New Bern


New this year...

             The Real Signora Bella

     Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist, has entertained audiences of all ages since her

     arrival on the eastern seaboard several years ago. With great zest she brings to life the tradition

     of the traveling performers of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Tracing her roots to the Italian theatrical style of Commedia Dell'Arte, Signora Bella has stunned the masses with her feats of balance and amazed audiences with her juggling of the sharp Turkish swords and flaming torches. Adding new skills, she began walking on a slack rope and a big red ball that came to be known as "the razor-sharp globe of death".

Don't miss this captivating storyteller and performance of  The Life and Times of Signora Bella. Four shows daily.

Craven Arts Council and Gallery

The Twin Rivers Artist Association will feature a special project on Sunday, October 12 "Building Creative Minds" with a construction-zone inside & outside the Bank of the Arts for kids ages 5 and up to try their hand(s) at clay ornaments,monoprints, paintings, sculpture and charm bracelets. Led by Arts Council volunteers, it is free though they will be accepting donations for Craven County Schools art teachers for art supplies.

The Twin Rivers Artist Association juried show inside Bank of the Arts (Sept.12-Oct. 30) features a range of art, painters in all media, sculptors, potters woodworkers, jewelers and metalworkers.

Back by Popular Demand...

The Xpogo Stunt Team is the most talented and experienced extreme pogo exhibition team in the world. Jumping over 9 feet in the air on next generations pogo sticks while throwing down flips and incredible tricks, The Xpogo Stunt Team creates crowds in an instant and keeps them engaged until the final bounce.

Watch their newest show reel here...

Xpogo Stunt Team

Featuring the best Xpogo talent from around the world, the Xpogo Stunt Team is an international, award-winning group, with no less than 13 world records to their name. The Xpogo Stunt Team has headlined across the globe, from Rio to Beijing to Rome to London and throughout Canada and the United States. Having worked with every major media outlet nationally and appearing in numerous movies, commercials, music videos and TV shows, the Xpogo Stunt Team takes pogo to new heights. Don't miss three shows daily in Union Point Park

Race fans will be revved up with the NASCAR Racing Tour

Title Sponsor Joe Alcoke Auto & Truck Center will have another outstanding treat for NASCAR fans along with the popular new model car show on display along Middle Street adjacent to the NASCAR exhibit.. Check back for more details.

Juice on the Neuse Wine & Beer Festival...In the front lot of Galley Stores - Saturday

MUMFEST's venue sponsored by Galley Stores & Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant, offers the opportunity to sample over 100 different wines and craft beers from dozens of wineries, breweries and distributors. Enjoy a collection of savory hors d'oeuvres provided by Persimmons Restaurant as well as a waived cover charge to hear the bands on the waterfront deck.

$25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. First 400 to arrive will receive a free Galley Stores glasss for tasting.

Purina Incredible Dog Team

A team of dogs in peak physical condition perform amazing free-style flying disc routines.

Photo by Sue Williams

Utilizing a high-energy performance set to music, the trainers and their dogs entertain while also educating people about responsible pet care and how proper nutrition and good training can bring out the best in any dog, at any life stage.
The athletic feats performed by the team include rolling back catches, two-legged balancing acts on the trainer's feet and vaulting off of their trainer's body to snare a flying disc.
Union Point Park - four shows daily

Alex Clark...Project Dynamite

Festival goers love Alex Clark and his award winning improvised wit and charm. He juggles flames, climbs the "ladder of doom" and invites crowd participation throughout his act. 

This world traveled comedian stands above the rest as the only one that's been trained by the circus. Bring the kids, bring the family, get grandpa out of the retirement home because no one should miss this!

Roving performances both Sat & Sun on Broad and East Front Streets and at the Kids Korner.


                                  Magic moments by Steve


Steve Wille has been performing magic for over 25 years and has appeared on TV in both the U.S. and Bermuda. Aside from having a 6 night a week show in Long Island he also worked as a street performer in Key West, the South Street Seaport in New York and performed with Joan Rivers at Sundays on the Bay. Steve is a talented magician, entertainer and a real crowd pleaser. He has been a Mumfest favorite for years!


