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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Earlier this year

Virtual Sunrise Run 5K & 10K

September 12th - October 12th

Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Historic Morganton Festival is on hold until September 10 and 11, 2021. However, we are excited to announce that the annual Sunrise Run on the Greenway is still on! The 2020 Sunrise Run on the Greenway is going VIRTUAL from September 12th to October 12th! Registration is now open for you to run your own race. You can register for a 5K or 10K anytime between now and October 12th. The virtual race will open on Saturday, September 12 (the original race date) and will end at 11:59pm on Monday, October 12. Run the 5K or 10K at any point during the month and then submit your times in your Run Sign Up profile. Run anywhere in town, state, or country! The original race routes will be included online for those interested in running the usual route.

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.

Third Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, October 15 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!

“Rewind as Art and Music Intertwine”

October 15th, 2020

5:00-7:30pm

A form of art, music is a reflection and influence of human emotion. Jazz, country, hip hop, disco, rock, pop, classical and musical theatre are all genres heard in the modern music period of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today. Join us October 15th, as the doors of our art crawl venues transform into portals leading to different musical eras and genres. Featuring the “musical illusion” of Marc Dobson, the man who serenades in the streets with 9.1 musical instruments all attached to his body at once.

Jay Z “Picasso Baby”, The Creation, “Painter Man”, Nat King Cole, “Mona Lisa” , David Bowie “Andy Warhol”, Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”, this is a list of musicians and their songs about art and artist. We know that visual art is influenced by music and vice versus, so let us “Rewind as Art and Music Intertwine”

 

Halloween Spooktacular

Due to the current statewide COVID-19 restrictions, the Halloween Spooktacular's trick-or-treating in downtown Morganton will not take place in 2020.

Stay tuned for information about Ghost Tours, Downtown Scavenger Hunt, and online Costume Contest that will still be offered.

Ghost Tours

October 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st

During two weekends this fall learn about Morganton's spooky history and enjoy our quaint downtown district! The Morganton Ghost Walk was researched by local paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren who documented creepy events, spooky stories and some bizarre history. The 1 hour-long, scenic tour tells of local history, strange sightings and folklore during a mile and a half walking tour of historic downtown Morganton. Some stories date back 500 years!


The tours are scheduled for October 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31th with tours beginning at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:00pm. Tickets are $5.00, in limited quantities. Tickets may be purchased at the Main Street Office, located at 112B West Union Street. Reservations required. No on site tickets purchased. Limited to groups of 15. Ghost Tours walk will begin in front of the Marquee Cinema (101 South Green Street). Be sure to dress warmly and comfortably, these tour occur after dark. The entire tour will take place outdoors and is suitable for kids. Due to COVID regulations, masks and six feet social distancing are required.

Music at the Market

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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.

Halloween Huntacular

Saturday, October 31 2:00-5:00pm 

Do you enjoy Halloween, quality time with friends, dressing up as someone or something else and scavenger hunts? If you answered "yes" to at least three out of the four above then boy, do we have the event for you! You need to "creep it real" and form your power team of no more than 6. Once you have your ghouls, come up with a creative team name and costumes. Further instructions in the upcoming week. The clues we create, will be revealed to your crew to translate!

Halloween Costume Contest

November 2nd- November 6th

Calling goblins, princesses, ghost busters, unicorns, fire fighters and all things that go bump in the night ! It's that time again, when Downtown Morganton wants to see your best costumes! This year, we will be ghouulingg things a bit differently, please send photo submissions of your costumes through the Downtown Morganton Facebook inbox or to our email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please get your submissions in by noon on November 2nd. Voting will take place that week and the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) in each category, will be announced on November 6th at noon!
Voting will take place on Facebook. Costume contestant's photographs will be posted, voters will have an opportunity to "like" their favorite costume. The costumes with the most "likes" in each category will take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place determined by the amount "likes" that they obtain during the week.
Categories/Age Groups
0-2
3-5
6-7
8-10
Groups/Families
Winners
Prizes, Candy & Downtown Bucks for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category
Happy Haunting!

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!