The Easthampton, MA Bear Fest with Local Artists

Last Friday my mom took a half day at work so we could all visit the Easthampton, MA Bear Fest. It’s the 2nd year for this fun event and it’s so much fun to walk around town and check out the bears with the kids together! There are 40 in total so we didn’t get to them all but we will go back and finish them all soon!

 The Easthampton Bear Fest is a public art project in which 40 life-size fiberglass bears are creatively transformed by locally- and nationally-known artists and will be highly visible throughout the downtown area of Easthampton from June to September. The 2009 Easthampton Bear Fest brought thousands of visitors to Easthampton and raised over $60,000 for artists, art education and art organizations.

Here are some of the fun bears that are featured that we stopped to see. Each bear has its own story and each story is shared when you visit each bear on a plaque. You can also find out who made each bear on the plaque. For more information you can check out the website linked above.

Here are some photos with my boys with some of the bears we visited. Don’t you just love how pretty and colorful they all are? Which one is your favorite?

The boys just loved this hay bear that sat for the town to see down by the intersection by the Farmer’s Market.

We all agreed this one was just plain CREEPY. We weren’t sure if it was supposed to be but we still thought so.

Of course we had to stop and get ice cream from the best ice cream place ever- Mt. Tom’s! If you decide to eat there make sure to try their jimmies- they make them themselves and they are delicious. If you aren’t from new England you might call them chocolate sprinkles.

Sawyer just hung out like the good little baby that he is!

What a great day with Grandma Jessie!



  1. says

    I like that one that looks all collage-y. Very cool!

  2. says

    Very cool! Well, all but the clown *shudder*

  3. says

    We have something similar here in Indy with Indy Cars. Those are some great photos!

  4. says

    That is neat! I think my fave is the one made from straw!

  5. says

    Very sweet!

    We have something like that here, but it’s not a festival where you can see them all in one spot. I like what you saw better!

  6. says

    Looks like a cool event.

  7. says

    That reminds me of those cows in Chicago. It’s neat. That ice cream looks so good!

  8. says

    That’s a neat and unique event. Great pictures.

  9. says

    HOW FUN!! The Kung Fu bear is my fave! And Johnny’s ice cream — YUMMM!!

  10. says

    Love the photos, though I have to admit when I first saw your title I read “beer” fest, and was surprised to see the bear photos, lol! 😛

  11. says

    How fun – though that one that looks like a clown kinda freaks me out. I have no idea why I am so petrified of clowns!

  12. says

    Aside from the pics of your cute little guys, my favorite bear is the one that appears to be made of toy parts.

  13. says

    We had an event like that, I can’t remember what town it was in, but it was with a whole bunch of cows. I think it’s so neat that each one has its own story 🙂

    I absolutely love the found object bear!

  14. http://Carrie%20with%20Children says

    Oh this looks like such a fun event! I love the haystack bear – so cool! Love your pictures!

  15. says

    This reminds me of Hendersonville, NC! There are bears like this all over downtown.

  16. says

    That is so cool! I love all of those different bears! Love the photo of your mom and the boys!

  17. says

    We have Bulldogs in our neighborhood. How cute your bears are, but Mommy I expected to see some chocolate ice cream all over Sawyer’s face. Bad Mommy! hehehehehe Gramma Jessie looks more like she should be Auntie Jessie!!!!

  18. says

    Those are some great photos. I like the one of your son and the ice cream cone… 🙂

  19. says

    Wow This looks like a fun day! Love the ice cream pictures! That last bear is pretty creepy!

  20. says

    How fun! Those bears are pretty cool.

  21. says

    Looks like a lot of fun! We have bears in downtown Hendersonville, NC that we visit each year, they are very similar!

  22. says

    How fun!! And that one was creepy! I don’t think I’ve ever seen your mom before. LOL – looks like Sawyer was checking out his feet in that last pic!

  23. says

    When I saw Bear Fest I thought it would be real bears. Fake bears are so much better. But that clown bear is kinda creepy.

  24. says

    I love the bears.

  25. says

    What a neat festival! Love the different bears and the pics with your boys and what a great pic of the four of you! 🙂

  26. says

    the clown bear scares me!

  27. says

    How fun! that ice cream looks delicious!

  28. says

    Never heard of this before, looks like a great time!

  29. says

    I thought you meant live bears at first! Cute!

  30. says

    I love when cities have sculptures like that all over town! Our city has dolphins! Very cute pics!

  31. http://Carolyn%20G says

    Okay those bears are too cool!

  32. says

    That looks too fun!
    Your baby is so cute too 🙂

    Have a great WW!

  33. says

    How cute. At first I thought you meant actually bears. Of course ice cream is great any day.

  34. says

    Looks like a ton of fun!

  35. http://shelly%20peterson says

    Looks very interesting, love all the different bears, Looks like you and your kids had a great time spending the day with your mom/grandma

  36. says

    I love those painted bears!

  37. says

    how fun! Love those bears!

  38. says

    We didn’t have a festival, but they did this here a few years ago with Gators. It was really cool!

  39. says

    Whoa – what a cool festival! My favorites from the pix are the farm scene and panda sheriff!

  40. says

    Looks like such a fun time! Great photos!

  41. says

    Some people are so creative with the bears, very cool

  42. http://Robin says

    How cool is that? I wish it was a litte bit closer to my side of the state 🙂

  43. http://Sarah%20Osborne says

    How fun! I love the kung fu panda bear 🙂

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