The local area boasts plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Float down the lazy river at Lion’s Water Adventure, for instance, or tee off at one of the challenging 18-hole golf courses in the area. Don’t miss the Mumfest in downtown New Bern or the chance to compete at the Havelock Chili Festival. And be sure to check out the New Bern Firemen’s Museum, celebrating the first chartered fire company in the state.
Residents of Craven County will enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
Craven County Fair
The Craven County Fair is the last week of October at the county fairgrounds in New Bern. The fair features thrill rides, vendors, carnival foods, music and fun for all ages.
Havelock Chili Festival
Havelock’s annual chili festival is a two-day event in mid-October that includes a variety of cook-offs. Chili chefs compete to prove who has the best chicken wings, chili verde, red chili and salsa. Compete to earn your bragging rights, or just come to enjoy the food.
Havelock Christmas Tree Lighting Jubilee
On a Saturday in early December, Havelock hosts a Christmas Tree Lighting Jubilee. Activities for the afternoon include Santa’s Parlor, a hot chocolate/cider/sugar cookie booth, booths to decorate cookies and Christmas cards, food pantry for area donations and a showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Visit the city website to find out the schedule for 2017’s jubilee.
MumFest is a combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors and great food in the beautifully restored setting of downtown New Bern and its waterfront. More than 60,000 festival-goers enjoy Mumfestivities every fall. The award-winning annual event is held over a weekend in mid-November.
“The Polar Express” Train Ride in the Smokies
Fun for the entire family usually held from November to January. This round-trip train ride brings the magic of “The Polar Express” to life. Enjoy Christmas carols and hot cocoa while listening to the storybook being read. Arrive at the “North Pole” and find Santa Claus waiting to board the train and present everyone with a special gift.