Fun Around Town October 24 – October 30, 2019

Live Music Options

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


Thursday, October 24, 2019 


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


Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033 offers the music of Whisky Break 6:30-9:30 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

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 25, 2019


NC Symphony Spooktacular! Temple Church 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Arrive early and in costume to enter the contest. Tickets available at the History Center.


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 they will be rocking the blues grooves courtesy of Big Jim Kohler & His Chicago Blues Band on tap to entertain you on Friday.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Now or Never will be in town sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

The Brown Pelican  411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of The Mad Fiddler, Jason Addams will be in town this Friday with FREE music offered 7-10 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers the fun country music of RT Johnson Band live this Friday from 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to groove you into the weekend!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

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

Broad Street Open Mic welcomes all players 6:30-9:00 p.m. This open mic night tkaes place on the last Saturday of most months.

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

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585  brings the music. J Lane & The Sonic Revival will be here sharing songs you know and love. Music kicks off at 7 pm and plays until 10 pm.

Sara’s Big Apple 1150 Broad Creek Rd., (252) 626-2555. Come out this Saturday night to enjoy the First Dine-In Art Gallery. Enjoy good food, live music by Dan Jam Phillips and admire the works of our local artists. There will be a meet and greet with the local artist that will be displaying their work for sale. Come see the works of Amber Williams, Sheri Leseberg, Shawn Yale, Lee Hood, Bob Welch, Heidi DiBella, Becky Preece and Diane McKillop. You can also sign up for Wine and Design. For details on that visit this link and sign up 8:00 -11:00 pm.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music from 8:00-11:00 pm with Ravenz Bru.

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

City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes rock parody player, Jack Willhite. Showtime is 8-11 pm and tickets are available at the door.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Country Gold Live in  Concert 2:30 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church – RUMC

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


Monday, October 28, 2019



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 29, 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 30, 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 24, 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 25, 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 26, 2019

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


Tuesday, October 29, 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 30, 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 Family Fun

Saturday, October 26, 2019 

All Hallows’ Eve 10 am to 2 pm tour fun for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the History Center or online.

African American Heritage Walking Tour 2 pm – 3 pm  The Tryon Palace African American Heritage Walking Tour is offered until November. Tours begin at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets, at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop, 2:00 p.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. 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 For info and show tickets visit their website.

RiverTowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., Call 252-633-3318. For more information and tickets to shows visit

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The History of Downtown New Bern’s Renaissance, 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant. Presented by the Colonial NC Branch English-Speaking Union.

24th – 26th: 29th Annual Ghostwalk “Spirited Skirts and the Shadows in various downtown locations. Presented by the New Bern Historical Society. Call 252-638-8558.


Friday, October 25, 2019

19th  Annual Halloween Preschooler Parade, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Begins at Middle and S. Front Sts. and ends at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2902.

25th – 26th“Bee by The River Quilt Show”, Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Presented by the Twin Rivers Quilters Guild.

Halloween Spooktacular – The Composer is Dead by Nathaniel Stookey with Text by Lemony Snicket, 7:00 p.m. at Temple Church. Presented by The North Carolina Symphony. Call 919-733-2750.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

River Bend Community Day – A day of yard sales and fun

Bernin’ to the Beach, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at  Presented by the Bike Box Project Pedaling for Parkinson’s.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Day, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Craven Community College. Call 252-638-7216.

BBQ Pork Sale Benefiting Fire Department, 11:00 a.m. at the Little Swift Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 4580 Hwy 17 North in Ernul.

Craven Panthers Baseball vs. Duke University, 11:30 a.m. at Creekside Park, 1821 Old Airport Rd. Golf Tournament benefiting Tabernacle Baptist Operation Christmas Child, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at The Emerald Golf and Country Club. Call 252-633-4440.

African American Heritage Walking Tour, 2:00 p.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.

Trunk or Treat, 3:00  – 5:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Call 252-633-3330.

Trunk or Treat 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Fairfield Harbour Community Center Parking Lot

Beary Not-So-Scary Halloween starts at 4:00 p.m. in Downtown New Bern.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween Trunk or Treat, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Epiphany School of Global Studies, 2301 Trent Rd. Call 252-638-0122.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fourth Annual Professional Women’s Conference, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Flame Banquet Center. Call 252-637-3111.


Check Out Our Library!


Thursday, October 24, 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 25, 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 26, 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, October 28, 2019

Basic Sign Language I ~ 2:30-4:00 p.m. ~ The class will
cover fingerspelling, numbers, greetings, and basic signs. No prior sign
language experience is required. Participants of all ages who are deaf,
hard of hearing, or hearing are welcome. Registration required. Conference Room

Craven Chess Players ~ 4:30-5:30 p.m. ~ Ages 8 & up ~
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. Registration required.

Let’s Talk About It: Picturing America: Places in the
Heart~ 7:00-8:30 p.m. ~ Take a trip to the small town of Holt in the
High Plains of Colorado. Independent Scholar Susan Schmit will dig
into family dynamics of seven residents whose lives become
interwoven in Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Registration is required. 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

New Bern Now’s Podsquad

Listen to our latest show: October 17 – 31, 2019:

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode, click here to see the show notes and listen to parts of the episode.

New Bern Now’s Podcast is an in-depth review of the great happenings in and around town

by Tracey Stones