Southern Hibearnation 2018


Southern Hibearnation 2018 – Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June



For over the past 20 years bears from all over Australia, New Zealand and beyond have gathered in Melbourne for the biggest celebration of bear pride – Southern HiBearnation 2018.
This year, we have put together a schedule of events for bears and their admirers to enjoy over 7 fun-filled days. With 17+ events on offer across the entire week, there is something for every bear to enjoy – from the big dance parties, to free films in the afternoon, hearty lunches, educational workshops and more. We’re making our favourite events better and adding some new activities we’ve never done before!


Southern HiBearnation 2018 Party Passes – Early Bird Prices until 13 May!


Party Passes are now on sale for VicBears Members, Brethren Members and Non-Members!
The Big 5 Parties all in one Pass, giving you:
  • The best discount prices
  • Commemorative SH18 Dog Tag
  • Priority access to all parties
  • Exclusive sponsor vouchers and give-aways

If you’re coming to SH18 to party, then the Party Pass is for you!
Events Included in the SH18 Party Pass:
  • UnderBear Dance, Wednesday 13 June
  • BEARDARAMA, Thursday 14 June
  • HUNK, Friday 15 June
  • Mr Australasia Bear 2018 Contest, Saturday 16 June
  • RoundUp By Mannhaus, Sunday 17 June


The Full Week of SH18


Click on the event listings below for further information.

MONDAY – 11 JUNE 2018

15:00 | Free Film @ 3 - Mannhaus (Level 2)

Free Film @ 3 – the name says it all.
Come on up to Mannhaus Level 2 at 3pm each weekday during SH18, be one of the first to grab a beanbag, kick back and enjoy a top movie on the big TV. We’ll throw in some popcorn and softdrinks, and you got the perfect afternoon on us.
Before or after the movie, why don’t you check out all the cool gear Mannhaus has on offer in their retail store downstairs – including exclusive items from Mr S Leather San Francisco, and Mr B Berlin. Movies to be announced very soon!
TICKETS: Free event. Limited seating at each session.
Free Event Location

17:00 | REUNION & Bearaoke - The Laird

What better way to kick of your Southern Hibearnation week than with beer, bears, BBQ and bearaoke!
Get back together with all your local and visiting bear buddies at REUNION – the beefed up version of our monthly UNION event, with bbq delights, drink specials and our Club Desk in full swing for all your Hibearnation event information and ticketing needs. VicBear members will enjoy their first BBQ treat and drink FREE as usual!
Then we go into high gear (and some high notes) as Bearaoke once again takes over the main stage at The Laird. DJ Shanobear (SYD) is jetting down with his team to deliver another show-stopping string of bearaoke performances to party the night away. There’s great prizes up for grabs as we celebrate the musical choices and Queen Lizzy’s Birthday on this special holiday edition of Bearaoke.
This is a FREE event for everyone to enjoy, with bbq items available for purchase on the night for non-VicBears members. TICKETS: Free event.
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TUESDAY – 12 JUNE 2018

15:00 | Free Film @ 3 - Mannhaus (Level 2)

Free Film @ 3 – the name says it all.
Come on up to Mannhaus Level 2 at 3pm each weekday during SH18, be one of the first to grab a beanbag, kick back and enjoy a top movie on the big TV. We’ll throw in some popcorn and softdrinks, and you got the perfect afternoon on us.
Before or after the movie, why don’t you check out all the cool gear Mannhaus has on offer in their retail store downstairs – including exclusive items from Mr S Leather San Francisco, and Mr B Berlin. Movies to be announced very soon!
TICKETS: Free event. Limited seating at each session.
Free Event Location

20:00 | Big Bear Bingo Bash - The Laird

Get ready for some big colourful balls to drop, at The Big Bingo Bash with Laurie Lane.
For many years Laurie has developed a cult-following for his hysterically funny weekly bingo nights at The Laird, and we’re delighted he’s back one more time for this special SH18 Edition of bingo – bear style. Expect a crazy fun night, with lots of give-aways – and a surprise new barrelbear to be revealed! FREE event for everyone to attend, but seats are limited – so get there early and get ready to play!
TICKETS: Free event. Limited seating.
Free Event Location

