Puerto Vallarta 1st Leather Weekend 2023

STUDS Bear and Leather Bar and PAPA BEAR PRESENTS announced today that they will be teaming up to present Puerto Vallarta’s first ever Leather Weekend. Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend will feature nightly parties at STUDS, pool parties, a beach day experience, tea dance, cigar socials, a leather brunch with stunning views of Puerto Vallarta and the ocean, and more. The event, hosted by STUDS Bear and Leather Bar and produced by PAPA BEAR PRESENTS, will make its debut November 2-5, 2023 in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone.

The first annual Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend will kick off on Thursday, November 2, 2023 with a Welcome Party at STUDS beginning at 9:00 PM. Plans are also underway for Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend 2024 which will debut the first annual Mr. STUDS Leather Contest. The winner of the contest will have the opportunity to go on to compete at the International Mister Contest in Chicago, Illinois, May 23-26, 2025. For more information and to book your weekend package visit pvleatherweekend.com

“I wanted to open a new space for the LGBTQ+ community, bring new job opportunities to the people who live here, grow the economy of Puerto Vallarta and give back to the community ,” said Mike Owens, owner of STUDS Bear and Leather Bar. “That’s why a portion of the proceeds from Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend will go to benefit SETAC, the local LGBTQ+ Resource Center here in Puerto Vallarta. The response to STUDS has been overwhelming. Less than a year into operations, we expanded the business and now occupy two floors and feature a pop up shop with gear. We are excited to work with PAPA BEAR PRESENTS to put Puerto Vallarta on the map as a destination for members of the leather community and cannot wait to host everyone here in Puerto Vallarta in November.”

“As a member of the leather community, it excites me to be able to produce an event with a bar that I love and regularly frequent as a patron. I have traveled to Puerto Vallarta many times and have transitioned to spending half of the year here. STUDS has been an incredible addition to the local nightlife and with the debut of Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend and the future Mr. STUDS Leather Contest, Puerto Vallarta will become a hotspot for members of the leather community from around the world!” said PAPA BEAR PRESENTS producer, Rob Anderson (Papa Bear).

ABOUT STUDS Bear and Leather Bar: Studs Bear and Leather Bar, located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, is Puerto Vallarta’s first bear and leather bar. STUDS offers popular DJs playing the best in House & dance beats, incredible lighting design and two very private floors where the leather community can let loose and be comfortable. Patrons can check out gear from the shop on the first level and check their clothing at the door. The bar features weekly events like Jockstrap and Underwear Night, Leather Night and more.

ABOUT PAPA BEAR PRESENTS: PAPA BEAR PRESENTS is known for producing the annual SASH BASH WEEKEND, a fundraising event that benefits the Leather Archives and Museum. Rob Anderson, operator of PAPA BEAR PRESENTS, created SASH BASH WEEKEND in 2016 during his title year as Mr. Iowa Leather, as a means of bringing members of the leather community from across the Midwest region to Eastern Iowa for a weekend of education, networking, fundraising and more. The event has raised over $35,000 since 2016. Anderson, also known as Papa Bear, is a former contestant at International Mister Leather, where he was a top 20 finalist. He has served in leadership roles with Iowa Leather Weekend, Titans of the Midwest, ATONS of Minneapolis, and CLAW.

ABOUT SETAC: SETAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educate and distribute information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) on Jalisco’s coast and the Bay of Banderas. They have approximately 5,000 direct and 25,000 indirect recipients each year. SETAC offers various programs and services that are used as strategies to achieve their objective, directed at the entire population freely, without stigma or discrimination.



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