (very recommended) or buy it once here if we still have stock.  If you plan to stay for most of the week and attend more than one ticketed event, it’s well worth it. It also helps paying our staff and funding our next edition. 
 

What’s the programme about, in general?

  • Regular events at terrace bars, pubs, cruising clubs (!) and pools, including Europe’s biggest bear pool party.
  • Main Boat Cruise & Show. Imagine hundreds of bears and friends dressed in disguise, partying… on huge catamaran and floating disco, sailing along the coast!
  • Carnival themed events. Most bears gets a costume or at least a hat, so don’t be shy! We have a different theme every year. 2020’s one is Greece and Rome, so expect many gladiators, emperors and even some goddesses at our toga party!
  • More unique events not to be found at any other bear week, such as our waterpark excursion, cheese & wine tours, scenic and colonial tours, neon beards party, bear tantra workshop, XXX bear cruise, singles and dating parties…

Is this a sex event?

Not as such. Our bear week includes around 40 events, including social events, fun events, relaxing events… and also cruising events when meeting likeminded men is probably easier. Those events are clearly identified in red on the programme. Please note we must encourage all safety regulations, but what is done between consenting adults is beyond our control.

Any nudist event?

We haven’t got any strictly nude event, but we offer a wide range of clothing-optional parties.  These include some relaxing events such as all spa evenings, all boat trips, all pool parties at Basement, the tantra workshop…but also all the cruising parties, of course. They are clearly marked as “clothing optional” on the programme with a question mark icon.
 

When will the details of next edition be announced?

Please subscribe to our newsletter so we can update you. We only use that mailing list to inform on upcoming event dates and when tickets are available (only 2-3 messages per year, really). Anyway, we normally publish this information a year in advance, but this can vary a lot, as it depends on when does Town Hall release the dates of the upcoming Maspalomas International Carnival. We wait till then so those two major events don’t overlap and your travel expenses don’t get rocket high. 

 

Is this just for bears? Will I fit in?

Most events have a scrict men-only policy at the door, but once inside, the atmosphere is very laid back. Bear Carnival is for bears, friends and admirers.  Even if some international bear events seem to cater for specific bear “sub-types”, such as musclebears or chubbies, it’s not our case. Our surveys show the most appreciated trait of Bear Carnival (and Gran Canaria in general) is the complete lack of attitude. Trust us, there are no divides and no one feels excluded because of his body or age in here. There are so many social events (biggest bear social programme in Europe, actually) that it’s nearly impossible not to fit in and meet new friends. Finally, please don’t compare yourself with the guys on our photo galleries: they only show a tiny portion of the attendees.

I’m a solo traveler. Will I fit in?

Yes. 52% of the ticket orders at our online shop are placed by  solo travellers, so you get the idea. 

How is that? Our bear week is probably the most social bear event in Europe. For the same reason, Bear Carnival is the ideal bear week for a first contact with this kind of event. 

How did we get that? 

  • Not limiting our experience to drinking/clubbing/f*cking/showoff/catwalk events (even when we have scheduled hot parties every day)
  • Organizing many fun open-air daytime events
  • Offering smaller social gatherings where mingling is much easier: from the island tours and spa evenings, to the singles reception or the speed dating party. 

If you still feel insecure, please enter our anonymous visitor chat at Telegram and ask bears about the reasons they are coming for. You will see the main one is meeting new friends such as you! Actually, it’s this chat is also good to get some possible contacts in advance, to explore the bear week with.

I don’t like carnivals!

Come anyway! The programme is 9 days-long! There many events to choose from, and none of the parties has a costume dresscode.

I don’t want to appear on any picture

No problem. In 2022 there will be no official photo report or photographer. In post-pandemic editions, our policy will be this:

In order not to appear in any photo, please just wear any lanyard on your neck. We will have some lanyards at the reception of the bigger parties, if needed. Our photographer will not take a photo of any man wearing a lanyard on his neck, at least not without consulting him first. And if someone is accidentally photographed with a lanyard on, the picture will be discarded, or at least he will be digitally obscured before publishing.

How many guys do attend?

1.200 new visitors (that is, on top of our huge local community) attended our latest edition. This is not the usual hype or imaginary number, but a statistical inference based on Growlr activity. We use their paid metrics to constantly track the number of newly arrived profiles to Maspalomas. Then we multiply the results for Growlr’s usage percentage according to our own yearly polls. And voilà! However, we honestly have no idea on the numbers to expect while the pandemic is still on.

So I don’t need a fancy dress… But what if I do? When should I wear it?

Even when it’s not that necessary, you would be very welcome with your favourite costume on (or uniform, of fetish gear!), especially on carnival parties, which are marked with a “mask” icon on the programme. The suggested theme for next Bear Carnival is “Greece and Rome”, so any leather outfit will help at looking as a sexy gladiator 😉  Anyway, accessories and costumes will be available for purchase at our official fancy dress shop: Party Party, in Tirajana Avenue (Aloe Apartments, just a 5 mins walk fom Yumbo Centre). Just ask for Bear Carnival discount

There are more costumes shops in the area, though there are not as inexpensive or conviently located, such as Bazar Ani and Carolan. 

I have a question about tickets

The most usual question is: do I have to buy a ticket for an event taking place at my hotel? The answer is no: you only need to show your key card at the reception desk of the party, and you arein

More specific ticket-related questions are answered at the FAQ page of our ticket shop (when online)

Please note refunds and ticket exchange periods for old tickets from 2020 have already expired.

 

Do you still have any doubt?

Please contact us.