Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern for August 26 – 29, 2021

The Great Trent River Raft Race
The Great Trent River Raft Race June 2018 (photo by New Bern Now)

Around Town

Congratulations, Pastry Chef Mayte Rueda on the opening of Mayte Sweets located at 901 Broad St. in Downtown New Bern, NC.

Sail with Captain Rod and the “Admiral” in luxury on Respite, their 42 foot sailing catamaran. Aquaventures Sailing Charters offer hourly, half-day, full-day, and sunset cruises and extended sailing packages. Call 646-8110.



Arts & Entertainment

Thursdays at BrUtopia

Jasmine Tasty Thai and 30 Second Rocks will be at BrÜtopia, 1201 Hwy 70 E. tonight.

Sing Karaoke on Friday night or catch Head on Collision on Saturday at the Garage, 1209 Hwy 70 E.

Also on Saturday, the BiPolar Express and 30 Second Rocks will be at Blackbeard’s, 415 S. Front St.

These are only a couple fun activities at local entertainment venues. For the latest lineup, check out the New Bern Music Calendar — it’s a great resource to help you follow and support local bands. Thank you Joanne Freidman for creating and maintaining this one stop shop for us to see who’s playing where!


The Bruin

At the Movies

ENC Cinemas: Bear Town Cinema at 2806 Trent Rd. and The Bruin at 2500 Neuse Blvd. Call 633-2772. Don’t Breathe 2 (R), Free Guy (PG13), Jungle Cruise (PG13), The Night House (R), Paw Patrol: The Movie (G), The Protégé (R), Reminiscence (PG-13), Respect (PG13), The Suicide Squad (R), and Starting August 27th: Candyman (R).


Outdoor life

There’s always fun to be had at the 20 + parks and recreation facilities maintained by Craven County Recreation and Parks and New Bern Parks and Recreation! They offer all kinds of summer camps and activities. Play tennis, sand volleyball, bocce ball, kickball, baseball, softball, pickleball, to disc golf and other sports. Cool off at the New Bern Aquatics Center or Spray Ground. Prefer paddling? There are plenty of places to launch your boat or watercraft. Or just enjoy a day at the park – playgrounds, picnic tables, grills, shelters, dog park, fishing piers, and other amenities.



27th: Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series: Trial By Fire Journey Tribute Band, 6:30 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2915.

28th: New Bern Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 421 S. Front St.

Participate in the Home Run Derby (Baseball & Softball) on Saturday, August 28 at 9 a.m. at Creekside Park to help a local boy with kidney transplant related expenses. All proceeds go to Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in Honor of Evan McGuire. This was rescheduled from last weekend. For details visit COTA for Evans Journey webpage here. – Bonnie Kershner

28th: The Great Trent River Raft Race, gates open at 10:00 a.m., races start at 11:00 a.m., Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at Union Point Park opens to the public at 10:00 a.m., starts at 11:00 a.m., Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

28th: 247th Anniversary Observance of the New Bern Resolves, procession starts at 10:00 a.m. Presented by the New Bern Chapter of the NC Sons of the American Revolution.

28th: 38 Special with Jive Mother Mary, 5:00 p.m. at Maola at Riverside, 1402 N. Craven St. Presented by the White Umbrella Group.



Boaters and Fishermen

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