17th: New Bern Historical Society’s Gingerbread House and Display Contest entry deadline. Call 252-638-8558.
17th – 18th: AIDA: The Timeless Love Story, Fri – Sat: 7:30pm; Sun: 2:00pm at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.
18th: New Bern Farmers Market, 8:00am – 2:00pm at 421 S. Front St. Call 252-633-0043.
18th: 2nd Annual Elks Holiday Craft Fair, 8:30am – 1:00pm at the Elk’s Lodge #764, 1175 Pine Tree Dr. Call 252-633-4909.
18th: Tryon Palace Gardens Lecture Series, 10:00am at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.
18th: Block Party, 12:00pm – 3:00pm at Habitat for Humanity of Craven County Restore, 930 Pollock St. 252-633-9599.
18th: At The Gallery: Rodgers and Hammerstein performed by Lewis N Clark, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Bank of the Arts. Presented by the Craven Arts Council and Gallery. Call 252-638-2577.
19th: African American Heritage Tour, 2:00pm at Tryon Palace’s Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.
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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