BIG BEAR ROMP
rômp / verb – 1. To play or run about wildly, boisterously, or joyfully. Go BIG this summer with the return of the latest, greatest and now favorite opportunity to “ROMP,” all set in the grandeur of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Specially catered to bears, cubs and a diverse group of gay men big and small, Big Bear ROMP takes place from Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21 at The Lodge at Big Bear Lake (formerly Northwoods Resort). On tap is a weekend of mixers, dance and pool parties and so much more furrageous fun, all designed to give den-members a memorable adventure like no other.
Last year’s weekend brought hundreds of guys from the West Coast and regions far beyond, providing them with a unique opportunity to enjoy the rustic, natural beauty of beautiful Big Bear, with a full lineup of extra-special events, including pop diva Crystal Waters, singing her timeless hits including, “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” and “100% Pure Love.”
For tickets and more information on the many events over the four-day event, go to: bigbearromp.com.
LONG BEACH BEAR CRUISE
Bears love water, don’t they? At least they sure seem to, as they float about in Long Beach Harbor on the majestic Grand Romance Riverboat! Boredom and any hope of hibernation, won’t be an issue on Sunday, August 14, with over 200 bears, cubs, otters and any other furry manor of men inhabiting each deck featuring panoramic harbor views…And that doesn’t even include the entertainers and staff! DJ Matt Effect (Meat Rack-Eagle LA, Bearracuda) and DJ Vanilla Chilla who just recently rocked Long Beach Pride, will be winding up the dance floor, inspiring some of the hottest go-go boys around including Jim Young, Nelson Castillo, Baby Bear and Mr. Bear LA 2016 Jonathan Russell to shake their tails. Three full bars, along with a light lunch of snacks and munchies, will be available so you can refuel after you twirl around the huge dance floor (Wait…Do bears twirl?). So come out of your dark dens, before winter’s hibernation sets in and dance your tail off! For tickets and more information, go to: lbbearcruise.com.
Check out Long Beach’s TIKI BEAR BEACH BARBEQUE, if you’re a bear who is afraid of the water on Sunday, August 14 at The Crest, 5935 Cherry Avenue in Long Beach. Don your sexy shorts and colorful Hawaiian shirts and partake in a beer bust and barbeque, with raffle prizes, and other Tiki bear fun!
For more information go to: thecrestlongbeach.com.
DTLA PROUD FESTIVAL
Come celebrate the profound revitalization in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and the growing LGBT community that has taken up residence there. The DTLA Proud Festival is a one-day celebration on Sunday, August 7, in downtown’s famed Pershing Square Park. Known as an early LGBT hangout, the park and bars around Pershing Square played host to some of the first ,“unofficial” hangouts for gay men and women. As organizers say, the DTLA Proud Festival is an event that is “For the community, by the community” and features events at some of the newest and greatest L.A. LGBT bars, lounges and restaurants in downtown’s historic core. Places that include RedLine, Bar Mattachine, Precinct and New Jalisco. The masters of ceremonies for events at The Globe theatre will be the Boulet Brothers, with mainstage performances by: Jackie Beat, Hi Fashion, Big Dipper, Pandora Boxx, The Gay Gays, Calpernia Addams, Glen Alen, Barbie Q, Landon Cider, Jesse Alvarado & The Extravaganza Show, Tito Soto, Carole Pope (Rough Trade), Marta Beatchu, Tease If You Please (Starring Donna Hood), Freakquency, Valentine Anger, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Lady Red Couture (Hey Qween), Love Connie, Bearonce Knows and the Steve Taylor Band, with DJ sets by Josh Peace, Cazwell, Rubin Sanchez, Chris Brown and Victor Rodriguiez, including many more.
For tickets and more information, go to: dtlaproudfestival.org.
WEST HOLLYWOOD SPORTS FESTIVAL (WSF)
The Los Angeles Volleyball Organization was begun in 2010, by a group of sports enthusiasts who wanted to bring the residents of Los Angeles an organized league that would foster competition and build friendships. WSF is a natural extension of the LAVO brand, with our work supporting LAVO in its mission to promote the sport of volleyball and allow the organization to expand its current services to more of the community. Each year the group helps sponsor regional sporting events and from Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, it will play host to an estimated 2,000 LGBT athletes and sports leagues that play in and around West Hollywood for a high-energy multi-sport tournament. The three-day festival, held over Labor Day weekend, includes basketball, dodgeball, swimming, soccer, tennis, volleyball and water polo events on the UCLA campus, along with an Opening Day Kick Off Party at Sunset Boulevard’s Mondrian LA Hotel, as well as a Wellness Expo and Dance Competition, all culminating with a Sunday night blow-out Closing Night Party at West Hollywood’s La Boheme on Santa Monica Boulevard.
For tickets and more information about scheduled events, to register your team for competition, or to volunteer to help organizers, go to: wehosportsfestival.com.