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

Jun
18
Tue
2019

Tryon Palace Celebrates National... @ Tryon Palace Gardens, North Carolina History Center, Cullman Performance Hall

9:00 am
Tryon Palace Celebrates National... @ Tryon Palace Gardens, North Carolina History Center, Cullman Performance Hall
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm
Tryon Palace Celebrates National Pollinator Week @ Tryon Palace Gardens, North Carolina History Center, Cullman Performance Hall
Join Tryon Palace in celebrating National Pollinator Week June 18-23. Throughout the week, learn about how to help pollinators with posters and take-home items, and meet the bees in our observation hive at the NC[...]

Pollinator Garden Tours @ Tryon Palace Gardens

10:00 am
Pollinator Garden Tours @ Tryon Palace Gardens
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – Jun 21 @ 11:00 am
Pollinator Garden Tours @ Tryon Palace Gardens
During National Pollinator Week, Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will be leading daily tours of the Palace Gardens. During the tours, Cheris will be discussing our favorite pollinator plants and those pollinators[...]
Jun
20
Thu
2019

Ladies Night @ Franklin's Antique Mall

6:00 pm
Ladies Night @ Franklin's Antique Mall
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ladies Night @ Franklin's Antique Mall
Join us for our first ever Ladies Night! We’ll have refreshments, giveaways, and special discount offers! Our store hours will be extended until 8 pm for this one night event! Grab a few of your[...]

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

6:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Jun 20 @ 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
Jun 20 @ 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[...]

Palace Contemporaries: Summer So... @ Tryon Palace

6:30 pm
Palace Contemporaries: Summer So... @ Tryon Palace
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Palace Contemporaries: Summer Solstice Party @ Tryon Palace
Come mingle with your contemporaries on the Kitchen Garden Patio. Join our Gardens Manager in the Kitchen Garden and explore the history of medicinal herbs. Learn how to prepare a delicious summer cocktail, from a[...]

2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration @ North Carolina History Center

7:00 pm
2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration @ North Carolina History Center
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration @ North Carolina History Center
On Thursday, June 20, join us for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Tryon Palace with guest speaker, Dr. David Dennard. Program Schedule: 7:00 p.m.: Present Flag, National Anthem (Lift Every Voice) 7:10 p.m.: Youth[...]

Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Jun 20 @ 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
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Live at Persimmons! @ Persimmons Restaurant
Live music is coming back to the deck at Persimmons! One of our favorite restaurants is back and better than ever, having been restored after Hurricane Florence. Come out and show your support for this[...]

Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Jun 20 @ 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
Jun 20 @ 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!
Jun
21
Fri
2019

Rockin’ on the Rivers @ Union Point Park

4:30 pm
Rockin’ on the Rivers @ Union Point Park
Jun 21 @ 4:30 pm
Rockin’ on the Rivers @ Union Point Park
The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce and WRNS are pleased to announce Nashville Recording Artist Chris Lane as the HEADLINE PERFORMER at the #RockinontheRivers Kickoff Concert for the The Great Trent River Raft Race. Also joining him will be Nashville Recording Artist Walker Hayes.[...]

9th Annual Family Fly-In & Movie... @ Havelock Tourist & Event Center

5:00 pm
9th Annual Family Fly-In & Movie... @ Havelock Tourist & Event Center
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
9th Annual Family Fly-In & Movie Night @ Havelock Tourist & Event Center
9th Annual Fly-In Movie & Family Night Fun and interactive stem demonstrations and booths. Learn about engineering, weather and aerodynamics Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch Incredibles 2 at 7 pm on the[...]

Bellydance Heart and SOULstice H... @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Bellydance Heart and SOULstice H... @ City Stage
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bellydance Heart and SOULstice Hafla @ City Stage
Save the date for the start of a weekend of workshops and unforgettable dancing with a night of fun, vending and performances by local and regional guest dancers. Confirmed performers: Queen of the Universe Dance[...]

Cecil Gillikin @ The Brown Pelican

7:00 pm
Cecil Gillikin @ The Brown Pelican
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cecil Gillikin @ The Brown Pelican
Singer/Songwriter/musician come hear his acoustic guitar favorites!

Tommy Duzan @ The Garage

7:00 pm
Tommy Duzan @ The Garage
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm
Tommy Duzan @ The Garage
Come out and support a favorite local artist and get some food from  Gorhamn’s Cafe!

