As October approaches, I know that cooler weather is just around the corner. It also means it is my favorite time of year to celebrate the blooms that New Bern has made famous (at least in these parts). MumFest is set for a return, after last year’s event was reimagined as MumFeast due to the pandemic. This year, we get to enjoy both events, along with a concert!

MumFest is back this year, as is MumFeast and the MumFest Concert!


For the weekend of October 9 and 10, the blooms take over! MumFest is New Bern’s opportunity to show off our fascination with these beautiful flowers in downtown and throughout the city. Perhaps, the “fest” part of it is the best part, with food, entertainment, arts and crafts. The renowned festival attracts thousands each year from near and far away. With the 2020 event cancelled, this year is sure to be an explosion of colorful fun. Drop by the mum arch at Union Point Park for a photo op, and take a run around the mum maze.


Last year’s inaugural MumFeast event is back, taking place the weekend of October 16 and 17. Downtown New Bern will transform into an amazing feasting in the streets. A variety of restaurants are participating, so you can dine on whatever you crave. You can have lunch or dinner, then browse the shops and street wares. Come enjoy the flavors of MumFeast!

MumFest Concert

For 2021, we have the great fortune to have a true headliner for the MumFest Concert. International superstar Nelly will perform on Friday, October 29, 6 p.m. at Lawson Creek Park. This concert is sure to be exciting entertainment under the stars that will attract a crowd, so get there early! Tickets can be purchased here.

Whether you enjoy MumFest, MumFeast or the MumFest Concert, you will undoubted enjoy a “mumorable” time!