Bearfootin' Art Walk


About Bearfootin' Art Walk

Since 2003, the Bearfootin’ Art Walk has helped raise funding for Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to raising funds, the bears offer a window into the variety of good work being done by non-profits and community organizations in Henderson County.

The Bearfootin’ Bears arrive as blank slates before local artists transform each in a spectacular fashion, with creative themes ranging from Mona Lisa to Blue Ridge Mountain scenery. After the “Reveal” event in early May, the bears then take up residence in downtown Hendersonville for the duration of the summer and fall, up until auction. Participants bid at the live auction to raise funds for local non-profits and Downtown Hendersonville. Winning bids up to $3,000 are split evenly between the downtown program and the non-profit chosen by the sponsor, while bid amounts exceeding $3,000 are directed entirely to the non-profit.

Check out the Interactive Bearfootin' Art Walk 

Virtual Bear Auction:  September 28 through October 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live

 This year the Bearfootin' Art Walk Auction will take place virtually throughout the month of October in order to ensure the health and safety of the community.  Place your bid now on the virtual auction site. Once you've registered and begun bidding, you'll be notified if you've been outbid. Tune in on Facebook Live, October 24 at 5:30 p.m., as we receive final bids on the bears and announce winners. All bidding stops on October 24 at 7 p.m. 


2021 Sponsor Interest
Interested in becoming a bear sponsor for 2021? Reservations are limited! Contact Downtown Events Coordinator Meredith Friedheim at for more information.