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!

Check out the latest "Downtown to You" (D2U) Newsletter! d2u 36px

Earlier this year

Art In Storefronts - Call to Artists

Open through July 7, 2021

The Main Street Office is seeking artist proposals for the Art In Storefronts installation. Proposals will be accepted through July 7, 2021.Storefronts provide temporary, street-facing display space for 2-D or 3-D artwork. The artwork will be presented in a locked, unconditioned and vacant storefront and will be viewed through windows for a period of up to twelve months.

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

DDA Awards - Tuesday, June 22nd at the Morganton Community House 5:30-7:00pm

What are the Downtown Distinguished Awards? The objective of the Morganton DDA Downtown Distinguished Awards is to recognize honor, and spotlight the members businesses that are the heartbeat of downtown.

The Board Members of the Morganton DDA invite you the public to tell us who you believe should be recognized for their excellence in Downtown Morganton. Each category will recognize one DDA Member Business to spotlight completely based on the number of public votes received. Voting is closed. Thank you to all who voted! 

Read more! 

Dogs on the Catwalk, Pooches on Parade

Saturday, July 3rd from 10:30am-noon 

 

Join Morganton's Downtown Development Association to celebrate Independence Day in red, white and blue style on Saturday, July 3rd in the all day free parking area to the right of Oak Hill Iron Works + Wood! Lay out your favorite Fourth of July outfits for you and your "best friend" then come strut your stuff on the red carpet before joining the pooch parade around the downtown block. 

Three fasionable judges will be voting for : Best Dressed, Best Duo and Best in Show! 

Joining us will be A Better Life Rescue and  Lee Keller, artist and owner of Hippie Hounds Studios. You don't want to miss this fun celebration on a day when Morganton goes to the dogs!   

 

Fireworks will be at Freedom Park on Sunday, July 4th! Rain date is Monday, July 5th 

Butterbeans at the Market

Butterbeans at the Market

Saturday, July 10 9:00-11:00am

The Butterbeans Trio is back for an encore performance. After starting the farmers market season off with a bang (or jig rather), the band is back to play live during the July 10th farmers market. Bring the family and enjoy the music while you shop.

Art Crawl: Places

Art Crawl: Places - Thursday, July 15th from 5:00-7:30pm

Close your eyes and think about your favorite place! The Burke Arts Council and the Main Street Office invite you to join us for the second Third Thursday Art Crawl on July 15th from 5:00-7:30pm. Local artist will reveal to you their favorite places on the gorgeous grounds of the Morganton Savings Bank Building (100 South King Street). The Standard Pour Company will join in the celebration!  

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, July 17, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, July 24, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

Sherrill Keever at the Market

Saturday, July 31st 9:00-11:00am

Sherrill Keever has over 50 years of experience playing the acoustic guitar and has a repertoire of songs ranging from Jimmie Rogers, Paul Simon, classic country, folk, and even some Pink Floyd. He’s performed all over the region at Brown Mountain Bottleworks, Hickory Farmers Market, COMMA Performing Arts Center and many other places through the years. Be sure to stop by the Morganton Farmers Market and listen to Sherrill!

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, August 7, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Saturday, August 14 9:00-11:00am

Reel-Time Lucy will bring out the Irish in you with their Irish dancing jigs. Don’t miss these performances at the Morganton Farmers Market (300 Beach Street, Morganton).

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, August 21, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

Miss Morganton Pageant

August 22, 2021

The Miss Morganton Pageant is open to young ladies, ages 7-24, who reside in North Carolina. The pageant takes place prior to the Historic Morganton Festival in August, the queens are offically crowned at the festival.

The pageant celebrates strong, committed young women who are willing to represent the community as a goodwill ambassador. Queens also become a role model of today while strengthening our City for tomorrow. The Morganton Festival Queens not only work to promote the Morganton Festival throughout the year, but they also spend time working on their personal community service platforms and embracing the spirit of “giving back” to our community. Our Queens are here as ambassadors to the Morganton community. They represent us for one year mentoring their gracious generosity of giving back.

Applications are now available for the 2021 Morganton Festival Pageant, which will be held on Sunday, August 22nd at the Morganton Community House in Downtown Morganton. Applications are due by August 1st and are available here.

Follow Miss Morganton Pageant on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/missmorganton/ 

Morganton Festival Weekends

Aug. 27-28, Sept. 3-4 & 10-11, 2021

You're invited to "come play in the streets of downtown Morganton" during the 2021 Morganton Festival Weekends: Tradition Upheld, Safely Downscaled.