Live at Blackbeard’s – Machine Gun @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant

7:30 pm
Live at Blackbeard’s – Machine Gun @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Live at Blackbeard’s – Machine Gun @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Come on out to Blackbeard’s triple play to see Machine Gun perform live!
Jun
22
Sat
2019

The Great Trent River Raft Race @ Union Point Park

all-day
The Great Trent River Raft Race @ Union Point Park
Jun 22 all-day
The Great Trent River Raft Race @ Union Point Park
The Great Trent River Raft Race is back AGAIN!  In the 70’s and early 80’s there was an event…an event that drew thousands to the shore of the Trent River to watch a spectacle like[...]

“Intro to Apiculture” Pollinator... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center

10:00 am
“Intro to Apiculture” Pollinator... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Intro to Apiculture” Pollinator Week Lecture @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
During National Pollinator Week, join Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Apiary Beekeeper, and DJ Moran, Educator Liaison Craven-Pamlico Beekeepers Assoc & NC State Beekeepers Assoc. Master Beekeeper Prog. Committee Member, as they discuss the importance of[...]

New Bern Epic Water War & Foam P... @ Union Point Park

11:30 am
New Bern Epic Water War & Foam P... @ Union Point Park
Jun 22 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
New Bern Epic Water War & Foam Party @ Union Point Park
As part of the Great Trent River Raft Race, EOP will be there providing an epic water war and foam party!!!! Wear clothes that can get soaked and bring a towel….or two! The water war[...]

The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza

1:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
The Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza are rotating music and art weekends located in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina. Saturday Sessions run from 1pm-5pm and begin Saturday April 6, 2019 and will[...]

“Disneynature – Wings of Life” M... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center

2:00 pm
“Disneynature – Wings of Life” M... @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Disneynature – Wings of Life” Movie @ Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
During National Pollinator Week, enjoy a free presentation of the movie “Disneynature – Wings of Life” in Cullman Performance Hall. This will be a great event for all families!

African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation

2:00 pm
African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation
Jun 22 @ 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[...]

80’s Night @ The Garage

7:00 pm
80’s Night @ The Garage
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm
80’s Night @ The Garage
It’s 80’s night people!! Let’s get fluorescent , break out the wigwam socks and big hair! “Dj Jazzy Tommy” doing the 80’s jams! We also are hosting for the first time McGrady Grill, yum!!🍴

At the Gallery: Season Finale @ Bank of the Arts

7:00 pm
At the Gallery: Season Finale @ Bank of the Arts
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm
At the Gallery: Season Finale @ Bank of the Arts
At the Gallery: Season Finale ​June 22, 2019 Join us for a special encore presentation of the At the Gallery series.  The 20th Century American Composer Season Finale will draw from the songbooks of all[...]

Tan Sanders @ BrÜtopia

7:00 pm
Tan Sanders @ BrÜtopia
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tan Sanders @ BrÜtopia
Tan will be playing alone doing his favorite covers ranging from Waylon Jennings to Tom Petty to Steve Earle. Also some originals inspired by writers like John Prine and Ray Wylie Hubbard! La Cocina Del[...]

Big Jim Kohler and Friends! @ City Stage New Bern

8:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! @ City Stage New Bern
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! @ City Stage New Bern
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 that everyone will enjoy! 8:00pm[...]

Feral Cats @ The Brown Pelican

8:00 pm
Feral Cats @ The Brown Pelican
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Feral Cats @ The Brown Pelican
Feral Cats band is a funky blues band that will make you shake your tail!

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
Jun 22 @ 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[...]
Jun
23
Sun
2019

Big Jim Kohler @ Carolina Colors Pool

2:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler @ Carolina Colors Pool
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler @ Carolina Colors Pool
Tracey Stones Productions, LLC presents Big Jim will be out singing the blues for Carolina Colors residents and their friends. Pack a snack and bring a drink. Suggested $10 donation for the band.
Jun
24
Mon
2019

Jim Kohler Blues @ The Brown Pelican

7:00 pm
Jim Kohler Blues @ The Brown Pelican
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jim Kohler Blues @ The Brown Pelican
Come out to hear this fabulous blues band, bring your talent and jam!!!
Jun
25
Tue
2019

Jonkonnu Workshops @ Waystation Auditorium

1:00 pm
Jonkonnu Workshops @ Waystation Auditorium
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 3:00 pm
Jonkonnu Workshops @ Waystation Auditorium
To prepare for Candlelight, Jonkonnu Workshops are held for both children and adults every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. from June 25 to August 6, 2019. At the workshops, participants will learn the dances, songs, and other[...]

