2nd – 5th: AIDA: The Timeless Love Story, Fri – Sat: 7:30pm; Sun: 2:00pm at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.
3rd: New Bern Bacon and Brew Festival 2017, 5:00pm – 10:00pm at the New Bern Farmers Market. Proceeds Benefit the United Way of Coastal Carolina.
4th: New Bern High School’s Allegiance Program: Honoring Veterans, 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the New Bern High School Theater, 4200 Academic Dr. Call 252-514-5434.
4th: Carolina Lily Fest, 5:00pm – 11:00pm at The Brown Pelican. Benefiting the Coastal Women’s Shelter. Call 919-987-5636.
5th: Blackbeard Sailing Club hosts Meet and Great Social, 1:00pm – 4:00pm at 1215 Barkentine Dr., New Bern. Call 910-494-5945 or 814-450-0857.
5th: MERCI on Middle, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Event takes place down the center of Middle St. Benefiting MERCI Clinic. Call 252-633-1599.
There are also all kinds of things to do in and around town. To name a few, take advantage of over 20 parks and 3 recreation centers maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation and Craven County Recreation & Parks. Cool off at the New Bern Aquatic Center or George Street Spray Ground. Play disc golf at Glenburnie Park and Creekside Park, roller skate at Rollerland, go horseback riding at Equidae Farms (288-9706), or check out the Bear Towne Escape Room.
Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library for free classes, reading programs, movie rentals, etc.
Watch a movie at Neuse Blvd Cinema or Bear Town Cinema 6.
Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Bear Foot Kayaks (229-4846); Bolero Sailing Charters, 300 E. Front St. (670-5879); Cruise The Neuse Pontoon Boat Tours, (876-7232); Pedi-Bear Tours (649-3839); Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (636-0716); Tugboat of New Bern Cruises (919-306-5712); and Trolley Tour (637-7316). Call New Bern Tours for more options (637-7316).
Tour the New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park. It’s not only for Civil War Buffs, but it’s a perfect place to take a walk in the woods (with your dog), picnic, or sit on a bench and watch the wildlife.
Take a walk in the woods in the Croatan National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres and is located in New Bern’s backyard. It’s a sanctuary for black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyote, bald eagle, beaver, bobcat, porcupine, American alligator, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife you may see. For maps and more information, talk to the people at the Croatan National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).
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