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.

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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

Aug
24
Sat
2019

Stuff The Bus @ Craven County Partners in Education

10:00 am
Stuff The Bus @ Craven County Partners in Education
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Stuff The Bus @ Craven County Partners in Education
As school begins, school supply lists are made available to students and parents, but not all students are able to arrive the first day of school with the items required to put them on the[...]

End of Summer 90s Bash @ The Garage

12:00 pm
End of Summer 90s Bash @ The Garage
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm
End of Summer 90s Bash @ The Garage
Last weekend before school starts so we’re celebrating it with the 90s!!! Trivia, decor, music, tv sitcoms, we’re gonna have whatever we can come up with so come join the fun!!! Dress up if you[...]

The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza

1:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
Aug 24 @ 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 every Saturday until Mumfest weekend in October. Special[...]

Live and Local: Tryon Palace Bee... @ North Carolina History Center

5:00 pm
Live and Local: Tryon Palace Bee... @ North Carolina History Center
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival @ North Carolina History Center
Tryon Palace and the Tryon Palace Foundation are celebrating Eastern North Carolina’s best brews at the second annual “Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival” on August 24th at the North Carolina History Center in[...]

Joe Baes Project Live! @ BrUtopia

7:00 pm
Joe Baes Project Live! @ BrUtopia
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Joe Baes Project Live! @ BrUtopia
Come on out to BrUtopia on Saturday, August 24th to hear The Joe Baes Project Live! The Joe Baes Project will be bringing the tunes you know and love!

Walk-In Bathtub Improv @ New Bern Civiv Theatre

7:30 pm
Walk-In Bathtub Improv @ New Bern Civiv Theatre
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm
Walk-In Bathtub Improv @ New Bern Civiv Theatre
Join us for our next improv comedy show, featuring New Bern’s own Walk-In Bathtub! Our August show is in recognition of Pluto Demotion Day, regarding which most of us still harbor deep resentment. (You’ll always[...]

Gary Dudley And The Maxxtones @ City Stage

8:00 pm
Gary Dudley And The Maxxtones @ City Stage
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Gary Dudley And The Maxxtones @ City Stage
Come out and hear the best classic rock from Eastern North Carolina’s premiere classic rock band!!

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
Aug 24 @ 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[...]
Aug
25
Sun
2019

New Bern Foam & Water War Rematch @ Union Point Park

1:30 pm
New Bern Foam & Water War Rematch @ Union Point Park
Aug 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
New Bern Foam & Water War Rematch @ Union Point Park
New Bern’s first water war and foam party was a huge success. So who is ready for a REMATCH — And ANOTHER REMATCH?!???!?!! This time, we plan to have two wars side by side —[...]

Jazz Night With John Van Dyke @ Persimmons

5:30 pm
Jazz Night With John Van Dyke @ Persimmons
Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jazz Night With John Van Dyke @ Persimmons
Come out and hear some fabulous Jazz on the deck!

New Bern Drum Circle @ Union Point Park

6:00 pm
New Bern Drum Circle @ Union Point Park
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Bern Drum Circle @ Union Point Park
First circle is Sunday, July 7th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Union Point Park and will continue the first Sunday of each month through October 2019. The drum circle rhythm serves as a universal[...]
Aug
27
Tue
2019

Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

8:00 pm
Team Feud Trivia Night @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Aug 27 @ 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.
Aug
28
Wed
2019

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Aug 28 @ 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
Aug 28 @ 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.
Aug
29
Thu
2019

The Goonies @ Cullman Performance Hall

5:30 pm
The Goonies @ Cullman Performance Hall
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Goonies @ Cullman Performance Hall
The Tryon Palace Children’s Summer Movies Series Presents: The Goonies Doors open at 5:30 PM; the movie will begin at 6 PM. Join us before the movie for a meet-and-greet with a Pirate!  Admission is[...]

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

6:00 pm
Live Music Thursdays at Captain ... @ Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Aug 29 @ 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
Aug 29 @ 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
Aug 29 @ 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
Aug 29 @ 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
Aug 29 @ 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!
Aug
30
Fri
2019

Core Sound @ Persimmons Restaurant

6:30 pm
Core Sound @ Persimmons Restaurant
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Core Sound @ Persimmons Restaurant
Come out on the beautiful deck and hear some country and rock music!

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

6:30 pm
Footloose On The Neuse – Summer ... @ Union Point Park
Aug 30 @ 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[...]

Daryl Lucas @ The Garage

7:00 pm
Daryl Lucas @ The Garage
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Daryl Lucas @ The Garage
Acoustic act bringing music, with a side of silly, because life’s too short not to live it! La Cocina Del Coqui, LLC food truck 5 to 9pm.

Michael Daughtry @ The Brown Pelican

7:00 pm
Michael Daughtry @ The Brown Pelican
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Michael Daughtry @ The Brown Pelican
Michael Daughtry is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. His current songs reflect the trials and joys of life. Come out and hear some great original music!

