Fun Found Around Town August 22-28, 2019

Live Music Options

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


Thursday: August 22, 2019 


Bonnie Shirk will perform in the Piano Bar at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse tonight 6 PM

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse 202 Middle St (252) 633-2088 welcomes the music of Bonnie Shirk for your dining pleasure. He 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 Whisky Break 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 23, 2019

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) offers the music this evening, featuring the Big Jim Kohler Band on the deck from 6:30-9:30 PM


The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 has been offering live m.usic each Friday and Saturday from 7-10 pm. This week it is the rocking grooves courtesy of A&C Acoustic on tap to entertain you on Friday.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Genna & Jesse Retro Pop sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

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

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524. Music by Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade and The Spread

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 offers the live music selections of Adrian & Company. Music plays 6:30-9:30 pm.

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

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 It’s an End of Summer 90s Bash. Tons of fun from noon until midnight.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Carolina Swamp Dogs 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 Jan Michael Fields which will take place indoors with music offered from 7:30 pm – 11 pm.

City Stage New Bern 901 Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes the rocking grooves of Gary Dudely & The Maxxtones. Show starts at 8 pm and there is an $8.00 music charge.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Rock Bottom Deal Live, 2:30 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church.

TRACEY STONES PRODUCTIONS, LLC presents Concert In the Park at Red Sail Park, Fairfield Harbour with music by Hank Barbee & Friends. Good surfing jazz swing to soothe you on a Sunday. This event is a fundraiser for Barbee’s family. His father-in-law was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and lost his job. All tips collected will go to Greg Davis to aid him in his fight. Please come dance and feed the soul this Sunday from 3-5:30 pm. For those that can’t attend but wish to donate please visit the Go Fund Me Page.

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

Monday, August 26, 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 27, 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 28, 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 22, 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 23, 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 24, 2019

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

Tuesday, August 25, 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 26, 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 22, 2019

Stedman Graham, Robert J. Brown to Present Lessons on Leadership and Identity, 7:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Museum Technology, 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. 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


New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock St, (252) 634-9057 welcomes Walk-In Bathtub presents “We Still Love You Pluto” Improv Comedy Show, 7:30 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre.

RiverTowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., Call 252-633-3318.or visit will host auditions this weekend. AUDITIONS Miracle on 34th Street the Musical from 3-7 pm

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Free Big Brother-Sister Mentoring Skate Night, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Rollerland, 3502 Neuse Blvd. Presented by the Young Urban Professionals of Eastern North Carolina.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Stuff the Bus, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Craven County Walmarts. Presented by Craven County Partners In Education. Call 252-514-6321.

Date Night Movies in the Park: Fools Gold, 8:45 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. 252-639-2901.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

New Bern Foam & Water War Rematch, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2901.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Death Café: Cups, Cake, & Conversation About Death, 5:30 p.m. at The Next Chapter Books & Art.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Dine Out United Eat at one of our participating restaurants on Tuesday, August 27th and 10% of the proceeds will benefit United Way of Coastal Carolina. Here are the options:
Amos Mosquitos in Atlantic Beach
El’s Drive-In in Morehead City
Floyd’s 1921 in Morehead City
Gary’s Down East Seafood in Arapahoe
La Casetta in New Bern
Mayo’s Seafood Restaurant in Bayboro
O’Town in Oriental
Paula’s Italian Restaurant in New Bern
The Silos in Oriental

Dine locally. Your dollars will stay here in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties to help strengthen communities and change lives.

Check Out Our Library!



Friday, August 23, 2019

Color My World ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m. ~ Drop in to relax your mind and refresh your soul at our adult coloring session. Coloring sheets celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and colored pencils will be provided or feel free to bring your own favorite supplies. Auditorium

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

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

Monday, August 26, 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

Craven Chess Players~ 4:30-5:30 p.m. ~ Ages 8 and older ~ Show off your best moves against other chess fans! Whether you’re a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time. Auditorium

Let’s Talk About It: Picturing America: Places in the Heart*~ 7:00-8:30 p.m. ~ The new series will explore relationships to where we live, our sense of home, and connection to the community. Travel to a declining mill town in Maine with Richard Russo’s Empire Falls. In this first session, Michelle Manning from UNC Wilmington will join us to lead the discussion. Auditorium


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

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