Weekend Happenings In and Around New Bern: December 30, 2021 – January 2, 2022

New Bern Grand Marina and Waterfront

Around Town

Join the Twin Rivers Paddle Club for New Years Paddle. Meet at Jack’s Island in Lawson Creek Park at 1 p.m.


Music and Nightlife


– Jasmine Tasty Thai at BrÜtopia, 1201 Hwy 70 E.

New Year’s Eve:

4th Annual New Year’s Block Party starting at 5:30 p.m. in downtown New Bern

– Flo’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ice Ball, 6 p.m. at Flo’s Extravaganza Bar & Lounge, 2704 Neuse Blvd.

– The Brown Pelican’s Last Party with Music by Front Street, 8 p.m. at 411 Broad St.

– NYE Drag Show, 8 p.m. – Midnight at Tap That, 901 Pollock St.

– Bipolar Express at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St.


– Doc & Roll at Tonic Parlor, 218 Middle St.

Check out the New Bern Music Calendar for more — 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.

Rowland and The Home Sales Team


Outdoor Life

Walk in the Woods
Island Creek Trail in the Croatan National Forest

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 activities from tennis, sand volleyball, bocce ball, kickball, baseball, softball, pickleball, to disc golf and other sports.

Prefer paddling? There are plenty of places to launch your boat or watercraft. Rent a canoe at Merchant’s Grocery in Brices Creek or watercraft from Stand Up Outfitters on Country Club Rd. Contact the Twin Rivers Paddle Club for a Paddle Trails Packet for mapped trails and launch sites.

Enjoy a day at the park – playgrounds, picnic tables, grills, shelters, dog park, fishing piers, and other amenities.

Take a walk in the woods — hike in the Croatan National Forest. It’s hunting season so be aware, wear orange, and park on the same side of the road where you enter the woods just in case you get lost, the Ranger can find you. Hunting isn’t allowed in the Island Creek Trail area so you may want to check it out.


At the Movies

The Bruin cinema exterior
ENC Cinemas: Bear Town Cinema at 2806 Trent Rd. and The Bruin at 2500 Neuse Blvd. Call 633-2772. Sing 2 (PG), The King’s Man (R), The Matrix Resurrections (R), Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG13), A Journal for Jordan (PG13), West Side Story (PG13), and American Underdog (PG).



Go on a “Bear Town Bear” Hunt.

Take a self-guided tour:

– African American Heritage Tour

African American Heritage Trail in New Bern, NC

Architectural Walking Tour

Churches and Cemeteries Tour

Civil War Heritage Tour

Historical Homes Tour

Revolutionary War Walking Tour

Follow the African American Heritage Trail signs to learn about New Bern’s history.

New Bern Battlefield Park
New Bern Battlefield Park

Take a self-guided or guided tour of New Bern’s Battlefield Park. Call the New Bern Historical Society to arrange guided tours at 638-8558.

Ghost Tour of New Bern every Tuesday thru Saturday. Visit the Black Cat Shoppe located at 246 Middle St. or call 635-1410 for details.


Boaters and Fishermen

Click here for Eastern NC tides, winds, water temperatures, etc.


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