Bear Necessities 2017

DES MOINES — The Capital Bears would like to invite our brother bears from surrounding communities and States to join us for a weekend in Des Moines!

Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, 2017



Welcome to Des Moines! – Capital Bears

6:30 pm to 2 am

Location: The Blazing Saddle – Dance Floor Side

416 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Capital Bears present Bear Social & Kramer’s Sloppy Joe Dinner

2 Sloppy Joe sandwiches & chips – $5.00

6:30-8:30 pm

Beartenders – Dance Floor Side

9:00 pm – 2:00 am (May be longer depending on start time)


Lunch with The Capital Bears

Location: Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet

1801 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

$11.99 *Price Subject to Change

Afternoon Optional Activities:

Social Games with the Capital Bears

Des Moines Pride Center – 1620 Pleasant St #244, Des Moines, IA 50314

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tyler and Brett’s Birthday Bar Crawl (All are invited and welcome):

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Evening Plans:

Bear Happy Hour @ The Garden – 6:30 pm – 10 pm – Doors Free before 8pm – After $15**

Location: The Garden Nightclub – Front Bar

112 SE 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Lasagna Dinner

Includes: Lasagna, Breadsticks, & Side Salad – $5.00

6:30-8:30 pm

Bear Variety Show

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm (More details to come)

Bear Bomb The Blazing Saddle

416 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

10:00 pm

The Garden Nightclub hosts a drag show every Friday night at 10 pm and Midnight. Saturday night, April 8, there is a Miss Newcomer Pageant with talent from around the country in the upper bar. If you are interested, the Garden will sell wristbands at their entrance for $10 for entry on both nights. Saturday night Bear Happy Hour is Free entry before 8pm. You do not need to pay if you arrive before 8 pm. If you anticipate you will arrive after 8 pm, you have the option to save $5 by buying a wristband before 10pm Friday night at the Garden’s front entrance.

A block of rooms has been reserved for this weekend here:

Days Inn & Suites – Des Moines Airport

1901 Hackley Ave

Des Moines, IA 50315

King – $88.95 plus taxes per night

2 Queen – $98.99 plus taxes per night

Call 515-256-0603 and use “Capital Bears” for these rates. The block of rooms will be held until 3/7/17 or until gone. After this date room availability is based on hotel capacity. If you book and need to cancel, you have up to 72 hours before check in for no penalty.

Hotel includes – free parking, pool, fridge, microwave, coffee, and continental breakfast every morning.

There is a Perkins next door. A Hy-Vee Grocery Store across the street. Panera, Starbucks, B-Bops Burgers, Taco Johns, McDonalds, QT all within a few blocks on Fleur Drive.

The Days Inn is 5 Miles from Downtown Des Moines.

Additional Hotel Options:

Downtown or Downtown Adjacent:

-Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 333 SW 11th ST, Des Moines – 515-657-8181

-Staybridge Suites, 201 E Locust St, Des Moines – 515-280-3828

-Residence Inn, 100 SW Water St, Des Moines – 515-288-4500

NOTE: This isn’t an official bear run.

Facebook event page:

Capital Bears