Things to do in and around New Bern: March 2 – 5

Karen Rand Water Walk at NC History Center. Photo by Becky Wetherington

Events and Activities

3: LLC International Film: Brighton 4th, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Orringer Auditorium, 800 College Court.

3: TOTs (Time Out for Toddlers) Storytime, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at New Bern-Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson St.

3 – 5: Spring Big Book Sale, Fri – Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun: 12 – 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1125 Pinetree Dr. Presented by the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.

4 – 5: 27th Annual Train Show, Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, 203 S. Front St.

Visit the New Bern Farmer’s Market every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 421 S. Front St.

Entertainment and Music


Ashton Ward at Harris Teeter, 3565 Dr. M.L.K. Jr Blvd.

Boomerang at The Point, 1105 Barkentine Dr.


Jim Bennet at BrÜtopia, 1201 US Highway 70 E
Alexandra Bridgers & Bo Webber at The Brown Pelican, 1017-B Broad Street


Work In Progress at Tonic Parlor, 232 Middle St A
On The Rocks at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 South Front Street

Check out the New Bern Music Calendar for more events.


Visit Michaelé Rose Watson’s Studio M, Fine Glass Artist and Clay Sculptor at 217 Middle St.

Accidental Artist, 219 Craven St.

Bear Hands Art Factory, 1820 Trent Blvd.

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Hand-Crafted Gallery, 317 Pollock St.

Craven Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St.

Community Artists Gallery and Studios, 309 Middle St.

Next Chapter Books & Art, 320 S. Front St.

Wine and Design, 1910 South Glenburnie Road

Outdoor Life

A fallen tree spans the water alongside the Island Creek Nature Trail in Pollocksville.. Photo by Todd Wetherington.
A fallen tree spans the water alongside the Island Creek Nature Trail in Pollocksville. Photo by Todd Wetherington.

Enjoy a day at the park – playgrounds, picnic tables, grills, shelters, dog park, fishing piers, and other amenities. There’s always fun to be had at the 20 + parks and recreation facilities maintained by Craven County Recreation and Parks and the City of New Bern Parks and Recreation! They offer all kinds of activities from tennis, sand volleyball, bocce ball, kickball, baseball, softball, and pickleball, to disc golf, and other sports.

Prefer paddling? There are plenty of places to launch your boat or watercraft. Rent a kayak from BearFoot Kayak. Contact the Twin Rivers Paddle Club for a Paddle Trails Packet for mapped trails and launch sites.

Take a walk in the Croatan National Forest or bike, camp, hike, fish, horse ride, 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

ENC Cinemas: Bear Town Cinema at 2806 Trent Rd. and The Bruin at 2500 Neuse Blvd. Call 633-2772. Creed (PG13), Jesus Revolution (PG13), 80 For Brady (PG13), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village (R), Creed III (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.

New Bern Academy Exhibits at New Bern Academy, 514 New St.

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.

Boaters and Fishermen

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

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By Becky Wetherington, creative director