WEDNESDAY – 13 JUNE 2018

15:00 | Dressed to Thrill - Arts Centre Melbourne

Visit the treasures of the Australian Performing Arts Collection at Arts Centre Melbourne.
This private behind the scenes tour showcases some of the archive’s 680,000-plus items including costumes and performance memorabilia from Kylie Minogue, AD/DC, Peter Allen, Dame Edna Everage and the national opera and ballet companies. After the 45-minute tour, enjoy a complimentary beer/beverage riverside at Bombini Buzz. An intimate and memorable event for lovers of Australian performers!
This exclusive FREE SH18 event has been created just for SH18 participants, and the numbers are strictly limited. Online registration for your FREE ticket is required in addition to indicating you are “GOING” on the SH18 Facebook event – so we can keep you updated with any event changes, waitlist information etc.
Please meet at the entrance to Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne by 2:45pm to commence the tour strictly at 3:00pm.
TICKETS: Free event, limited numbers – registration required.
Registration Location

15:00 | Free Film @ 3 - Mannhaus (Level 2)

Free Film @ 3 – the name says it all.
Come on up to Mannhaus Level 2 at 3pm each weekday during SH18, be one of the first to grab a beanbag, kick back and enjoy a top movie on the big TV. We’ll throw in some popcorn and softdrinks, and you got the perfect afternoon on us.
Before or after the movie, why don’t you check out all the cool gear Mannhaus has on offer in their retail store downstairs – including exclusive items from Mr S Leather San Francisco, and Mr B Berlin. Movies to be announced very soon!
TICKETS: Free event. Limited seating at each session.
Free Event Location

19:00 | Piercing Workshop - Piercing HQ

Pierced? Got one or thinking of getting one?
Then come along and join this informative workshop at our club sponsors, Piercing HQ. Just down the road from The Laird, Ms Bella and Paulus will cover “top to toe” for what takes to get and care for all types of body piercings.
With years of piercings behind them, and experience with all the types of body piercings you can think of – the Piercing HQ Team is ready to bare all for the bears in this fun and informative workshop.
This exclusive  SH18 event has been created just for SH18 participants, and the numbers are strictly limited. Online registration for your $5 ticket is required in addition to indicating you are “GOING” on the SH18 Facebook event – so we can keep you updated with any event changes, waitlist information etc.
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20:00 | Underbear - The Laird

Our UnderBear Dance needs no introduction – it’s the party which is guaranteed to sell out way before the night.
It’s the event to enjoy in your undies, jocks or boxers and dance the night away to DJs Mikey B (BNE) and Peter McNamara (MEL) who know how to get the party started and keep it going to the wee hours. Proudly hosted by The Laird and produced by VicBears, UnderBear Dance 2018 is going to be bigger and wilder than ever. Underwear dress code applies and full cloak provided on the night.
Don’t miss this one! TICKETS: $25/$30/$35
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THURSDAY – 14 JUNE 2018

12:00 | BearSoup - Wet on Wellington

What do you get when you combine a bunch of bears, a tasty BBQ lunch and heated pool? Bear Soup – always prescribed as the perfect UnderBear recovery!
Returning again at Wet on Wellington – our favourite sauna in Melbourne – we’re set for a great afternoon to relax in an informal atmosphere and catch up with old and new chums during Southern HiBearnation.
We’ll put on a BBQ to keep you fed and then it’s up to you whether you soak up the steamroom, splash in the pool or venture upstairs for more fun and games! Event entry is $23 cash ($3 discount off regular entry) at the venue for all SH18 attendees and includes the FREE BBQ lunch.
Photo ID is required for venue entry – see Wet On Wellington website for more information.
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15:00 | Dressed to Thrill - Arts Centre Melbourne

Visit the treasures of the Australian Performing Arts Collection at Arts Centre Melbourne.
This private behind the scenes tour showcases some of the archive’s 680,000-plus items including costumes and performance memorabilia from Kylie Minogue, AD/DC, Peter Allen, Dame Edna Everage and the national opera and ballet companies. After the 45-minute tour, enjoy a complimentary beer/beverage riverside at Bombini Buzz. An intimate and memorable event for lovers of Australian performers!
This exclusive FREE SH18 event has been created just for SH18 participants, and the numbers are strictly limited. Online registration for your FREE ticket is required in addition to indicating you are “GOING” on the SH18 Facebook event – so we can keep you updated with any event changes, waitlist information etc.
Please meet at the entrance to Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne by 2:45pm to commence the tour strictly at 3:00pm.
TICKETS: Free event, limited numbers – registration required.
Registration Location

