New Bern is a wonderful place to be at any given day of the year. Being here on a holiday weekend seems to be even better. Memorial Day Weekend is the last one in May, and New Bern has plenty of activities to keep us entertained. Below are three to enjoy.

Footloose and Fancy-Free

Footloose of the Neuse

The annual concert series kicks off on May 24!

Friday evening kicks off with the first outing of Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series. Join your friends at Union Point Park, a beautiful backdrop at the convergence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. Be sure to bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket. Music by The Castaways begins at 6:30 p.m. Did I mention admission is free? Click here for more details.

Very, Beary Fun

The next day, bring the entire family down to Bear Plaza for the Art Saturday Session. From 1 – 5 p.m., you will enjoy yoga, art, crafting and story time with a local author. A really cool part of this Saturday series is the encouragement of youngsters to paint #downtownNBrocks around town. It is also fun to try to find where those “paintings” are hidden. This event is also free!

Tryon Palace front exterior

Tryon Palace is a magnificent sight, any day of the year.

We Salute You

Tryon Palace is always a fantastic place to spend your Sunday afternoon. On May 25, Tryon Plaza salutes all active military and veterans, along with their families, by providing free admission to the palace, gardens and history center. Even if you have visited before, this time of year is incredibly beautiful to experience it again.

You may decide to forgo all these options and simply enjoy relaxing at home, cooking out with friends or taking a long canoe ride down the river. Whatever you do, please take time this weekend to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom and that of others.