New Bern Preservation Foundation Antiques Show
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center (252) 633-6448. This Antiques Show and Sale is a three-day annual event in mid-February at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Hosting as many as 40 dealers, the show features 18th- and 19th-century American antiques.
Carolina Chamber Music Festival
Downtown New Bern (252) 626-5419. In mid-September, CCMF presents musicians of the highest caliber affliated with organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, in a variety of programs designed to delight. Created to foster communication between audiences and artists, CCMF events include entertaining concerts and interactive social functions.
Sheraton Grand, 1 Bicentennial Park, downtown New Bern waterfront (252) 638-2577. An annual jazz showcase in early February assembles some of the most recognized names in modern jazz.
Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour
Attmore-Oliver House Museum , 510 Pollock St., New Bern (252) 638-8558. The Spring Historic Homes & Gardens Tour in late March and early April includes tours of private homes, gardens and churches in the historic district, with guides and location maps provided.
MayBi-Annual Air Show
JuneNC Symphony at Tryon Palace
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks
Various locations, New Bern (252) 637-9400, (800) 437-5767. New Bern is one of the first towns to have a Fourth of July celebration and it enjoys a well-turned-out celebration. An impressive fireworks display takes place at Union Point Park on the downtown waterfront where bands perform complementary patriotic music. The gardens of The Tryon Palace are open for free and patriots will find additional holiday activities take place.
AugustCarolinian Shakespeare Festival
Coastal Christmas Flotilla, December 7th, 5:30-7:30pm
Union Point Park, New Bern (252) 672-0309. Santa arrives in downtown New Bern in style abroad a Hatteras yacht as part of the Coastal Christmas Flotilla on the first Saturday of December. The flotilla of gaily decorated boats of all sizes proceeds down the Trent River and passes Union Point, giving spectators a long, lingering look at the boats festooned with sparkling lights, diving dolphins and red-nosed reindeer.
Bed and Breakfasts of New Bern Holiday Open House, December 8th, 2013, 2-5pm
Bed and Breakfasts of New Bern (252) 636-5553. Join the Yuletide celebrations when New Bern's bed and breakfasts open to the public for tours, refreshments, carols and more.
Tryon Palace Holiday Celebration & Candlelight Tours, December 14th, 2013 & December 21st, 2013
Tryon Palace, Pollock and George Sts., New Bern (252) 639-3500 or 1(800) 767-1560. By the beginning of December the Tryon palace looks much as it did during the holidays in 1770 when Governor William Tryon hosted a "very grand and noble Entertainment and Ball" to celebrate the grand opening of his sumptuous home and the Royal capital. The palace is lighted and adorned with fresh fruit and fragrant greenery. Cooks are busy in the kitchen preparing confections and delicacies, and the air is filled with holiday aromas. The tours run throughout the month of December and include all of the site's historic homes. Special events include the Holiday Garden lecture, candlelight tours and the Jonkonnu celebration.