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Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm Tryon Palace Gardens, North Carolina History Center, Cullman Performance Hall
Join Tryon Palace in celebrating National Pollinator Week June 18-23. Throughout the week, learn about how to help pollinators with posters and take-home items, and meet the bees in our observation hive at the NC History Center. There are three events taking place throughout this week. All are free events, “Pollinator Garden Tours” are free with purchase of One-Day, Galleries, or Gardens Pass.  
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – Jun 21 @ 11:00 am Tryon Palace Gardens
During National Pollinator Week, Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will be leading daily tours of the Palace Gardens. During the tours, Cheris will be discussing our favorite pollinator plants and those pollinators that can be found on the grounds. Tours will take place on Tuesday, June 18 to Friday, June 21. All tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Waystation. “Pollinator Garden Tours” are free with purchase of One-Day, Galleries, or Gardens Pass.
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Franklin's Antique Mall
Join us for our first ever Ladies Night! We’ll have refreshments, giveaways, and special discount offers! Our store hours will be extended until 8 pm for this one night event! Grab a few of your girlfriends and come spend a special evening shopping around the mall!
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse
Each Thursday, from 6 to 9 pm, enjoy live music at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse in historic Downtown New Bern. The music changes each week so be sure to check out the website for more details https://captainrattys.com/
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm BrUtopia
Think you know music? Come prove it with our take on a traditional game! We play 30 seconds of a song, you mark the song title off on your game sheet! First three rounds, the first person to come up with a winning sheet wins a prize from the venue 1st round: A sampler flight of BrÜtopia beer. 2nd round: A Pint Glass and a BrÜtopia beer. 3rd round: A BrÜtopia beer. For the final round, the jackpot is a blackout game, and is worth $100-$250!! So what are you waiting for? Bring your friends and come dance, sing, and rock out to 30 Second Rocks!!
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Tryon Palace
Come mingle with your contemporaries on the Kitchen Garden Patio. Join our Gardens Manager in the Kitchen Garden and explore the history of medicinal herbs. Learn how to prepare a delicious summer cocktail, from a professional mixologist, that will keep your Summer Solstice party energized through the longest day of the year. Alcohol will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $5 for Palace Contemporaries members and $10 for guests. Accompanying children 17 and under are free. Moonbeam Creations and Fairy Hair will also be there creating magical hair moments for both children and whimsical adults. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. 10 strands = $15 20 strands = $20 40 strands = $40 Tickets for the “Summer Solstice” can be purchased in advance online, by calling Chris Zolenski at (252)-639-3524, or in person at the North Carolina History Center. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event at the Metcalf Street gate from 6:00 to 6:45pm. Attendees must either be Palace Contemporaries Members or guests of a member. Learn how you can join the Palace Contemporaries (ages 18-39) HERE! 
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm North Carolina History Center
On Thursday, June 20, join us for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Tryon Palace with guest speaker, Dr. David Dennard. Program Schedule: 7:00 p.m.: Present Flag, National Anthem (Lift Every Voice) 7:10 p.m.: Youth Image Theater Performance – PACE 7:20 p.m.: Youth-Performed Poetry – Y.E.L.L 7:30 p.m.: Lecture, Dr. David Dennard 8:15 p.m.: Q&A 8:30 p.m.: Reception About Juneteenth: Juneteenth was the oldest known observance of the ending of slavery in the United States. According to historical records, the celebration began on June 19, 1865, the day Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army rode into Galveston, Texas in final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation. Issued by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, the Emancipation Proclamation stated, among other things, “That on the 1st day of January, A.D., 1863, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall they be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…” In Texas, Granger’s announcement was met with great celebration among the population of enslaved Africans. According to one account, “On the evening of June 19, 1865, thousands flooded the streets of Galveston, rejoicing in their newly announced freedom. The sweet smell of barbecue smoke filled the air. Dancing feet pounded the dirt roads and harmonic voices sung spirituals. This was the day, Juneteenth, that would forever commemorate African American freedom.” Juneteenth celebrations today commemorate that memorable day in 1865 Texas and emphasize the achievement of African...
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7:00 PM Showtime – There is No Cover Charge – Artist Donations Encouraged Table reservations are recommended. 252.631.5122 City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Persimmons Restaurant
Live music is coming back to the deck at Persimmons! One of our favorite restaurants is back and better than ever, having been restored after Hurricane Florence. Come out and show your support for this New Bern treasure and enjoy a delicious dinner on their beautiful deck on the Neuse River. No cover charge!
