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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

Oct
22
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Gardens @ Tryon Palace Waystation

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Gardens @ Tryon Palace Waystation
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Gardens @ Tryon Palace Waystation
Tryon Palace Greenhouse and Gardens Manager, Hadley Cheris will meet guests at the Waystation to discover what is popping up in the 16 acres of Tryon Palace Gardens. (Tour cancelled only in the event of[...]

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Oct 22 @ 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.
Oct
23
Wed
2019

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Oct 23 @ 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
Oct 23 @ 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.
Oct
24
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
Oct 24 @ 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
Oct 24 @ 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[...]

Ghostwalk 2019: Spirited Skirts ... @ Historic Downtown New Bern

6:30 pm
Ghostwalk 2019: Spirited Skirts ... @ Historic Downtown New Bern
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 26 @ 9:30 pm
Ghostwalk 2019: Spirited Skirts and the Shadows they Cast @ Historic Downtown New Bern
Ghostwalk is a self-guided event that allows you to step into New Bern’s past. Meet spirits at 13 different historic ghost haunts including homes, theatres and Cedar Grove Cemetery. Enjoy the ghostly actors who will[...]

Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Oct 24 @ 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[...]

Live at Persimmons! @ Persimmons Restaurant

7:30 pm
Live at Persimmons! @ Persimmons Restaurant
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Live at Persimmons! @ Persimmons Restaurant
Live music is back on the deck at Persimmons! One of our favorite restaurants is back and better than ever. Come out and show your support for this New Bern treasure and enjoy a delicious[...]

Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Oct 24 @ 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!

Open Mic Night @ The Brown Pelican

8:00 pm
Open Mic Night @ The Brown Pelican
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Open Mic Night @ The Brown Pelican
The mic opens at 8pm. Sign up, plug in and jam out with us!
Oct
25
Fri
2019

Quilt Show @ New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

9:00 am
Quilt Show @ New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – Oct 26 @ 4:30 pm
Quilt Show @ New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
Friday October 25th 9-5 Saturday October 26th 9-4:30 Come out to view over 300 quilts, multiple vendors, exhibits, the famous Twice Around Treasures booth which has moved upstairs for the added space, the exclusive Guild[...]

Halloween Spooktacular: The Comp... @ Temple Church

7:00 pm
Halloween Spooktacular: The Comp... @ Temple Church
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm
Halloween Spooktacular: The Composer is Dead @ Temple Church
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR THE COMPOSER IS DEAD BY NATHANIEL STOOKEY WITH TEXT BY LEMONY SNICKET FRI, OCT 25, 2019 | 7PM TEMPLE CHURCH, NEW BERN Wesley Schulz, conductor Matthew Hager, narrator Join us as Lemony Snicket’s[...]
Oct
26
Sat
2019

WRNS Run Witch Run @ Union Point Park

7:00 am
WRNS Run Witch Run @ Union Point Park
Oct 26 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
WRNS Run Witch Run @ Union Point Park
Save the Date for a Halloween must do!! The annual WRNS Run Witch Run is powered by Handy Mart – Turtle Dude & benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital .. It’s a 1 mile fun[...]

All Hallows’ Eve @ Tryon Palace

10:00 am
All Hallows’ Eve @ Tryon Palace
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
All Hallows’ Eve @ Tryon Palace
Witches, ghosts, and other creatures are taking over Tryon Palace! Bring the kids dressed in their favorite costume and get into the Halloween spirit with crafts, games, and – of course – candy! While wandering[...]

African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation

2:00 pm
African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation
Oct 26 @ 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[...]

Trick-or-Treat in The Street @ Downtown New Bern

4:00 pm
Trick-or-Treat in The Street @ Downtown New Bern
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Trick-or-Treat in The Street @ Downtown New Bern
::::SAVE THE DATE:::: More details coming soon!

