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Fun Around Town October 17 – 23, 2019

Live Music Options

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


Thursday, October 17, 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) offers the music of father/daughter duo Maci Moynae 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, October 18, 2019


Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 offers the music of Dean Daughtry & The Troublemakers 6:30-9:30 pm.

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 rocking grooves courtesy of Tommy Duzan on tap to entertain you on Friday.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Kristie Lynn sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

The Brown Pelican  411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Due East making their debut 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 BiPolar Express live this Friday from 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to rock you into the weekend!


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 welcomes the music of  Wyldwood live on Saturday with tunes served from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts 317 Middle St At the Gallery: Janis Joplin Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present “At the Gallery: Janis Joplin” performed by Fairlight DeTorres. Known for her unique voice, Janis Joplin’s music was at the forefront of the psychedelic rock movement. The concert will take place at 7 pm,  with a pre-concert discussion of the composer’s life at 6:30 pm.

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

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 Mark McKenzie brings the music. Music kicks off at 7 pm and plays until 10 pm.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music from 8-11 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers live music by Steel County Express. Music offered plays from 7:30-11 on the deck.

“Mali Vibes”, 7:00 p.m. at Epiphany School of Global Studies. Call 252-670-1339.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 welcomes AE Serenades with Alisa Mike under the sails this Sunday evening for dinner on the deck. Music plays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Sons Of Serendipity/ rescheduled Rescheduled, from last month,  use your tickets dated 9/5 Craven Concerts, Inc presents Sons of Serendipity who will perform at Orringer Auditorium Tickets available online at cravenconcertsinc.org, $30 and $35 or buy a season pass to all four concerts for less. Showtime is 7:30 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, October 22, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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


Karaoke/Trivia/Other Games

Thursday, October 17, 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, October 18, 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, October 19, 2019

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


Tuesday, October 22, 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, October 23, 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

Friday, October 18, 2019

It’s a Hocus Pocus Halloween 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.


Saturday, October 19, 2019 

Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander Home and Hearth 9:15 – 10:30 am

Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander in the Governor’s Palace 4:15 – 5:30 pm


Sunday, October 20, 2019

“North Carolina’s Hurricane History” Lecture & Book Signing 2:00 to 3:00 pm


Tuesday, October 22, 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., enccinemas.com

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

Our Stages

New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock St, (252) 634-9057 October 18th – 20th: “Songs for a New World”, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.For tickets visit their website.  www.newberncivictheatre.org

RiverTowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., Call 252-633-3318.or visit www.RiverTownePlayers.org This Saturday join the fun for the Night of Appreciation and 2020 Season Reveal

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

Friday, October 18, 2019

Bonus Art Film – Frida, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Orringer Auditorium. Presented by the Lifetime Learning Center at Craven Community College. Call 252-633-2618.

Community Fall Festival, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at St Paul Catholic School. Call 252-633-0100.

It’s a Hocus Pocus Halloween, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.

Rivertowne Ballroom Dance Studio October Latin Dance Social 7:00-10:00 PM

18th – 20th: Havelock Chili Festival at Walter B. Jones Park in Havelock.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

BSA Jamboree-on-the-Air and Science – Technology – Engineering – Math (STEM) Event, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Presented by the VFW Post 2514, New Bern Amateur Radio Club and the Southern Air RC Club.

Native Plants Tour with Dr. Tom Glasgow, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Latham-Whitehurst Park. Call 252-633-1477.

“Mali Vibes”, 7:00 p.m. at Epiphany School of Global Studies. Call 252-670-1339.


Check Out Our Library!


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Children’s Story Hour ~  4:00-5:00 p.m. ~ Grades K-2~ An after-school adventure of storytelling and creative activities. Children’s Mini-Theater

StorySeekers~  4:00-5:00 p.m. ~ Ages 10-12 ~ Children develop storytelling techniques including oral storytelling, puppetry, and creative dramatics. This program is closed to new
participants at this time. Auditorium


Friday, October 18, 2019

TOTs – Time Out for Toddlers ~  9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 months to 3 ~ Join Toady the Frog for books, rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and puppets! Children’s Mini-Theater


Saturday, October 19, 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

Saturday @ the Movies ~ 3:00-4:35 p.m. ~ The Dark Tower
~ It’s an epic battle as a gunslinger fights to keep his nemesis from
destroying a mythical structure that supports all realities. This movie is
rated PG-13. Auditorium

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Foldable Folios ~ 2:00-5:00 p.m. ~ Ages 12 & up ~ Join the
Friends of the Library for this hands-on workshop to repurpose old
books into fun, new crafts. Choose from a variety of crafts projects
such as folding book pages into little monsters, angels, and hedgehogs;
or create jewelry, napkin rings, magnets & more. Auditorium


Monday, October 21, 2019

Teen Scene ~ 4:30-5:30 p.m. ~ Grades 6-12 ~ If You
Give a Teen a Cookie… It’s sure to be a delicious hour of fun!
Decorate cookies with the greatest of toppings: frosting, sprinkles,
and glitter. Design a confectionary masterpiece in celebration of
National Cookie Month! Auditorium


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Microsoft Word ~ 2:30-4:00 p.m. ~ Students will learn the
basics of Microsoft Word 2010: formatting, opening and saving files,
graphics, and printing. Basic computer skills are required

InBeTWEEN Wednesdays ~ 4:00-5:30 p.m. ~
Grades 3-5 ~ Book Buffet ~ It’s National Book Month! Bring your
appetite to sample some of our new and favorite library books
because we all know… you can’t taste a book by its cover!

Let’s Get Writing! ~ 7:30-8:30 p.m. ~ National Novel Writing
Month (NaNoWriMo) is right around the corner. Get energized and
pursue your writing goals with Adam Christiansen of Bookchats.net. He
will share tips on getting started, reaching your finish line, and
everything along the way. Auditorium


Don’t Forget These Places


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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