While the City of New Bern is not my official place of residence, I visit here very often. This town always seems to make everything better. Here are three fun New Bern events I am looking forward to in March:

Learning Your ABCs

You have to hand it to our New Bern Historical Society. Even with the ongoing pandemic, the “show” must go on, or shall we say the Annual ABC (Attic, Basement and Closet) Yard Sale! On March 13 and 27, the fundraising event will take place in the fresh outdoors at the New Bern Battlefield Park Pavilion, 10 am – 3 pm. In its 31st year, the ABC Yard Sale features a curated selection of antiques, furniture, collectibles, art and other items. Come shop ‘til you (almost) drop. You can also donate items, as we all know the saying of, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure.”


The Gardens at Tryon Palace open up to a beautiful world of splendor (and a few secrets).

The Secret Gardens

Did you know that the gardens at Tryon Palace cover over 16 acres? How about the types of flowers that bloom and when they do so? Can you name the talented landscape architect who designed the garden layout? You will know the answers to this and more when you visit Tryon Palace on March 16. Tryon Palace Greenhouse and Gardens Manager Hadley Cheris will guide you on a personal stroll through the gardens, providing insight as to what makes this place so special and why it is designed after the style of 18th-century Britain. Tour begins at 2 p.m.

Run for Your Life

Like most races this year, the Neuse River Bridge Run has gone virtual. However, the fun will be ever-present, with four runs from which to choose: 5k, 10k, half-marathon and Superkids Fun Run. Select the best day for you to participate during the race period of March 18-28, choose a course, run your race and submit your results. With a flexible format this year, you can make the experience one-of-a-kind for you. West New Bern is proud to be the Super Hero Sponsor of the kids’ fun run. For all the details about the race, click here.

March 2021 may seem the same as the year before, as COVID has kept us from normalcy. However, if these three activities are any indication, New Bern continues to march forward with fun things to do!