WELCOME TO MUMFEST 2014!
Something for everyone...
Now in its 34th year, Mumfest 2014 promises another grand fall weekend of family fun - something for everyone.
Mumfest a city sponsored event, produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp., is one of the finest award winning festivals in the state of North Carolina.The combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors and savory foods in the beautifully restored setting of downtown New Bern and its waterfront, is enjoyed by more than 90,000 festival-goers every fall.
An annual Reader's Choice winner as Best Festival and Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 October Events, makes Mumfest an event you don't want to miss.
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.
Rick Hubbard, you may remember as the "Kazoobie Kazoo" guy, is back at MUMFEST with his new JuggleStuff show. Rick gives kids a chance to play and learn with kid-friendly juggling toys. He brings lots of JuggleStix, JuggleBalls, BalanceStix, and Spooner Boards for kids to play with and learn. Juggling lessons are offered to kids aged 8 to adults. From time to time during the program Rick performs short, funny juggling acts for the crowd.
We're excited to have this very engaging and talented performer back to MUMFEST with lots of fun in store!
Back by popular demand...
Extreme Attraction Xpogo Stunt Team. 2013 festival-goers loved this talented and experienced extreme pogo exhibition team. Jumping over 9 feet in the air on next-generation pogo sticks, throwing down flips and doing incredible tricks. The Xpogo Stunt Team generated crowds, engaging them to the final bounce and they are here to do it again at
Photo courtesy of Nancy Hawley
The Xpogo Stunt Team is an international, award-winning group, with 13 world records to their name, has headlined across the globe from Rio to Beijing, 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.
Watch their newest show reel here...
Alex Clark - a genius for engaging the crowds.
Whether he's juggling meat cleavers or flinging jokes Alex leaves the crowd gasping for air in both awe and laughter. Finishing his show balanced atop a 10 foot ladder, Alex is a comedian that stands above the rest. Live performing is where it starts. With over 100,000 monthly views, Alex's Youtube cartoons make him a hit online as well. click here to view
From the streets to the screen. Watch anywhere. Laugh everywhere. Follow him on twitter or visit itsalexclark.com for tour dates and cartoons.
Race fans will be revved up for another great NASCAR Racing Tour.... sponsored by Joe Alcoke Auto and Truck Center
NASCAR fans will be able to test their driving skill in one of two simulators at the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) exhibit at MUMFEST. RCR is bringing seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt's #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo along with two other racecars.
Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing earned 43 of their 67 victories and four of their seven championships together in the famed No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
The No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Richard Childress Racing became synonymous with success and championships in NASCAR racing. The No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet is still one of the most recognizable race cars in the world.
Exhibit at corner of Broad and Middle Streets
2nd Annual Juice on the Neuse Festival sponsored by Galley Stores
located at the corner of Pollock & East Front in the heart of the festival - Saturday
MUMFEST's 2014 venue will again offer the opportunity to sample a wide variety of wines and craft beers from all over the world along with hors d'oeuvres provided by Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. 1-4 p.m. next to the Galley Stores. $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door.
Persimmons Waterfront Entertainment - Saturday
Mac & Juice 1-4 p.m., Bryan Stretch Mayer 6-10 p.m. $10 cover.
Labrador Retriever Demonstrations
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 timer returning favorite at MUMFEST.
Boating - Outdoor Life & Recreation
You'll see the latest in trailerable boats up to 30 feet, exhibits and vendors with all the latest in the world of outdoor recreation and adventure. Featuring exhibits and booths focused on backpacking, bicycling, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, running and sailing - Union Point Park.
Ministry Center Entertainment Saturday
Rachel Harmatuk PIno's New Bern Suzuki Strings and Dee Dricks Down East Dulcimers will be joining forces again this year 11-12 noon at Christ Episcopal Ministry Center (Middle St). There will be a wide range of music from traditional Suzuki songs, to classical, fiddle tunes and songs from "around the world". Enjoy the Suzuki violin played by the children, the mountain dulcimer group playing their traditional instruments as well as both groups combining talents for a really unique blend.
ENCORE, Craven Community College Chorus will perfom at 12:00 noon in the Ministry Center following the Suzuki Strings and Down East Dulcimers.
