Fun Found Around Town August 1-7, 2019


Live Music Options

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


Thursday: August 1, 2019 


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

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse 202 Middle St (252) 633-2088 welcomes the music of Chuck Phillips for your dining pleasure. She will be performing from 6-9 upstairs in the piano bar.

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) offers the music of Cigar Box Jesus and The Revelation serving the fun sounds under the sails for your dining pleasure evening on the deck. Music plays from 7:30-9:30 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 2, 2019

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 the blues grooves courtesy of Big Jim Kohler Band tap to entertain you on Friday.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Gene Gregory from Wilmington will be in town and sharing songs tonight from 7-10 pm.

The Brown Pelican  411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of William Seymour 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 Ravenz Bru live this Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Will & Tony Show will be rocking at BrUtopia this Saturday night

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes the fun grooves of The Will & Tony Show will be in town and sharing songs tonight from 7-10 pm.

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 goes alternative on Saturday with Thick Modine and Housterino live in the backyard. Music kicks off at 7 pm and plays until 10 pm.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Pete Pawsey Trio 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 Steel County Express which will take place out on the deck from 7:30-11 pm


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) offers standards with Alisa Mike will be serving the serenades under the sails this Sunday evening for dinner on the deck. Music plays from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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


Monday, August 5, 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 6, 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.

The City Stage 901 B Pollock St, (252) 631-5122 welcomes Irish Music Sessions on the first Tuesday of each month. Hosted by Simon Spalding and Friends this fun event offers music from 7-9 pm


Wednesday, August 7, 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 1, 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 2, 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 3, 2019

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

Mickey Milligan’s Billiards 3411 Trent Rd. (252) 637-3711 Viking Cues Presents  The Q City 9 Ball Tour Sign up starts noon there will be a meeting and auction at 2 pm.


Tuesday, August 6, 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 7, 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, August 1, 2019

African American Lecture Series: “The Chicago Defender – A Beacon of Hope”, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.


Friday, August 2, 2019

First Friday: Hair!, 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500. This event will explore women’s hairstyles from 1750 through 1870. Historic Clothing Interpreter Leslie Lambrecht will talk about styles, changes in haircare, and the use of wigs.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop, 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. This is the final event of this series.

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,

RiverTowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., Hello Dolly, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 3:00 p.m.  Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318.or visit

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

Friday, August 2, 2019

New Bern Civitan Club Meeting says “Join us for our next meeting. Friday, August 2 at Hibachi Buffet at 12 noon. MLK Blvd.”

Ghent Sandwich Shop *Official Event* Hot Hamburger Plates For Olympia VFD Hot Plates sold between 5-8 PM benefit the Olympia VFD

Yamaha Grand Piano Dedication Recital, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church. Call 252-633-2109.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 holding its first annual Ice Cream for Breakfast Fundraising Event, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Temple Church. Call 252-474-5707.

Second Annual Yard Sale

Beginning Woodworking Class #0727041

1st Saturday

Bingo! night at the Fairgrounds!

Madame Z Presents with Ebony Addams and Amanda LaRouxx takes place at City Stage with the fun starting at 8 PM.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

World’s Largest Golf Outing, registration: 8:00 a.m. at Harbour Pointe Golf Club, 1105 Barkentine Dr. Call 252-638-5338.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Coastal Women’s Forum Dinner and Discussion on “Building Bridges”, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, marks National Night Out in our community and around the country. This an annual event that started in 1984 and promotes community fun with our law enforcement officers and the citizens they serve. The program got started in the 1970s in the suburbs of Philadelphia with one man volunteering to make his neighborhood safer and is now celebrated nationwide by millions of small and large communities. To get to know the history of this great event

National Night Out Celebration in Fairfield Harbour. 6-8 PM at Harbour Pointe Golf Club

River Bend is hosting a talent contest. To display yours call Margaret at 252-474-3630

.National Night Out Festivities include a community talent show in River Bend. 6-8 PM Town Commons Park.

Check Out Our Library!

Thursday,  August 1, 2019

Come out and meet Artist of the Month 7 pm

Friday, August 2, 2019

This week marks the last Far Out Flicks and it will feature a world invaded by new blocks, but master builders rebuild at 10 AM (PG). At 2:30 PM a 1986 film shows a boy unaged after going missing for 8 years. A nearby UFO may hold clues. (PG) Get details here:

Saturday, August 3, 2019 

Tai Chi with Jan Easy Program 9:30 AM


Don’t Forget 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.

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

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New Bern Now’s Podcast Episode 122 July 25, 2019

by Tracey Stones