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Piggin’ and Grinnin’

Piggin’ and Grinnin’: Celebrating BBQ and Bluegrass

September 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm America/New York Timezone
 Tryon Palace
 (252) 639-3524

Bluegrass and folk bands from around North Carolina and across the country will come together for a celebration of food and music this September during the inaugural Piggin’ and Grinnin’ festival at Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s first capitol. Held on the picturesque Tryon Palace South Lawn, Piggin’ and Grinnin’ offers a full lineup of bands, including the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, Chatham County Line, Mountain Faith, Balsam Range, Blind Boy Paxton, Merchant’s Road, and Strung Together. Enjoy the tunes and the views with cold drinks, craft vendors, and a food truck rodeo with plenty of piggin’ going on.

Tickets offered as General Admission on the lawn or VIP, which includes two complimentary drink tickets, seating near the main stage, meet and greet opportunities, and VIP parking.

Admission: GA $30, VIP $50 (5/1-8/5); GA $35, VIP $55 (8/6-9/2); Tryon Palace Foundation Members: GA $30, TPF VIP $50

Mumfest 2017

Welcome to Mumfest 2017


MumFest is a combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors and great food in the beautifully restored setting of historic downtown New Bern and its waterfront. More than 100,000 festival-goers enjoyed Mumfestivities in 2016. And, MumFest 2017 promises to be another fabulous fun-filled fall weekend!  So be sure to mark your calendar for October 13-15!

MumFest is one of the finest award-winning festivals in the state of North Carolina. It is recognized statewide as a major eastern North Carolina family festival, and has received numerous awards over the years to include Best NC Main Street Downtown Event, Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 October events, and the Sun Journal Reader’s Choice winner as Best Festival for many years running. MumFest is a great weekend for visitors of all ages!


MumFest is a city sponsored event produced by Swiss Bear
Downtown Development Corp.

PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563 | Tel: 252-638-5781 | www.downtownnewbern.com
MumFest Coordinator: info@swissbear.org

NC Seafood Festival

NC Seafood Festival

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is in its 30th year.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret county citizens and business people, in conjunction with the town of Morehead City, N.C. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc., organized to develop and conduct a festival every year, the first weekend in October, to: promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry on the citizens of North Carolina; educate the public about seafood and its importance to the state economy; publicize the wide variety of seafood indigenous to North Carolina and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy it; boost tourism and recreation in eastern North Carolina in the non-summer months; establish a scholarship program for educational pursuits related to the seafood industry; provide the opportunity for North Carolina non-profit, civic, church and educational organizations to raise funds through participation in the festival.

Festival proceeds are shared with community organizations who donate their efforts to the event. Since 1987, over $1.8 million has been dispersed among participating Carteret County non-profit groups.

Festival Information

The Festival officially opens on Friday at NOON for vendors on the waterfront. NO ADMISSION! This year the dates and times are as follows:

FRIDAY- October 6, 2017
NOON -11pm
Vendors Open at Noon
Rides Open at 2pm

SATURDAY- October 7, 2017
Vendors & Rides Open at 11:00 AM
FIREWORKS at 9pm over the water!

SUNDAY- October 8, 2017
Vendors & Rides Open at 10:00 AM

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Beaufort’s Brewin’

Beaufort’s Brewin’

Beaufort’s Brewin’ – Save the Date

Break out those date books (OK, smart phones) and be sure to plug in Beaufort Wine and Food’s Craft Beer Festival – September 29 & 30, 2017!

The exciting 2 day festival will feature a variety of Beer seminars, luncheons and dinners in area restaurants, pubs and breweries as well a Pub Crawl and crowd Favorite – Beer, Bubbles and BBQ!

The two day festival will focus on North Carolina craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state.

Check back often for details on this not-to-be-missed event. This incredible festival lineup will be published soon!

Civil War Weekend

Civil War Weekend

September 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am – September 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm America/New York Timezone
 Tryon Palace
 (252) 639-3500
The sights and sounds of the Civil War come to life during Tryon Palace Civil War Weekend. On the Tryon Palace grounds, visitors can interact with Civil War reenactors from the North Carolina 7th and 61st regiments of the Confederate States Army, and the Union Army’s 35th regiment of the United States Colored Troops.

