Events

events iconThere is so much to do in Downtown Morganton! There are great places to eat and shop, live music and open mic nights, local brewery's serving craft beers, fundraisers and galas, yoga and trivia, and much more!

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DDA Sale-A-Palooza

Friday, April 30 & Saturday, May 1

You see a shiny object from across the room, you approach slowly, hoping no other shopper senses your keen eye for fashion and your cat like reflexes. You reach your destination, nonchalantly picking up the item, examining the precious find, as your hands learn the texture and you experience the weight, you notice a neon orange sticker that says "50 % off". Can it be? Yes, the stars have aligned, you scored the deal of the day!
 
The Downtown Development Association, wants to give you the opportunity to get all the deals and steals your heart desires at the two day Sale-A-Palooza sidewalk sale in Downtown Morganton on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st! The sale will be from 11am-6pm, with times varying at some locations due to regular hours. Over 25 businesses will be participating in the Sale-A-Bration, bringing out discounted items onto sidewalks and patios for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. The DDA is pleased to have Thistle and Twig Flowers, Speak Easy Kava, Fonta Flora Brewery, Hot Box Vintage, Garden Gate Floral & Events, Lasting Impressions Boutique Salon, Main Street Jams, Bloom Again Consignment, Adventure Bound Books, Green Eggs and Jam, Alexander Brooke, Benjamin's and Libba's, The Olive of Morganton, Hamilton Williams Gallery and Studio, The Burke Arts Council, Creativo International Arts, The Nest Morganton, Moondog Pizza, Morganton Natural Foods, Oak Hill Iron + Wood, Root & Vine, O'Suzannah's Yarn Store, The Morganton General Store, Aqua B's Boutique, Breathe Yoga and Pilates, Craft'd-NC, Mountain Gallery and Gifts and Simply Green take part in Sale-A-Palooza. In addition, on Saturday there will be a Spring Fling Shopping extravaganza presented by Morganton Market Days of local small businesses showcasing their offerings on Saturday, May 1st at the Morganton Community House from 11am-3pm.
 
Shopping will make you hungry and thirsty! To make the event extra "tasty" the DDA will have a lemonade stand set up in downtown with two food trucks joining both days. On Friday, Nana's Empanadas and Rascal Jacks Sandwich Shack. On Saturday, we welcome back Nana's Empanadas and Rotation will join us!
 
There is nothing quite like the feel of snagging the deal of the day! Don't miss your opportunity to acquire that shiny object from across the sidewalk, visit the Downtown Morganton sidewalk Sale-A-Palooza for the two day Sale-A-Bration! 

Farmers Market Opening Day

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Morganton's favorite farmers market opens on Saturday, May 1st at 8:00am. Fresh baked breads, goat cheese, greens, flowers, eggs, honey, and crafts will be up for grabs at the first farmers market of the season. In addition to the delectable produce, enjoy live music from 9:00-11:00am.

Can't get enough of downtown after shopping at the market? Then stick around for day 2 of the Sale-A-Palooza: Sidewalk Sale. over 30 downtown businesses will have sidewalk displays featuring deep discounts.

We look forward to seeing you in downtown Morganton for the kickstart of the farmers market season, Saturday, May 1st.

Butterbeans at the Market

Butterbeans at the Market

Saturday, May 1 9:00-11:00am

The Butterbeans Trio will kickstart the Farmers Market season on Saturday, May 1st with a live performance at 300 Beach Street from 9-11am. And don’t worry if you miss out on their music, they’ll be back for an encore performance on July 10th!

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, May 22, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Morganton JAM Kids at the Market

Morganton JAM Kids at the Market

Saturday, June 12 9:00-11:00am

Mary Ervin will lead the performance from the Morganton JAM Kids. Learn more about this unique program and listen to the kids play!

Morganton JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) is an after-school program that offers small-group instruction for traditional old time and bluegrass music. The program is offered to children in 4th through 9th grades. Students can learn fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. Students will enjoy learning from visiting artists, taking field trips and and getting an introduction to the music unique to our community.

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, June 19, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

Butterbeans at the Market

Butterbeans at the Market

Saturday, July 10 9:00-11:00am

The Butterbeans Trio is back for an encore performance. After starting the farmers market season off with a bang (or jig rather), the band is back to play live during the July 10th farmers market. Bring the family and enjoy the music while you shop.

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, July 17, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, July 24, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, August 7, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Saturday, August 14 9:00-11:00am

Reel-Time Lucy will bring out the Irish in you with their Irish dancing jigs. Don’t miss these performances at the Morganton Farmers Market (300 Beach Street, Morganton).

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, August 21, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

Morganton Festival Weekends

Aug. 27-28, Sept. 3-4 & 10-11, 2021

You're invited to "come play in the streets of downtown Morganton" during the 2021 Morganton Festival Weekends: Tradition Upheld, Safely Downscaled.

Outreach Center WOW Kids at the Market

Outreach Center WOW Kids at the Market

Saturday, September 4 9:00-11:00am

Mary Ervin will lead the performance from the Outreach Center WOW Kids. Learn more about this community program and listen to the kids play!
The WOW program: Activities/programs are taught by community professionals in the fields of art, music, drama, gymnastics, karate, and dance. Every program and activity is designed to help grow confidence, expand horizons, enlighten, achieve goals, and spark hope. The Outreach Center’s WOW Program is for ages 5-18.
Mary Ervin will lead the performance from the Outreach Center WOW Kids. Learn more about this community program and listen to the kids play!
 
The WOW program: Activities/programs are taught by community professionals in the fields of art, music, drama, gymnastics, karate, and dance. Every program and activity is designed to help grow confidence, expand horizons, enlighten, achieve goals, and spark hope. The Outreach Center’s WOW Program is for ages 5-18.

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, September 18, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, October 2, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Saturday, October 9 9:00-11:00am

Reel-Time Lucy will bring out the Irish in you with their Irish dancing jigs. Don’t miss these performances at the Morganton Farmers Market (300 Beach Street, Morganton).

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, October 16, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton