I love how every month in New Bern, there are so many entertainment options. May is no exception! Check out these three finds:

In Plein Sight


The marina is a “stroke of genius” as a wonderful setting to paint.

With New Bern’s spectacular setting of Tryon Palace, the riverfront and historic downtown (just to name a few), the city provides a perfect backdrop for a painter’s inspiration. Plein Air New Bern is an event to leave the four walls of a studio behind and experience painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries, but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Up to 25 artists will be invited to stay in New Bern for a week-long painting competition. The event culminates with juried awards, art sale and gala. This inaugural event takes place May 10 – 16, and it will offer numerous breathtaking locations to complete original works. Paintings will be on display daily at the New Bern Farmer’s Market. For the complete agenda, click here.

A Big Catch

Oh, how I have missed being part of a live audience! I will surely purchase tickets to Greater Tuna, a satirical comedy that also serves as the official grand reopening of the New Bern Civic Theatre. On the weekends of May 14 and 21, you can experience this hilarious play set in a small town in Texas. The extensive, wacky set of characters is performed by just two people.  It’s always a treat to see how actors can change their voice and delivery so seamlessly. Get tickets here.

Fair Game

I am so looking forward to the return of the Craven County Spring Fling Fair! With all the 2020 festivities cancelled due to COVID, I am way overdue for some cotton candy, corn dogs and a funnel cake. Spring Fling takes place over five days this year, May 19 -23, at the Jaycees Fairgrounds. One of the really special offerings is on May 20, when the fair offers free admission and special activities for children with special needs. More details about Spring Fling are here.

However you wish to be entertained, New Bern continues to offer so many ways to do so. Come join the fun!