Black Bear Festival Activities
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Festival Activities are currently being developed. Please check back often for Festival updates.
Black Bear Guided Tours   Refuge Black Bear Tours
(registration required)
5:30 to 8:30 AM
1:45 PM to 4:45 PM

6:00 to 9:00 PM
Departs across from Police Station
132 E. Water St. Plymouth
Click here for Pricing and Registration Information
  Premium Private Property Bear Tour
5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
(For reservations call: 252-926-WILD)
Departs across from Police Station
132 E Water St, Plymouth
Click here for Pricing and Registration Information
  5 K Bear Run
7:30 AM
Saturday, June 4, 2016
The "Run With The Bears 5K" will be a tour of the historical and river districts of the Washington County seat of Plymouth. Download
Click here for more information and to register.
  Bear Necessities Paddle
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
(registration required at
  Port O' Plymouth Museum
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
302 E Water St, Plymouth
  Bear-Ology - Black Bear Museum
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
111A West Water St, Plymouth
  God's Creation Wildlife Museum
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
111B West Water St, Plymouth
  Roanoke River Lighthouse &
Maritime Museum
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
West Water St, Plymouth
  Festival Opens
9:00 AM
302 East Main St, Festival Park
  Fish for Fun
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Dock Behind the Port O' Plymouth Museum parking lot
  Classic Car Show
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
East Water Street
  Wooden Boat Show
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
West Water Street
Live Bears on Display Live Bears on Display
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
$2 Admission, kids 3 & Under free
At Festival Entrance on Water St.
  Live Wolf Exhibit
9:00 to 4:00 PM
106 West Water St.
(across from Wildlife Museum)
Digging for Fossils   Shark Tooth Fossil Dig
9:00 AM Until
Next to Port O' Plymouth Parking Lot
  Bird Exhibit by Sylvan Heights Bird Park
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
106 West Water Street (across from the Wildlife Museum)
  Snake Exhibit
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
106 West Water Street (across from the Wildlife Museum)
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Next to Port O' Plymouth Museum
Knockerball® is a single chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. The experience is catapulted into rip roaring laughter, exhilarating knocks and rolls that will keep you coming back for more! "GET IN THE BALL" and see what you've been missing.
  Boat Rides on the River (Free)
9:00 AM to Sunset
Departs Dock Behind the Port O' Plymouth Museum
  Helicopter Rides
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
There are only two ways to see and appreciate the natural beauty of the expansive Roanoke River Delta - by water or by air. At the NC Black Bear Festival it will be possible to get a "God's Eye View" of this natural wonder. There are over 50 miles of shoreline within 5 miles of Plymouth! This is the lower part of the largest intact hardwood bottomland east of the Mississippi River. For $20 you will experience a breathtaking 3 minute helicopter ride over Historic Downtown Plymouth, the Roanoke River Delta and see where is flows into the Albemarle Sound. Don't miss this amazing opportunity.

“No minimum age. Maximum of 3 passengers at a time. Total weight of 3 passengers cannot exceed 600 lbs. Maximum of 300 lbs. per seat. Accept cash, credit or debit.”
  Black Bear Presentation by
State Biologist

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
1:30 PM to 2:30 MP
Bear-Ology Black Bear Museum
111A West Water Street
Colleen Olfenbuttel and Chris Turner will be our featured speakers at our festival. Colleen has served as the statewide Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) since 2007. She is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® and has been working in the wildlife profession for 20 years. During her career, she has worked on a diversity of wildlife species, including brown bears, island foxes, gray wolves, white-tailed deer, raptors, goshawks, and various furbearers (e.g., otters, bobcats, beavers). Since 1999, she has been involved in black bear research and management, including being the co-leader for the Center for Ursid Research and the Cooperative Alleghany Bear Study. Currently, she is the co-principal investigator for a 5-year urban/suburban bear study being conducted jointly by the NCWRC and NC State University.
  Baby Bear Dress-Up Contest
(Prior Registration Required)
10:00 AM
Dress like a bear contest for ages under 2 and 2-4
Feyer Ford Music Stage
  "Find the Bears"
Activity at the Roanoke River Lighthouse
11:00 AM until
Lighthouse at the west end of Water Street
  Dan the Animal Man - Wildlife Educator, Animal Behaviorist, Motivational Speaker, Prestidigitator.
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM and
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Dan's compassion for sharing his gifts with others began at the age of 13 when he was given a platform to perform freelance magic at his local library in Hoopeston IL. Between academics and sports he worked with livestock such as sheep, hogs and horses as well as farmed corn and beans. Dan has met many world known celebrities, politicians, corporate executives and fans. In 2008 Dan visited with the President of the United States.
Domtar Entertainment Tent
  Dick Feyer in Concert
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Feyer Ford Music Stage
The Main Event Band
6:30PM to 9:00 PM (with intermission)
Feyer Ford Music Stage
  Fireworks - "Reflections on the Roanoke"
9:00 PM
Viewing from anywhere on the waterfront
Sponsored by
Washington County Travel & Tourism
701 Washington Street, Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252.793.4804 / Fax: 252.793.3261 /