Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival - Franklin, Louisiana


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2023 Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival Activities:

Saturday, May 6th, 2023


BearsBEARS: Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service

The BEARS special event station will be held under the Parc Sur la Teche pavilion along the Bayou Teche. 




Kayak & Canoe Adventures

Saturday- May 6th, 2023
TOURS by STEVEN is providing two experiences for the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival!

The first is a 10 mile guided kayak tour through the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge.

The second is a Kayak Race that will be held along Teche Drive.

Reach out to TOURS by STEVEN for more details!



Corn Hole Tournament

Bayou Teche Boards LLC will be hosting a Corn Hole Tournament on Teche Drive at The Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival on May 6th!

Time 1:00 pm

For more details call 337-350-0337


Feeding Grounds (Commercial Food)

Date: May 6th, 2023
Location: Teche Drive, Franklin, Louisiana
Time: Saturday 10 am - 11:00 pm


Bear-y Patch Education Pavilion

Date: Saturday- May 6th, 2023
Location: Blevins Building garage, 600 Main Street, Franklin, across from the courthouse.
Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

More info about Bear-y Patch

Teddy Bear Mobile - Acadiana!Teddy Bear Mobile- Acadiana

Make sure you bring your kids to enjoy all the fun. They are sure to love the Teddy Bear Mobile - Acadiana!

Choose your animal then fill them with fluff in this adorable mobile!

A bear keepsake from The Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival will be so special for your kids or grandkids!



Running of the Bears 5K Run/Walk

Hosted by: Teche Action Clinic
Sponsored by: Bayou Bend Fitness Center
Date: Saturday- May 6th, 2023
Start Time: 8:00am (Runners and walkers)
Location:Courthouse Square Downtown Franklin

$20.00 Pre-registration fee by April 28th (includes t-shirt)
$25.00 Day of event (t-shirt is not guaranteed)
$5.00 School Teams (Per student / No T-shirt)
$15.00 No t-shirt entry
Day of Event Registration beginning at 7:00am

Contact: Florence Beverly
337-828-2550 #2188

5K Registration Form.pdf


HouseBoats Welcomed!

Do you have a houseboat? Remember that houseboats are always welcomed at the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival!

Make sure you have a prime spot to enjoy all the festivities on May 6th.

Docking locations will be along the bayou side.