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Week Ahead: Things to do in and around New Bern through September 2nd

Trent River Railroad Bridge, New Bern, NC1st – 31st: 5th Annual “No Child Wet Behind” Diaper Drive present by the Tryon Civitan Club. Diapers can be dropped off at the UPS Store, 1822 S. Glenburnie Rd. Call 252-288-6983.

28th: TED Talk Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. at The Entrepreneur Center of Craven County. Call 252-649-0166.

28th: Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace’s Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.

29th: New Bern History Tour 5K or 10K, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Presented by the SUP and Running Club.

31st – Sept 2nd: Neuse Yacht Racing Association Regatta at The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club. Call 252-633-6070.

31st: “Footloose on the Neuse” Summer Concert Series: Joe Brown Band (Variety), 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2901.

For live entertainment and music, check out August Happenings at the City Stage or visit


1st: Stanly-Spaight Duel, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the New Bern Academy. Call 252-639-3500.

1st: Luau with The Bears, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Attitudes Pub and Grill. Call 252-633-2006.

1st: International Overdose Day, 7:30 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by Craven County’s H.O.P.E.

2nd: New Bern Community Drum Circle, 6:30 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by Andrea Clements Thompson and New Bern Parks and Recreation.

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.

Visit the New Bern Farmers Market and support our farmers, artists, and numerous vendors by shopping local! You’ll find fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, crafts, numerous handmade items, and more! Hours: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For details call 252-633-0043.

Watch a movie at the Bear Town Cinema 6 (638-1820).

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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