New Bern


MUMFEST Entertainment

New this year...

MUMFEST Kickoff Concert Sponsored by Bojangles'

Make plans now to come early for this great country music concert celebrating MUMFEST's 35th anniversary.

          Friday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Gates open 5:00 p.m.

The South Lawn at Tryon Palace will be the site of the first MUMFEST Kick-off concert featuring the popular country music band, Love and Theft and another well known performer, Bryan Mayer as the opener.

Whiskey on My Breath - Love and Theft's third album,marks a significant creative statement for the two singer-songwriter-guitarists, whose resume already includes a long series of career highlights. Having already established themselves as one of country's hottest young acts with such memorable hits as the #1 country smash "Angel Eyes" and the Top 10 hit "Runaway," and their widely acclaimed albums World Wide Open and Love and Theft, the ACM/CMA/CMT-nominated twosome take their music to the next level on Whiskey on My Breath. To hear their music Click here.

The NC ECU big man of country music, Bryan Mayer, ended up with an opportunity to open for CMA nominated Country artists, Love & Theft in 2010. Bryan identifies with bonfires, days on the river and the simple life that is country. WRNS took notice of Mayer's talent and began to use him as a frequent opener at concerts for National Country headliners like Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, the Band Perry, Thompson Square and dozens more. To hear his music  Click here

Purchase tickets on line HERE

$10 in advance, $15 day of the concert.

Tickets also available downtown New Bern at Mitchell Hardware, Beer Army Burger Company, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center and Lawson's Landing. 

More Entertainment....

Make plans to stay for the MUMFEST Kickoff Concert After Party!

at DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern Grand Ball Room 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Opening Act: Mikele Buck Band

Feature Act: CMT Recording Artist: Bryan Mayer

Door cover charge and cash bar.

Live Music by the River - Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Under the tent between Persimmons & Galley Stores .

$10 entrance. Food & drink available for purchase.

MUMFEST Jazz & Wine Time - Saturday & Sunday

When you want to sit and relax after spending time at the festival, stop at the DoubleTree by Hilton waterfront deck.

Live jazz band Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 8: p.m. and Sunday 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

The Yo-Yo Guy

John Higby is the Yo-Yo Guy!

John has performed his unique high energy comedy yo-yo show in 26 countries from New Zealand to Japan, holds the world yo-yo champion title and four Guinness World Records. He has been featured on David Letterman, the Discovery Channels Time Warp, Comedy Central, the Guinness World Record show, Fetch the Ruff Ruffman on PBS and even has his own Topps trading card! The Yo-Yo Guy is an interactive performance with yo-yo's, a unicycle and a giant yo-yo that John walks on!

This is a great show for all ages!!  Don't miss it!

Down to Earth Aerial Acrobatics

Amanda Durnell of Raleigh is someone to look up to. Way up. She is part of Down to Earth Aerials who, along with her protege Rebecca Vick, will be performing daily in Union Point Park. The duo have been performing both locally and regionally and love entertaining and interacting with people. One of the most popular featured acts is a blindfolded aerial hoop duo on a moving, spinning apparatus.


The performances specialize in aerial hoop, static trapeze, and aerial acrobatics on fabric suspended 16 to 30 feet high on their portable indoor or outdoor rig. You will be mesmerized and amazed as you watch them gracefully glide, and climb on the fabric with stunning, intricate choreography.




Bank of the Arts (317 Middle Street) will feature music on Saturday.

ENCORE, is a Show Choir composed of students from Craven Community College. These singing ambassardors represent the college in performances throughout the county. Directed by Chauncy Stevenson, the choir is made up of music majors as well as students from various degree programs. From Mozart to Motown, the choirs diverse musical repertoire is sure to entertain as well as inspire. Highlighted performances include the yearly Christmas Concert, Spring Concert and MUMFEST, all held in beautiful downtown New Bern.  Performance 12:00

New Bern Suzuki Musicians Group is a local group of talented violinists and pianists taught by NC Suzuki Association President, Rachel Harmatuk Pino (violin) and New Bern Suzuki teachers Lorraine Robinson (piano) and Dayton Vesper (piano). Audiences have enjoyed the wide variety of music performed at many events around New Bern and will enjoy seeing the group perform in the beautiful Bank of Arts. Students of all ages will present a fun mix of Folk, Classical and Pop music. Come support and enjoy these hardworking students!  Performance 1:00

Down East Dulcimers will join Thursday Morn' to perform well known Bluegrass tunes that will have you tapping your toes and singing along. The bands' instruments include lap and hammered dulcimers, guitar, dobro, banjammer, fiddles, cajon drum and more.

Performance 2:00

Alex Clark...a comedian who just happens to juggle.

Whether he's juggling meat cleavers or flinging jokes, Alex leaves the crowd gasping for air in both awe and laughter. Finishing his show atop a 10 foot ladder, Alex is a comedian that stands above the rest. Live performing is where it starts at the corner of MIddle and Broads Streets daily.

For a sneak peak  Click here


Willy the Hillbilly

Willy the Hillbilly will join us at MUMFEST for two days, compliments of Pepsi MInges Bottling Group. 

Festival-goers will have fun meeting Willy the Hillbilly in person, shaking his hand and posing with him for photo ops! For those old enough to remember the 1960's and would enjoy jogging their memory with a 1966 Willy the Hillbilly commercial, go to Willy the Hillbilly.




Mumfest offers a diversity of entertainment for the old and young alike.

Adding to the merriment, crowd pleasing performers include dance troupes, college and local choruses, roving street performers, magicians and clowns that interact with festival guests.


Check back often as we schedule our lineup of entertainment.













2015 Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Joe Alcoke Auto and Truck Center

The Swiss Bear

Sun Journal


MUMFEST Kickoff Concert


Coastal Beverage Co.


New Bern Rotary Club

The Bernie Bear

Pepsi Minges Bottling Group

Wells Fargo

The Bear 97.9

ESPN New Bern 103.9 FM & 1490 AM
WNOS NewsTalk 107.5 FM & 1450 AM
ViaMark Advertising
Beasley Broadcasting Group
107.9 WNCT
V103.3 WMGV
99.5 the X WXNR
101.9 Kiss FM WIKS
106.5 WSFL

Beach Boogie & Blues  95.7 AM

Inner Banks Media
Thunder Country 96.3
94.1 WNBU Talk of the Town
Digity Media
All the hits BOB 93.3 WERO
Your Country 95.1 WRNS


The Neuse Bear


CarolinaEast Health System

Hampton Inn

Island Essential Tent & Event Rentals

North Carolina Education Lottery

SpringHill Suites Marriott




Little Caesars Pizza

City of New Bern

Boat Show

New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

The Trent Bear

A.G. Salem & Associates

Computer Services, LLC

Courtyard Marriott Riverfront New Bern

First Citizens Bank

Hatteras Yachts

Piggly Wiggly Stores

Tarheel Associates, Inc.

the little bank

University of Mount Olive

The Local Bear



Coldwell Banker-Willis Smith Co.

DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern Riverfront

Duke Energy Progress

Galley Stores

Morgan's Tavern & Grill

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law

The Country Biscuit

Craven County Independent Insurance Agent Association


Call (252) 638-5781
or email:

PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563 | Tel: 252-638-5781 | Fax: 252-638-6696 |

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