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International Bear Convergence (IBC), hopes to become the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, California, February 12-16, 2015. This desert oasis turns into a winter den during Presidents’ Day Weekend at the beautiful Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel for thousands of frisky, furry bears, their friends & their fans.

The four-day event includes four themed pool parties in the Renaissance Hotel’s expansive 24,000 square-foot Grand Courtyard that features a 5,000 square-foot heated pool, gorgeous palm trees, multiple bars, cabanas and outdoor lounge areas with fire pits.  The event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. The first year was a huge success and we expect our numbers to triple. After the sun sets, evenings will heat up with three themed dance parties. Saturday's main dance event Bear Heat features a live performance (To be announced ) " IBC's pool parties & dance events will highlight 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.

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.

Rooms start at $199/per night. Standard rooms will sleep four guests comfortably. Suites are also available. With a choice of mountain or pool view rooms, make your reservation early, as the pool view rooms/suites will go fast. Online registration is open now! CLICK TO REGISTER! Benefiting AIDS Assistance Program and The Center Food Bank of Palm Springs.

IBC is proud to announceAMBER AND ULTRA NATE to perform
Saturday February 14th, 2015 Get your passes!
Special Announcement: Surprise Guest to Perform at Midnight

  • 260 VIP Tags Already sold!
  • Only 30 Left to Sell!
  • 190 General Admission Tags Remain
    When tags sell out, all events will be sold at the door to the public.


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 Night Street Fair

Palm Canyon Drive (between Amado and Baristo Roads) becomes an old fashioned street fair, with musicians, food, arts and crafts vendors, and a farmers market.

Early Bear Party at Hunters

Drink and dance to the hottest dance and pop hits with DJ Chub Jim.

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




9:00am-Noon & 1:00pm-8:00pm

PLUNGE 1.0 Pool Party with DJ Callahan sponsored by
the Bear Cave

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
Check-in, grab a cocktail and head to the pool. Relax and unwind to the sounds of Dj Callahan. Private Cabana's available while they last. Lunch available at the food court.
Pool party sponsored by
The Bear Cave - Alibi East Pomona

Meet & Greet T-Dance

$15 (Included with Run Pass)
Poolside welcome party with complimentary buffe (while it lasts).

with DJ Sean Mac

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
Our first dance will be a hot one.
Take off the shirts, make new friends and dance the night away.




9:00AM - Noon

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Excursion)

$38 (Additional Cost)
8:00am - 12:30pm
Ascend 2.5 miles with breath-taking views of Coachella Valley to a pristine wilderness aboard the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcars. Price includes tram ticket and transportation to and from the tram. Bus leaves hotel at 7:45AM and returns back to hotel at 12:30PM. 56 spots for this excursion.

Fashion Show - BearSkn


Retro Splash Pool Party with DJ Chub Jim

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
Soak up the sun, drink and splash around with hot, furry men and dance to the sounds of the 80's and 90s.. Private cabana rentals available for $400 per day, while they last. Bottle and bar service available. Grilled-to-order food available all day.

Feature Film/ Q & A: "Where the Bears Are 3"


BearHeat Pajama Party
with DJ Doug Jackson
Amber and Ultra Nate

$40 (Included with Run Pass)
The California Grand Ballroom
10:00PM - 3:00AM
Be creative! Whether you are in a one or two piece, this will be a night to remember! Submit to a primal, seductive night of hot men and the music at BearHeat, IBC's Saturday night dance party. Food available until 2AM at the food court in the outdoor seating area

"Where the Bears Are 3"
DVD Signing (Grand Foyer)

The California Grand Ballroom



Hungry Bear Brunch Buffet

$TBA (Additional Cost)
DATE Restaurant Terrace
9:00AM - 2:00PM

with DJ Roke Cabrera

$20 (Included with Run Pass)
Soak up the sun, drink and splash around with hot, furry men and featured DJs. Private cabana rentals available for $400 per day, while they last. Bottle and bar service available. Grilled-to-order food available all day.

Sunday 70s Beer Bust & Fundraiser
Featuring Dj Hazmatt

$10 (Included with Run Pass)
5:00PM -8:00PM
Best 70's costume wins a grreat prize.. (have rollerstakes?)
Big hair, necklaces and funky music will make this an afternoon to remember!
Complimentary draft beer, while supplies last, music and grilled specials available.

The Leather Ball
with DJ John LePage

$30 (Included with Run Pass)
The California Grand Ballroom
10:00PM - 3:00AM
Get out your chaps! It's going to be a bumpy night!
Dance to the hot, tribal sounds with a unforgettable light show. Some surprises in store!



Open pool for all!

Hotel Drink tickets may not be used past Sunday Night Cash bars only.



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 giving you the flexibility to enjoy all the wonderful dining in and around Palm Springs. There is an additional cost associated with the optional Palm Springs Aerial Tramway excursion.

Registration Fee Schedule

Only 600 tags will be sold on line- first come first serve
$100 from April 15- August 31st 2014
$140 From Sept 1- Jan 15th 2015
Jan 16, 2015 On Line Registration Closes

Walk in Registration $175.00

VIP PASSES - $180  ONLY 300 Passes to be sold

Included with your registration:

  • Entry to all IBC events. (Optional excursions are an additional fee)
  • IBC  t-shirt
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the Palm Springs International Airport
  • Pool Parties, Meet & Greet T-Dance w/buffet, Bear Bust, Meatloaf, BearHeat and The Leather Ball
  • Discounts at participating local restaurants, bars, attractions, retail and more!

What to Do?

  • Online registration is now open.
  • Walk in registration - Friday, February 13, 2015 from 10:00am-7:00pm, at the host hotel.
  • Email if you have questions that we haven't answered for you on this website.


  • No refunds on purchased packages, but one name change permitted.
  • If passes are sold to another party, please contact us via
    email by January 31, 2015.
  • Email us at Please include your name, order # and the name of person to issue run pass to.
  • Event wristbands must be worn at all times.
  • Wristbands void if tampered or removed.
  • Must be 21 or older to register and attend all events.
  • Events continue rain or shine.



Please call host hotel directly at 760 322-6000 and ask for the in-house reservations office. Make sure you tell them you are calling for International Bear Convergence. Do not call national Marriott reservations. There may be one or two cancellations so check daily during the hotel's office business hours.

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!
Dan Howell Travel is our tour operator for this event and can help you with discount airfares, hotels and optional tours before or after IBC.

Contact Dan or Karen at Dan Howell Travel 1(866)541-2187, to start planning your trip to International Bear Convergence today!

For international travelers e-mail Dan Howell at:

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