Earlier This Year

Check out what happened in Downtown Morganton earlier this year! And if you missed an event, make sure you mark your calendar for next year!

ACC Chili Cook Off!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

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.

Pop-Up Farmers Market

Saturday, February 8th 9am-1pm

Come join your local farmers, bakers and craftsmen at a special Pop-up Farmers Market on Saturday, February 8th 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!!

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

This event has been cancelled.

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. 

Pop-Up Farmers Market

Saturday, April 18th 10am-2pm

Please remember our farmers are a source of food and act as a faction of a grocery store for our community. This Saturday's Pop Up Market will host the following vendors: J&J Farm, Hoof & Paw, P&E Farm, and Little Guatemala

For Saturday's Pop Up Market, the following rules will be posted:

  1. No customers or vendors exhibiting symptoms may enter the market
  2. Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times
  3. One customer at a time at each vendor table
  4. Only handle product you are purchasing
  5. No congregating

There will also be a hand sanitizing station during the hours of operation.

Thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call 828-438-5252.

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.

Pop-Up Farmers Market

Saturday, March 28th 10am-2pm

Please remember our farmers are a source of food and act as a faction of a grocery store for our community. This Saturday's Pop Up Market will host the following vendors: Forget Me Not Farm, J&J Farm, Hoof & Paw, Pure Solutions, Gagliardo Farm, Little Guatemala

For Saturday's Pop Up Market, the following rules will be posted:

  1. No customers or vendors exhibiting symptoms may enter the market
  2. Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times
  3. One customer at a time at each vendor table
  4. Only handle product you are purchasing
  5. No congregating

There will also be a hand sanitizing station during the hours of operation.

Thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call 828-438-5252.

Opening Day: Saturday Market

Morganton Farmers Market

Dates: May 2 - 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 May 2nd to October 31st.

Music at the Market

Reel Time Lucy

Saturday, May 2nd 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: Chris McGinnis

Friday, May 8 - event cancelled

The TGIF Summer Concert Series, produced by the Historic Morganton Festival (HMF), Inc., is a community loved downtown Morganton event series which draws hundreds to the Courthouse Square each Friday, May through July. The HMF, Inc. offices continues to monitor the developments of the Coronavirus pandemic, which seems to change hourly. With the onset of Governor Roy Cooper's Stay at Home Executive Order and restrictions nation-wide, it is with heavy hearts that the HMF, Inc. is announcing the cancellation of the May dates of the TGIF Summer Concert Series.

Opening Day: Wednesday Market

Morganton Mini Market

Dates: May 6 - October 28, 2020, 12:00 noon until 4:00pm

Join us for the opening day of the 2020 season of the Morganton Mini Market. The Wednesday Mini-Market is located at 111 North Green Street, at the corner of Green Street and Avery Avenue. From I-40, take Exit 105, make a right turn and follow South Sterling Street approximately 2.5 miles under the railroad tracks and past the historic courthouse (to your left). The Mini-Market will be on the next corner on the left!

TGIF Concert: ACE Party Band

Friday, May 15 - event cancelled

The TGIF Summer Concert Series, produced by the Historic Morganton Festival (HMF), Inc., is a community loved downtown Morganton event series which draws hundreds to the Courthouse Square each Friday, May through July. The HMF, Inc. offices continues to monitor the developments of the Coronavirus pandemic, which seems to change hourly. With the onset of Governor Roy Cooper's Stay at Home Executive Order and restrictions nation-wide, it is with heavy hearts that the HMF, Inc. is announcing the cancellation of the May dates of the TGIF Summer Concert Series.

Market Chef Recipe Share

Saturday, May 16 8:00am-10:00am

Join the Morganton Community House at the Morganton Farmers Market located at 300 Beach Street for a seasonal market recipe share. Chef Williams has crafted recipes utilizing the produce that is currently in season. Stop by and get the recipes!

TGIF Concert: 20/20 Band

Friday, May 22 - event cancelled

The TGIF Summer Concert Series, produced by the Historic Morganton Festival (HMF), Inc., is a community loved downtown Morganton event series which draws hundreds to the Courthouse Square each Friday, May through July. The HMF, Inc. offices continues to monitor the developments of the Coronavirus pandemic, which seems to change hourly. With the onset of Governor Roy Cooper's Stay at Home Executive Order and restrictions nation-wide, it is with heavy hearts that the HMF, Inc. is announcing the cancellation of the May dates of the TGIF Summer Concert Series.