Sherrill Keever at the Market

Saturday, August 28th 9:00-11:00am

Sherrill Keever has over 50 years of experience playing the acoustic guitar and has a repertoire of songs ranging from Jimmie Rogers, Paul Simon, classic country, folk, and even some Pink Floyd. He’s performed all over the region at Brown Mountain Bottleworks, Hickory Farmers Market, COMMA Performing Arts Center and many other places through the years. Be sure to stop by the Morganton Farmers Market and listen to Sherrill!

Outreach Center WOW Kids at the Market

Outreach Center WOW Kids at the Market

Saturday, September 4 9:00-11:00am

Mary Ervin will lead the performance from the Outreach Center WOW Kids. Learn more about this community program and listen to the kids play!
The WOW program: Activities/programs are taught by community professionals in the fields of art, music, drama, gymnastics, karate, and dance. Every program and activity is designed to help grow confidence, expand horizons, enlighten, achieve goals, and spark hope. The Outreach Center’s WOW Program is for ages 5-18.
Mary Ervin will lead the performance from the Outreach Center WOW Kids. Learn more about this community program and listen to the kids play!
 
The WOW program: Activities/programs are taught by community professionals in the fields of art, music, drama, gymnastics, karate, and dance. Every program and activity is designed to help grow confidence, expand horizons, enlighten, achieve goals, and spark hope. The Outreach Center’s WOW Program is for ages 5-18.

MADE Rescue Robot Challenge

September 10-11, 2021

The Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. is excited to announce the dates of the Fall 2021 Morganton Arts Design and Engineering (MADE) Competition. After two successful fall team competitions and one spring individual competition, MADE is coming back to downtown Morganton during the final weekend of theMorganton Festival Weekends: Tradition Upheld, Safely Downscaledon September 10 and 11, 2021. Area Middle and High School students will compete over the two days in the “Rescue Robot Challenge”, an on site engineering and design challenge.

Sherrill Keever at the Market

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

Sherrill Keever has over 50 years of experience playing the acoustic guitar and has a repertoire of songs ranging from Jimmie Rogers, Paul Simon, classic country, folk, and even some Pink Floyd. He’s performed all over the region at Brown Mountain Bottleworks, Hickory Farmers Market, COMMA Performing Arts Center and many other places through the years. Be sure to stop by the Morganton Farmers Market and listen to Sherrill!

Folk Instruments for Kids

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Kids K through 4 will enjoy playing these folk instruments, learning about them and taking home a musical experience only gained by 'hands on' as this activity offers. 

Folk Instruments for Kids is a highly structured activity with hands on and sit down sessions. 

Presenter; Mr. Alan Darveaux retired special education teacher, dulcimer builder/player, woodworker, visual artist and band leader in Slight Departure has put together a fascinating approach to involving kids in the lore and lure of folk instruments. Presented in this program are the Hammer Dulcimer, Appalachian Dulcimer, Washtub Bass, Log Drum, shakers and Limber Jacks. Featured is the "Dulcidoor" engaging six kids at a time to play. All who play the "Dulcidoor", young and not so young get to sign it.

Folk Instruments for Kids has been presented at Merlefest, Kentucky Music Week, Burke County Public Libraries- Morganton, Valdese and the Orchard at Altapass, Turtle Island Preserve, Jammin‘ at Hippie Jack‘s. 

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, September 18, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, October 2, 2021

The lore and lure of the Appalachian dulcimer brought Alan to Morganton. Along with Traditional and different Americana styles of music, contemporary folk, rock&roll, and original his playing shows a slight departure from traditional dulcimer playing. Come join us for some soothing Appalachian dulcimer music and buck dancing/clogging old time fiddle tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street 8am to noon.

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Reel-Time Lucy at the Market

Saturday, October 9 9:00-11:00am

Reel-Time Lucy will bring out the Irish in you with their Irish dancing jigs. Don’t miss these performances at the Morganton Farmers Market (300 Beach Street, Morganton).

Nature Themed Kids Activities

Saturday, October 16, 2021 8am-noon

Visit the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina booth at the Morganton Saturday Farmers Market (300 Beach Street) for FREE nature-themed activities for kids and information about conservation projects and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers will be at the market once a month. For exact dates, visit foothillsconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook.

We need volunteers to help lead these booths! If you are interested in learning more, contact Brittany Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

Patty M at the Market

Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:00-10:00am

Patty M is back for another year of performances at the Morganton Farmers Market. Patty M is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic set list of songs, originals and covers. Come shop and listen to tunes at the Morganton Farmers Market, 300 Beach Street in downtown Morganton