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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Father's Day Ugly Tie Contest

May 28-June 19

Win $100 in downtown bucks for Father's Day.

Timeline of event:
May 28-June10 - Submit your Ugly Tie photos
June 11-June 18 - Online voting on Downtown Morganton's Facebook Page
June 19 - Winner announced

Are you a father? Do you have a hideous tie? Then this contest is for you! Downtown Morganton is looking for the most outrageous Father's Day tie. Beginning May 28th, we will be taking photo submissions through our Facebook page or via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of you and your ugliest tie for a chance to win $100 in downtown bucks. Feel free to get the cuTIE kids involved! The picture that gets the most votes wins!! Then on June 19th downtown Morganton will announce the winner!

Morganton Takeout Bingo

April 23-June 15th

The game is TAKEOUT BINGO, try for horizontal, vertical, an ‘X’, or go big with a fully covered board. Let’s support our downtown businesses and we will give you a chance to win Downtown Bucks! Downtown Bucks are gift certificates you can use when shopping in downtown Morganton. One board per household.

Using health safety practices such as wearing masks, pick up your takeout or receive your food delivery from a local small business, tip the employee, then scan or take a picture of your receipt when you return home.

TGIF Concert: Sweet Revenge

Friday, June 5 - event cancelled

Local favorites, Sweet Revenge (Classic Rock Band) are back for another TGIF dose on Friday, June 5th. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

TGIF Concert: Porch 40

Friday, June 12 - event cancelled

Porch 40 (Rock/Funk Group) are headed back to Morganton on Friday June 12th. Come see this lively group, dubbed as one of the most original and talented bands from North Carolina. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

Market Chef Demonstrations

Saturday, June 13 8:00am-10:00am

Join Morganton Community House Chef Sarah Williams at the Morganton Farmers Market located at 300 Beach Street for chef demonstrations and tastings. Chef Williams will be on site from 8am to 10am or while supplies last. Stop by and taste the creations AND get the recipe!

TGIF Concert: Tuatha Dea

Friday, June 19 - event cancelled

This group is known to bring entertainment wherever they go. If you've missed the last two performances of Tuatha Dea (Celtic Rock Band), then you definitely don't want to miss this year's TGIF Show on Friday, June 19th. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

Music at the Market

Butterbeans Duo

Saturday, June 20th 9:00-11:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

TGIF Concert: Hobo Cane

Friday, June 26 - event cancelled

Hobo Cane, aka Javier Alberto Mendoza, is a Rock musician from Virginia. After years of touring all over the nation, Morganton is excited to host Hobo Cane on the TGIF Concert Stage on Friday, June 26th.. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

Freedom FAB Crawl

Saturday, July 4th 11am-6pm!

Celebrate Independence Day weekend with Downtown Morganton during the Freedom FAB Crawl (Food, Art & Brew) in downtown Morganton.

Retailers, Restaurants, Breweries and Art Studios are participating in the Freedom FAB Crawl on Saturday, July 4th. There will be many specials to celebrate Red, White, and Blue including: art demonstrations, raffles, discounts, specials, pop up markets, music, and lots more!

How do you participate? Each business will provide "crawlers" a punch card to get "punched" at each business visited (full list of businesses coming soon). Visit participating businesses and enter for a chance to one of three gift baskets full of downtown Morganton treasures!! Three lucky winners will win! There is no cost to participate.

TGIF Concert: The Night Move Band

Friday, July 10 - event cancelled

Shaggers and music enthusiast alike will want to see The Night Move Band (Beach Band) on Friday, July 10 in downtown Morganton. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

Market Chef Demonstrations

Saturday, July 11 8:00am-10:00am

Join Morganton Community House Chef Sarah Williams at the Morganton Farmers Market located at 300 Beach Street for chef demonstrations and tastings. Chef Williams will be on site from 8am to 10am or while supplies last. Stop by and taste the creations AND get the recipe!

Music at the Market

JAM Fiddle Kids

Saturday, July 11th 9:00-11:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

Third Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, July 16 5-7:30pm

Mark your calendars now for this year's Third Thursday Art Crawls! Join local businesses and artists in beautiful Downtown Morganton for a wonderful evening of socializing & artistry. Featured artists & details to follow!