15:00 | Free Film @ 3 - Mannhaus (Level 2)

Free Film @ 3 – the name says it all.
Come on up to Mannhaus Level 2 at 3pm each weekday during SH18, be one of the first to grab a beanbag, kick back and enjoy a top movie on the big TV. We’ll throw in some popcorn and softdrinks, and you got the perfect afternoon on us.
Before or after the movie, why don’t you check out all the cool gear Mannhaus has on offer in their retail store downstairs – including exclusive items from Mr S Leather San Francisco, and Mr B Berlin. Movies to be announced very soon!
TICKETS: Free event. Limited seating at each session.
Free Event Location

18:00 | Dinner Italiano - Ciao Ciao Italiano

As a Special Offer for anyone attending BEARDARAMA, our friends at Ciao Ciao Italiano, 260 Chapel Street, Prahran are offering a 30% DISCOUNT to anyone booking dinner before the event.
Ciao Ciao Italiano’s menu incorporates over 20 delicious pizzas, including vegan and gluten free options, as well as a huge assortment of pasta, risotto, schnitzels, salads and more that will satisfy the hungriest bear!!
And then top off your meal with a selection from a variety of traditional Italian desserts, sweet pizzas and cakes.
Ciao Ciao Italiano is licensed, so a great range of bottle and tap beers, cider, wine and soft drinks is also available for you to order.
Check out the menu at http://ciaociaoitaliano.com.au/menu/ 
So call them on 9510 5404 and mention BEARDARAMA when you book, to claim your 30% DISCOUNT.
Alternatively, go online and add “BEARDARAMA 30%” under “Company” when you are completing your booking details
After you’ve eaten, Pawn & Co is only about 100 metres away down Greville Street, for all the fun of BEARDARAMA.
TICKETS: Free event. Limited seating at each session.
Venue Location

20:00 | Beardarama - Pawn & Co

Celebrate the beard at this special event, where all things bearded take centre stage.
Our Mr Australasia Bear Contestants will be pampered with quality beard, hair and facial products and enjoy a personalised bear trim and cut on the night! And we’ll get to see and hear them all up close and personal.
Every bearded bear will get to celebrate their facial fuzz, with various beard competitions on the night (think Glitter, Rainbow and more!) with generous beard and hair care products from The Groomed Man Co.
Hosted by the amazing Daryl Murphy (BNE) with DJ Damian Mack (MEL) plus surprising live entertainment (maybe a bearded lady or two!) and plenty of free finger food will keep us satisfied! A cash bar will be available for all your beverage purchases. So get ready to join the BEARDARAMA and bring yours along to this event with a twist (or a braid). Proudly sponsored by the bearded gents of The Groomed Man Co and The Bearded Man.
TICKETS: $40/$45/$50
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MIDNIGHT | GRRRUNT - Club80

Sometimes bears just want to play!
If you’re in the frisky mood and need to get physical with a bunch of bears who also wanna play, then this is the event for you. Come downstairs to the dungeon at Club 80 from midnight, and you’ll find what you’re looking for. There might even be a special demonstration, just for the playful bears. Say no more. Discounted entry price for SH18 Pass Holders of $19 to join the fun.
TICKETS: Pay at Club 80 entrance.
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FRIDAY – 15 JUNE 2018

15:00 | Dressed to Thrill - Arts Centre Melbourne

Visit the treasures of the Australian Performing Arts Collection at Arts Centre Melbourne.
This private behind the scenes tour showcases some of the archive’s 680,000-plus items including costumes and performance memorabilia from Kylie Minogue, AD/DC, Peter Allen, Dame Edna Everage and the national opera and ballet companies. After the 45-minute tour, enjoy a complimentary beer/beverage riverside at Bombini Buzz. An intimate and memorable event for lovers of Australian performers!
This exclusive FREE SH18 event has been created just for SH18 participants, and the numbers are strictly limited. Online registration for your FREE ticket is required in addition to indicating you are “GOING” on the SH18 Facebook event – so we can keep you updated with any event changes, waitlist information etc.
Please meet at the entrance to Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne by 2:45pm to commence the tour strictly at 3:00pm.
TICKETS: Free event, limited numbers – registration required.
Registration Location

