Arts & Entertainment

New Bern

Interested in the theatre and the arts? Then you will be pleased to know that New Bern has an arts community that is both vibrant and diverse. New Bern is home to active community theater groups which stage a number of productions annually.

Art galleries can be found in renovated buildings all around New Bern, and murals on the walls of public buildings reflect the work of varied artists interpreting New Bern's history.

New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock Street, (252) 633-0567
Performances at the Athens Theatre in downtown New Bern include dramas, comedies, musicals and even productions in sign language.

The Carolinian Shakespeare Festival Eastern North Carolina's premier professional theatre company focuses on quality classical productions.  Carolinian Shakespeare Festival performances are presented the first three weekends of August at the New Bern Civic Theatre in downtown New Bern.

Bank of the Arts  317 Middle Street, (252) 638-2787
This former bank building (c.1913), headquarters of the Craven Arts Council and Gallery, is both a cultural and an architecture treat. The classical facade of lonic columns provides a grand entrance for the two-story gallery. Detailed pilasters and Corinthian columns have been highlighted by colors in the Beaux Arts motif, changing exhibitions of various media such as painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, and fiber art by artists of the southeastern United States are provided free of charge in the gallery area. The Craven Arts Council also sponsors the popular New Bern Sunday Jazz Showcase.

The Accidental Artist 220 Craven Street (252) 634-3411 A paint-your-own pottery store featuring contemporary, functional and decorative items.

ART Gallery, Ltd. 502 Pollock Street (252) 670-4000 New Bern's oldest commercial gallery representing established artists and crafts people of North Carolina.

Art of the Wild 218 Middle Street (252) 638-8806 features work of local artists, crafts people and jewelers.

Art at Ballantyne's 223 Middle Street (252) 633-0414 shows original works by local artists

Art & Materials 219 Middle Street (252) 514-2787 a gallery of local art, prints, gifts handmade cards and books. The store also features a pottery studio for classes, workshops and art parties in all mediums for all ages.

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery at 317-A Pollock Street, is owned by artists Janet and Michael Francoeur. In addition to selling their own work, Carolina Creations displays and sells the work of over 300 well known artists and craftsmen from across the country and Canada.

ArtWalk - sponsored by the Craven Arts Council, brings out the crowds to downtown New Bern on various Friday evenings throughout the year. You can enjoy art galleries, shopping and performing arts free of charge.

New Bern has something for everyone, including children: children's arts & entertainment

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A small village of genuinely friendly people, Oriental is a haven for those seeking a bit of tranquility.  But that's not to say that there isn't anything to do in this waterfront town!

Live music can be found at the Tiki Bar, the Deli, The Silos, and The Broad Street Cafe.

Annual events like the Croaker Festival, The Spirit of Christmas, and the Running of The Dragon keep things lively.

The Pamlico Musical Society presents an annual series of concerts at the Pamlico County Civic and Cultural Center on Broad Street. The quality of these concerts is fantastic.

Movies are also presented at the Pamlico County Civic and Cultural Center, a historic movie theater on Broad Street in the center of town.                         

Art on the Neuse Arts and Master Crafts Festival is a one-day fine art and craftsmen festival, celebrating a day of art in Oriental. Here artists showcase their newest creations.