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

Mar
30
Sat
2019

Exhibit: Celebrating Craven Coun... @ North Carolina History Center

9:00 am
Exhibit: Celebrating Craven Coun... @ North Carolina History Center
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – May 26 @ 5:00 am
Exhibit: Celebrating Craven County Student Art @ North Carolina History Center
The public is invited to enjoy an exhibit celebrating student artists from Craven County Schools. Including pieces from art departments from all Craven County public schools, the exhibit is curated and produced by the dedicated[...]
Apr
23
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace
Apr 23 @ 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[...]

Acoustic Show with Justin From B... @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Acoustic Show with Justin From B... @ City Stage
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Acoustic Show with Justin From Blue October @ City Stage
V103.3 and Justin from Blue October are doing it live in ENC for Hurricane Florence Relief! Join us at City Stage in New Bern on Tuesday, April 23rd for an intimate acoustic set with lead[...]

Trivia Tuesday @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Trivia Tuesday @ City Stage
Apr 23 @ 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[...]

Family Feud Trivia @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Family Feud Trivia @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
Family Feud Trivia @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
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.
Apr
24
Wed
2019

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Apr 24 @ 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

7:00 pm
Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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.
Apr
25
Thu
2019

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
Apr 25 @ 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[...]

Karoake with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karoake with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Karoake 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
Apr 25 @ 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!
Apr
26
Fri
2019

An Evening with Diana Gabaldon @ Tryon Palace South Lawn

5:00 pm
An Evening with Diana Gabaldon @ Tryon Palace South Lawn
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm
An Evening with Diana Gabaldon @ Tryon Palace South Lawn
Tryon Palace cordially invites you to “An Evening with Diana Gabaldon,” writer of the bestselling “Outlander” series on April 26! 5:00 PM: Exclusive Cocktail Hour Exclusive Cocktail Hour & Dinner: ($450 per person) Mingle with Diana[...]

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

Lewis n Clark Live @ RiverTowne Players at Masonic Theatre

7:30 pm
Lewis n Clark Live @ RiverTowne Players at Masonic Theatre
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
Lewis n Clark Live @ RiverTowne Players at Masonic Theatre
Get your tickets now to the Lewis & Clark fundraiser concert featuring the song book of James Taylor and Carole King. Von Lewis is fresh off his role in the Academy Award winning movie Green[...]
Apr
27
Sat
2019

A Q&A with Diana Gabaldon @ Tryon Palace

10:00 am
A Q&A with Diana Gabaldon @ Tryon Palace
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A Q&A with Diana Gabaldon @ Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace is excited to present “A Q&A with Diana Gabaldon,” writer of the bestselling “Outlander” series on April 27! Join Diana Gabaldon on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00[...]

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

12:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza

1:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
Apr 27 @ 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[...]

African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation

2:00 pm
African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
African American Heritage Tour @ Tryon Palace Waystation
African American Heritage Tour Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 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[...]

Carolina Swamp Dogs Live @ City Stage

8:00 pm
Carolina Swamp Dogs Live @ City Stage
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Carolina Swamp Dogs Live @ City Stage
The three members of CSD spent more than 110 years combined in the United States Marine Corps. They share a love of the Blues and the result is a unique take on old Blues standards[...]
Apr
28
Sun
2019

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

1:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

Game of Thrones Watch Party @ Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220

8:00 pm
Game of Thrones Watch Party @ Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
Game of Thrones Watch Party @ Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220
Presented by Folks Journal Located in the Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220 Pre-Party begins April 7th, 8-10pm 1st episode party April 14th, @8pm Curated cocktails, 3 large screen TVs, Free gourmet nosh[...]
Apr
29
Mon
2019

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]
Apr
30
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Gardens @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Gardens @ Tryon Palace
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Gardens @ Tryon Palace
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[...]

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

Trivia Tuesday @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Trivia Tuesday @ City Stage
Apr 30 @ 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[...]

Family Feud Trivia @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Family Feud Trivia @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Family Feud Trivia @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
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.
May
1
Wed
2019

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
May 1 @ 6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
May 1 @ 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

7:00 pm
Trivia Night @ The Brown Pelican
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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.
May
2
Thu
2019

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
May 2 @ 6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

A Musical Journey Thru America @ Orringer Hall on Craven Community College Campus

7:00 pm
A Musical Journey Thru America @ Orringer Hall on Craven Community College Campus
May 2 @ 7:00 pm
A Musical Journey Thru America @ Orringer Hall on Craven Community College Campus
Craven Community Chorus Presents: “A MUSICAL JOURNEY THRU AMERICA” under the direction of Philip Evancho. The accompaniment will be provided by Cheryl Arthur Kite, pianist and Rachel Pino with the Trent River Orchestra. Performances will[...]

Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Evening Serenade with Alisa Mike @ City Stage
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 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[...]

Karoake with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karoake with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
May 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Karoake 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
May 2 @ 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!
May
3
Fri
2019

First Friday: Civil War Medicine @ Tryon palace

2:00 pm
First Friday: Civil War Medicine @ Tryon palace
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Friday: Civil War Medicine @ Tryon palace
Join Tryon Palace’s Military Interpretive Units Coordinator Gary Riggs for a look into medical history during the Civil War, including practices and procedures in camp and on the battlefield. Location: Cullman Performance Hall in N.C.[...]

Brews & Bites on the River @ Riverfront

5:00 pm
Brews & Bites on the River @ Riverfront
May 3 @ 5:00 pm
Brews & Bites on the River @ Riverfront
Join us for Brews & Bites on the River to enjoy several tastings of local craft beers and wine, bites from Tiny Tornado and Dank Burrito Food Trucks. Enjoy live music from Gloriana’s Tom Gossin[...]

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
May 3 @ 6:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]
May
4
Sat
2019

A Ride to Remember @ HomePlace of New Bern

8:00 am
A Ride to Remember @ HomePlace of New Bern
May 4 @ 8:00 am
A Ride to Remember @ HomePlace of New Bern
Come join Alzheimer’s North Carolina on Saturday, May 4 for the 3rd Annual Ride to Remember – a cycling fundraiser to raise money and awareness for statewide support groups, educational seminars, and families and caregivers[...]

Teacher Appreciation Day @ Tryon Palace

9:00 am
Teacher Appreciation Day @ Tryon Palace
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Teacher Appreciation Day @ Tryon Palace
In appreciation of all educators, Tryon Palace will offer free admission all day for teachers on May 4. Teachers with identification will receive a complimentary One Day Pass that includes access to the Governor’s Palace,[...]

Festival of Fun! @ Union Point Park

10:00 am
Festival of Fun! @ Union Point Park
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Festival of Fun! @ Union Point Park
New Bern Parks and Recreation presents the 19th annual Festival of Fun on Saturday, May 4th from 10am – 4pm. This annual event will be held at Union Point Park, located at 210 E. Front[...]

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

12:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

A Musical Journey Thru America @ Orringer Hall on Craven Community College Campus

3:00 pm
A Musical Journey Thru America @ Orringer Hall on Craven Community College Campus
May 4 @ 3:00 pm
A Musical Journey Thru America @ Orringer Hall on Craven Community College Campus
Craven Community Chorus Presents: “A MUSICAL JOURNEY THRU AMERICA” under the direction of Philip Evancho. The accompaniment will be provided by Cheryl Arthur Kite, pianist and Rachel Pino with the Trent River Orchestra. Performances will[...]

Southern Gentlemen Barbershopper... @ Grover C. Fields Auditorium

7:30 pm
Southern Gentlemen Barbershopper... @ Grover C. Fields Auditorium
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Southern Gentlemen Barbershoppers’ 25th Annual Show @ Grover C. Fields Auditorium
Perhaps you’re a fan of the Southern Gentlemen or you just enjoy really good acappella harmony  or you’re hoping to find a toe-tapping, thigh slapping fun filled evening designed for the whole family.  If so,[...]
May
5
Sun
2019

2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds

1:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019 Spring Fling Fair @ Craven County Fairgrounds
Our annual Spring Fling Fair! This year we are featuring a new Midway Provider! We will have some of the ‘classic’ rides this year – like the bumper cars, the Ferris Wheel, and more! Parking[...]

Copper Ridge Wedding Expo @ Copper Ridge on the Neuse

2:00 pm
Copper Ridge Wedding Expo @ Copper Ridge on the Neuse
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Copper Ridge Wedding Expo @ Copper Ridge on the Neuse
The Copper Ridge Wedding Expo is the perfect place to begin, or even finish up planning your perfect wedding. Hosted by the gorgeous Copper Ridge on the Neuse, the area’s best wedding vendors are anxious[...]

Game of Thrones Watch Party @ Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220

8:00 pm
Game of Thrones Watch Party @ Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220
May 5 @ 8:00 pm
Game of Thrones Watch Party @ Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220
Presented by Folks Journal Located in the Cellar Door Speakeasy at The Jarvis at 220 Pre-Party begins April 7th, 8-10pm 1st episode party April 14th, @8pm Curated cocktails, 3 large screen TVs, Free gourmet nosh[...]

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