Plan Your Event

at the Riverfront Convention Center

Welcome to the Riverfront Convention Center located in Historic Downtown New Bern, North Carolina!

Whether you need a large meeting space or something more intimate, you have found the perfect location. New Bern is a vibrant community brimming with beautiful views, a rich history and true coastal vibes that make this a place like no other. Our Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown, where you’re within walking distance to shopping, dining, and activities that are appropriate for all ages!

We are proud of our community and all that it has to offer. New Bern has grown significantly over that last decade and has become a destination for young and old alike. Let us help you plan your next event so you can enjoy your time here and know that your guests are well taken care of whether they are here for a meeting, a wedding, or a special gathering. We want New Bern to be remembered for great hospitality, fantastic events, delicious food and unique experiences!

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Upcoming Events

  • New Bern High School Class of 1980
    September 18-19, 2020 (private event)
  • Bike MS 2020
    September 25-27, 2020
  • CarolinaEast Service Recognition Banquet
    October 8, 2020 (private event)
  • New Bern Rotary 100 Year Celebration
    October 24, 2020 (private event)

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Meet Our Sales Team

Tarshi McCoy

Tarshi McCoy

Executive Director

Tarshi P. McCoy has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She attended Mount Olive University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration of Management and Organization Development. She is also a 
Certified Meeting Professional, Certified Hospitality Sales Professional, and a Travel Marketing Professional. As the Director, McCoy creates strategic plans to market the Convention Center and boost sales. Tarshi is a huge Star Wars and Yoda fan and enjoys spending time with her granddaughter.

Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore

Assistant Director

Rebecca Moore brings her dedication to quality, attention to detail, and incredible organization skills to our facility. She comes to us from a predominately wedding-focused background and is excited to bring that experience to our venue. With such a wide variety of events that take place at the Riverfront Convention Center, her skills will be a huge asset to a team that already brings a high level of customer service to their clients.

Anna Evans

Anna Evans

Administrative Assistant III

Anna Evans has been at the Convention Center for more than 10 years and has managerial experience in the hospitality industry. As the Administrative Assistant III, Evans handles the accounting side of the Convention Center. Behind the scenes, she helps keep things in order. Evans is a Master Family Feud player, so be ready if you plan to play against her!

Tovoris Moore

Tovoris Moore

Facility Operation Coordinator

Tovoris Moore was raised in Trenton, North Carolina and has been with the Convention Center for over 16 years. As Facility Operation Coordinator, he works diligently to execute events from start to finish. Moore prides himself on giving clients the best customer service experience they’ve ever had. He is affectionately called “T Man” by clients and coworkers. Over the years, he has gained many skills and made lifelong friendships. In his downtime, Tovoris enjoys exercising, fishing, watching sports and movies, and playing video games.

Benjamin "Hunter" Merrell

Benjamin "Hunter" Merrell

Event Services Representative

Benjamin Merrell aka “Hunter” is one of our dedicated Event Services Representatives. He was born and raised in New Bern and served in the United States Navy. Hunter has been with the Convention Center for just over a year and works hard to keep our facility in top notch condition. You can also find Hunter in our parking lot during events serving as “King of the Parking Lot” directing visitors to the correct locations. In his spare time, Hunter enjoys reading and running. One of his goals is to complete a marathon one day.

Lawrence Gray

Lawrence Gray

Event Services Representative

Lawrence Gray is the newest member of our team. He joined us as an Event Services Representative after working for 10 years at the Pamlico Correctional Institution. Lawrence is originally from St. Louis and served in the United States Army. His nickname is Tut, which was given to him by his father when he was a young boy. You can find Lawrence doing a variety of things in the facility including some of the heavy lifting during event set ups and break downs. Lawrence is an avid gamer and enjoys playing basketball. You can find him in front of the PS4 or out on the court during his downtime.

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What our clients say about us…

“We’ve been excited about being at the Riverfront Convention Center, and we look forward to the future being here. It’s one of our favorite places.”

“They have taken care of everyone of our needs. It’s a beautiful scenery and the staff is simply amazing. We think this is a great place to hold a convention in North Carolina.”

Our event on 14 Jan 2024 was a success because of your staff, Tarshi McCoy, Rebecca Moore, Tovoris Moore, and Lawrence Gray. They were all instrumental in setting the perfect atmosphere and placing us at ease with the set up. This kind of “quality” service is hardly ever found and the entire staff is the epitome of superior customer service. They were all very pleasant to work with. Each one gave a personable and caring response to what we needed, and they demonstrated that “their word was bond.” This staff represents the Convention Center in excellence as well as the City of New Bern. I would do business again and again with the Convention Center, especially if I had to work with this staff.

Thanks Riverfront Convention Center.
What a lovely venue and staff.
I am the Event Coordinator for a large organization and have planned many events. I must say, this has a wonderful set up and view. The Conference Center catered our lunch – the seating on the waterfront was a beautiful backdrop and escape from being inside all day.
To the staff members we worked with; Tarshi, Rebecca, Tovoris, Hunter and others- you were a complete joy! Thanks for the great suggestions on how to make our set up and service more accommodating for our guests. It was a complete success, thanks to you!
We will certainly return.