New Bern’s premiere multi-day music event, Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival, will be held July 20 and 21 at venues throughout downtown New Bern
GEM Productions presents Bernaroo, a multi-faceted family-friendly event that brings together music, art, food, culture and everything in between.
Bernaroo’s marquee events will be held at the New Bern Farmer’s market with six acts split between the Market Stage and Smith Stage on each day.
Free events will be held throughout the weekend at The Brown Pelican, Bear Town Market and Circa 1810.
Admission is $15 for a single-day or $25 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available for purchase at bernaroomusicfest.com. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 5:30 p.m. Evening shows at the Farmer’s Market will end at 10 p.m, then free after parties will take place at The Brown Pelican immediately after.
Bernaroo 2018 proves to be the most robust lineup in the festival’s five-year history, both in terms of quality and quantity. Throughout the weekend, 19 North Carolina-based bands will descend upon New Bern, ranging from the soul/rock quartet Travers Brothership all the way to the roots-reggae of dub Addis.
Alongside the myriad of diverse artists, Bernaroo also features live art from an annual artist in residency, each evening glassblower Shepp Avery will be hosting live demonstrations, giving a sneak peek at how he crafts his exquisite pieces.
Local craft brewery Brütopia will be serving beer throughout the weekend as local food trucks like Mari’s Hella Fat Food, The Tiny Tornado and Jasmine Tasty Thai dish out some of New Bern’s finest food.
But Bernaroo won’t just be boasting food and drinks, local arts and crafts vendors will be joining along in the festivities along with an all-age appropriate kids corner featuring engaging arts projects and activities to keep the youngsters happy while the parents soak in the tunes.
In the festival’s fifth year, Bernaroo treks boldly into its new home at the New Bern Farmer’s Market with one of the most eclectic lineups the town has seen. Through art and music, Bernaroo aims to bring together community members from all walks of life for a weekend full of love, positivity and a whole lot of dancing.