Hotels Bearacchus

FAB is not featuring a host hotel this year. Hear are some suggestions for accommodation based on the Opera Centre location.

Best Western Plus Suites Downtown

Book - 1330 8th Street SW

Located just steps from the Opera Centre, the Best Western Plus Suites Downtown offers spacious rooms with free high speed internet, a sauna, and a complimentary breakfast.

Hotel Arts

Book - 119 12th Ave SW

1.2 KM from Opera Centre, Hotel Arts is a modern, upscale hotel located in walking distance from bars and BEARACCHUS VI. The contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi. Suites add lounge areas, wet bars and balconies. A seasonal outdoor pool and fitness centre is also available

Nuvo Hotel & Suites

Book - 827 12 Ave SW

300 Meters from Opera Centre.  This charming boutique hotel has queen beds in all suites, free breakfast, free wifi, and full kitchens in all units. A short walk from most BEARACCHUS VI weekend activities. 

Hotel Elan

Book - 1122 16 Avenue SW

800 Meters from Opera Centre. Situated just off of Calgary’s renowned Uptown 17th Avenue SW, Hotel Elan is in a vibrant part of the City that is home to over 200 boutique shops as well as numerous restaurants, lounges, and pubs. Free breakfast, free internet, and stylish rooms.

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

Book - 133 9 Ave SW

1.4 KM from Opera Centre.  Enjoy luxury and history in Calgary’s oldest hotel. Since 1914 The Fairmont Palliser has welcomed travelers including the Royal Family. It was also home to one of Calgary’s early gay bars!  Walking distance to the city's most exciting retail shopping, arts, culture and entertainment venues, the Fairmont Palliser offers multiple elegant rooms and suites, a indoor pool, fitness centre, and more.




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BEARACCHUS VII: Primal was Victoria Day Long Weekend - 2019 May 16th – 20st

BEARACCHUS VII Western Canada’s largest bear weekend is back! Get your fur and loin cloths ready as this year the team from the Fellowship of Alberta Bears is going Primal!  Bears, cubs, otters, and gentlemen of all shapes and sizes converge on Calgary for a weekend of local culture, events, and parties.   


Save time and money with the Bearacchus VII: Primal wristband!
Available for FAB Membears at $40 p.p.

Pre-purchase your weekend pass! Your wristband will give you discounts on admission, front of the line access to all Bearacchus weekend events,and awesome discounts at local businesses. Did we mention the free burger?  

Wristbands will be available for pickup starting at Bear-eoke on Thursday.

Click here to purchase your own Bearacchus VII: Primal wristband
Alternative you can click the tab 'Run Passes" above.

Thursday May 16th

Bear-eoke Meet & Greet

Kick off the weekend meeting your fellow bears, sing your favourite song, and mix and mingle at Calgary’s oldest gay bar. Pick up your weekend wristband early and avoid line ups.

Admission: Free
Drink Discount for Wristband Holders

Friday May 17th

Bearacchus Social Night: The FAB-ily Feud:

Kick off your Friday night with a laid-back social night and entertainment! Join in or cheer on a game of FAB-ily Feud for some amazing prizes. Interested in joining a team? Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet new friends, reconnect with others and enjoy this fun debut social event with a full bar.  

$10 Members
$20 Non-Members
Free for Wristband Holders

Tickets at the door – Cash/Credit/Debit

Saturday May 18th

Primal Urges Kink Social

Calling all pups, leather daddies, doms, subs, rubber enthusiasts, and beyond! Featuring demos, equipment, a puppy mosh, and more, we’ll be loving our FAB bodies and fetishes! Whether you are curious about different kinks or a long-time enthusiast, don your kink apparel and join us for an afternoon social in gear. (Fully Licensed)

$10 Members 
$15 Non-Members 
Free for Wristband Holders

Tickets at the door – Cash/Credit/Debit

Bearacchus: Primal - Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle! Tap into your primal instincts, . - unleash your inner wild animal, and express yourself!  Dress in a creative outfit, your favourite kink attire, or just come as you are. Explore what’s beyond the jungle’s edge in the back room, admire our go-go bears, and dance the night away to beats by DJ Peter Bedard, at Alberta’s biggest bear dance!

