April brings the Easter Bunny and several fun springtime events to the area.
A carnival, home tours and several fundraisers top the list of things to do during the month in New Bern. Check out the following happenings in town during the month and choose a few for that special date night or for you and your family to enjoy.
New Bern to host two carnivals in April
Craven County Spring Fling Fair will be at Craven County Fairgrounds from April 6 through 10. The grounds are located at 3700 US 70. For more information, visit their website.
Magic Midway’s Super Carnival will be returning this year from April 15 through April 24 at Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Rd. For times, ticket information and coupons, visit Magic Midway.
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International films hosted by Craven Community College
Craven Community College will host its International Film Series in Orringer Auditorium.
“Shoplifters” will be the feature film on April 1. This R-rated 2018 Japanese film depicts a family in a small corner of Tokyo commit a range of petty crimes to make ends meet for themselves and the children they have “adopted” from the streets.
“Come What May” will be shown on April 29. Also R-rated, this 2015 French/German/English film focuses on residents who were forced to flee as German troops entered France in 1940 and take you along sharing each character’s journey as they seek peace in a time of violence.
The Lifetime Learning Center (LLC) presents an annual international film series that entertains audiences while exposing them to foreign cultures. Showtimes are 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Due to the variety of languages and accents represented, as well as accommodation for the hearing impaired, all films are shown with English subtitles.
The public is welcome and admission is free. Donations at the door are welcome and help support the series.
Home & Garden Show adds artisans and magician
The expo will be held from 10 am to 4 pm April 2 and 3, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St. There is no charge for admission. The event will feature more than 100 indoor and outdoor exhibitors showcasing their products and services. There will also be an Artisan Market, a magician with performance throughout both days and a pet adoption event.
More:Magician, artisans added to attractions at Home & Outdoor Living Expo
Fundraisers to help local organizations
Month of the Military Child Kick Off Event, 5K Color Run will be held on April 2. Registration opens at 8 am and race starts at 9 am at Havelock High School, 101 Webb Blvd. For more information, call 252-444-5112.
Neuse River Bridge Run will be held at Union Point Park on April 8 and 9. The Neuse River Bridge Run is four separate events: 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K and the SuperKids Fun Run. All 4 events for 2022 will be offered as either an in-person event or as a virtual run/walk. A celebration for all in-person participants will be held in the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Food, soft drinks, and beer will be served. Awards distribution will begin at 10 am For more information, visit their website.
The Flea Market Food Truck Fundraisers Series will be held from 11 am to 2 pm April 8 at the Colonial Capital Humane Society Flea Market, 2302 Trent Road, New Bern. Bakers Rise Food Truck will be on site while you shop and a portion of the proceeds from food sales will benefit the Humane Society.
Tryon Civitans will host a Charity Golf Tournament at the Emerald Golf Club at 1 pm on April 30. Donations are $75 for Individuals and $300 for Foursome. Player fees include green fees, cart fee, lunch, mulligan and tee buster. Contest includes Longest Drive, Straightest Drive, and Closest to the Pin. There will be raffles and a $5000 Hole in One prize. For more information, contact Ed Preston at 681-285-6921.
New Bern Autism 5K Run/Walk starts 7 am April 23. The event starts at 1004 Queen St. Emilio and Lindell Davis of Davis Distributor LLC is having their first Autism 5k Awareness event to benefit Autismazing. For more information, call 252-631-6786.
Events to dress to impress
True Justice International Freedom Ball & Gala will be held at 6 pm April 2, at Amelia Grove, 1700 Brice’s Creek Rd. Hear stories from survivors and dance to the music of Spare Change. Silent auction items will be available to bid on throughout the evening until 9 pm For more information, call 252-631-5111 or visit their website.
Craven County Fireman’s Association Annual Awards Banquet will be at 6 pm April 12, at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center, 201 Tourist Center Dr. Tickets are $20 and music will be by DJ Justin Rouse of Beach Boogie & Blues. For more information, call 252-635-8890.
Food drive to benefit veterans
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 40 will hold a Food Drive for Veterans on April 3 from 10 am to 2 pm at Food Lion on Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. For more information, call 252-638-5900.
Arts, poetry and concerts
Nexus Poets Open Mic featuring award-winning poet Sam Love will be held at 7 pm April 5, at New Bern Unitarian Fellowship, 308 Meadows St.
The Silver Lining Singers will be performing at 12:15 pm April 7 and 6 pm and 7 pm April 8 at Christ Church, 320 Pollock St. in New Bern.
art walk will be held in downtown New Bern from 5 pm to 8 pm April 8. For more information, visit their website.
Historical Society to host tour and plant sale
New Bern Historical Society will host its Heritage Homes Tour and Plant Sale from 10 am to 4 pm April 8 and 9. This self-guided tour includes nine homes in historic downtown, ranging from glorious to tiny, from 19th century to brand spanking new. These are livable family homes with rich stories and diverse architecture that illustrate New Bern’s amazing history. There will be artists, live music, gardens in bloom, historical churches, and food trucks. The plant sale will begin at 9 am at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St. For more information, call 252-638-8558 or visit their website.
Easter egg hunt in Havelock
An Easter Egg Hunt and Meet & Greet with the Easter Bunny will be held April 9, at Havelock City Park. The event starts at 10 a.m. For information, call 252-444-6429.
Cemetery Tours summarizes
Earl of Craven Questers’ Cedar Grove Cemetery tours will be held at 4 pm April 16. Guest will meet at the Weeping Arch on Queen St. Learn fascinating facts about many historic figures buried in the historic cemetery listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and mirrors two centuries of the history of the city and state. For more information, call 410-610-1407.
Speakers to focus on history
Lunch & Learn with Historian Nelson McDaniel will be held 11 am April 20 at Carolina Colors Pavilion, 3300 Waterscape Way. Topic will be “Voices in the Cause of Freedom”. For information, call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558.
North Carolina Naval History Symposium, 9:30 am April 30 at Cullman Performance Hall, 529 S. Front St. Five presenters will cover topics relating to the naval history of North Carolina, from the American Revolution to World War II. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Registration for the program opens at 8:30 am For more information, visit Tryon Palace.
Friends of the Library Big Book Sale will be held April 22 and 23 beginning at 9 am and noon April 24, at St. Paul Catholic Church’s Family Life Center, 3005 Country Club Rd.