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant
It’s karaoke night from 8-11pm! The garage doors will be open, flags will be flying, and tunes will be flowing! Come show us what you’ve got!
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Brown Pelican
The mic opens at 8pm. Sign up, plug in and jam out with us!
Jun 21 @ 4:30 pm Union Point Park
The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce and WRNS are pleased to announce Nashville Recording Artist Chris Lane as the HEADLINE PERFORMER at the #RockinontheRivers Kickoff Concert for the The Great Trent River Raft Race. Also joining him will be Nashville Recording Artist Walker Hayes. Special appearance by New Bern’s Own Bryan Mayer and the Bandit Flight Team. Join us Friday, June 21st where the Two Rivers Meet at Union Point Park. ONLINE tickets are on sale NOW visit www.newbernchamber.com Limited VIP $50 / Advanced tickets $20 each / Children 6 to 15 $10 / General Admission at the gate and the week of June 16 $25 (so get your tickets early). On Saturday The Great Trent River Raft Race is back again! Folk from all over the state will grab their paddle boards, jump on their kayaks, build paddle and pedal rafts and get together with friends for a fantastic weekend of fun on the water. Design It – Build It – Race It! Click here for more details https://thegreattrentriverraftrace.com/?fbclid=IwAR1ZckSZKG1WbzpkQGfb_sFM4YwrX48lNvdAn2ZnBchWKrBya8gLAV9IsMc
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm City Stage
Save the date for the start of a weekend of workshops and unforgettable dancing with a night of fun, vending and performances by local and regional guest dancers. Confirmed performers: Queen of the Universe Dance Troupe, Apsara Dancers NC, Chudney Raks & Raks Royale, Lisa Zahiva & Troupe, Nadia, Kalaa Bellydance, Aaliyah Jenny C KarmaDance, Emily Beamon & The League of Extraordinary Bellydancers…more to be announced! Tickets and Show info coming soon! City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Membership Fee.
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm The Brown Pelican
Singer/Songwriter/musician come hear his acoustic guitar favorites!
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Come on out to Blackbeard’s triple play to see Machine Gun perform live!
Jun 22 all-day Union Point Park
The Great Trent River Raft Race is back AGAIN!  In the 70’s and early 80’s there was an event…an event that drew thousands to the shore of the Trent River to watch a spectacle like no other.  Hundreds of participants built homemade rafts and raced in The Great Trent River Raft Race. A couple of decades later the race is back! June 2018 saw the successful return of the race to New Bern NC – Folks from all over the State grabbed their paddle boards, jumped on their kayaks, built paddle and pedal rafts and got together with friends for a fantastic day of fun on the water!  The great news is…we’re back – AGAIN for 2019! Join the fun.  Design It – Build It – Race It! https://thegreattrentriverraftrace.com/ THE WEEKEND KICKS OFF FRIDAY AFTERNOON WITH ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVERS The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce and WRNS are pleased to announce Nashville Recording Artist Chris Lane as the HEADLINE PERFORMER at the #RockinontheRivers Kickoff Concert for the The Great Trent River Raft Race. Also joining him will be Nashville Recording Artist Walker Hayes. Special appearance by New Bern’s Own Bryan Mayer and the Bandit Flight Team. Join us Friday, June 21st where the Two Rivers Meet at Union Point Park. ONLINE tickets are on sale NOW visit www.newbernchamber.com
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
During National Pollinator Week, join Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Apiary Beekeeper, and DJ Moran, Educator Liaison Craven-Pamlico Beekeepers Assoc & NC State Beekeepers Assoc. Master Beekeeper Prog. Committee Member, as they discuss the importance of honey bees and what becoming a beekeeper entails. This pollinator-themed lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall.
