MumFest returning to historic Downtown New Bern this weekend

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – The annual MumFest is returning to New Bern this weekend, kicking off a month-long celebration.

MumFest is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, Oct. 8 in the streets of downtown New Bern. The festival will include food, amusement rides, as well as performances by BMX riders, trampoline and ariel performers, musical guests, and more.

There are some changes this year. There will be two stages for bands on Pollock and Middle Streets, as well as a stage on Pollock and Craven streets, inside the Miller Lite beer Garden.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The city says its largest event of the year, and one of North Carolina’s largest festivals, is expected to see about 100,000 people visit.

In order to manage all of the people, WITN is told several Downtown streets will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7th and lasting until 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9th.

These street sections are:

  • 200-400 blocks of Broad Street
  • 200-300 blocks of East Front Street
  • 200-300 blocks of Middle Street
  • 300 block of Craven Street
  • 300-400 blocks of Pollock Street

New Bern says only the northbound lane will be open for the 200-300 blocks of Hancock Street. Traffic will be forced north on Hancock (toward Broad) for the same time listed above.

Parking for visitors is available downtown or in the free public parking lots at Hancock and New Streets (Black Bear lot) and at S. Front and Hancock streets (Gold Bear lot). People can also park at Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Road, and take a free shuttle to the festival from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

More than 200 vendors, more than a dozen musical acts, and a variety of carnival rides and games are included throughout MumMonth, which includes MumFeast and the MumFest concert.

For a full list of this year’s festivities, visit the MumFest website.

The fun will continue in New Bern throughout the month as well, with the WRNS MumFest Concert featuring Jimmie Allen on Oct. 14 and MumFeast! scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22.

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