Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern: July 14-16

Brad Wells paddleboarding on the Trent River.
Brad Wells paddleboarding on the Trent River.

Around Town

Check out the New Bern Farmers Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 421 S. Front St.

The Next Chapter Books and Art will host Author Dina Greenberg for a reading and signing of NERMINA’S CHANCE on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 320 S. Front St.

Join Stewart Equipment Co. (SECO) on Saturday from 5 – 10 p.m. to celebrate their 50-year anniversary at 1400 Hwy 17 N.

East Carolina Amateur Baseball League will play at Kafer Park on Sunday. Red Sox at Rockies at 1 p.m., Mets at Yankees at 4 p.m. and Marlins at Braves at 7 p.m.

Join Fairway Disc Golf on Sunday at Glenburnie Park. Sign up starts at 9 a.m., tee off around 10 a.m.


14: Havelock Chamber’s Ribbon Cutting for Club 199 Sports Bar and Lounge, 4 p.m. at 400 US 70 W

14: Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series: On the Border, 6:30 p.m. at Union Point Park

15: Car Show, 2 – 7 p.m. presented by the New Bern High School Band at 4200 Academic Dr.

Entertainment and Music


DJ Bingo at Beartown Bistro, 1200 US 70 E


Bryan Mayer at Tap That, 901 Pollock St.


Joe Starr at Tonic Parlor, 218 Middle St.

Check out the New Bern Music Calendar for more events.


New Bern Artwalk is planned for tonight, July 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. Contact the Craven Arts Council & Gallery at the Bank of the Arts located at 317 Middle St. for a list of participating businesses and nonprofits in downtown New Bern.

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

Practicing lacrosse at Lawson Creek Park.
Practicing lacrosse at Lawson Creek Park.

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.

Cool off at the New Bern Aquatic Center located at 1155 Laura Lane or the Spray Park at 807 George St.

Go camping. The New Bern KOA, 1565 B. St. in Bridgeton; Moonlight Lake RV Park and Cottages, 180 Moonlight Lake Dr. in New Bern; Turkey Quarter Campground and RV Park, 163 Kirby Rd. in Cove City and Green Acres Family Campground, 1679 Green Acres Rd. in Williamston offer cabins, RV and primitive camping sites. Flanners Beach/Neuse River Recreation area offers both RV and primitive sites.

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:  Call 252-633-2772.

Bear Town Cinema 6

-Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

-Insidious: The Red Door

-Sound of Freedom

-Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (PG13)

-Elemental (PG)

-Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (PG)


Tryon Palace in New Bern, N.C.
Tryon Palace

Go on a “Bear Town Bear” Hunt

Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St.

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.

Explore Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park.

Boaters and Fishermen

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

Wendy Card, co-editor. Send an email with questions or comments.