If you are interested in a specific event, please select from the list below.


Join us for a chilly dip in the city pool on Saturday, March 15th

for our first ever


10 a.m.

New Bern Aquatic Center

1155 Laura Lane, New Bern

This charity event benefits transplant patients through the National Foundation for Transplants. www.transplants.org

Register here.

Need help with a fundraising letter?

Click here.

Festival of Fun 2014

This annual event has become one of Eastern North Carolina’s best children’s festivals!  Each year, approximately 4,000 people join us at Union Point Park for a day full of games, inflatable rides, food, arts & crafts, educational information, and fun. 

New this year, we feature our annual Easter Egg Hunt for children six (6) and under beginning at 9:00 am.  Bring your Easter basket and $3.00.

Also new this year is the Rotary's Rubber Duck Derby.  tickets will be available at the festival until 2:00pm.  Derby begins at 3:00pm.





Union Point Park

April 12, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Contact Nicole Dewar

(252) 639-2902



Thanks to our 2014 sponsors!









Preschool Parade

This annual October parade is for preschool-age children and their parents or teachers.  Children dress in their Halloween costumes and parade down Middle Street and into Union Point Park.  Registration is necessary for groups.

Call 639-2902 for more information.

Parade Location:
Begins at the corner of Broad and Middle Street, downtown New Bern.  In the case of inclement weather, we will parade at the West New Bern Recreation Center at 1225 Pine Tree Drive.
October 31, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.



Neuse River

Senior Games & Silver Arts

This is an Olympic-style event and arts exhibit for adults 55 and better.  Call 639-2912 for registration information. 

Headquartered at West New Bern Recreation Center
April 22, 2014 to May 2, 2014



Thanks to:

30th Annual

Coastal Christmas Flotilla

New Bern Parks and Recreation proudly hosts the 30th Annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla!  This magical evening kicks off the Christmas season in New Bern with the 2D MAW Band from Cherry Point, lots of bright lights, beautiful boats, and music.  Santa greets the children in Union Point Park afterwards.  Boater registration is underway now!  Click here for a registration form.

For those who would like to watch from the shore:

Date: Saturday, 12/6/14

Union Point Park - Downtown New Bern at 210 East Front Street

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!


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City of New Bern
PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563-1129
Parks & Rec Main # (252) 639-2901
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