ArtWalk and ARTcrawl

January 1, 1970

ArtWalk and ARTcrawl are a fun, casual celebration of art and community in downtown New Bern, held every second Friday of each month (yes, even in winter!). It begins at 5 p.m. and usually goes till 8 p.m.–but on warm summer nights, it has been known to go on until 10 o’clock. You’re invited to stroll along the sidewalks, drop in on shops and galleries, and dine at one of many fine restaurants and lively taverns on your way.

NC Symphony: A Classic Holiday Pops

December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pmAmerica/New York Timezone
 North Carolina Symphony
 (919) 733-2750

Join the North Carolina Symphony for this spectacular holiday celebration filled with joyful symphonic arrangements of Christmas classics and beloved holiday melodies.


Admission: General Admission $51, Student $11

Spirit of Christmas in Oriental

December 8 - 9, 2017

The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2017 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 8-9. Recent years have featured a lighted small boat parade in the harbor on Friday night and a parade on Saturday along with a live nativity. Downtown businesses have open houses and hot cider.



Chuck Fondeaux Century Cycle

December 3, 2017

The 5th annual Chuck FONDEAUX rolls on Sunday December 3, 2016. It’s local cyclist, Chuck Forrest’s birthday ride and covers 106 miles of cycling Pamlico, Craven and Beaufort County roads. It’s a celebration of cycling and a birthday celebration on wheels with 30+ riders.

Even if you don’t have 106 miles in you, you can pedal out with the group as they take off at 8:30 Sunday morning from in front of The Bean. to learn more

Read about last year’s ride:  

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Hospice 5k Glow Run

November 18, 2017

Look for a low-on-the-horizon post-sunset glow to light up Oriental on Saturday November 18. The 2nd Annual Hospice of Pamlico County’s 5k Glow Run gets going at 6p This is not a timed race – how quickly you complete the 3 miles is less of a priority than your glow – from paint and sticks.

Registration begins at 4:30p Lou Mac Park in Oriental, NC. The first 100 registered participants will receive T-Shirt, paint and water. To take part in this fundraiser for Hospice, it’s $30 in advance, $35 the day of the race.

For more information about the race or about becoming a sponsor call 252- 745-5171. Or visit the Hospice website Registration forms are there and also at Oriental Town Hall or at Hospice of Pamlico County, 602 Main Street, Bayboro

Christening of Frances Mae

November 4, 2017

The North Carolina Coastal Heritage Association invites you to the christening of Frances Mae, Saturday Nov 4 2p at the Wildlife Ramp in Oriental. This 22’ core sound work boat was built by Harker’s Island native Heber Guthrie. Guthrie builds boats in the traditional down east way – no plans – it’s “rack of the eye.”

You are invited to see this hand made boat touch the water and take her first official voyage.

Village Gallery Reception

November 4, 2017

The Village Gallery in Oriental welcomes Susan Henry as its guest artist for the month of November. The public is invited to an opening reception at the Gallery Saturday November 4th from 2-5p. Sue will be there.

All of the works in her show will be oils she created “en plein air,” Painting outdoors on shores both near and far, Sue Henry says, allows her to “capture the light… of a nautical moment in time.” Caught in those instants are kayaks, boatyards, cottages – from our local shores and the coast of Maine and Monhegan Island.

Sue Henry has been painting and studying art since 1968. After running her marine graphics business in Oriental for 3 decades, she immersed herself in plein air painting, studying in New England in the Cape Cod School colorist tradition.

The Village Gallery, at 300 Hodges Street brings together – and shows the work of – more than 30 local and regional artists. For more information: visit the website or call the Gallery at 252 249 0300 during its open hours 10a-5p Wednesdays through Sundays.

A Colonial Candlelit Christmas

December 16, 2017

December 16, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm America/New York Timezone
 Tryon Palace
 (252) 639-3524

This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2017 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight.

Experience the beauty, joy, and magic of the holidays as Governor and Mrs. Tryon invite you to their new home for “Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” Inspired by traditions of giving that date back to the colonial period, Seasons of Giving brings Candlelight to Tryon Palace for its 37thyear with decorations inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas, historic characters in period clothing, and holiday vignettes spanning across three centuries.

Candlelight is a site wide event for Tryon Palace that includes tours of the Governor’s Palace, Stanly House, Dixon House, Commission House, and numerous activities on the grounds.

