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

Dec
10
Tue
2019

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Dec 10 @ 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
11
Wed
2019

Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace

9:15 am
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace
Dec 11 @ 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 11 @ 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
12
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 12 @ 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 12 @ 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 12 @ 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 12 @ 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!
Dec
13
Fri
2019

Art Walk @ Downtown New Bern

5:00 pm
Art Walk @ Downtown New Bern
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art Walk @ Downtown New Bern
ArtWalk is a fun, casual celebration of art and community in downtown New Bern, held every second Friday of each month . It begins at 5pm and usually goes till 8pm–but on warm summer nights,[...]
Dec
14
Sat
2019

Holiday Hustle 2019 @ Union Point Park

7:00 am
Holiday Hustle 2019 @ Union Point Park
Dec 14 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Holiday Hustle 2019 @ Union Point Park
At Craven Smart Start, we believe when young children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, that they will become loving, nurturing independent individuals who will contribute to their families, communities, and society.[...]

The Holly & The Ivy Holiday Home... @ Historic Districts

10:30 am
The Holly & The Ivy Holiday Home... @ Historic Districts
Dec 14 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Holly & The Ivy Holiday Homes Tour @ Historic Districts
Please plan to join the New Bern Woman’s Club for our 21st  Annual “The Holly and The Ivy” Holiday Homes Tour on Saturday, December 14th. The tour showcases  lovely historic district homes. Tickets will be[...]

A Candlelight Christmas Celebration @ Tryon Palace

4:30 pm
A Candlelight Christmas Celebration @ Tryon Palace
Dec 14 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Candlelight Christmas Celebration @ Tryon Palace
This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2019 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Experience the beauty, joy, and magic of the holidays[...]

Luminaries @ Ghent Community

5:00 pm
Luminaries @ Ghent Community
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Luminaries @ Ghent Community
The Ghent neighborhood will be lit up in grand fashion! All the regular decorations will be out all season, but for one night only the luminaries will be burning bright. Santa and Mrs. Clause will[...]

Matt White & Friends @ City Stage New Bern

8:00 pm
Matt White & Friends @ City Stage New Bern
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Matt White & Friends @ City Stage New Bern
Matt White and Friends is a monthly comedy show, brought to you by comedian Matt White (Raleigh NC) Winner of the “2012 Port City Top Comic” and 2013 “Carolina’s Funniest Comic”, Matt White’s brand of[...]

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
Dec 14 @ 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
17
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab @ Tryon Palace
Dec 17 @ 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[...]

Poetry & Literature Open Mic @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Poetry & Literature Open Mic @ City Stage
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
Poetry & Literature Open Mic @ City Stage
Folks Journal and City Stage New Bern are pleased to announce their 2019 events partnership in bringing New Bern an evening of Literature & Poetry every 3rd Tuesday from 7pm-9pm. Local poet and co-founder of[...]

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Dec 17 @ 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
18
Wed
2019

Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace

9:15 am
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holida... @ Tryon Palace
Dec 18 @ 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 18 @ 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
19
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 19 @ 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 19 @ 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 19 @ 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 19 @ 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!
Dec
21
Sat
2019

A Candlelight Christmas Celebration @ Tryon Palace

4:30 pm
A Candlelight Christmas Celebration @ Tryon Palace
Dec 21 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Candlelight Christmas Celebration @ Tryon Palace
This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2019 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Experience the beauty, joy, and magic of the holidays[...]

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
Dec 21 @ 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
24
Tue
2019

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Dec 24 @ 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
25
Wed
2019

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Dec 25 @ 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[...]

MumFest Oct. 11-13, 2019

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As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Swiss Bear, Inc. is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

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