Everything comes together downtown

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.

Upcoming Events

Dec
11
Tue
2018

Holiday Pops presented by: The N... @ Temple Baptist Church

7:00 pm
Holiday Pops presented by: The N... @ Temple Baptist Church
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Hurricane Florence and the restorative efforts still in effect at the New Bern River Front Convention Center, this event has been relocated to Temple Baptists Church! Join the North Carolina Symphony[...]
Dec
14
Fri
2018

ENC Live Home Improvement & Holi... @ Craven County Fairgrounds

11:00 am
ENC Live Home Improvement & Holi... @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm
Two Exciting Shows Under One Roof!  The annual event showcases new trends and products in home improvement, technology, home decor and more.  Tour local and National vendor products & demonstrations, shop the local crafts and[...]

Holiday ArtWalk @ Downtown New Bern

5:00 pm
Holiday ArtWalk @ Downtown New Bern
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to downtown New Bern to participate in the festivities at the local ArtWalk businesses.  Downtown art galleries and restaurants stay open for extended hours and sponsor special events every second Friday of the month!

Dayspring Ministries Christmas B... @ The Flame Catering & Banquet Center

7:00 pm
Dayspring Ministries Christmas B... @ The Flame Catering & Banquet Center
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a time of fellowship and great food as we celebrate the season! Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dayspring-ministries-christmas-banquet-tickets-51221956250?ref=eios&aff=eios&fbclid=IwAR3Ala-Xq452UXo4DVQXXoLCnZNWcH1esEkbuO0qpSvIPgGYanPXyyqO6vw.

Beauty and the Beast @ Masonic Theatre

7:30 pm
Beauty and the Beast @ Masonic Theatre
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical Music By Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions[...]
Dec
15
Sat
2018

Pancakes for Pie @ Morgan's Tavern & Grill

7:00 am
Pancakes for Pie @ Morgan's Tavern & Grill
Dec 15 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Looking for the perfect way to have a delicious pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in beautiful, historic downtown[...]

20th Annual Cookie Walk @ Christ Episcopal Church

10:00 am
20th Annual Cookie Walk @ Christ Episcopal Church
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy live music while you take in the sights and smells of the thousands of homemade cookies for sale. The Cookie Walk Café will offer sandwiches, savory snacks, and your favorite beverages. Come early to[...]

Masquerade: A Candlelight Christ... @ Tryon Palace

4:30 pm
Masquerade: A Candlelight Christ... @ Tryon Palace
Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace on Dec 8th and 15th, 2018 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Make your holiday historic this[...]

Bernie Bear’s PJ Dance & Laser P... @ O'Marks Building

5:30 pm
Bernie Bear’s PJ Dance & Laser P... @ O'Marks Building
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Grab those cozy jammies and head on over to the O’Marks Building in Downtown New Bern for the very first Bernie’s Pajama Dance & Laser Party! Music and a spectacular laser light show by Emerald[...]

2018 New Bern SantaCon @ Downtown New Bern

6:00 pm
2018 New Bern SantaCon @ Downtown New Bern
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 2:00 am
SantaCon is simply a gathering of people dressed as Santa! This is an Unofficial Bar Crawl! You are responsible for yourself and yourself alone! Nobody else is responsible for you at this “event.” SantaCon is[...]

Beauty and the Beast @ Masonic Theatre

7:30 pm
Beauty and the Beast @ Masonic Theatre
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical Music By Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions[...]
Dec
16
Sun
2018

Beauty and the Beast @ Masonic Theatre

3:00 pm
Beauty and the Beast @ Masonic Theatre
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical Music By Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions[...]
Dec
21
Fri
2018

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

5:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

6:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

7:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]
Dec
22
Sat
2018

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

5:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

6:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

7:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]
Dec
23
Sun
2018

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

5:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

6:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]

SNOW in Bear Plaza @ Bear Plaza

6:00 pm
SNOW in Bear Plaza @ Bear Plaza
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a special Christmas snow in Bear Plaza.

New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour

7:00 pm
New Bern’s Polar Express @ New Bern Trolley Tour
Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
All aboard New Bern’s Polar Express Enjoy a one hour tour aboard the New Bern Trolley filled with caroling, Christmas lights and a visit with the Conductor and Santa’s Elves. Plus a Believe sleigh bell[...]

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