Things to do in New Bern during the month of May

Things to do in New Bern during the month of May

May will bring several exciting events to the area and includes Memorial Day which commemorates all men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States military. Memorial Day is also traditionally known as the start of the summer season.

A Shriner’s parade, golf tournament and plenty of outdoor activities and musical events headline this month’s things to do. 

Here is a list of a few things happening in town during the month. 

Riverfront event to support Cherry Point 

Brews & Bites will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. May 5, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S Front St. Guests can enjoy craft brews, wine, and bites, live music from Joe Baes Music and axe throwing with Beary the Hatchet. All proceeds benefit Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow in our effort to protect and grow MCAS Cherry Point, For more information, call Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow at 252-617-0211. To purchase tickets, visit

Nonprofit gives artists time to shine and compete for 12K

Plein Air New Bern will hold a painting event from May 7 through May 15 giving 35 featured artists a chance to compete for more than $12,000 in awards. The event begins May 7 with a Meet, Greet and Paint with Haidee-Jo Summers on May 7 at ArtWorks – 518 S. Water Street, Oriental and continues with more events in New Bern and Oriental during the week including a Gallery Exhibition and Sale event daily from May 9-15, at the New Bern Farmer’s Market. For more information, visit

Help clean our city

Craven County Clean Sweep will be held May 7. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at 406 Craven St. Cleaning supplies and a place to clean will be provided. For more information, call 252-633-1477.

Auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity

An UpScale ReSale & Live Auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 7 at The Elks Club, 1175 Pine Tree Dr. to benefit Habitat for Humanity ReStore. For more information, call 252-633-5512.

Let’s play Bingo!

Bingo night will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 7 at Craven County Jaycee’s Fairgrounds, 3700 U.S. 70 East. There will be 15 games and 1 big prize game. The first pack of cards costs $12 (that’s 15 cards, one for each game) and additional packs are $8 each. Big prize game cards are $2 each. Concession stand opens at 5:30 p.m. and the games start at 6 p.m. For more information, call 252-636-0303.

Food drive to benefit RCS

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be held May 14. Please put your non-perishable donation in a bag and leave it by your mailbox for your postal carrier. Postal workers and volunteers will deliver all donations to Religious Community Services.

Cars and Coffee set for May 14

Cars and Coffee New Bern will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 14 at New Bern Mall behind Belk, 3100 Dr MLK Jr Blvd. There is no cost to anyone and if it has wheels and a motor you can bring it. A fun event for car enthusiasts. 

Antique car show in Downtown New Bern

Do you have a 1938 Delahayne 135M Roadster or a 1934 Ford Model 40 Speedster? Probably not since they are some of the rarest cars in the world, but if you do have an antique vehicle that is 25 years or older, come show it off at the  First Capital Chapter of the Antique Automobile Cub of America’s 30th Annual Antique Automobile Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 in Downtown New Bern. Registration forms are available at ncregionaaca/, emailing or by calling 252-626-0268. Upwards of 100 automobiles are expected to enter the show which will feature not only cars but also trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, mopeds and other motorized vehicles produced to be driven on the road and to carry passengers. The show vehicles will be parked back bumper to curb along tree-shaded Middle Street from South Front Street to Broad Street and on sections of Pollock and Craven streets. 

GospelFest to benefit My Sister’s House

A Gospel-Fest 2022 fundraiser for My Sister’s House will be held at 6 p.m. May 14, at Craven Community College Campus Lawn, 800 College Ct. Award nominee and nationally known Gospel artist Wess Morgan will be the headline performer. John Grant of KISS-FM 101.9 will serve as the program host and additional sponsorship support has been provided by Public Radio East and Rejoice America Radio. Other regional gospel artists will also be performing during the program. For more information, call 252-637-2339.

More: The walls are coming up! Concert to benefit My Sister’s House, a women’s transitional home

Craven Community Chorus to perform 

Craven Community Chorus Presents “Up, Up and Away,” under the direction of Philip Evancho at Craven Community College, Orringer Auditorium, 800 College Ct. Concert dates are May 19 at 7 p.m., May 21 at 3 p.m. and May 22 at 3 p.m. Accompaniment will be The Trent River Orchestra and pianist Cheryl Arthur Kite. The chorus will perform Schubert’s “Mass in G” along with songs from Mary Poppins Returns (Choral Highlights), Irving Berlin: “A Century of Song”, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets are $10.Tickets are available at Bank of the Arts, UPS Store, Fuller’s Music, Kitchen on Trent, Harris Teeter (NB locations) and chorus members. For more information contact Marilyn Davis 252-670-0230 or visit them on Facebook.

Underground Railroad Symposium set at N.C. History Center

An Underground Railroad Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. May 21, at the North Carolina History Center, Cullman Performance Hall, 316 S. Front St. The event will last until 5 p.m. Registration is required. Cost is $5 +tax which includes lunch. For more information, call 252 639-3524 or you can purchase a ticket at the center.

