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International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, California, February 4-8, 2016. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you to the hip Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs to thousands of frisky, furry bears, their friends & their fans.

The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. The last two years were hugely successful and we expect more of the same in 2016 with record-breaking attendance.

During the day kick back like a rock star and enjoy themed pool parties with music provided by world renown DJ’s at the fabulous Hard Rock pool. With multiple bars, cabanas and outdoor lounge areas you’re destined to have a fantastic day. After the sun goes down, evenings will heat up with three high-energy dance parties. 

Saturday's main dance event will feature a live performance (To be announced) IBC's pool parties & dance events have highlighted several top DJs from California and around the globe including: John LePage of San Francisco, Doug Jackson of Fort Lauderdale, Sean Mac of Atlanta, and DJ Chub Jim of Palm Springs. (DJ line up soon to be announced)

IBC is the first winter event capable of hosting 4,000+ bears, muscle bears, cubs, chasers, chubs and admirers in Palm Springs. This premier gay destination offers travelers top-notch nightlife, casino action; award-winning restaurants, world-class golf and an aerial tram experience 6,000 feet above sea level. Known for its crystal blue skies and year-round sunshine, Palm Springs is the perfect holiday weekend destination and one of the only US cities that boasts an average temperature of 70 degrees in February.

You can make room reservations here by clicking on the hotel reservation page. Come to Palm Springs! You know you want to!

Online registration is open now! CLICK TO REGISTER! Benefiting AIDS Assistance Program and The Center Food Bank of Palm Springs.

PALM SPRINGS

Palm Springs has long been considered California’s ultimate desert playground for the gay and lesbian traveler. Nestled at the base of the Mount San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs is known for its crystal blue skies, year-round sunshine, stunning landscape, palm tree lined streets and starry nights. It’s a vibrant village with an urban sensibility, dotted with a wonderful assortment of fashion boutiques, retro and mid-century modern home furnishings, art galleries, theaters and museums.

Filled with a world of entertainment, from intimate venues to large dance clubs, from outdoor cafes, gay-owned bistros and restaurants to world-renowned LGBT events. It’s as if this whole city, this whole playground, was built just for you. Visitors from all over the globe are lured to Palm Springs for its storied Hollywood legacy, its Native American heritage and its absolutely stellar collection of mid-century modern architecture. Soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or try your luck in one of our exciting Vegas-style casinos.

So, whether you’re hiking scenic trails in our majestic mountains, touring celebrity and mid-century modern homes or simply relaxing by a sparkling pool, it all adds up to a diverse and vibrant scene of year round “fun in the sun”.

Modernism Week, the only such event in the country, is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. This design aesthetic, originated in the 1950s and 60s, was typified by clean, simple lines and celebrated elegant informality which came to define desert modernism.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin the 10 minute ride at the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 ft. and end at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 ft. No matter what the season, whether you are enjoying spectacular views or hiking in a pristine wilderness, a one-of-a-kind experience can be had by all.

THURSDAY

FEBRUARY 4

 

Early Registration

2:00pm-8:00pm host hotel

 

Thursday Night
Street Fair

(Complimentary)
7:00PM-10:00PM
Palm Canyon Drive

 

Early Bear Party (Location TBA)

9:00PM-2:00AM
Drink and dance to the hottest dance and pop hits.

IBC reserves the right to change, modify or cancel events without prior notice.

FRIDAY

FEBRUARY 5

 

Registration

9:00am-8:00pm host hotel

 

PLUNGE 3.1 Pool Party
(DJ TBA)

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
10:00am-4:00pm
Check-in, grab a cocktail and head to the pool. Relax and unwind.
Lunch available at the food court.

 

Inferno with (DJ TBA)

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
Woodstock Ballroom
10:00pm-2:00am
Entertainment (TBA)
Our first dance will be a hot one. Take off the shirts, make new friends and dance the night away.

SATURDAY

FEBRUARY 6

 

Registration

9:00AM - Noon host hotel

 

Plunge 3.2 Pool Party
(DJ TBA)

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
10:00AM-4:00PM
Soak up the sun, drink and splash around with hot, furry men.Food Grill-to-order available

 

Furrocious with (DJ TBA)

$40 (Included with Run Pass)
Woodstock Ballroom
10:00PM - 3:00AM
Entertainment (TBA)
IBC's Biggest & Baddest Dance Party & Concert.

SUNDAY

FEBRUARY 7

 

PLUNGE 3.3 Pool Party (DJ TBA)

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
10:00AM - 4:00PM

 

Sunday Super Bowl Beer Bust

$15 (Included with Run Pass)
4:00PM-8:00pm
Complimentary draft beer, while supplies last, music and grill specials available.

 

The Leather Ball
with DJ (TBA)

$30 (Included with Run Pass)
Woodstock Ballroom
10:00PM - 2:00AM
Get out your chaps! It's going to be a bumpy night!
Dance to the hot, tribal sounds with an unforgettable light show. Some surprises in store!

MONDAY

FEBRUARY 8

 

Open pool for all!

Hotel Drink tickets will not be honored past Sunday Night Cash Bar only.

 

PACKAGE COST:

IBC has created an exciting and convenient run package for the event. We offer one registration package that includes all the events and hotel amenities while still giving you the flexibility to enjoy all that Palm Springs has to offer..

Registration Fee Schedule

Early Registration Discount:
Weekend Run Pass $85
May 15 the rate goes to $125

VIP Run Pass
$180 ONLY  200  VIP run passes will be sold

 


What to Do?

  • Online registration is now open.
  • Walk-in Registration Starting Thursday February 4, 2016 at the Hard Rock Hotel
  • If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at info@ibc-ps.com

Refunds

  • No refunds on purchased packages, but name change is permitted.
  • If passes are sold to another party, please contact us with updates by January 25, 2016. Email us at customerservice@ibc-ps.com and include your name, order number, and the name of the person to issue run pass to.
  • Event wristbands must be worn at all times
  • Wristbands are void if tampered with or removed.
  • Must be 21 or older to register and attend all events
  • Events continue Rain or Shine

Getting to Palm Springs is easy from anywhere around the world. All major airlines fly into Palm Springs International Airport, which is about a mile from the host hotel. There is complimentary shuttle service to and from Palm Springs International Airport. There are three other major international airports close by incase you want to visit other parts of Southern California before you get to Palm Springs.

  • Los Angeles International Airport- 2 hour drive to Palm Springs
  • Ontario International Airport- 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Palm Springs
  • San Diego International Airport- 2 hour drive to Palm Springs
  • Las Vegas is only a 4 hour drive to Palm Springs!