Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern: Aug. 25-27

Jack's Island at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern, N.C.
Jack’s Island at Lawson Creek Park (NBN Photo/Wendy Card)

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 the Championship Game from 4 – 7 p.m. at Kafer Park on Sunday.


25: Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series: Chicago Rewired Tribute Band, 6:30 p.m. at Union Point Park.

26: New Bern Resolves, 9:45 a.m. procession from Centenary UMC parking lot to Christ Episcopal Church’s outdoor chapel followed by a ceremony. Call 252-671-6022.

26: Township Six Auxiliary Fire Department BBQ Fundraiser, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 109 Carolina Pines Blvd.

26: The Prophet Poetry Open Mic, 2 p.m. at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St.

Entertainment and Music


BokaNinas Pacific Island Fusion at Brewery 99, 1030 Pollock St.


Teacher’s Night Out at Tap That, 901 Pollock St.

Mike Bramble at Nautical Star Coffee, 218 Middle St.


David Robinson at DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Middle St.

Check out the New Bern Music Calendar for more events.


Michaelé Rose Watson’s Studio M, 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

New Bern Aquatic Center. (City of New Bern)
New Bern Aquatic Center. (City of New Bern)

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

-Strays (R)

-Blue Beetle (PG 13)

-The Last Voyage of the Demeter (R)

-Meg 2: The Trench (PG13)

-Oppenheimer (R)

-Sound of Freedom (PG13)

The Bruin

-Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story (PG13)

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (PG)

-Blue Beetle (PG13)

-Barbie (PG)


Animal Care Center Veterinary Hospital's Bear Town Bear and cat and dog sculptures (Monica)
Animal Care Center Veterinary Hospital’s Animal Care Center Veterinary Hospital’s Bear Town Bear and cat and dog sculptures (Monica)

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.