Jun 22 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Union Point Park
As part of the Great Trent River Raft Race, EOP will be there providing an epic water war and foam party!!!! Wear clothes that can get soaked and bring a towel….or two! The water war will run from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. NOTE: You WILL get drenched! We will have two foam parties, each for 30 minutes: 1:00-1:30 PM 3:00-3:30 PM We even may have some SLIME!!!! If you are willing to get slimed to raise money for Relay For Life of Carteret – Craven, let us know and we will tell you how you can sign up to take the challenge!!!! You may also nominate someone to get slimed — teacher, coach, boss, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.!!!! Basically anyone who you think would be hysterical to get slimed! More information on the entire Raft Race can be found at https://thegreattrentriverraftrace.com
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Bear Plaza
The Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza are rotating music and art weekends located in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina. Saturday Sessions run from 1pm-5pm and begin Saturday April 6, 2019 and will run every Saturday until Mumfest weekend in October. Special Saturday Sessions children’s programming is available. Between 1pm-5pm the second and fourth Saturdays indoors at the The Next Chapter Books and Art and the first and third Saturdays outside of The Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts, children of all ages are encouraged to paint #downtownNBrocks and hide them around town. The Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts will also be the host location of Saturday Session Storytimes held the second and fourth Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm. Please join us as books about community, nature, and neighborhood are shared alongside beautiful local works of art on display. Please join us in this immersive cultural community experience. All are welcome. Please keep in mind there is always something for the kids to do, rain or shine, in participating downtown venues. Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza – JUNE Saturday Sessions June 1: Bring a chair and sit a spell for Music Sessions! FOLKS Journal courtesy of Toyota New Bern are proud to present Local Favorite Band Sometimes Lions from 1pm-2:30pm. Swiss Bear is proud to present musician William Seymour from 3pm-5pm. June 8: Art session is from 1-5 in Bear Plaza includes jeweler Elisa Schulman, reiki master and massage therapist Catherine Ould, art demo by Claudina Madrid, intuitive...
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
During National Pollinator Week, enjoy a free presentation of the movie “Disneynature – Wings of Life” in Cullman Performance Hall. This will be a great event for all families!
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tryon Palace Waystation
African American Heritage Tour 2:00pm to 4:00pm Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern. New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast. The Tryon Palace African American Heritage Tour will be offered March to November, with the exception of July and August. Tours begin at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets, at 2 p.m. Location: Meet at the Waystation Event Price $6 adults, $3 youth Contact Email: info@tryonpalace.org Contact Phone: 252-639-3500
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm Bank of the Arts
At the Gallery: Season Finale ​June 22, 2019 Join us for a special encore presentation of the At the Gallery series.  The 20th Century American Composer Season Finale will draw from the songbooks of all eight of this season’s preceding performances, performed by Ken Kennedy. This night promises to be a wonderful experience, allowing the audience to compare and contrast performance of the same composers’ hits by a different musicians.  ​ ​A native of North Carolina and resident of High Point, Ken Kennedy has spent his lifetime singing and playing music. As the vocalist for the Piedmont Airlines, later the US Air Jazz Orchestra, he consistently amazed audiences throughout the world in his engagements at the Grand Casino, Deauville, and Paris, France; London; Frankfurt; Wiesbaden; Konigswinter, Germany, as well as most major cities in the USA.  He sang for a distinguished audience, which included then Vice President George H. W. Bush, when the Space Shuttle Enterprise was donated to the Smithsonian Institution.  Upon the Vice President’s recommendation, he later entertained at the Southern Governors’ Conference in Charlotte.  He also sang successively before then ex-President George H. W. Bush and then First Lady Hillary Clinton at the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor Society meetings. He was the featured vocalist in the “Down Home with the Carolina Pops” tour with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, during which he performed the music of a number of North Carolina artists in styles ranging from bluegrass to jazz.  He recently was a guest artist on the stage of the Grand Ole...
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm City Stage New Bern
With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy! 8:00pm – 10:00pm There is No Cover Charge City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm The Brown Pelican
Feral Cats band is a funky blues band that will make you shake your tail!
Jun 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Blackbeard's Triple Play Resturant
Think you know music? Come prove it with our take on a traditional game! We play 30 seconds of a song, you mark the song title off on your game sheet! First three rounds, the first person to come up with a winning sheet wins a prize from the venue. For the final round, the jackpot is a blackout game, and is worth $100-$250!! So what are you waiting for? Bring your friends and come dance, sing, and rock out to 30 Second Rocks!!
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Brown Pelican
Come out to hear this fabulous blues band, bring your talent and jam!!!
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 3:00 pm Waystation Auditorium
To prepare for Candlelight, Jonkonnu Workshops are held for both children and adults every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. from June 25 to August 6, 2019. At the workshops, participants will learn the dances, songs, and other skills associated with Jonkonnu.
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Come and test your Trivia skills for an opportunity to win great prizes and have fun with friends! It’s all about bringing people together! Our Kitchen and Bar will have some tasty offerings to compliment the evening. Stick around after the event and enjoy our friendly bartenders and interactive jukebox! 7pm No Cover charge
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Blackbeard's Triple Play
Try your luck in a fun new twist to trivia! Team Trivia – Eastern NC and Blackbeard’s Triple Play present to you….Family Feud! Build your team and head on downtown to try your hand.
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm City Stage
Big Jim Kohler and Friends! With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy! 7:00pm – 9:00pm There is No Cover Charge City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.


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