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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ACC Chili Cook Off!

Friday, March 13, 2020

26th Annual ACC Chili Cook-Off

Get set and get ready for the annual ACC Chili Cook-Off presented by Burke County Farm Bureau Insurance. The event will take place Friday, March 13, 2020 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Morganton Community House (120 North King Street). A BARGAIN PRICED $7.00 ticket buys all-you-can-eat chili with ALL the fixin’s, cornbread, salad, desert and drink! (If you're busy, you can get it to go!). Tickets go on sale February 1st.

TGIF Lineup Announced

TGIF Summer Concert Series

Grab a chair or blanket and head to the Square for the 2020 TGIF Concert Series, Morganton's #1 FREE outdoor concert series. The TGIF Concert Series runs every Friday in May, June and July with the exception of Friday, July 3rd. Food and Beverage Vendors open at 6:00pm and music starts at 7:00pm. We can't wait to see you on the Square for another great year of the TGIF Summer Concert Series!

Pop-Up Farmers Market

Saturday, March 14th 9am-1pm

Come join your local farmers, bakers and craftsmen at a special Pop-up Farmers Market on Saturday, March 14th from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Several vendors will be out at the Mini Market location on 111 North Green Street this Saturday selling all sorts of fresh, homemade items. There will be an assortment of goodies for you to pick up for the week ahead.

Join us!!

Luck of the Irish FAB Crawl

Saturday, March 14th 11am-8pm!

Crawl with us during the "Luck of the Irish" FAB Crawl (Food, Art & Brew) in downtown Morganton.
Retailers, Restaurants, Breweries, Pubs, and Art Studios are participating in the FAB Crawl on Saturday, March 14th. This FAB Crawl will include some Irish favorites: chef's specials, GREEN beer, music and more await all FAB Crawlers. Also, the Ridgeline Trolley will be available for you to ride from spot to spot in downtown, free of charge! And perhaps you'll spy a leprechaun or two during your visit!

Farmers Market Annual Meeting

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

Interested in getting involved in the Morganton Farmers Market? Do you have questions about what to expect for the 2020 market season? Then join us at the Morganton Community House on Tuesday, March 24th for the Annual Farmers Market Meeting. From 5:00-7pm we will dine and discuss items involving the 2020 season. Starting dates, ending dates, holiday market dates, WIC program, EBT & Fresh Bucks, and more will be discussed! If planning to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, March 17th.

$6.00 meal fee. 

Opening Day: Saturday Market

Morganton Farmers Market

Dates: April 25 - October 31, 2020, 8:00am until 12:00 noon

Join us for the opening day of the 2020 season of the Morganton Farmers Market. The Saturday Morganton Farmers Market is located at 300 Beach Street, behind Maria's Italian Eatery and More Lace at Morganton Station. From I-40, take Exit 105, make a right turn and follow South Sterling Street approximately 2 miles under the railroad tracks and then make a right turn. The Saturday Market operates EVERY Saturday from April 25th to October 31st.

TGIF Concert: The Extraordinaires

Friday, May 1 6:00-10:00pm

The Extraordinaires (Variety Band) kick-off the TGIF Concert Series on Friday, May 1st. 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: Chris McGinnis

Friday, May 8 6:00-10:00pm

Chris McGinnis (Country-Rock group) will showcase his unique brand of country-rock to the TGIF Stage on Friday, May 8th. 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: ACE Party Band

Friday, May 15 6:00-10:00pm

ACE Party Band (Variety Band) will have you up on your feet and dancing the night away during the TGIF Concert on Friday, May 15th. 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, May 16 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!

Third Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, May 21 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. The first Art Crawl will be held on Thursday, May 21! Featured artists & details to follow!

TGIF Concert: 20/20 Band

Friday, May 22 6:00-10:00pm

20/20 Band (Classic Rock Band) hits the stage on Friday, May 22. 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: Greg Mastin & the Druthers

Friday, May 29 6:00-10:00pm

Morganton's very own Greg Mastin & the Druthers (Americana Band) make their TGIF debut on Friday, May 29th. 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: Sweet Revenge

Friday, June 5 6:00-10:00pm

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 6:00-10:00pm

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!

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival

Saturday, June 13, 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.

TGIF Concert: Tuatha Dea

Friday, June 19 6:00-10:00pm

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!

TGIF Concert: Hobo Cane

Friday, June 26 6:00-10:00pm

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-8pm!

Crawl with us during the Freedom FAB Crawl (Food, Art & Brew) in downtown Morganton.
More details to come...

TGIF Concert: The Night Move Band

Friday, July 10 6:00-10:00pm

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!

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 6:00-10:00pm

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!

TGIF Concert: Throwdown Jones

Friday, July 24 6:00-10:00pm

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 6:00-10:00pm

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!

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!

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!

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.