Everything comes together downtown

Get Ready for MumFest 2019!

Greater Downtown New Bern . . .

it’s where shopping, dining, history and the arts come together.

Situated at the confluence of two scenic rivers, Greater Downtown New Bern is the center for vibrant lifestyle experiences in Eastern North Carolina. Pedestrian-friendly, it is home to historic Tryon Palace, the birthplace of Pepsi, as well as great shopping, dining, museums, concerts, galleries and parks. Discover North Carolina’s second oldest town located just off of  US Highways 70 and 17.

It’s where everything has been coming together . . . for more than three hundred years.

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Clay model rendering of future sculpture
Clay model rendering of future sculpture

Greg was known by all as ‘Mr. New Bern.’ He never knew a stranger and had a gift for making everyone feel special. Because of this gift, most New Bernians considered him a friend. He loved the people who live here, our visitors and the organizations that serve these people. Because he believed so strongly in making New Bern a better place for all, he selflessly contributed his time, vision and efforts to our community.

Sadly, our friend died suddenly on January 29, 2018. We know the best way to honor him is to continue his efforts to make New Bern a place that is welcoming to all. But none of us want his story, the story of a remarkable man devoted to family and community, to be lost.

Local artist, Chris Richards, was commissioned to create a thoughtfully conceived sculpture depicting an image of the person we knew. Through discussions with Greg’s daughters, friends, and other local artists, Chris created a beautiful bronze sculpture that reflects strength, gentleness and a sense of nurturing. The sculpture will be placed on a granite base with engravings of Greg’s favorite sayings as well as a brief description of the man and his legacy.

We are asking you to support this piece of public art that will commemorate our friend for generations to come and will be placed in the heart of the downtown that Greg loved and served.

Upcoming Events

Nov
21
Thu
2019

Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

6:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain Ratty’s @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Each Thursday, from 6 to 9 pm, enjoy live music at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse in historic Downtown New Bern. The music changes each week so be sure to check out the website for[...]

30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia

6:30 pm
30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia
Think you know music? Come prove it with our take on a traditional game! We play 30 seconds of a song, you mark the song title off on your game sheet! First three rounds, the[...]

African American Lecture Series:... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center

7:00 pm
African American Lecture Series:... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
African American Lecture Series: “The Musical Impact of the Second Great Migration” @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
The significant impact of The Second Great Migration (1940-1970) on the American musical landscape cannot be overstated. The sounds of this time provided launching pads for multiple genres of music that dominate our current playlists.[...]

Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing and interaction with the[...]

Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Nov 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
It’s karaoke night from 8-11pm! The garage doors will be open, flags will be flying, and tunes will be flowing! Come show us what you’ve got!
Nov
23
Sat
2019

African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation

2:00 pm
African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation
African American Heritage Tour 2:00pm to 4:00pm Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern. New Bern served as a haven for many African[...]

30 Second Rocks at BlackBeard’s @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant

9:00 pm
30 Second Rocks at BlackBeard’s @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Nov 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
30 Second Rocks at BlackBeard’s @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Think you know music? Come prove it with our take on a traditional game! We play 30 seconds of a song, you mark the song title off on your game sheet! First three rounds, the[...]
Nov
26
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab @ Tryon Palace
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab @ Tryon Palace
Learn about the conservation work that is done to the artifacts on exhibit in the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina History Center and our historic house museums around Tryon Palace with Behind-the-Scenes tours of the Tryon[...]

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Nov 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Try your luck in a fun new twist to trivia! Team Trivia – Eastern NC and Blackbeard’s Triple Play present to you….Family Feud! Build your team and head on downtown to try your hand.
Nov
27
Wed
2019

Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace

9:15 am
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace
Nov 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor @ Tryon Palace
Join us on a tour of the Governor’s Palace and focus on the decorations for the upcoming “Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will lead a tour[...]