Main Stage Saturday...
Mumfest Stage Entertainment Galore...
Showing casing some of North Carolina's best bands and talented groups with a diversity of entertainment for the old and young alike.
On the main stage adjacent to the Galley Store on Saturday, groups include a new sound from Memphis, Tennessee by DNA Entertainment, a band of three brothers with strong vocal harmonies, instrumentals, original lyrics and stage presence. Gaylon Pope & SweetWater is a group with a sweet taste of country, good-time oldies, gospel and down home humor and Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers one of Eastern North Carolina's favorite dance bands playing a soulful sound and some very tasty lead and funky rhythm's.
Click here for more information about the bands. Times are posted on Schedule of Events.
Main Stage on Sunday ...
The North Carolina Songwriters Co-op
The main stage will feature a day filled with talented song writers and singers in the surrounding area. Mumfest crowds loved hearing fresh new songs from talented North Carolinians.
For those who are interested in performing, send a recording and website link to email@example.com with a brief bio and contact information.
Selection by NCSC is based on performance quality. For more information go to: http://www.ncsongwriters.org/fr_home.cfm
Purina Incredible Dog Team
We welcome back to Mumfest, trainer Laura Moretz and her world class canines ready to thrill the crowd with dare devil frisbee tricks and incredible stunts.These dogs have performed all over the country at NFL halftime football games, college basketball games and fairs and festivals. Many of the dogs in the show are world finalists and rescues and even include a 4 lb chihuahua.
The high energy performances set to music, include roll back catches, two-legged balancing acts on the trainer's feet and jumping nearly 10 feet in the air to snare a flying disk.
Laura has judged and taught frisbee in Japan, Europe and Canada and will be available after each show to answer your dog training questions while you meet the stars of the performances, the dogs.
Photo's courtesy of Judy Hills
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!
The Silver Drummer Girl
This spellbinding human statue, mime, professional performer and musician, fools the audience into believing she is a statue. Toss a coin in the tip bucket and she comes to life playing the snare drum inspiring a unique reaction from each individual, entertaining all ages and walks of life. Voted "best of" Asheville street performer 2009,2010,2011.
5K RUN Sponsored by New Bern Parks & Recreation
Sunday, Oct 12
Proceeds benefit Coastal Women's Shelter
Run for Mums is a Parks & Recreation featured event. This flat course race begins and ends at Union Point Park and goes through New Bern's scenic historic district. Awards will be presented to the overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male/female runners in each age group. Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. Start time 7:30 a.m. $25 pre-registration on active.com. or $30 day of event.
Amusement Rides's - a festival must!
Michael's Enterprise provides an assortment of rides for big and little kids. All time favorites, the Expo Wheel & Merry-go-round, Dino the Dinosaur, Willie the Wale motorcycle jump, Scat, Vertigo and more. Tickets for rides are: Sheet of 20 tickets (includes one free ride) = $20.00. Sheet of 52 tickets = $45.00
Photos courtesy of Jeanne Julian
Pumpkin PatchSponsored by Christ Episcopal Church
corner of Middle & Pollock Streets, has hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, Indian Corn and much more all in time for the fall season. All Proceeds benefit local outreach. Open 9-6 Saturday, 12-6 Sunday.
Sit & Rest Area - Union Point Park
Sponsored by Bear Towne Tent Rental
Thanks to Bear Towne Tent Rental, festival-goers can take time to relax in the Sit & Rest Area at the entrance to Union Point Park. Chairs and tables under a big tent provide the opportunity to rest up so you can continue to enjoy the multitude of attractions located in Union Point and the festival mid-way.
Other Festival Favorites
| • Arts, crafts & commercial vendors |
• New model car show
• Amusement rides
• Savory foods
• Live entertainment - Roving Street
• KIDSTUFF & Lil' Kidstuff
• Pumpkin Patch
| • Model Railroad Exhibit |
• Retriever Field Demonstrations
• Fire & Police Demonstrations
• Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens ablaze with the majestic fall colors of thousands of mums. Gardens open free Friday & Saturday. www.tryonpalace.org
Check back often and watch the list of attractions grow!