Inside the Governor’s Palace, the year is 1770, and William and Margret Tryon are hosting their first party at the new government house. Join Mr. William Haywood at the Dixon House as he presents Mrs. Haywood with a special gift for the Christmas of 1839. Knowing that the Christmas spirit needs to be felt even during times of strife, the Sisters of Mercy welcome the citizens of New Bern to their convent in the Stanly House. At the Commission House, enjoy a visit with Santa, listen to Christmas music and write a Christmas card to New Bern’s first responders surrounded by decorations inspired by Christmases past.

While walking around the candlelit grounds, be sure to catch the entertaining circus acts, fire eating, sword swallowing, and acrobatics of the Pickled Brothers Circus, the mysterious magic of 18th-century magician Rodney the Younger, the joyous sights and sounds of the Tryon Palace Jonkonnu troupe, and much more. Also, warm up with hot cider and cookies from Mack’s Cider House in the Trades Building. Then, end your enchanted evening with a show of black powder fireworks on the Tryon Palace South Lawn.

Candlelight is a rain or shine event, but fireworks may be cancelled during extreme weather conditions. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Admission: Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 ($20 adults, $10 youth), Beginning Nov. 1 ($25 adults, $15 youth), Tryon Palace Foundation Members ($18 adults, $8 youth)

Candlelit Chamber Music

December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/New York Timezone
 Tryon Palace
 (252) 639-3500

UNCW’s Early Music Consort will perform in the Palace Council Chamber, lit by candlelight. Reception following with light desserts, coffee, wine, in Commission House.

The concert will be taking place in the Palace Chamber Council (Palace doors open at 6:30. Enter through Eden St. gate.) and Commission House.


Admission: $50

Merci on Middle

November 5, 2017

Join the Merci Clinic for a community dinner on Middle Street created in collaboration with chefs from the following local restaurants:
247 Craven
Baker’s Kitchen
Famous Restaurant
The Chelsea
The Flame

Tables will line Middle Street* in true farm-to-table community style to provide a delicious dinner for the community. Proceeds from the event will benefit MERCI Clinic.

*In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at the Sudan Shrine Club on the corner of Broad and Front Streets.


Admission: $75, tickets can be purchased online here.

Nov 5th at 5:30 downtown on Middle Street

Merci on Middle


Behind the Scenes at Tryon Palace: Gardens

The Tryon Palace November garden lecture series, Saturday, Nov. 18 features Thomas Rainer, presenting a lecture on “The Social Networks of Plants: Creating Designed Plant Communities” followed by a book signing.

This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally-occurring plant communities. Join Thomas Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, to learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, this talk explores a new synthesis of ecology and horticulture–resulting in an intentionally designed and managed community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework.

This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. Books are available for purchase at the North Carolina History Center Museum Store.

Free Lore Lecture: U-Boats Off the Outer Banks

November 12, 2017

Join the New Bern Historical Society and hear this fascinating speaker, Sunday, November 12th at 2pm for this free event. No tickets or reservations are necessary. This lecture is presented by the New Bern Historical Society in partnership with Tryon Palace and is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center @ 529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562,

Hitler declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, 1941 – four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. German U-boats soon began crossing the Atlantic and sinking American ships along the North Carolina coast. Some of these attacks were within sight of coastal residents. By August of that year, three of these boats – U-85, U-701, and U-352 were also sunk within 20 miles of the North Carolina mainland.

Oceanographer, scuba diver and author Jim Bunch will discuss this turbulent period in our history, Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 pm at the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center as this year’s Richard K. Lore Lecture for the New Bern Historical Society.

Specializing in Oceanography, Jim Bunch earned degrees in marine biology from the University of Miami and from Old Dominion Institute of Oceanography. He worked as an oceanographer for the federal government for many years. Currently, he is Recreational Diving Chair for NOAA’s Monitor Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. As part of his work, he recently explored the three U-boats located just off the NC coast and is involved in planning their future placement in the Register of Historic Places. An active scuba instructor for 20 years, he has certified hundreds of divers interested in visiting North Carolina shipwrecks. His most recent book, U-Boats Off the Outer Banks: Shadows in the Moonlight, about submarines stalking their prey off the North Carolina coast in 1942, was published in July 2017.

The Dr. Richard K. Lore Lecture is presented annually by the New Bern Historical Society as a free event for all those interested in area history. It is in memory of and is named for the Society’s long-time historian.

Admission: FREE & Open to the Public!  (Info provided by