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!

Home in a New Place: Making Loas in Morganton

February - March

“Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina”

Stop by Morganton City Hall to see Katy Clune's exhibit “Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina”.

Clune’s exhibit will be on display in City Hall Feb. 3 through March. Her photography and writing depicts an immigrant community in Morganton, including the family of Toon Phapphayboun, who escaped Laos by swimming across the Mekong River at age 14. The collection explores three realms essential to the Phapphaybouns’ identity in North Carolina: their home and holiday traditions; the family restaurant; and the Buddhist temple they helped to establish.

For the reception, Clune plans to bring additional cultural items such as bowls and clothing that will not remain for the duration of the show.

This exhibit was organized by the Center for the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill and is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of American Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the “Food For All: Local and Global Perspectives” steering committee at UNC Chapel Hill.

TGIF: Call for Open Mic Musicians

The TGIF Summer Concert Series is adding a new feature to their weekly Friday night concerts. During the 7 o’clock hour, TGIF concerts will feature an Open Mic for talented local musicians, singer/songwriters. This is an opportunity for budding stars to take to the stage and perform their music to an audience of 1,000+. The Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. offices are accepting applications for entry now through Friday, February 10th. If you are interested in signing up, see the complete details at www.morgantonfest.org. You do not want to miss this opportunity. Following the Open Mic Hour, regularly scheduled bands will take to the stage to play chart topping favorites.

At the culmination of the concert series, one performer/band will be announced as the winner of the TGIF Summer Concert Series Open Mic Night. The winning performer(s) will receive $500 cash and the opportunity to perform a 30 minute set at the Historic Morganton Festival on Friday, September 8 or Saturday, September 9.

“We are excited to open this opportunity to the community at large” says Abby Gentry, City of Morganton Community Events Coordinator. “There are a great number of talented musicians and performers in our community and surrounding counties. Many of them look for opportunities to play at outdoor concerts such as TGIF in order to expand their audiences and perform in a venue such as ours. With the added benefit of potentially winning $500 plus playing at the Historic Morganton Festival, I foresee many artists taking advantage of this opportunity. And you never know, perhaps they’ll be asked back next year for a full set!”

Don’t delay, register for Open Mic Night during the TGIF Summer Concert Series at www.morgantonfest.org. The deadline for entries is Friday, February 10, 2017.

For more information, call the Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. office at 828-438-5252.



Farmers Market Annual Meeting

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

Interested in getting involved in the Morganton Farmers Market? Do you have questions about what to expect for the 2017 market season? Then join us at the Calvary Lutheran Church (119 N King St) on Tuesday, February 7th for the Annual Farmers Market Meeting. From 5:30-7pm we will dine and discuss items involving the 2017 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, January 31st.

ACC Chili Cook Off!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

23rd Annual ACC Chili Cook-Off presented by Farm Bureau Insurance

The ACC Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser for the Downtown Development Association will take place Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Collett Street Recreation Center (downstairs at 300 Collett 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 in February.

TGIF with The Alligators

Friday, May 19th

Main Act: The Alligators

Opening Band: Jessie Rose

The Alligators will put on a fantastic show this Friday, May 19th at the weekly TGIF Concert! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm with opening act, Jessie Rose followed by headliners The Alligators taking the stage from 8:00 until 10:00pm.

Ask a Master Gardener

Stop by the Morganton Farmers Market on Saturday, May 20th between the hours of 8:00am and noon for a special event called "Ask a Master Gardener". Garden experts will be at the market to answer questions about your gardens. Pick up information to help you become a better gardener.
The Saturday Farmers Market is located at 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton.
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Morganton on Tap

March 28, 2017 5:00-7:00PM

We are starting the Downtown Masterplan and Visioning Process and WE NEED YOU! We will host the first of four Morganton on Tap events on TUESDAY, MARCH 28th from 5:00-7:00PM

Foothills Cup Omnium

April 7-9, 2017

Collettsville // Morganton

Join us for a weekend of racing in the foothills of NC starting out with Merckx TT on Friday evening, Collettsville Road Race on Saturday and an exciting Downtown Morganton Criterium on Sunday.

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Farmers Markets Opening Day

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Morganton's open-air farmers markets offer the best locally grown products in the area. By visiting the Market and supporting your local growers, you reduce your carbon footprint. Plenty of variety can be found right here at your own back door!

The Saturday Farmers Market opens April 29, 2017, and the Wednesday Mini-Market opens May 3rd.

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TGIF + Cruise-In with Red Dirt Revelators

Friday, May 5th

Main Act: Red Dirt Revelators

Opening Band: Blind Justus

Red Dirt Revelators bring the blues this Friday, May 5th at the TGIF Concert! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm with opening act, Blind Justus followed by headliners Red Dirt Revelators taking the stage from 8:00 until 10:00pm. In addition to all the great music and food, come out to the first TGIF Cruise-In of the season. Cruise-Ins are brought to you by the Morganton Motor Club.