Trivia Tuesday @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Trivia Tuesday @ City Stage
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Tuesday @ City Stage
Come and test your Trivia skills for an opportunity to win great prizes and have fun with friends! It’s all about bringing people together! Our Kitchen and Bar will have some tasty offerings to compliment the evening. Stick[...]

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Jun 25 @ 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.
Jun
26
Wed
2019

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Jun 26 @ 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
Jun 26 @ 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.
Jun
27
Thu
2019

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast @ Cullman Performance Hall

6:00 pm
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast @ Cullman Performance Hall
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast @ Cullman Performance Hall
Be our guest for the first installment of our summer movies series and watch one of our favorite princess movies of all time, Beauty and the Beast (1991). This is the animated story of an[...]

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

6:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Jun 27 @ 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
Jun 27 @ 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
Jun 27 @ 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
Jun 27 @ 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
Jun 27 @ 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!
Jun
28
Fri
2019

Bridgeton Blueberry Festival @ Vernon Blades Park

4:30 pm
Bridgeton Blueberry Festival @ Vernon Blades Park
Jun 28 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 29 @ 9:00 pm
Bridgeton Blueberry Festival @ Vernon Blades Park
Dates:  June 28 & 29, 2019 Location:  Vernon Blades Park, 901 B Street, Bridgeton Friday times 4:30pm-9:00pm Saturday times 9:30am-4:00pm Rivermist, Band Friday night, June 28, 6:30-8:30pm The Pamlico Sound Machine, Band Saturday afternoon, June 29, 1:30-3:30pm[...]

Footloose On The Neuse – Summer ... @ Union Point Park

6:30 pm
Footloose On The Neuse – Summer ... @ Union Point Park
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm
Footloose On The Neuse – Summer Concert Series @ Union Point Park
New Bern Parks and Recreation presents the Trent Cadillac GMC “Footloose on the Neuse” Summer Concert Series featuring: Friday, June 14th- The Back Beat Friday, June 28th- Martin Davis Band featuring Jackie Gore Friday, July[...]

Bouchée Bee Wine Dinner at the J... @ The Jarvis at 220

7:00 pm
Bouchée Bee Wine Dinner at the J... @ The Jarvis at 220
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bouchée Bee Wine Dinner at the Jarvis with Savi’s Wine Shops @ The Jarvis at 220
If you love French cuisine, wine, and a vibrant but cozy atmosphere, please join us for the next Bouchée Bee wine dinner at the Jarvis with Savi’s Wine Shop. Bouchée Bee is a pop-up restaurant[...]

William Seymour at The Brown Pel... @ The Brown Pelican

7:00 pm
William Seymour at The Brown Pel... @ The Brown Pelican
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
William Seymour at The Brown Pelican @ The Brown Pelican
Come out to The Brown Pelican and see William Seymour on June 28th! Come by and hear some original music, as well as some of your favorite blues, soul, and rock n roll covers.
Jun
29
Sat
2019

Run for the Warriors @ Union Point Park

7:30 am
Run for the Warriors @ Union Point Park
Jun 29 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Run for the Warriors @ Union Point Park
Hope For The Warriors® is excited to share HOPE with your community! Run For The Warriors® is a national race series bringing communities together to support our service members and families. Races: 1st Mile Mile[...]

The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza

1:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
The Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza are rotating music and art weekends located in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina. Saturday Sessions run from 1pm-5pm and begin Saturday April 6, 2019 and will[...]

An Evening with Simon Spalding @ City Stage

7:00 pm
An Evening with Simon Spalding @ City Stage
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
An Evening with Simon Spalding @ City Stage
Simon Spalding combines songs, tunes, and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure, and far-off lands and seas. The songs include singalong sea chanteys, Ragtime, ballads by Rudyard Kipling and Stephen Foster; and[...]

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
Jun 29 @ 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[...]