What 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 the 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 Shriners parade, golf tournament and many outdoor activities and musical events are featured this month.
Here is a list of some events happening in town during the month.
Riverfront event in support of Cherry Point
Brews & Bites will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 5 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S Front St. Guests can enjoy craft beers, wine and bites, live music from Joe Baes Music and throwing ax with Beary the Hatchet. All proceeds benefit Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow in our efforts 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 eventbrite.com.
Non-profit gives artists time to shine and compete for 12K
Plein Air New Bern will host a painting event May 7-15, offering 35 featured artists a chance to compete for over $12,000 in prizes. 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 other events in New Bern and Oriental over the course of the week, including an exhibition and a gallery sale. daily May 9-15 at the New Bern Farmer’s Market. For more information, visit pleinairnewbern.com.
Help clean up our city
Craven County Clean Sweep will take place on May 7. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at 406 Craven St. Cleaning supplies and a place to clean up will be provided. For more information, call 252-633-1477.
Auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity
A premium resale and 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. on May 7 at the Craven County Jaycee Fairgrounds, 3700 US 70 East. There will be 15 games and 1 jackpot. The first deck of cards costs $12 (that’s 15 cards, one for each deck) and additional decks cost $8 each. Jackpot game cards are $2 each. The concession stand opens at 5:30 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. For more information, call 252-636-0303.
Food collection for the benefit of the RCS
The letter carrier food drive will take place on May 14th. Please put your non-perishable donation in a bag and leave it near your mailbox for your postman. Postal workers and volunteers will deliver all donations to Religious Community Services.
Cars and Coffee scheduled for May 14
Cars and Coffee New Bern will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on May 14 at the New Bern Mall behind Belk, 3100 Dr MLK Jr Blvd. There is no charge for anyone and if it has wheels and a motor, you can bring it. A fun event for car enthusiasts.
Vintage car display in downtown New Bern
Do you have a 1938 Delahayne 135M Roadster or a 1934 Ford Model 40 Speedster? Probably not since these are some of the rarest cars in the world, but if you have a vintage vehicle that’s 25 years or older, come show it off at the first chapter of the capital’s 30th annual antique car show. ‘Antique Automobile Cub of America. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 in downtown New Bern. Entry forms are available at ncregionaaca/firstcapital.com, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 252-626-0268. More than 100 automobiles are expected to enter the show which will include not only cars but also trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, mopeds and other motorized vehicles produced to be driven on the road and to carry passengers. Show vehicles will be parked at the rear of the bumper to brake along 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 the Craven Community College Campus Lawn, 800 College Ct. Award nominee and nationally acclaimed gospel artist Wess Morgan will be the lead performer . John Grant of KISS-FM 101.9 will serve as the program’s host, and additional sponsorship support has been provided by Public Radio East and Rejoice America Radio. Other regional gospel artists will also perform during the program. For more information, call 252-637-2339.
After:The walls are coming! Benefit concert for My Sister’s House, a halfway house for women
Craven Community Chorus will perform
Craven Community Chorus presents “Up, Up and Away”, conducted by 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. May 22 at 3 p.m. The accompaniment will be the Trent River Orchestra and pianist Cheryl Arthur Kite. The choir will perform Schubert’s “Mass in G” as well as songs by Mary Poppins Returns (Choral Highlights), Irving Berlin: “A Century of Song”, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the Bank of the Arts, UPS Store, Fuller’s Music, Kitchen on Trent, Harris Teeter (NB locations) and to members of the choir. For more information, contact Marilyn Davis at 252-670-0230 or visit them on Facebook.
Underground Railroad Symposium held at the NC 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 mandatory. Cost is $5 + tax including lunch. For more information, call 252 639-3524 or you can buy a ticket at the center.
The treasure hunt takes you around the city
The New Bern History Quest Scavenger Hunt begins at 10 a.m. May 21 at New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trail. Teams will gather at the park to receive their clues on a series of quests and follow the clues to find historic places in and around New Bern. Those who complete all quests by 4 p.m. will be eligible for both prizes and bragging rights. Put on your Clever hat because there will also be a prize for the best team name! Each team can be made up of a maximum of 6 people, adults or children traveling in the same vehicle. Smartphone use is permitted. In fact, you can use any news source, smart phone, library or favorite aunt. To register, visit newbernhistorical.org or call 252-638-8558.
It is a party!
The 2nd Annual Tap That! The Block Party will take place from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 21 in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Pollock Street. The event celebrates the 2nd anniversary of Tap That! Crafts, 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, a TapSnap photo booth, face painting , a Chalk Art competition with Bank of the Arts and Live Paintings featuring over 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 there. 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 the chance to dunk local celebrities in support of Community Religious Services (RCS). Food donations for the association will also be accepted.
The Shriner event will include a parade
The New Bern Sudan Shriners will host the annual Spring Ceremony in New Bern this year. A parade will take place on Saturday, May 21 starting at noon at Kafer Park next to the New Bern Police Station. The parade will continue down George Street turning left onto Broad Street, then right onto Middle Street and ending at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel. make their spring ceremony. For more information, visit sudanshriners.com.
Golf tournament honors former mayor
The 3rd Annual Lee Morgan Golf Classic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 28 at Harbor Pointe Golf Club, 1105 Barbentine Dr. Sponsored by the New Bern Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, the event honors to old The new mayor of Bern, Lee Morgan. This event is open to all players of all skill levels, including youth ages 10-17. The cost 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 [email protected] or [email protected] or 703-587-4947. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
A few more!
Also, every Wednesday in May, the Little Breakers Science Lab will be held at the Jasper G. Hayes Omega Center, 800 Cedar St. Ages 3-5 meet from 1-2 p.m., ages 6-9 from 4 p.m. at 17 o’clock. For more information, call 252-639-2913 or register at any New Bern Recreation Center and Parks.
Additionally, every Tuesday in May, the CarolinaEast Foundation will host a “Dining Out Against Cancer” fundraiser at participating restaurants on May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. During this community-wide fundraising event, a portion of sales from participating restaurants will be donated to the CarolinaEast Foundation for patients at SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center and special programs designed to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Twenty-five restaurants have signed up to participate in “Dine at the restaurant against cancer”. Participating restaurants include:
- 37th Street Pizza – 2402 Blvd. Neuse
- Attitude’s Pub & Grille – 32 Shoreline Dr.
- Annabelle Restaurant – 3100 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., in the New Bern Mall
- Arturo Mexican Restaurant – 1900A South Glenburnie Road
- Baker’s Kitchen – 227 Middle St.
- Beartown Bistro & Pizza Company – 1200 US HWY 70
- Bella’s Cafe & 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 Bakery Company – 2210 Neuse Blvd.
- Famous Restaurant – 2210 Neuse Blvd.
- Friday Seafood 1890 – 2307 Neuse Blvd.
- Kitchen on Trent – 2500 Trent Road #26
- Italian restaurant La Casetta – 2503, boul. Neuse.
- MJ’s Raw Bar & Grille – 216 Middle St.
- Moore’s Olde Tyme Grill – 3621 Dr. MLK Jr Blvd.
- Morgan’s Tavern & Grill – 235 Craven St.
- Musashi Japanese Steakhouse – 2041 South Glenburnie Road
- Paula Italian Restaurant – 3946 Dr. MLK Jr Blvd.
- The Chelsea Restaurant – 335 Middle Street
- Zaxby’s of New Bern – 2006 South Glenburnie Road