Black Bear Festival

Unfortunately there will be no Black Bear Festival in Carrabelle this year. For more information please contact the Defenders of Wildlife Defenders of Wildlife and FWC decided not to hold the Carrabelle Bear Festival this year.  For more information contact Shannon Miller ( ) at Defenders of Wildlife.

We hope they will be in Carrabelle again. 

Just like the bears.


In 2009, for the second year in a row Carrabelle CARES, organized numerous wildlife and conservation agencies and organizations to host the Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival. This one day educational event brought hundreds of people to Carrabelle to see the demonstrations, exhibits, music and dance performances, vendors, and presentations by bear experts. There were guided field trips to Tate’s Hell State Forest by bus and included a moderate hike to a site where biologists provided participants with interactive lessons about bear biology, behavior and management. A special event in the middle of the festival was a “Parade of the Species” organized by the event coordinator. She and other volunteers made fabulous paper mache masks of local area animals. They also worked with the Boys and Girls Cub helping the kids to make their own masks and noisemakers to wear in the Parade. For more information contact Lesley Cox, Certified Green Guide, Les Hassel Enterprises. Check out the website:

Riverfront Festival

Carrabelle CARES helped the City organize this community event by serving on the special events committee, setting up special displays and working as volunteers throughout the event from set up to cleanup. Check out the website:

Holiday on the Harbor

Carrabelle CARES worked with the City and the Chamber of Commerce to organize this years event along the Riverfront near the Pavilion which featured local civic and nonprofit organizations selling great food and holiday crafts.  The highlight was a visit from Santa before the INCREDIBLE Boat Parade.

Carrabelle CARES also supported this event by setting up special Christmas displays in the Carrabelle History Museum and helping the Carrabelle Food Pantry sell hot apple cider as a fundraiser.