16th – May 5th: Neuse River Senior Games and Silver Arts at various locations throughout Craven County. Call 252-636-6606.
24th: 8th Annual Community Fabric Awards, 12:00 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Presented by Craven Community College and Craven Community College Foundation. Call 252-638-7351.
25th: Girls Night Out and Networking Social, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Prohibition Drinks and Desserts. Presented by New Bern Housewives in the City. Call 919-349-4455.
27th: National Healthcare Decisions Day, 10:30 a.m. at Homeplace II at 1325 McCarthy Blvd. Call 252-382-3945.
27th: Sudan Shriners Fish Dinner, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00pm at the New Bern Shrine Club, Bridgeton Food Lion, Harley-Davidson of New Bern, Burger King on Neuse Blvd. and in Grantsboro. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Call 252-229-7783.
27th: Lunch and Learn: “To Levy, Muster and Train”: Militias and Colonial Defense, 12:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.
27th: Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Tryon Palace’s Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.
27th: 3rd Annual Brews and Bites on the River, 5:00 p.m. at 302. E. Front St. Presented by Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow. Call 252-631-5021.
28th: Annual Blessing of The Fleet at 8:00 a.m. the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club in partnership with the New Bern Yacht Club.
28th: Two Boating Safety Seminars “Suddenly in Command”, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the new Tri-Community Firehouse located at 200 Saint Delights Church Rd. Call 252-672-1653.
28th: Park Day, 10:00 a.m. at the New Bern Battlefield Park. Presented by the New Bern Historical Society. Call 252-638-8558.
28th: Southern Gentlemen Chorus Spring Show, 7:30 p.m. at Grover C. Fields Auditorium. Call 252-637-2577.
28th: The Feral Cats Live, 8:00 p.m. at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. Call 252-635-3232.
29th: Water Festival and Paying Homage to The Elderly, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the New Bern Farmers Market. Presented by the Karen Buddhist Association of North Carolina and the Karen Community of New Bern. Call 252-876-1104.
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. 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.
Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Cruise the Neuse 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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