1st – 31st: Tryon Civitans in conjunction with The UPS Store of New Bern is sponsoring their 10th Annual Peanut Butter Drive to benefit Religious Community Services. Drop off location is The UPS Store, 1822 South Glenburnie Rd. between 8:00am and 6:00pm. Monday – Friday and 8:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays. Call 252-637-7500.
13th: MumFest Kick-off Concert featuring Brett Young, 4:30pm – 10:00pm at Tryon Palace. Call 252-638-5761.
13th: Caffeinated Soul Boogie along with Music and Art, 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the Isaac Taylor Garden. Presented by the Greater Good Gallery. Call 252-649-1712.
13th: Old Man Kelly, 7:30pm at Trent River Coffee Company. Presented by the Down East Folk Arts Society. Call 252-646-4657.
13th: All In The Timing by David Ives, 8:00pm at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
13th – 14th: Tryon Palace Presents: Fall Heritage Plant Sale at the Dave’s House Lawn. Call 252-639-3500.
13th – 15th: Fall Garden Lover’s Weekend on Tryon Palace Grounds. Call 252-639-3500.
13th – 15th: Seussical Jr., Fri – Sat: 7:30pm; Sun: 3:00pm at the Masonic Theatre. Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318.
14th – 15th: MUMFest 2017 in Downtown New Bern. Presented by Swiss Bear, Inc. Call 252-638-5781.
14th: New Bern Farmers Market, 8:00am – 2:00pm at 421 S. Front St. Call 252-633-0043.
14th: Suzuki Violinists – MumFest 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Craven Arts Council’s Bank of the Arts. Call 252-638-2577.
14th: Self Defense Saturday, 10:00am at the New Bern Arts and Wellness Center. Call 252-497-8928.
14th: Walt Bellamy Jr. Park Opens, 1:00pm at the intersection of Pollock, Jones, and Liberty streets. Call 252-636-4000.
14th: Strung Together Performance, 2:00pm at the Bank of the Arts. Call 252-259-4885.
14th: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 7:00pm at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
14th: Fight Like a Girl Masquerade, 9:00pm – 1:00am at The City Laundry. Portions of event will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Call 252-876-7007.
15th: Run for Mums 5K and 1 Mile, registration: 6:00am at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks & Recreation. Call 252-639-2900.
15th: African American Heritage Tour, 2:00pm at Tryon Palace’s Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.
15th: Third Annual Community National Day of Remembrance, 5:30pm at the CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital Garden in New Bern. Presented by the CarolinaEast Medical Center Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Committee. Call 252-633-8838.
15th: Music with Jenna Huff, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Beebop’s Cafe. Call 252-633-7900.
There are also all kinds of things to do in and around town. To name a few, take advantage of over 20 parks and 3 recreation centers maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation and Craven County Recreation & Parks. Cool off at the New Bern Aquatic Center or George Street Spray Ground. Play disc golf at Glenburnie Park and Creekside Park, roller skate at Rollerland, go horseback riding at Equidae Farms (288-9706), or check out the Bear Towne Escape Room.
Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library for free classes, reading programs, movie rentals, etc.
Watch a movie at Neuse Blvd Cinema or Bear Town Cinema 6.
Learn to Scuba Dive at Divin’ Dawgs.
Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Bear Foot Kayaks (229-4846); Bolero Sailing Charters, 300 E. Front St. (670-5879); Cruise The Neuse Pontoon Boat Tours, (876-7232); Pedi-Bear Tours (649-3839); Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (636-0716); Tugboat of New Bern Cruises (919-306-5712); and Trolley Tour (637-7316). Call New Bern Tours for more options (637-7316).
Tour the New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park. It’s not only for Civil War Buffs, but it’s a perfect place to take a walk in the woods (with your dog), picnic, or sit on a bench and watch the wildlife.
Take a walk in the woods in the Croatan National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres and is located in New Bern’s backyard. It’s a sanctuary for black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyote, bald eagle, beaver, bobcat, porcupine, American alligator, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife you may see. For maps and more information, talk to the people at the Croatan National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).
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