15:00 | Free Film @ 3 - Mannhaus (Level 2)

Free Film @ 3 – the name says it all.
Come on up to Mannhaus Level 2 at 3pm each weekday during SH18, be one of the first to grab a beanbag, kick back and enjoy a top movie on the big TV. We’ll throw in some popcorn and softdrinks, and you got the perfect afternoon on us.
Before or after the movie, why don’t you check out all the cool gear Mannhaus has on offer in their retail store downstairs – including exclusive items from Mr S Leather San Francisco, and Mr B Berlin. Movies to be announced very soon!
TICKETS: Free event. Limited seating at each session.
Free Event Location

20:00 | HUNK - The Laird

HUNK up to the Big Dance Party of SH18 – where people from our bear-village gear up and party into the wee hours!
If you’ve been saving up that special outfit or gear for a party with a difference – this is the one to wear it to! Grab your favourite pair of Levi’s, that special harness or jocks and boots combo – you have permission to wear whatever you want (with the appropriate footwear of course!).
Custom lighting, Fhunky DJs Jayson Leahy (MEL) and Jason Conte (MEL) will be playing mixes of your favourite dance tracks, along with chunky go-go bears – and you’re ready to HUNK! It’s whatever you want it to be and more!
TICKETS: $20/$25/$30
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SATURDAY – 16 JUNE 2018

15:00 | Afternoon Chill at POOF

We’re heading West for a few hours to chill at the new Pride Of Our Footscray [POOF] community gay bar, for a relaxing afternoon of games, music, food and drinks.
The bears will take over the entire POOF Bar from 3:00pm, with full access to the pool tables, Sports Room with FOX Sports, 2 karaoke rooms and delivered food from a range of tasty nearby restaurants.
Mat and the Bar Team are putting on some drink specials and can’t wait to look after all the SH18 punters for a relaxed afternoon ahead of the big Mr Australasia Bear 2018 Contest at night.
FREE event and everyone welcome! Catch any train to FOOTSCRAY station, and POOF is a 4 minute walk.

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20:00 | Mr Australasia Bear Contest - The Laird

Time to represent! Bears from around Australasia come together for the bear-night-of-nights, competing for the title of them all – Mr Australasia Bear.
Working through their paces on The Laird main stage, our contestants will no doubt delight, thrill, entertain and arouse us. Working through 3 rounds, the guys will demonstrate their bear pride while striving to represent all of us as the new title holder! Contest night is the peak event of Southern HiBearnation and one of the most popular nights, as attendees pack The Laird Hotel to enjoy the show!
Our experienced hosts will keep things moving on stage and ensure the contestants show us their best! Grab the Party Pass to ensure priority entry to the event, or a pre-sale ticket to get in the door. We can’t guarantee door sales on the night, as this event typically books out prior to the night.
TICKETS: $10 for everyone
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SUNDAY – 17 JUNE 2018

13:00 | Farewell Lunch - Stomping Ground Beer Hall

Our Final Farewell Lunch brings all the bears together over pub-style food, refreshing beverages and great company.
Being held at the Stomping Ground Beer Hall, just a few minutes stroll between The Peel and Laird Hotels, the Stomping Ground offers a fantastic menu selection of classics and new dishes – something truly for everyone! This European-style beer hall delivers an amazing space to socialise, relax in the company of our bear brothers and enjoy 30-plus beers on tap – with many of their own brews ready to serve. Order your food at the bar and chill for an hour or two, before the short walk up the road to The Peel for our final event of SH18.
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16:00 | RoundUp by Mannhaus - The Peel Hotel

And just when you think you’ve had enough partying, we insist you find the energy to wrap up your HiBearnation with the ever-popular RoundUp by Mannhaus.
Once again, we return to the iconic Peel Hotel, and take over the dance floor, lounges and bar to deliver an after “tea dance” style party to end our week long celebration like there’s no tomorrow! DJ David Virgona will be belting out the music that will keep you moving and squealing for more.
RoundUp has been the must-go-to final event of Southern HiBearnation for over 20 years and this year will further enhance that legacy. With the generous support and creative input from our mates at Mannhaus, we are set for a wild fun ride to round-up our huge week of bear celebrations.
TICKETS: $20/$25/$30
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