RockOween Extravaganza at BrUtopia @ BrUtopia

7:00 pm
RockOween Extravaganza at BrUtopia @ BrUtopia
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RockOween Extravaganza at BrUtopia @ BrUtopia
Another Halloween featuring Joe Baes Project! Come out to BrUtopia for the fourth annual Halloween Party!

Jack Willhite’s Rock & Roll Come... @ City Stage

8:00 pm
Jack Willhite’s Rock & Roll Come... @ City Stage
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jack Willhite’s Rock & Roll Comedy Show @ City Stage
Like a cross between Weird Al Yankovic and your favorite tribute band, Jack employs a half-ton of guitars, amps, lights & effects to bring you twisted, high-energy parodies of your favorite rock acts from AC/DC,[...]

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
Oct 26 @ 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[...]
Oct
27
Sun
2019

The Savvy Bride – A Social Brida... @ Stanly Hall Ballroom

2:00 pm
The Savvy Bride – A Social Brida... @ Stanly Hall Ballroom
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Savvy Bride – A Social Bridal Collective @ Stanly Hall Ballroom
The Savvy Bride – A Social Bridal Collective designed to plan your perfect day! Spend an afternoon at this bridal collective visiting with premier professional vendors for all of your needs to get you to[...]

Jazz Night With John Van Dyke @ Persimmons

5:30 pm
Jazz Night With John Van Dyke @ Persimmons
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jazz Night With John Van Dyke @ Persimmons
Come out and hear some fabulous Jazz on the deck!
Oct
29
Tue
2019

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Oct 29 @ 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.
Oct
30
Wed
2019

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Oct 30 @ 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
Oct 30 @ 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.
Oct
31
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
Oct 31 @ 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
Oct 31 @ 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
Oct 31 @ 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[...]

Live at Persimmons! @ Persimmons Restaurant

7:30 pm
Live at Persimmons! @ Persimmons Restaurant
Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Live at Persimmons! @ Persimmons Restaurant
Live music is back on the deck at Persimmons! One of our favorite restaurants is back and better than ever. Come out and show your support for this New Bern treasure and enjoy a delicious[...]

Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Oct 31 @ 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
1
Fri
2019

First Friday: Candlelight – A Dé... @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
First Friday: Candlelight – A Dé... @ Tryon Palace
Nov 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Friday: Candlelight – A Décor Sneak Peek! @ Tryon Palace
Candlelight is a magical time at Tryon Palace. Join Gardens and Greenhouse Manager Hadley Cheris for a behind the scenes glimpse of the inspiration and work that goes into making Candlelight such a treasured part[...]
Nov
2
Sat
2019

6th Annual Craig Brake Memorial ...

9:00 am
6th Annual Craig Brake Memorial ...
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am
6th Annual Craig Brake Memorial Colors 4 Cancer
A 10K/5K/1 Mile powdered COLOR run to benefit the Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center. 2019 Craig Brake Memorial Colors 4 Cancer 10k, 5k and 1 mile run/walk is a color run which benefits the[...]

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 2 @ 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
3
Sun
2019

New Bern Walk to End Alzheimer’s @ Galley Store & Marina

2:00 pm
New Bern Walk to End Alzheimer’s @ Galley Store & Marina
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm
New Bern Walk to End Alzheimer’s @ Galley Store & Marina
Join us on Nov. 3rd at the Galley Store & Marina for the 7th Annual New Bern Walk to End Alzheimer’s! This is a FREE event, but we encourage you to register for the Walk[...]

The Lasting Impact of the Barbou... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center

2:00 pm
The Lasting Impact of the Barbou... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Lasting Impact of the Barbour Boat Works Vessels of World War II @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
The Barbour Boat Works of New Bern became one of several shipyards in the United States contracted by the U.S. Navy to build fourteen naval vessels of which twelve ships would be delivered to the[...]
Nov
5
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace
Nov 5 @ 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
Nov 5 @ 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[...]

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Nov 5 @ 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.

MumFest Oct. 11-13, 2019

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