Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival - Franklin, Louisiana


2018 Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival Activities:

Activities for 2018 will be on Friday, April 20th and Saturday April 21st 2018

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts (Free Viewing Zone)

Date: Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st 2018
Location: Along the beautiful Bayou Teche , Franklin - on Teche Drive
Time: Friday, 6:00pm - 11:00, Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Contact: Catherine Siracusa
(337) 828-4100 Ext. 371

2018 Arts and Crafts Application

2018 Commercial Merchandise Vendor Application

BEARS: Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service

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

The station will be in operation Saturday, April 21st from 10am to 5 pm. 


Kayak & Canoe Adventures

Saturday April 21st
Join The Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge
on a Paddling Adventure into the beautiful Bayou Teche Refuge

Enjoy learning about the wildlife of the refuge in this guided, easy pace paddle that is suited for beginners or families.
For information on these paddles click on the event tab at

See the website for registration form or for more information contact:
Donovan Garcia


1st Annual Franklin Rotary Club Cook-Off

Gumbo and Jambalaya Black Pot Cook-Off

Saturday, April 21st on the bayou-side in Franklin

Competition begins at 6am

Gumbo-Chicken & Sausage or Seafood

Jambalaya-Chicken & Sausage or Seafood

For details and more information contact

Iris Sharpe



Feeding Grounds (Commercial Food)

Date: Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st
Location: Teche Drive, Franklin, Louisiana
Time: Friday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10 am - 11:00 pm

2018 (Commercial Food) Vendor Application

2018 (Specialty Food) Vendor Application

Contact: Catherine Siracusa
(337) 828-4100 Ext. 371


Fun Zone

Rides, bungee jump
Location: Teche Drive
Time: Friday, 5:00 pm- 11:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am-11:00 pm

Running of the Bears 5K Run/Walk

Hosted by: Teche Action Clinic
Date: Saturday April 21st
Start Time: 8:00am (Runners and walkers)
Location:Courthouse Square Downtown Franklin

$20.00 Pre-registration fee by April 17th (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 7:30am

Contact: Diane Freeman  337-828-2550  ext.2126

2018 Running of the Bears Entry Form


Fifth Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show

On Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st; view a collection of antique and newly built watercraft on display, all constructed of wood. Some will be plywood, but many will employ traditional boat buidling methods ranging in style from the Pacific Northwest to the bayous of Cajun Country. The exact number and type of boats on display is being assembled, but will include cypress-framed skiffs and bateaus, elegant yachts from yesteryear, cedar canoes or mahogany runabouts. These are beautiful, classic craft from days gone by, and can be seen on the bayouside near Teche Drive and Adams Street. The show begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening and and concludes at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Anyone interested in entering a boat, please contact:

Roger Stouff
or call 337-828-3706.