Bear Festival 2023 Is Aug. 25-26


Come celebrate the life, habits, and diet of the New Mexico black bear at the iconic Los Alamos Bear Festival and feast at the Los Alamos Nature Center the weekend of Aug. 26-27. Hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and sponsored by Century Bank, this year’s Bear Festival will include a Bear Dinner on Friday, Aug. 25, followed by a full day of booths, games, and interactive resources for learning about living with black bears and other area wildlife on Saturday, August 26.

Kicking off is bear-y exciting weekend with the fan-favorite—Bear Dinner—during which participants will enjoy the experience of eating like a bear for the evening with food catered by Secret City Kitchen as well as a bear black talk from Dr. Kathleen Ramsay. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase beer or wine from Bathtub Row Brewing Coop. The event is zero-waste to focus on reducing waste and making it a better environment for us, local bears and the planet. Registration is required for the event, and tickets are $25 for PEEC members and $35 for non-members.

“The menu for this event is loosely inspired by the diet of our local bears,” PEEC’s Director of Programs Kristen O’Hara said. “Some don’t realize that black bears are omnivores and enjoy eating seeds, mushrooms, berries, acorns and greens in addition to meats”.

”Events continue Saturday with a full day of free bear-related fun. With local, statewide, and regional organizations, festival attendees will learn about keeping human and bear populations safe, as well as take part in scavenger hunts, games, and crafts. Featuring food from Manko: Native American Fusion food truck.  

For more information about these events and registration, visit, email, or call (505) 662-0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts several interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and gift shop merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit