The Bears are back in town. The 16th Bear Essentials Guide hit streets today, previewing all the fur-covered events we can expect from February 11-March 4 next year.

In 2012, Harbour City Bears (HCB) are promising a whole new ball game with sports, arts, history, movies, parties, special guests and the hairiest men from around the globe.

They’ll be raising money for local gay sporting groups, as well as holding a major fundraiser to benefit the Inspire Foundation once again, which empowers young people to lead happier lives.

HCB have also teamed up with ACON’s Anti-Violence Project, the City of Sydney and the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District to bring you NSW’s first community health and wellbeing campaign targeted specifically at Bears.

Read the whole program online here and check out a cheeky video to get you in the mood below.