Fun Found Around Town August 15 – 21, 2019

Live Music Options

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


Thursday: August 15, 2019 


Alisa Mike on stage at City Stage each Thursday 7-9 pm


City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St offers the serenading sounds of the talented Alisa Mike. Music is served from 7-9 pm

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 offers the music of Steel County Express serving the fun sounds under the sails for your dining pleasure evening on the deck. Music plays from 6:30-9:30 pm.

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, August 16, 2019

Footloose on the Neuse, Lewis & Clark perform 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Call 252-639-2901.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Rob Lightner and Nathan Schaffer sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

The Brown Pelican  411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Wire Grass 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 Al G & Friends live this Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Justin Castellano will perform at Sara’s Big Apple from 6-8 pm


Sara’s Big Apple 1150 Broad Creek Road, (252) 636-2555 welcomes the fun and complex finger stylings of the skilled Justin Castellano.  Music is served 6-8 PM.

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 welcomes the blues music of The Carolina Swamp Dogs. Dinner music on the deck from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes the fun music stylings of Kristie Lynn sharing songs tonight from 7-10 pm.

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 Ed Prophet is bringing the music to the Garage. Music kicks off at 7 pm and plays until 10 pm.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Sometime Lions will 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 New Bern based, classic rock cover band, The Wannabees from 8 pm – 12 am.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 offers Jazz night with Andrea Owens under the sails this Sunday evening for dinner on the deck. Music plays from 5:30-7:30 pm.


Monday, August 19, 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, August 20, 2019

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


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 hosts an open mic night each Wednesday. Tommy Duzan is your host. All are welcome to play. Music starts at 7 pm and plays until 10 pm.

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, August 15, 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, August 16, 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, August 17, 2019

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


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mickey Milligan’s Billiards 3411 Trent Rd. (252) 637-3711 offers Music Trivia with DJ Krispy. Round One goes down 7-8:30 pm Round Two 8:30-10 pm. Come out for prizes and enjoy the fun.


Wednesday, August 21, 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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander in the Governor’s Palace, 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Call 252-639-3524.

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

Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander Home and Hearth, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Call 252-639-3524.


On The Big Screen

Bruin Theater 2500 Neuse Blvd.,

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

Our Stages


New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock St, (252) 634-9057 welcomes the production of The Assassins The Musical. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 2 pm on Sunday. The show runs through August 18, 2019. For tickets visit their website.

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

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Seasonal Crafting with Wine · 5:30 – 8:30 PM Hosted by Cravin’ Wine  You can make decorations for upcoming holidays! They are excited to partner with Jennifer Waddell of The Craft Studio.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Inaugural River Market Throwdown Join Saint John’s Lodge #3 A.F. & A.M. in our inaugural River Market Throwdown featuring a variety of food, music, and drinks. Supporting the preservation and upkeep of our Masonic Lodge and Theater in the beautiful Downtown New Bern! Admission is $10.00 at the door, mark your calendars, and contribute to a worthy cause!

Date Night It is date night at The Accidental Artist. Offering 2 for 1 on studio fees.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden Farmers Market Opening Day 10 AM – 1 PM.

Neuse River Summer Slam Fishing Tournament at Lawson Creek Park. Call 828-612-1876.

Hwy 55 / Andy’s Foundation Car Wash 9 AM – 4 PM Andy’s Charitable Foundation & The Cannon Crew Car Wash Fund Raiser taking place at The Craven County Jaycees  Fairgrounds.

Free Horticultural Workshop, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Craven Cooperative Extension Agricultural Building, 300 Industrial Dr. Call 252-633-1477.

Madame Z’s Dreamgirls Revue Live at  City Stage 901 B Pollock St. 8 PM


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Join the Hearing Loss Association of America-New Bern Chapter with Speaker Traci Nolan at 11:00 a.m. at McCarthy Court Apartments, Common Room, 1325 McCarthy Blvd.

Check Out Our Library!





Friday, August 16, 2019

Big Book Sale Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Presented by The Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Library. Call 252-638-7800.


Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Big Book Sale Sat: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Presented by The Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Library. Call 252-638-7800.

Tai Chi Easy with Jan ~ 9:30-10:30 a.m. ~ Learn the benefits of better balance and circulation through this ancient practice for the mind, body, and spirit. The easy-to-duplicate steps allow participants of any ability or age to follow along. Please bring a mat or towel & water. Auditorium

Saturday @ the Movies ~ 3:00-5:00 p.m. ~ Chappaquiddick ~ 50 years ago, Ted Kennedy drove his vehicle off a bridge resulting in the death of his passenger. This dramatization retells the scandal that changed the presidential landscape for decades. This movie is rated PG-13. Auditorium


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Friends of the Library Big Book Sale will be The Friends of the Library Big Book Sale will be held at the J. Murphy Smith Center at 508 Middle Street.
Hours: Aug. 18: 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. Hours: 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Wellness & Empowerment in Life & Living (WELL)~ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ~ Join us each week to explore a wide range of topics for a successful life including building a support system, stress management, overcoming trauma, developing meaningful relationships, and much more! Conference Room


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

River Readers Book Club*~ 1:00-2:00 p.m. ~ The group will discuss Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben. The reading group is closed to new participants at this time. Conference Room


Don’t Forget These Places
For music info on music events in and around the state follow NCMZ.LIVE

For live music news, sign up an keep the beats with, Tracey Stones, at

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

New Bern Now's Podsquad

Listen to New Bern Now’s Podcast for an in-depth review of the great happenings in and around the town: New Bern & Beyond Podcast Episode # 123 August 8 at 1:04 PM

by Tracey Stones