$25 Members 
$30 Non-Members 
Free for Wristband Holders

Tickets at the door – Cash/Credit/Debit

Sunday May 19th

Beariffic Recovery Brunch at the Calgary Zoo!

Bacon, bennies, and  bio-bears! Oh my!  Enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked-to-order omelettes, and much, much more! After brunch explore the zoo with former assistant volunteer zoo keeper Jason. Check out the  Canadian wildlife, see lemurs leap above your head, and visit the pandas! 


$44.95 including zoo admission (Regular Price for zoo admission and brunch separately is $57.90)
Brunch and Zoo are not included in purchase of wristband or a la carte tickets
Pre-Purchase your tickets online -

Gear, Beer & Bears (and Burgers!)

FAB is teaming with CalGear Events to wrap up your weekend on the patio at the Backlot! Bring your sexy ass out in leather, rubber, neoprene, or other street-safe fetish gear (jeans are OK too). Open to gear-loving queers of any gender identity! 18+. No agenda, no pressure... Just a bunch of queers in gear drinking beer (or pop, cocktails, or whatever). FAB shooter cubs will be slinging shots and cooking up hot meat, raising funds for FAB charities.

Admission: Free
Drink Discounts and one Free Burger for Wristband Holders


Additional Perks Included in Your Wristband: 

The Backlot : (209 10 Ave SW) One of Calgary’s oldest gay-owned and operated bars, The Backlot isn’t fancy but it’s full of history, acceptance, and lots of laughs.

  • $8 Doubles during Bear-eoke Meet & Greet & Gear, Beer and Bears May 19th
  • $4 Highballs & Beer all weekend

The Palomino Smokehouse: (109 7 Ave SW) BBQ joint serving slow-smoked meats in a rustic space with a full bar, patio & frequent live music.

  • 25% off Food and Beverage all weekend

Pinbar: (501 17 Ave SW) Featuring classic pinball and arcade games and an extensive menu, Pinbar is Calgary’s newest place for food and fun!

  • 25% off food and beverages all weekend

Last Best Brewing : (607 11 Ave SW) Since 2015 Last Best has provided quality brews and food. Creating a community focused beer culture, Last Best is a great place to unwind inside or on the patio with a cold one.

  • 10% off food and beverages all weekend

The Costume Shoppe: (4307 Blackfoot Trail SE) Looking for ideas for a costume? Want to pep up your already amazing outfit? Head to the Costume Shoppe for everything you need. This offer is available now - show this email or your receipt of wristband purchase to receive the discount.

  • 10% off Purchases & Rentals  

Modern Apparel: (1320 1 St SW) Calgary's premier male underwear store. From jocks to kink gear and everything in between, there is something for everyone at Modern Apparel.

  • Buy 1, get the second item 40% off (Some Restrictions Apply)

The Twisted Element: (1006 11 Ave SW) Come to Calgary's biggest and best white party May 19th ! Featuring Drag Race's Ariel Versace! Show time is 10pm and its a conveniently short walk or uber from The Backlot 


The Texas Lounge & Goliath’s Saunatel (308b 17 Ave SW)

  • Happy Hour Pricing at the Texas Lounge daily from 2pm - 9pm.
  • Head next door to Goliaths - Calgary's only bathhouse - with $5 off lockers and rooms for wristband holders


About Calgary

Just 60 minutes from the majestic rocky mountains, “The Heart of the New West” is known for its hospitality. Home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede every July, Calgary is known for its incredible tourist attractions, beautiful rivers, large natural spaces and handsome men. Plan an entire week visit around your BEARACCHUS VII visit and enjoy the city and nearby Banff & Kananaskis.

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