Packing the patio at the Eagle is a guarantee during summer. Crank that thought up a notch when it’s Atlanta Bear Fest and there are hundreds of big, furry men ready to celebrate.

The Fourth of July Weekend in gay Atlanta got its ante upped again this year as the South of the Border edition of the annual fest went down at the Courtyard Marriott Executive Park. Pool parties, DJs, games and more made for a fun pursuit of the hirsute.

With the hotel as daytime home base, the Atlanta Eagle made the night time the right time to get away on the Bear Fest shuttle. Bears on the Deck got things started on Friday night.

Photos by Brian Hughes