At the Gallery: Hank Williams Sr. @ Bank of the Arts

7:00 pm
At the Gallery: Hank Williams Sr. @ Bank of the Arts
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
At the Gallery: Hank Williams Sr. @ Bank of the Arts
Dubbed the “King of Country,” Hank Williams Sr. was one of the first country music superstars in the world, and helped to shape and define the genre for decades to come. Learning folk, country, and[...]

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound[...]

Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican

7:30 pm
Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican
Show off your knowledge in a number of categories. Bring a team or take on everyone by yourself. Fun and prizes from 7-8:30 pm.
Nov
28
Thu
2019

12th Annual TWIN RIVERS YMCA Tur... @ Taberna Golf and Country Club

6:00 am
12th Annual TWIN RIVERS YMCA Tur... @ Taberna Golf and Country Club
Nov 28 @ 6:00 am – 10:00 am
12th Annual TWIN RIVERS YMCA Turkey Trot 5k & 10k @ Taberna Golf and Country Club
Gobble Gobble! Join TWIN RIVERS YMCA for our 12th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and 10K on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at Taberna Golf and Country Club (401 Taberna Way New Bern, NC). Our 5K route[...]

Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

6:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain Ratty’s @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Each Thursday, from 6 to 9 pm, enjoy live music at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse in historic Downtown New Bern. The music changes each week so be sure to check out the website for[...]

30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia

6:30 pm
30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia
Think you know music? Come prove it with our take on a traditional game! We play 30 seconds of a song, you mark the song title off on your game sheet! First three rounds, the[...]

Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing and interaction with the[...]

Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
It’s karaoke night from 8-11pm! The garage doors will be open, flags will be flying, and tunes will be flowing! Come show us what you’ve got!
Nov
29
Fri
2019

Beary Merry Christmas Kickoff! @ Downtown New Bern

4:30 pm
Beary Merry Christmas Kickoff! @ Downtown New Bern
Nov 29 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Beary Merry Christmas Kickoff! @ Downtown New Bern
Beary Merry Christmas 2019 in New Bern officially kicks off Friday, November 29 with the Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival. After we light up the Christmas tree we will all parade down[...]
Nov
30
Sat
2019

30 Second Rocks at BlackBeard’s @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant

9:00 pm
30 Second Rocks at BlackBeard’s @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Nov 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
30 Second Rocks at BlackBeard’s @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Think you know music? Come prove it with our take on a traditional game! We play 30 seconds of a song, you mark the song title off on your game sheet! First three rounds, the[...]
Dec
3
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace historic clothing interpreter Leslie Lambrecht will lead a tour of the historic Jones House with a brief description of the house and then through the Tryon Palace Costume Shop on the first floor[...]

Irish Music Session @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Irish Music Session @ City Stage
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Irish Music Session @ City Stage
Irish Music Session moves to City Stage in New Bern The session tradition is a vital part of the Irish musical tradition. You never know exactly who will be there, or which tunes will be[...]

Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican

7:30 pm
Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican
Show off your knowledge in a number of categories. Bring a team or take on everyone by yourself. Fun and prizes from 7-8:30 pm.

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Try your luck in a fun new twist to trivia! Team Trivia – Eastern NC and Blackbeard’s Triple Play present to you….Family Feud! Build your team and head on downtown to try your hand.
Dec
4
Wed
2019

Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace

9:15 am
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace
Dec 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor @ Tryon Palace
Join us on a tour of the Governor’s Palace and focus on the decorations for the upcoming “Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will lead a tour[...]

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound[...]
Dec
5
Thu
2019

Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

6:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain Ratty’s @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Each Thursday, from 6 to 9 pm, enjoy live music at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse in historic Downtown New Bern. The music changes each week so be sure to check out the website for[...]

30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia

6:30 pm
30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
30 Second Rocks! @ BrUtopia
Think you know music? Come prove it with our take on a traditional game! We play 30 seconds of a song, you mark the song title off on your game sheet! First three rounds, the[...]

Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing and interaction with the[...]

Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
It’s karaoke night from 8-11pm! The garage doors will be open, flags will be flying, and tunes will be flowing! Come show us what you’ve got!

MumFest Oct. 11-13, 2019

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