City of New Bern kicks off 2019 Mumfest

New Bern

NEW BERN, NC (WNCT) – A popular street festival kicked off Friday in downtown New Bern.

Thousands will make their way to the city for the annual Mumfest.

During Mumfest, the streets of New Bern are not only linked with the flowers, but also plenty of delicious food, amusement rides, and street performers.

Last year, as we all know, the “Bear City” got hit hard during Hurricane Florence, and last year’s Mumfest served as a day of relief for victims.

Around 120,000 folks made their way out to the event, and this year, city officials are expecting just as many.

New Bern Mayor, Dana Outlaw, said, “The weather is great, the entertainment is fantastic, the friendliness of New Bern is just unbelievable, you are just going to have a great time when you come to New Bern, North Carolina.”

There will also be free parking at the event.

You can park for free at Lawson Creek Park.

There will also be a shuttle bus running every 15 to 20 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.

“For me the success of Mumfest is seeing all the people out on the street. All we want is for everyone to come here and have a really good time, and see how wonderful our downtown is and to experience the friendliness of the people who live here in New Bern,” said Lynn Harkal, one of the Mumfest Organizers.

On top of the fun and games, there’s still time to sign up for the 1-mile Fun Run and 5K which kicks off at 7 a.m. sharp on Sunday morning.

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