BrisBears Northern Exposure Festival 2016 Launches

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The BrisBears are getting ready to crown a new Mr Bear Queensland at this year’s Northern Exposure, the state’s annual bear festival that attracts visitors from all over the country.



NEX 2016 will run from September 29 to October 3, over the long weekend. There’s eight exciting events over five days, including a “Cubearet” evening, Wet Bear Pool Party, a Bearzilain feast, party nights, and the annual Mr Bear QLD competition.

The festival welcomes bears, cubs, chubs, otters, twubs and their admirers from throughout Queensland and around the country to celebrate masculinity and friendship.

“This year’s theme is ‘Bears Wonderland,’ and the festival will be full of mystery, enchantment and excitement,” the BrisBears committee said. “We have an amazing festival planned, and we’re sure it will be bigger and better than last year. We look forward to seeing you all there!”

Kenn Wilson was crowned last year’s winner of Mr Bear Queensland, and travelled to Melbourne to represent our state in the Mr Bear Australasia competition. He told QNews of the perks of the honour: he not only scores free drinks at Brisbears events now but he was also invited to join the Harbour City Bears float at this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras and attended Vic Bears’ 20th anniversary celebrations.

“To be on the Harbour City Bears float at Mardi Gras in front of nearly half a million people in the streets and several million television viewers it is an experience I will never forget,” he said. “The atmosphere was electric and the support shown by all of the crowd is something that Australia needs and should be proud about.”

Tickets for NEX 2016 events can be bought individually or in multi-event packages for better value. For tickets, go to See all of Northern Exposure’s events below:

Bears Gather
The Sportsman Hotel – Thursday 29th Sep, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Come join us at the Sportsman Hotel for some drinks to kick of this year’s festival. Collect your Northern Exposure packs which are full of goodies. Mingle, meet new friends and catch up with old mates as we gather for a laugh and get ready for the biggest event in the Brisbears calendar.

Tickets: Free


The Sportsman Hotel – Thursday 29th Sep, 8:00pm

Grab a drink and make your way into the cabaret room of The Sportsman Hotel. Enjoy some hot finger food and get ready to witness some of the best raw talent our community has to offer. This night of nights is a showcase of some great talent, from actors to singers and everything in between. Who knows, you may even get a performance from the committee.

Tickets: early-bear – $25, late-bear and door – $30. Included in the Gold and Platinum Tickets.


Magical Mystery Bus Tour
Departs Sportsman Hotel – Friday 30th Sep, 9:00am


Take your seat on our magical mystery tour as we showcase South East Queensland. Lunch and morning tea are included on in the tour price. We will have you back in Brisbane early afternoon to rest up before the night’s hot and sexy activity.

Tickets: pre-sale $55, no door sales for this event. Included in the Platinum Ticket.

Sportsman Hotel – Friday 30th Sep, 8:00pm to late

Head down the stairs of the Sportsman Hotel and leave all your clothes and inhibitions with the guys in the cloak room. Underwear is compulsory for this event. What more can I say, 200 men all in one place in their underwear – WOOF! This event is very popular and will sell out. Your DJ’s for the night are the best in Australia. Brisbears committee member and one of Brisbane’s best known DJ’s, Mr Les Smith will be on the decks. Last year’s Underbear party rocked until the early hours of Saturday morning. DJs: Les Smith & djmikeyb

Tickets: early-bear – $25, late-bear and door – $30 until sold out. Included in the Gold and Platinum Tickets.

Wet Bear Pool Party
QUT Kelvin Grove – Saturday 1st Oct, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Spend the afternoon by the pool and take a dip in the water while listening to some great tunes. Play with the pool toys and enjoy the free BBQ Sausage sizzle. This afternoon is all about having fun and enjoy getting wet with the bears. DJ: Fradge

Tickets: early-bear – $20, late-bear and door – $25. Included in the Gold and Platinum Tickets.

Mr Bear Queensland Competition
Sportsman Hotel – Saturday 1st Oct, 8:00pm

A beauty pageant, this is not. We have some very bearish contestants competing for the coveted prize. Who will win Mr Bear Queensland 2016? This is the jewel in our tiara and we are not changing the prices for this night. Members draw and raffles will be drawn tonight. DJs: DOUGMC & Gavan Bright.

Tickets: pre-sale – $5, door – members $5 or non-members $10 until sold out. Included in the Gold and Platinum Tickets.


Wonderland T-Dance
Wickham Hotel – Sunday 2nd Oct, 3:00pm

Follow the BBQ smells up the stairs of the Wickham Hotel. We’ve got a pig on the spit keep you nourished for this long weekend. As the sun sets on a QLD spring day our first DJ for the evening will turn up the volume and fire up the dance floor. DJs: NeddEbear & Mark Alsop MA15+.

Tickets: early-bear – $25, late-bear and door – $30 until sold out. Included in the Gold and Platinum Tickets.

Bears Chill Out
Brunswick Hotel – Monday 3rd Oct, 2:00pm to 10:00pm

Back again after last year’s highly successful event, what a way to wrap up! Come and chill out in the beer garden of the Brunswick Hotel, and enjoy craft beer, live music and a great menu if you’re feeling hungry (food not included). This is the perfect way to wind down, reflect on the festival then say goodbye to new and old friends.

Tickets: Free

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