Machine Gun @ Blackbeard's Triple Play

7:30 pm
Machine Gun @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Machine Gun @ Blackbeard's Triple Play
Start your weekend at Blackbeard’s! Machine Gun is a fabulous party band playing all your favorite covers! Grab a friend, drink, and some food and have a good time with us.
Aug
31
Sat
2019

The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza

1:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
Aug 31 @ 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 every Saturday until Mumfest weekend in October. Special[...]

Stanly-Spaight Duel @ New Bern Academy

4:00 pm
Stanly-Spaight Duel @ New Bern Academy
Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Stanly-Spaight Duel @ New Bern Academy
On September 5th, 1802, a prominent New Bern lawyer met his political rival, a former State Governor, in a lethal duel on the streets of New Bern. Step back in time to an era where[...]

Wyldwood @ Persimmons Restaurant

6:30 pm
Wyldwood @ Persimmons Restaurant
Aug 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wyldwood @ Persimmons Restaurant
Join us for bluegrass-Inspired Folk Music on the deck!

Sam Lewis @ Brutopia

7:00 pm
Sam Lewis @ Brutopia
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sam Lewis @ Brutopia
Come enjoy acoustic guitar favorites and originals. Grab a bite and a drink and have a great time! Wingski’s food truck 5 to 9pm

Bridge to Breakdown @ City Stage

8:00 pm
Bridge to Breakdown @ City Stage
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Bridge to Breakdown @ City Stage
Big things are coming from this group of lifelong friends dating back to their high school days. Bridge to Breakdown is one of the most unique acts to surface out of the North Carolina scene.[...]

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
Aug 31 @ 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[...]
Sep
1
Sun
2019

Jazz Night with Andrea Owens Jaz... @ Persimmons

5:30 pm
Jazz Night with Andrea Owens Jaz... @ Persimmons
Sep 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jazz Night with Andrea Owens Jazztet @ Persimmons
Come enjoy live jazz with a beautiful view of the Neuse River. It’s a great way to wrap up your weekend.

New Bern Drum Circle @ Union Point Park

6:00 pm
New Bern Drum Circle @ Union Point Park
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Bern Drum Circle @ Union Point Park
First circle is Sunday, July 7th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Union Point Park and will continue the first Sunday of each month through October 2019. The drum circle rhythm serves as a universal[...]
Sep
3
Tue
2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace

2:00 pm
Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop @ Tryon Palace
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 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.
Sep
4
Wed
2019

Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage

7:00 pm
Big Jim Kohler and Friends Live @ City Stage
Sep 4 @ 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
Sep 4 @ 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.
Sep
5
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
Sep 5 @ 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
Sep 5 @ 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
Sep 5 @ 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
Sep 5 @ 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[...]

Sons of Serendip @ Orringer Auditorium

7:30 pm
Sons of Serendip @ Orringer Auditorium
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm
Sons of Serendip @ Orringer Auditorium
Sons of Serendip is a unique Billboard Charting quartet consisting of a harpist, cellist, pianist and lead vocalist. The quartet was a finalist on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent, gaining popularity by offering fresh interpretations of popular music. Since the talent competition,[...]

Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant

8:00 pm
Karaoke with Diane Dees @ Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
Sep 5 @ 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
Sep 5 @ 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!
Sep
6
Fri
2019

First Friday: “Military Camp Life” @ Cullman Performance Hall in N.C. History Center

2:00 pm
First Friday: “Military Camp Life” @ Cullman Performance Hall in N.C. History Center
Sep 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Friday: “Military Camp Life” @ Cullman Performance Hall in N.C. History Center
Have you ever wondered what life was like in a military camp? What did soldiers do in their downtime? Join Interpretive Programs Coordinator Gary Riggs for a closer look at camp life. Event Price: $6,[...]

Glowing Down at Lawson Creek @ Lawson Creek Park

6:00 pm
Glowing Down at Lawson Creek @ Lawson Creek Park
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Glowing Down at Lawson Creek @ Lawson Creek Park
The EOP Experience comes back to New Bern for another GLOW DOWN! Last year was a huge success (see the picture above) and this year willl bring even more fun. This intergenerational and interactive dance[...]
Sep
7
Sat
2019

Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride ...

8:00 am
Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride ...
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm
Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride 2019
Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared[...]

The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza

1:00 pm
The Saturday Sessions @ Bear Plaza
Sep 7 @ 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 every Saturday until Mumfest weekend in October. Special[...]

Madame Z Presents September Pride @ City Stage New Bern

8:00 pm
Madame Z Presents September Pride @ City Stage New Bern
Sep 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Madame Z Presents September Pride @ City Stage New Bern
Madame Z’s Drag Cabaret brings you a night of dancing and a floor show you won’t soon forget. With special guests Anna Freeze and Featured Performer Daphne RockinBody! Featuring New Bern’s own Pollock Street Divas.[...]