Farmers Market

Be sure and put the Farmers Market on your list of things to see and do at Mumfest. The market will be filled with many vendors selling unique items from handmade soaps, candles, accessories, jewelry, artwork and photography to delicious baked goods, coffee, tea and North Carolina honey. Located 421 South Front Street at Hancock. Hours Sat. 8-6:30, Sun. 10:30-5.

Dancing with the Stars
Saturday Oct 11
Mumfest has its very own Dancing with Stars with performances from local dance studios.

For a full listing and performance times click schedule.

Coastal Carolina Railroader's and Thomas the Train Exhibits
The model railroad and Thomas the Train exhibit brings smiles to enthusiasts of all ages. Thomas is a cheeky little blue wooden train with lots of friends and accessories that makes him so lovable. On a grander scale, the double track HO scale model railroad is a marvel of detail and technical know-how. A must see for enthusiasts .


Check out
Thomas the Train layout in the Carolina Coastal Railroaders space at the Sudan Temple.

                                                                   Photo by Sue Williams

New Bern's Firemen's Museum
Established in 1955, the New Bern Firemen's Museum is a unique experience. People of all ages will appreciate the City’s firefighting history and will enjoy the interactive exhibits. A must see for enthusiasts. Open Mon-Sat 10-4 located at 408 Hancock Street. Visit their website at


Located at Craven St. - across from City Hall

While watching the New Bern Police Dept. K-9 demonstrations on the corner of Craven and Pollock Street (across from City Hall), remember that there is nothing ordinary about these wonderful animals. They ride in police cars and helicopters, they search for lost people and frightened children, and they sniff out drugs and bad guys. But most important the dogs earn the right to carry a badge and deserve our thanks.

Don't miss these amazing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday - 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.,

3:00 p.m.

Labrador Field Retriever Demonstrations

Located at New Bern Convention & Visitors Center - Side Lawn
John Weller, Weller Kennels, demonstrates the talents of his trio of Master National Hunting Retrievers. Weller has a lengthy record of wins in regional and national competitions with retrievers he has trained. A long time returning favorite at MUMFEST

Silver Drummer Girl
This spell binding human statue, mime, professional performer and musician, fools the audience into believing she is a statue. When tipped she comes to life playing the snare drum inspiring a unique reaction from each individual, entertaining all ages and walks of life. Photo by Sue Williams

Amusement Rides
Michael's Enterprises is a Fayetteville, NC mobile midway company featuring rides, games, cotton candy & snow cones. Michael's Enterprises' has provided for MUMFEST guests many years offering rides and games for the whole family.

Tickets: $1/ea, $20 + free ride, $45 for 52 tickets. Rides vary from 3-5 tickets per ride.

Must be 36" or taller to go on rides.

Scalawag School for Aspiring Pirates

Ahoy mates, calling all aspiring Pirates! Mad Dog Mike's Scalawag Skool, designed for young lads and lasses between 6-12 years old, will be conducted each hour beginning 11:00 a.m. Sat. & Sun. in Union Point Park.

Once the young recruits are placed into proper Pirate attire (hat, sword and eye patch) they are taught to speak like a Pirate, how to handle their cutlass in battle, demonstrate their sword fighting skills, walk like a Pirate aboard ship and as a team will take up anchor rope and haul in a pirate!. Upon completion they are read the Krew Rules and presented with a copy for safe keeping before being sent off to plunder the towne! Each session is 30-45 minutes. For more information contact Mad Dog Mike  or visit the website: .

Also appearing with the Scalawag Skool from NC Merfolk are Mermaid Aquanette and Merman Christomer. Don't miss this exciting attraction in Union Point Park, Saturday and Sunday. For more information about these enchanting merfolk, go to

Boon hill gallery - Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Specializing in chainsaw carvings, Boon Hill Gallery carries a variety of pieces created by some of the best artists across the country. Corey Lancaster will be demonstrating chain saw carving in Union Point Park Sat. & Sun. Commissioned carvings are available. For more information visit them at boonhillgallery.


Be sure to check back - it's early in the year and the number of attractions is guaranteed to keep growing.




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