Asbury Park welcomes Bear Weekend


Asbury Park boardwalk night sceneAsbury Park will be the home to their first official Bear Weekend starting tomorrow. Bear Weekend came about with the help of three members of the LGBT community; John Figueiredo, general manager of Cameo, Sal Susino, co-founder of Dragonslair Productions and Ryan Jimenez, general manager of Hotel Tides.

It is a four day event. It includes bear-themed events and parties with several events at the Hotel Tides – the host hotel for the event. Hotel Tides hosts the meet & greet, and the “BearWatch” pool party with performances by Beardonna.

Cameo is the host bar for the event with “Growl” the opening party and “Bears in Boxers” with a special appearance by adult film star, Thor Johnson. Other events include: Bears on the Beach, Yoga with Bears, a Bear Bike Ride and a very special “Bear BQ” to be held at Johnny Mac’s with DJ Barney Philly.

“Several towns throughout the world host their own bear week/ends. It was time that Asbury Park, being a glbt destination, created their own,” states Figueiredo.

The cost is $90 for all events. Those who register will also receive a very special gift bag for the weekend (including a beach badge), and discounts at various businesses throughout town. Each establishment will feature specials by this year’s sponsors, Miller Lite and Absolut. A portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase teddy bears for the Asbury Park Annual Toy Drive.

Tickets can be purchased via the website and hotel reservations can be made via phone at 732-897-7744. Event details and updates can be found at