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Fun Found Around Town July 4 -10, 2019

Trent River Railroad Bridge, New Bern, NC

Live Music Options

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


Thursday: July 4, 2019 ~ Happy Birthday America!


Union Point Park welcomes  Party Parrot Band with music being offered from 6:30-9:30 pm

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St, (252) 514-0033 welcomes live music on the deck for your dining pleasure. Tonight come out for supper and enjoy music by Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation who will entertain diners from 6:30-9:30 pm under the sails as the sun sets on the river.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Open Mic is hosted by Charlie Duzan. Sign up starts at 7 pm Music starts at 8 pm. Pack up the gear bag and come jam!!! All are welcome to attend and participate.


Friday, July 5, 2019

Two Rivers Meet Concert with Lewis n Clark, Bryan Mayer and Shannan Grace, 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Theatre. Benefiting RiverTowne Players.

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 has been offering live music each Friday and Saturday from 7-10 pm. This week it is Now or Never welcoming you to the weekend with original tunes that will groove you!

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

The Brown Pelican  411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Ashton Ward this Friday with FREE music offered 7-10 pm.

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


Saturday, July 6, 2019



The Garage 1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 They will be having fun and rocking out from 7-10 pm with new grandpa and good time rocker, Rick Huff.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Blood Root and Batts + Afterglow to cap off the weekend. They will provide the FREE original grooves from 8-11 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers live music by Night Shift will be in town to groove us this Saturday on the deck offering the dance classics we all love from 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!


Sunday, July 7, 2019


New Bern Drum Circle returns to Union Pont Park 6-8 pm, all are welcome to attend and be a part of this fun time making music.

Persimmons Restaurant welcomes Alisa Mike for a Sunday Serenade and dinner on the deck. Music plays from 5:30-7:30 pm


Monday, July 8, 2019

Sara’s Big Apple 1150 Broad Creek Rd. (252) 636-2555 Welcomes Simon Spalding for an acoustic dinner set. Music plays at 6-8 pm.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008. Welcome the week with a blues jam hosted by Big Jim Kohler Band. Music starts at 7 pm jam starts at 8 pm and music and fun last until 9 pm!


Tuesday, July 9, 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.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

City Stage New Bern 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, July 4, 2019

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

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 Karaoke with Diane Dees 8 PM – 12 AM


Friday, July 5, 2019

City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 offers Karaoke Friday Nights at City Stage!

Attitudes Pub & Grille 32 Shoreline Dr., River Bend (252) 633-2006 Karaoke with Diane Dees 8 pm – 12 am


Saturday, July 6, 2019

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


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 TRIVIA NIGHT! The 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

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Glorious Fourth with Fife and Drum Corps Parade, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Tryon Palace Grounds. Call 252-639-3500.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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

Jonkonnu Workshops Jonkonnu was a very special celebration for enslaved African Americans in North Carolina. What is Jonkonnu all about? In the late 1800s, people danced in masks and multi-colored costumes while playing drums and cowbells. Each year at Tryon Palace’s Candlelight, this colorful tradition is reenacted. This event takes place at the Palace from 1-3 pm.

On The Big Screen

Bruin Theater 2500 Neuse Blvd., enccinemas.com

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

Our Stages

New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock St,  www.newberncivictheatre.org

RiverTowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., Call 252-633-3318 or visit www.RiverTownePlayers.org

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Franklin’s Antique Mall Join us for our annual Summer Bash over the July 4th weekend! Bring the entire family down for an exclusive event of discounts throughout the entire mall! We don’t do this often – so make sure to mark your calendars!

 Freedom Festival, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Havelock City Park. Call 252-444-6400.

City of New Bern 4th of July Celebration, 5:30 p.m. at Lawson Creek Park. Call 252-639-2901.



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Uptown Gallery 1909 B South Glenburnie Rd (252) 633-6465 invites all to their sidewalk sale and hope you will enjoy their artist demo under the colorful tents in the parking lot. from 11 am – 3 pm

Madame Z’s Red Hot and Blue, 8:00 p.m. – 1 a.m. at The City Stage. Call 252-631-5122,

VFW Post 2514 – New Bern, NC The Twin Rivers Shag Club presents the Red, White and Blue Party Doors open at 4 pm, dinner is served at 5 pm and dancing gets underway at 6 pm. All are welcome. Members are free and non-member are $10.00

Sonic Drive-In (New Bern, NC) Car Meet. Join us at our next meet. Come hang out with us and enjoy some good food while seeing some nice cars. This event is a rain or shine event. We hope to see you there! Starts at 7 pm

Sunday, July 7, 2019

New Bern Drum Circle, 6 – 8 p.m. at Union Point Park.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lunch and Learn Encore of World War I Presentation by Mark Sandvigen, 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant. Presented by the New Bern Historical Society. Call 252-638-8558.

Auditions for HONOUR, the Musical, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium, Craven Community College.

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, NCMZ.live.

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.

New Bern Farmer’s Market is open for business Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays: 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Stop, shop and enjoy the day meeting our vendors.

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

Churches & Cemeteries Tour,

Historic Homes Tour, Revolutionary War Heritage Tour,

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

New Bern Now’s Podsquad

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

New Bern and Beyond Podcast #120, June 20, 2019


by Tracey Stones