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Latest Events and Things to do in New Bern through May 13th

Events New Bern NC
Photo by: Joe Hughes

1st – 31st: Tryon Civitan Food Drive benefiting Religious Community Services, drop off location is the UPS Store, 1822 S. Glenburnie Rd. Call 252-637-7500.

8th: Behind The Scenes: Gardens, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace’s Waystation.  Call 252-639-3500.

8th: “Gentle On My Mind: Historical & Humorous Stories About Coastal Carolina” Featuring Mr. Rodney Kemp, 6:30 p.m. at the New Bern LDS Church located at 1207 Forest Dr. Presented by the Craven County Genealogical Society. Call 252-638-3291.

9th: New Bern Then & Now: Images of “Used to Be” Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea. Presented by the New Bern Historical Society. Call 252-638-8558.

9th: Palace Pours: Derby Days, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.

9th: The North Carolina Symphony presents Mozart and Medelssohn, 7:30 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Call 919-733-2750.

11th: ArtWalk throughout Downtown New Bern, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., presented by the Craven Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts. 252-638-2577.

11th: ARTcrawl presented by the Greater Good Gallery, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Isaac Taylor House and Gardens, and numerous locations in Downtown New Bern.

11th: Uncorked – A Wine Tasting, 5:00 p.m. at Nautical Wheelers of New Bern. Call 252-514-2553.

11th: Mother’s Day Make-N-Take, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at West New Bern Recreation Center. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2916.

11th – 13th: Sweeny Todd, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.

12th: Donate a bag of nonperishable food items by your mailbox and your letter carrier will deliver it to Religious Community Services.

12th: Feds Feed Families 5K, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at Wells Wayside Furniture, 901 Hwy 70 E, Havelock. Call 252-902-9712.

12th: Graduation Day: Commencement Ceremony, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Craven Community College. Call 252-638-2700.

12th: Family Fun Day, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Craven County Fairgrounds. Call 252-636-0303.

12th: Garden Lecture Series, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.

12th: Spring Tea, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace. Call 252-639-3524.

12th: Bar Olympics at BrÜtopia benefiting the NC Special Olympics, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 1201 Hwy 70 E. Call 252-631-5142.

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. 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 the Bear Town Cinema 6.

Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Cruise the Neuse 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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