Scavenger hunt takes you around the city

The New Bern History Quest Scavenger Hunt begins at 10 a.m. May 21, at the New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trail. Teams will gather at the park to receive their clues to a series of quests and follow the clues to find historical places in and around New Bern.  Those who complete all the quests by 4 p.m. will be eligible for both prizes and bragging rights  Put your Clever hat on because there will also be a prize for the best team name! Each team may have up to 6 people, adults or children traveling in one vehicle.  Smart phone use is allowed.  In fact, you may use any source for information, smart phone, library, or favorite aunt. To register, visit or call 252-638-8558.

It’s a party!

The 2nd Annual Tap That! Block Party will be held from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 21 in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Pollock Street. The event celebrates the 2nd anniversary of Tap That! Craft, Beer and Wine Bar. This year, there will be more bar stations, more games, more everything including a bike parade with Brewery 99. Beary the Hatchet will be back so you can throw axes, TapSnap photo booth, face painting, a Chalk Art contest with Bank of the Arts and live paintings featuring 10+ local artists. Bridge Atlantic and Brooke White and The Black Sheep will be performing outside and house DJ K-DASH in between to keep you dancing. Dangerous Prodigies Aerial Circus will also be performing. Brandy’s, The Firehouse Station, All About Churros, Kona Ice, Mari’s Hella Fat Food and other food trucks will also be on site. Games include beer pong, flip cup, cornhole, water balloons and more. There will also be a dunk tank where you will have a chance to dunk local celebrities to support Religious Community Services (RCS). Food donations for the nonprofit will also be accepted.

Shriner’s event to include parade

The New Bern Sudan Shriners will host the Annual Spring Ceremonial event in New Bern this year. A parade will be held on Saturday, May 21 beginning at noon at Kafer Park beside the New Bern Police Station. The parade will continue down George Street turning left onto Broad Street, then right on to Middle Street and will end at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel. are doing their spring ceremonial. For more information, visit

Golf tournament honors former mayor

The 3rd Annual Lee Morgan Golf Classic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28, at the Harbor Pointe Golf Club, 1105 Barbentine Dr. Sponsored by New Bern Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, the event honors former New Bern Mayor, Lee Morgan. This event is open to all players at all skill levels, including youth 10 – 17. Costs per golfer is $75 per adult but only $280 per foursome, and only $45 per youth (10-17). Continental breakfast and Lunch are included. For more information, contact or or 703-587-4947.  For tickets, visit

Just a few more!

Additionally, every Wednesday in May, Little Breakers Science Lab will be held at the Jasper G. Hayes Omega Center, 800 Cedar St. Ages 3-5 will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., ages 6-9 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 252-639-2913 or register at any New Bern Parks & Recreation facility.

Also, every Tuesday in May the CarolinaEast Foundation will be hosting “Dining Out Against Cancer” fundraiser at participating restaurants on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. During this community-wide fundraising event, a portion of the sales at participating restaurants will be donated to the CarolinaEast Foundation for the SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center patients and special programs designed to enhance cancer patients’ quality of life. Twenty-five restaurants have signed on to participate in “Dining Out Against Cancer.” Participating restaurants include:

  • 37th Street Pizza – 2402 Neuse Blvd.
  • Attitude’s Pub & Grille – 32 Shoreline Dr.
  • Annabelle’s Restaurant – 3100 Dr. M.L.K Jr. Blvd., in the New Bern Mall
  • Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant – 1900A South Glenburnie Road
  • Baker’s Kitchen – 227 Middle St.
  • Beartown Bistro & Pizza Company – 1200 US HWY 70
  • Bella’s Café & Catering – 323 Middle St.
  • Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse – 202 Middle St.
  • Carolina Bagel – 3601 Trent Road, Suite 10
  • Carolina Grill – 998 US HWY 70
  • Cow Café – 319 Middle St.
  • Crema Brew – 914 Broad St.
  • Cypress Hall Kitchen & Bar – 219 Middle St.
  • Famous Baking Company – 2210 Neuse Blvd.
  • Famous Restaurant – 2210 Neuse Blvd.
  • Friday’s 1890 Seafood – 2307 Neuse Blvd.
  • Kitchen On Trent – 2500 Trent Road #26
  • La Casetta Italian Restaurant – 2503 Neuse Blvd.
  • MJ’s Raw Bar & Grille – 216 Middle St.
  • Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque – 3621 Dr. M.L.K. Jr Blvd.
  • Morgan’s Tavern & Grill – 235 Craven St.
  • Musashi Japanese Steakhouse – 2041 South Glenburnie Road
  • Paula’s Italian Restaurant – 3946 Dr. M.L.K. Jr Blvd.
  • The Chelsea Restaurant – 335 Middle St.
  • Zaxby’s of New Bern – 2006 South Glenburnie Road

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