TGIF Concert: Melody Trucks Band

Friday, July 17 - event cancelled

Melody Trucks Band (Blues-Rock Band) performs a wide genre variety but are most known for their fresh and unique interpretations of iconic songs. The group has performed on the stage with many music sensations. Welcome them to Morganton and to the TGIF Stage on July 17th. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

Music at the Market

Patty M

Saturday, July 8th 8:00-10:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

TGIF Concert: Throwdown Jones

Friday, July 24 - event cancelled

Morganton's own Throwdown Jones (Rock Band) will rock your socks off at their TGIF performance on Friday, July 24th. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

TGIF Concert: Eagle Joe Leatherman

Friday, July 31 - event cancelled

Eagle Joe Leatherman (Southern Rock Group) is a Morganton native and known for his Southern Rock tunes. Celebrate the finale of the 2020 TGIF Concert Series this July 31st in downtown Morganton. Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton for a FREE concert under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and the music plays from 7:00-10:00pm. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July (except July 3rd). We will see you on the square!

Market Chef Demonstrations

Saturday, August 8 8:00am-10:00am

Join Morganton Community House Chef Sarah Williams at the Morganton Farmers Market located at 300 Beach Street for chef demonstrations and tastings. Chef Williams will be on site from 8am to 10am or while supplies last. Stop by and taste the creations AND get the recipe!

Music at the Market

Patty M

Saturday, August 22nd 8:00-10:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival

Saturday, August 22, 2020

State of Origin is a boutique craft brew festival focusing on local breweries embracing North Carolina flora and fauna in the creation of craft beer. Every brewery must bring craft beer that was created using ingredients grown in North Carolina.

Music at the Market

Butterbeans Duo

Saturday, September 5th 9:00-11:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

Morganton Festival

September 11 & 12, 2020 - event cancelled

While we are pressing pause on 2020, we hope you will come play in the streets during the 2021 festival on September 10 and 11, 2021.

M.A.D.E. Competition

Friday and Saturday, September 11-12

The 2019 M.A.D.E. (Morganton Arts Design and Engineering) Competition brought together ten Burke County Middle and High School teams to compete in the live build Wind Turbine Challenge. The Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. along with Burke County Public Schools is proud to announce the 2020 M.A.D.E. Challenge and invite you to join. During Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th; area Middle and High School students will compete in the “Rescue Robot Challenge”, an on site engineering and design challenge during the Morganton Festival in downtown Morganton, NC.

Third Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, September 17 5-7:30pm

Mark your calendars now for this year's Third Thursday Art Crawls! Join local businesses and artists in beautiful Downtown Morganton for a wonderful evening of socializing & artistry. Featured artists & details to follow!

Music at the Market

Patty M

Saturday, September 19th 8:00-10:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

Music at the Market

Reel Time Lucy

Saturday, October 10th 9:00-11:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

Halloween Spooktacular

Friday, October 30, 2020

Calling all goblins, vampires, super heroes, princesses and gypsies and everything in between! Come to Downtown Morganton Friday, Oct. 30, and enjoy the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Spooktacular! We'll have trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 3-5pm and  hayrides, inflatables, games, and costume contests!

Music at the Market

Patty M

Saturday, October 31st 8:00-10:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

Winter Carnival

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Where: 111 North Green Street

When: Saturday, November 21 2:30-5:30pm

Join downtown Morganton on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for a holiday celebration for the entire family!

Activities like face painting, Snowman Bean Bag Toss, and Letters to Santa will be setup for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy a FREE relaxing Carriage Ride through town before heading to see SANTA! The jolly man will be hanging around waiting to hear what all of the GOOD little boys and girls are hoping for this holiday season. After seeing Santa, sit around the bonfire with your treats from Frosty's Diner!

Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 28, 2020

Support your locally owned businesses by shopping downtown Morganton on Small Business Saturday, November 28th!

Small Business FAB Crawl

Saturday, November 28th 11:00am-8:00pm

Crawl with us during the Small Business Saturday FAB Crawl (Food, Art & Brew) in downtown Morganton.

More details to come...

Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Please join the Morganton Downtown Development Association as they present the Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 1st! Each year there are over 100 entries in the parade. This includes floats, marching bands as well as characters of all shapes and sizes to greet the younger viewers. The excitement of the parade and the Christmas season is contagious!

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Where: Morganton Community House (120 N King St)

When: Saturday, December 5   8:30am and 10:00am

Tickets will go on sale, Monday, November 2. Cash or Checks only. Checks should be made out to the City of Morganton.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Where: Morganton Community House (120 N King St)

When: Saturday, December 12   8:30am and 10:00am

Tickets will go on sale, Monday, November 2. Cash or Checks only. Checks should be made out to the City of Morganton.