• 5KRun
  • BearViewing
  • BearInField
  • BearTrain
  • Music
  • EatingPie
Saturday, June 6th
7:00 am Bear Tour (Facebook Live)
7:30 am Run with the Bears 5K
8:00 am  Bear Necessities Paddle (Facebook Live)
8:30 am  People Posting NC Bear Fest T-shirts
9:00 am  Black Bear Videos
9:30 am  State Black Bear Biologist Presentation (Facebook Live)
10:00 am  NC Bear Fest 2019 overall video
10:30 am  Joy the Clown Video
11:00 am  Car Show (Facebook Live)
11:30 am  Black Bear Photography Tips by Mark Buckler (Facebook Live)
12:00 pm  National Black Bear Day Video
12:30 pm  Music video
1:00 pm  Dirt Bike Video
1:30 pm  Black Bear Photography Tips by Neil Jernigan (Facebook Live)
2:00 pm  Black Berry Eating Contest (Zoom)
2:30 pm  Baby Bear Contest
3:00 pm  Another Black Bear Video
3:30 pm  NC Wildlife Safari Trailer Video
4:00 pm  Another Music video
5:00 pm  Virtual Boat Ride with narration
5:30 pm  Video of Bears Around Town
6:00 pm Fishing Skit with Bears and Boys
6:30 pm  Chain Saw Carving video
7:00 pm  Bears Dancing in the Street Video
8:00 pm  Smash Mouth Skit
9:00 pm  Fireworks Video
Click here to register online for the Baby Bear Contest
or you can download the application form.
Download Application Here
Awards, Awards and MORE AWARDS
Welcome to the NC Black Bear Festival website! It is our goal to inspire you. Come learn and have fun through our educational, whimsical, entertaining and diverse event. With our location on the banks of the Roanoke River, Bear Fest is part river festival and part bear festival with over 30 ever-changing activities each year.

Our mission is to celebrate the fact that Eastern North Carolina has the world’s largest black bears and the highest black bear densities - and to educate people about these magnificent animals.

The NC Black Bear Festival has won more major awards in its first four-years of existence than has ever been done before in our State. We are humbled by the prestigious recognition we have received in such a short period of time from our peers in the festival & events industry.

From BBQ, to various fruits, seafood, music and more, there are over 170 festivals in North Carolina that are members of the NC Assoc. of Festival & Events who are committed to celebrating everything that is good in North Carolina. We are just one example.

We hope you will enjoy perusing our website and you will make plans to join us for the next award-winning NC Black Bear Festival. It all takes place here in Bear-olina® on the first weekend in June each year. This is “where traffic ends and adventure begins!”
Our Diamond Sponsors
Diversified Wood Products
Our Platinum Sponsors
Weyerhaeuser Company Earp Dentistry
Our Gold Sponsors
Our Silver Sponsors
Our Bronze Sponsors
David's Trash Service H&L Logging Tri County Foundation
Swain Gas
Woodbridge Timber