Visitors can watch artillery and regiment drills, learn about Civil War-era medical tools, and learn about the war’s impact on families. Also, discover New Bern’s Civil War history through exhibits inside the New Bern Academy Museum.

For even more Civil War history, visitors can travel to the New Bern Battlefield Park, which is the site of the 1862 Battle of New Bern.

Admission: TBD

Wooden Boat Show

North Carolina Maritime Museum
315 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-7317

May 6, 2017  The Wooden Boat Show of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort was the first and is the largest gathering of wooden watercraft in the Southeast. Thousands of visitors are expected for this 43rd-year show. Children will be able to “Make & Take a Boat” and learn about traditional tools. This fascinating event takes place the first Saturday in May and admission is free. Traditional sailboat rides are available for a donation on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This is not a commercial show. Instead, it is a full day of scheduled demonstrations, talks, and races that attract people who share an interest in the art, craftsmanship, and history of wooden boats. Enthusiasts race radio-controlled boats in the pool on the Maritime Museum patio, and the public is given an opportunity to sail in traditional North Carolina boats. The Museum also houses artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.  There is ample free parking at the County Courthouse just two blocks from the Museum.

That same day is the Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge – an exciting, spectator-friendly test of speed and skill where as many as 20 teams build a boat and then row!

Colonial Market Days: A Tryon Palace Renaissance Fair

June 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am – June 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Tryon Palace – 529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562, USA
Tryon Palace
(252) 639-3500
 “Colonial Market Days” brings a new outdoor festival to Tryon Palace that celebrates the cultures and people that colonized North Carolina. Held in the spirit of a traditional renaissance fair, “Colonial Market Days” celebrates the period of 1660-1720 with a lively outdoor market, encampments, and multiple performance stages that will come to life with a variety of entertainers, including musicians, puppet shows, magic shows, singing, dancing, and theatre. Also enjoy performances by the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps and Jonkonnu Troupe.

The fair will also include a wide range of children’s activities like pony rides, a petting zoo, and activities and crafts. Food vendors, historical goods, and crafts vendors will be available.

Featured on the Tryon Palace South Lawn will be cultural areas representing the early inhabitants and settlers of what would become North Carolina. Also meet with pirates and privateers to learn about life on the sea.

Admission: Adults: $20 + tax; Youth (ages 7 through 18): $10 + tax Foundation Member Adult: $18 + tax; Foundation Member Youth (ages 7 through 18): $8 + tax Preschool (ages and under): Free

Brew Bern Beer Festival

Brew Bern Beer Festival
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
203 S. Front St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 288-5814

June 24, 2017 The Brew Bern Festival, held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, has grown to become a popular beer and wine festival, focusing on 40+ American craft micro breweries and wineries with over 100 beers and wines to taste. There will be one tasting session at this special event, with three tickets options. The VIP ticket is $50 for admission from 12 – 5 PM. The General Admission ticket is $35 for admission from 1:30 – 5 PM. The VIP and GA ticket include unlimited sampling of all products offered and a tasting glass. The VIP ticket includes a special limited edition full-size collectors glass that features the Brew Bern and Beer Army color logos (available until the end of the VIP session). The Designated Driver ticket (available online only) which is $10 and will give you admission from 12 – 5 PM. There will only be 500 VIP and 3000 total tickets sold. This event will sell out so be sure you get your tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Various locations
Morehead City, NC
(252) 247-3575 – 

June 2017 Big Rock — one hardly needs to say more. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament celebrates its 58th anniversary in 2016 and is one of the oldest and largest sport-fishing tournaments of its kind in the country. The nine-day event includes a one-day lady angler tournament boasting 60-plus boats and the main tournament hovering around 180 boats. The week is filled with fun activities and daily public weigh-ins on the Morehead City waterfront. The nonprofit tournament benefits charities and worthy organizations. The 2015 purse in Big Rock was over $1.6 million.

June 9-17, 2017

June 8-16, 2018