Memorial Lighting Ceremony (Virtual)

Saturday, November 21st at 6:00pm

Tune in with Downtown Morganton on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for an annual holiday tradition. Each year in downtown, we take time to honor the memories of loved ones lost and cherish the moments spent with those around us. At 6:00pm on Saturday, November 21st viewers can watch the Memorial Lighting Ceremony from Downtown Morganton's Facebook page or on Compas X-Stream Channel 2. The ceremony will also recognize the official lighting of downtown for the Holiday Season.

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!

TGIF Concert: Greg Mastin & the Druthers

Friday, May 29 - event cancelled

The TGIF Summer Concert Series, produced by the Historic Morganton Festival (HMF), Inc., is a community loved downtown Morganton event series which draws hundreds to the Courthouse Square each Friday, May through July. The HMF, Inc. offices continues to monitor the developments of the Coronavirus pandemic, which seems to change hourly. With the onset of Governor Roy Cooper's Stay at Home Executive Order and restrictions nation-wide, it is with heavy hearts that the HMF, Inc. is announcing the cancellation of the May dates of the TGIF Summer Concert Series.

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!

Music at the Market

Patty M

Saturday, May 23rd 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: 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!

Music at the Market

Patty M

Saturday, July 18th 8:00-10:00am

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

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 with downtown Morganton during the Freedom FAB Crawl (Food, Art & Brew) - a small business retail promotion.

Retailers, Restaurants, Breweries, and Art Studios will be open for your shopping pleasure from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, July 4th. A full list of participating businesses are included below.

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!

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 4:30-7:30pm

"A Day at the Beach" - The calming sounds of the tide rolling along the shore, the cooing of the seagulls waiting for their next meal, the laughter of children playing tag with the waves, these are the moments that make up our memorable beach vacations. The Main Street Office and the Burke Arts Council wish to whisk you away to a different version of the beach, one located in the heart of downtown Morganton. The Third Thursday Art Crawl is your chance to escape to a day at the "beach".

The encouraging sounds of our community voices, the diverse artistic techniques of our cherished local artists on display, and the laughter of children playing tag on the square, these are some of the moments that make up our memorable Morganton life.

Participating venues:

  1. Burke Arts Council (tent on the square)
  2. Adventure Bound Books (tent on the square)
  3. OSuzannah's Yarn on Union (tent on the square)
  4. Hamilton Williams Gallery
  5. Morganton City Hall
  6. Mountain Gallery & Gifts
  7. Craft'd
  8. West Union Art Studio
  9. Oak Hill Iron + Wood
  10. CoMMA
  11. Criativo International Arts

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!

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 15 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.

Third Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, August 20 5:00-7:30pm

Among the magnitude of other responses, art is capable of igniting imagination. In July, we strolled a sandy beach, tossed beach balls with a lifeguard and watched a brightly colorful school of fish swim by, all without leaving the historic courthouse square. Join us again, won’t you, as we transport ourselves to the circus without really leaving home at all.

Let’s welcome the dancer on air, who will dazzle high above the downtown square. Join the spectacles beyond the center of town, as you watch props tossed and see a woman stuck in an invisible box. Wait, that’s not all we have for this circus vision, we also have a talented bubble magician.

Come one come all, to the most magically transformative downtown of all! The Main Street Office and the Burke Arts Council invite you to “step right up” and join us at “The Greatest Art Crawl on Earth!”

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.

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

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.

Third Thursday Art Crawl

“Rewind as Art and Music Intertwine”

Thursday, October 15 5-7:30pm

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”

Participating venues include:

Venue map information coming soon...

 

Music at the Market

Reel Time Lucy

Saturday, October 24th 9:00-11:00am

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

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

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.

Halloween Huntacular

Saturday, October 31 10:00am-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. The clues we create, will be revealed to your crew to translate!Teams can register before the event or on site. All teams will meet at the Huntacular table located under the Wells Fargo Clock at the intersection of Union and Sterling Streets in downtown Morganton.

The first team to complete the huntacular event will win $300 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and a great trophy! The team with the best costume will win $200 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and trophy. The team that comes up with the best team name will win $150 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and trophy. And the team with the best team photo (sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will win $100 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and trophy.

See you on the 31st!

Registration form to participate in Huntacular!

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.
Click the links below to vote:

Winners
Prizes, Candy & Downtown Bucks for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category
Happy Haunting!