Thousands of people travelling to New Bern for Mumfest this weekend

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - This weekend tens of thousands of people will travel to one Eastern Carolina city for an annual festival that takes over the streets of downtown.

New Bern is busy transforming streets for Mumfest which will officially kick off this weekend with the WRNS Mumfest Kick-off Concert on Friday at Lawson Creek Park.

On Saturday the massive festival gets underway.

For local businesses in downtown, the weekend-long event brings big business and a chance for business owners to show off what they have to offer to new visitors.

This is an event local business owners look forward to every year.

Lindsay Sims of Mitchell Hardware said, “We are always excited about Mumfest. It's something that the whole town looks forward to every year. I think like a business owner, you plan for it. You know you have a certain number of holidays per year and Mumfest is like a holiday, it's that big of an event. So yeah, we're always excited."

WITN is a proud Mumfest sponsor.

You can find more information on the vendors and entertainment that will be set up this weekend on the front page of our website.