Swansboro to host Mullet Festival; New Bern to have Mumfest

Fall is for festivals in Eastern North Carolina, and two more are on tap this weekend.

The annual Mumfest is scheduled for downtown New Bern on Saturday and Sunday, while Swansboro is scheduled to host the Mullet Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, Saturday carries a slight chance of rain, while Sunday should be sunny. High temperatures both days are expected in the middle 70s.

Mumfest is a two-day street festival that features a variety of vendors, crafters, food and entertainment, including everything from acrobats, dog teams and comedian jugglers and magicians to child musicians, dancers and a college chorus.

Admission to the festival area is free.

A paid concert featuring the country band Love and Theft as well as country artist Bryan Mayer is scheduled for Friday at Tryon Palace. An after party is scheduled at the Double Tree by Hilton.

The Tryon Palace Gardens will be open for free during the weekend, and the Firemen’s Museum will have an open house on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival also includes a boat show.

Parking will be available in the downtown area or at the New Bern Mall, where a free shuttle bus will operate every half hour.

For more information on the festival, go online to www.mumfest.com.

The Mullet Festival in Swansboro will feature more than 100 craft and food vendors in downtown Swansboro. The Rotary Club will be cooking up the fish from which the festival gets its name.

The festival includes arts and crafts, children’s activities and bounce houses.

Live entertainment includes Jim Quick and the Coastline Band from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Catalinas from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Ken Knox and Company from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and The Tams from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday’s entertainment includes the Holiday Band from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Carl Newton and the Fifth Avenue Band from 2 to 5 p.m.

Admission to the festival area is free.

A parking area will be set up at Ward Farm behind the Hampton Inn in Swansboro, with shuttle bus to the downtown area.

For more information on the Mullet Festival, call 910-326-7370 or go online to www.swansborofestivals.com.