Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern: Aug. 18-20

Railroad Bridge in New Bern, NC

Around Town

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

East Carolina Amateur Baseball League will play at Kafer Park on Sunday. Game 1 Winner at No. 2 Seed at 1 p.m., Game 2 Winner at No. 1 Seed at 4 p.m.


19: Craven County Partners In Education “Stuff the Bus” event, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Staples, 3230 Dr. M.L.K., Jr. Blvd. Call 252-514-6321.

19: West African Dance Performance and Workshop, 1 p.m. at the J. Murphy Smith Center, 508 Middle St.

Entertainment and Music


DJ Bengeez at The Garage, 1209 Hwy 70 E


Bag End at the New Bern Farmers Market, 421 S. Front St.

The Bears at Saltwater Grill in New Bern, 1 Marina Road


Justin Castellano at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant, 100 Pollock St.

Check out the New Bern Music Calendar for more events.


West African Dance Performance and Workshop

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

Privateering Play Area behind the North Carolina History Center. Funded by the Craven Community Foundation and Dr. Jim Congleton.
Privateering Play Area behind the North Carolina History Center. Funded by the Craven Community Foundation and Dr. Jim Congleton.

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 for updates.

Bear Town Cinema 6

-The Last Voyage of the Demeter (R)

-Meg 2: The Trench (PG13)

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (PG)

-Haunted Mansion (PG13)

-Barbie (PG13)

-Oppenheimer (R)

The Bruin

-Talk to Me (R)

-Barbie (PG13)

-Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (PG13)

-Sound of Freedom (PG13)


Craven Master Gardeners' grounds at Craven Cooperative Extension.
NC Cooperative Extension Garden created and maintained by the Craven Master Gardeners.

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.

Visit the Craven Master Gardeners’ grounds at Craven Cooperative Extension, 300 Industrial Dr.

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.