Mumfest activities still planned for this weekend

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - Organizers for one of the largest festivals in the region are not letting Hurricane Michael stop this weekend's Mumfest event in New Bern.

Mumfest is set to get underway this Friday with the Mumfest kickoff concert featuring country superstars Dan and Shay. On Saturday and Sunday the festival will take over the streets of downtown New Bern for the annual event.

The big festival has an even bigger meaning for this community after being heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence. Organizers say, they hope Mumfest will provide some fun and relief from everything Eastern Carolina is dealing with right now and they won't be letting Hurricane Michael stop them. "We all wanted to bring a little bit of joy and happiness back into our community," said Swiss Bear Executive Director Lynn Harakal.

WITN is a proud sponsor of Mumfest. MumFest will run from October 12-14 in downtown New Bern, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence four weeks ago.

This year's festival will feature all of the festival staples from previous years, with more than 300 vendors expected to be showcased. There will also be a variety of food, amusement rides, a beer garden and live entertainment, including a trampoline show and urban break dancers from New York City.

The benefit concert will help hurricane victims recover. "We're very fortunate that both Minges Bottling Company and PepsiCo Foundation has underwritten the concert. Now, all the net proceeds from the concert will be going to hurricane relief in our area," said Harakal.

Harakal says proceeds will go toward housing and new business relief in the city.

If you're headed to the festival, there will be free parking at Lawson Creek Park. A shuttle service will be available to take festival-goers to the main entrance at Hancock and Broad Street.

Shuttle hours: Saturday: 9:30am – 7pm; Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm.
Festival hours: Saturday: 10am – 6:30pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm.