Bearfootin’ 2023 Bears to be Revealed May 10 at Welcome Center Stage

Bearfootin’ 2023 Bears to be Revealed May 10 at Welcome Center Stage

HENDERSONVILLE, NC – The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville welcomes the public to witness the unveiling of 20 new works of bear art! The Annual Bearfootin’ Art Walk program will hold the reveal event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the outdoor Welcome Center Stage on 201 South Main Street.

The reveal will focus on stories about each individual bear’s creation, providing behind-the-scenes insight on what inspired the artist and motivates the mission of the nonprofit beneficiary chosen by the sponsors. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chair for comfortable enjoyment of the event.

After the reveal, the bears will take to their post on Main Street to bring joy to passersby until the auction in October. Last year’s record-setting auction raised $140,000 for local charities, and the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville hopes to continue the tradition of giving this year. The auction is scheduled for October 21, 2023, with virtual bidding opening in September (stay tuned for more details).

Special thanks to the co-Masters of Ceremony of the event, Bryan Byrd, HendoEmcee and Lew Holloway, Community Development Director with the City of Hendersonville. Additional information about the 2023 Bearfootin’ Art Walk can be found at or by contacting

The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville are a 501c3 organization focusing on the vibrancy of downtown Hendersonville's Main Street and 7th Avenue Districts. The Friends produce the Hendersonville Farmers Market, Rhythm & Brews, Bearfootin’ Artwalk & Auction, Garden Jubilee, holiday events and more of your favorite downtown activities. Find out how to get involved at!