New Bern Weekend Happenings: February 10 – February 13, 2022

Trent River
Admirer of the sun setting on the Trent River

Around Town

Check out the Twin Rivers Quilting Guild Exhibit at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S Front St.

Pecheles Honda in New Bern is hosting a Canned Food Drive for Religious Community Services at 3774 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.

“Save the Park” rallly at Union Point Park on Saturday, February 12 from 11 – 1 p.m.

Arts & Entertainment

Experience ArtWalk in New Bern on Friday, February 11 from 5 – 8 p.m. Stop by the Bank of the Arts at 317 Middle St. to pick up the ArtWalk card that highlights participating galleries and businesses. This is a monthly event presented by the Craven Arts Council & Gallery.

Here are some exhibits and activities that we’re aware of:

Valentine Cards Sale – Fundraiser for Craven County Schools Art Supplies at the Bank of the Arts in the Directors Gallery through the end of February. The Bank of the Arts is free and open to the public.

Check out BIG at Bank of the Arts. BIG showcases local artists who are known for their massive pieces. Artists include Jesse Doyle, Lee Tripi, and Chuck Jenson. The exhibition features a diverse array of styles and mediums, impressing not in their scale but also their artistic techniques. These staggering pieces will be displayed for the month of February in the Main Gallery with an opening reception on February 11 from 5 – 8 pm during the February ArtWalk.

Artwork by Lee Tripi
Artwork by Lee Tripi (photo by Lee Tripi)

Community Artists Gallery and Studios — celebrate “Dreamscapes” for February. Their artists of the month are Eleanor McAver and Nada Behr, painters, and Jim Karl, woodworker. Music will be provided by “Bag End,” music from the ’60s and ’70s. The upstairs Studio Annex will feature “Emerging Artist” Veronica Campos-Hallstrom. Refreshments will be served at 309 Middle St. 

Check out the 40-Million-Year-Old Tortoise Fossil and all kinds of artworks at Michaelé Rose Watson’s Studio M at 217 Middle St.

Meet the artists set up in Artisan Square. Stop by Studio B Creative and Andrea Owens Fiber Art Studio from 5 – 8 p.m. They will be serving refreshments.

Stop by The Next Chapter Books & Art located at 320 S. Front St.

The Accidental Artist, 219 A Craven St.

Fun Activities

Beary The Hatchet Axe Throwing Co., 504 S. Front St.

Bear Towne Escape Room, 233 Middle St.

Jumpin’ Jive Battlefield, Laser Tag Center, 2911 Brunswick Ave.


12th: Humane Society Benefit Show, 11:00 a.m. at the Tonic Parlor, 218A Middle St. Call 252-288-6905 for tickets.

12th: Valentine’s Day Quilling, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Havelock Library, 301 Cunningham Blvd., Havelock. Free supplies and instruction. Call 447-7509.

Rowland and The Home Sales Team

Music and Nightlife


– 30 Second Rocks & Jasmine Tasty Thai at BrÜtopia, 1201 US Hwy 70 E.

– Jake Sutton & Ray Waggoner at Captain Ratty’s, 202 Middle St.


– The Conspiracy Band at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St.

– Ravenz Bru at at Freshwater Beer Co., 904 Pollock St.


– The Wannabees at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front 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.

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 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 Croatan National Forest or bike, camp, hike, fish, horse riding, observe wildlife, picnic, water activities, etc. For more information, contact the Ranger’s station located off Hwy 70 at 252-638-5628.

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. American Underdog (PG), Blacklight (PG13), Death on the Nile (PG13), Jackass Forever (R), Marry Me (PG13), Moonfall (PG13), Redeeming Love (PG13), Scream (R), Sing 2 (PG), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG13).


Go on a “Bear Town Bear” Hunt

Take a self-guided tour:

– African American Heritage Tour

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.

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

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