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Fun Found Around Town, March 28 – April 3, 2019

Live Music Options

At press time here is what we found for the week ahead. Always call the venue to confirm.

The Dust Parade will be in town the Saturday, March 30, 2019. They will be performing at The Brown Pelican.

Thursday: March 28, 2019

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse 202 Middle St.,(252) 633-2088 offers the sounds of Chuck Philips tonight from 6-9 pm upstairs in the piano bar.

The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes Alisa Mike. Music is offered from 7-9 pm

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Open Mic is hosted by Brian Mac. Sign up starts at 7 pm Music starts at 8 pm. Pack up the gear bag and come jam!!!


Friday, March 29, 2019

BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Tony Lefavi will be sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

The Garage 1209 Highway 70 E, is hosting their soft opening. They will be hosting live music with Big Jim Kohler Band live starting at 7 pm.

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008  offers the music of  Marron Chaplin who will be jamming this Friday with FREE music offered 7-10 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers live music on the deck by The Wannabees this Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!

The City Stage 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes Bridge to Breakdown will offer a fun night of alternative rock sounds. Admission $5.00. Music plays 8-11pm


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Broad Street Open Mic takes place this Saturday with sing up at 6 and music starting at 6 pm and playing until 9:30 pm. Come out, share songs and spread the love of music!

BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. (252) 631-5142.  Free Music 7-10 pm featuring the songs offered by Marron Chaplin. Come out and support local music, local food, and cold local brew.

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 welcome The Dust Parade Live! Free Music! 8-11 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322  will rock the deck with Stairwell giving up the hard rock grooves.. Free music 7:30-11 pm.

The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes Island Time Band Music plays from 8-11 pm and admission is $10.00


Monday, April 1, 2019

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Welcomes the week with a blues Jam at the Dirty Bird. All are welcome. Jam goes down from 7-9 pm hosted by Big Jim Kohler Band.

America’s Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan Live, 7:30 p.m. at the Orringer Auditorium, Craven Community College. Presented by Craven Concerts. Call 252-637-1119.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019:


The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Welcomes Honky Tonk Tuesday with your host Michael Watkins. Music starts at 7 pm. All country music lovers are welcome to come out and jam. All are welcome.

The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes Simon Spalding and Irish Music Sessions. Music plays 7-9 pm and music is free.


Wednesday, April 3, 20019:

The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes. Big Jim Kohler & Friends Music plays 7-9 pm and music is free.


Karaoke/Trivia/Other Games:

Thursday, March 28, 2019:

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E  (252) 631-5142 30 Seconds Rocks 6:30 pm.


Saturday, March 29, 2019:

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 30 Seconds Rocks Music Bingo 9 pm with DJ!


Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Asian Games Club of New Bern will meet at Bear’s Lair Games in Berne Square on Sunday afternoon March 31.

Come learn and play Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), Shogi (Japanese Chess), and other East Asian strategy games. Additional games, such as Go/Weiqi/Baduk, Makruk (Thai Chess), and Janggi (Korean Chess) are available on request. Equipment and clear, concise English-language instructions are provided. No dues, no membership – just show up and play! It’s free and fun!

The Asian Games meeting will be at 1:00 PM. Bear’s Lair Games is located at 2680 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Berne Square, not far from Big Lots and Planet Fitness, New Bern, NC 28562, telephone 252-635-5247. On Sundays, Bear’s Lair Games is open from 1:00 to 6:00.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019:

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 TRIVIA NIGHT Fun starts at 7 pm.

Beer Army Burger Company 313 Pollock St., (252) 288-5814. TRIVIA NIGHT starts at 7 pm.


At The Palace:

Tryon Palace 60th Anniversary


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 

Behind the Scenes: Gardens, 2:00 p.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.

On The Big Screen:

Bruin Theater 2500 Neuse Blvd.,

Bear Town Cinema 6: 2806 Trent Rd., (252) 638-1820

Our Stages:

RiverTowne Players at The Masonic Theater 514 Hancock St., (252) 633-3318 


New Bern Civic Theater 414 Pollock St,

Offering Alladin – JR, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.


Other Groups and Activities:

Friday, March 29, 2019

11th Annual Art at the Airport, 1:00 p.m. at the Airport Sculpture Park.

Explorations in The Arts: Pas de Deux – Carolina Ballet, 7:30 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Presented by the Lifetime Learning Center. Call 252-633-2618.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Pull for Hope: Fire Truck Pull, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Presented by New Bern-Fire Rescue benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call 252-639-2931.

5th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Ride, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Harley-Davidson of New Bern. Presented by the Veterans Enforcers Motorcycle Association. Call 252-633-4060.

Inclusive Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Bright Star Farm. Presented by Creekside Recreational Therapy Services. Call 252-349-0220.

Spring BBQ Pork Fundraiser, 11:00 a.m. at The Little Swift Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 4580 Hwy 17 in Ernul.

Carnival of Colors, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Presented by New Bern Get Your Color On.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Coastal Women’s Forum Trivia Night, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant.

Don’t Forget To Check Out these Places:

For more Live  Music News, sign up an keep the beats with me, Tracey Stones, on my site,,

Also, be sure to visit like the New Bern Music Calendar Facebook page created by Bob and Joanne Friedman.

Check out Jungle Jump of New Bern – it’s an indoor bounce arena with an obstacle course and arcade games (252) 772-3742

Go skating at Rollerland (252) 633-3804

Solve a mystery at the Bear Towne Escape Room (919) 288-4764

Take flight with ParaFlight (703) 963-7389.

Do you prefer ballroom dancing? Visit the Rivertowne Ballroom (252) 637-2003.

Take advantage of over 20 parks and recreation facilities maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation (252) 639-2901.

Introduce your dog(s) to new friends or just let them run around at the Down East Dog Park at Glenburnie Park, please know that you need to register first and receive the gate code before you can enter (252) 639-2901.

Craven County Recreation & Parks (252) 636-6606.

Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library as they have a lot of fun programs, events, and resources! They offer children’s programs, computer usage, and technology workshops, book clubs, writer’s workshops, open mic night, live music, children’s theater, movie screenings, and rentals, meeting rooms, historical and genealogy research, and much more! (252) 638-7800.

Learn more about our town by taking a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour:

African American Heritage Tour, Architectural Walking Tour, and Churches & Cemeteries Tour, Historic Homes Tour, Revolutionary War Heritage Tour, and Walk to Remember Tour (based on Nicholas Sparks books)  (252) 637-0250

Bear Town Bears self-guided tour; New Bern’s Civil War Battlefield Park (252) 638-8558,

Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (252) 636-0716

Trolley Tour (252) 637-7316.

Take a walk in the woods in the Croatian National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sun-dew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatian 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 Croatian National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (252) 638-5628.

Listen to New Bern and Beyond’s Podcast for an in-depth review of the great happenings in and around town!


Here’s our latest show from March 28, 2019:

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode, click here to see the show notes and listen to parts of the episode.

by Tracey Stones