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

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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 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 attend a brief 30-minute training (in person or virtually).

MADE Rescue Robot Challenge

Friday, October 22nd 8am-4pm

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 on Friday, October 22 from 8:00am-4:00pm. Originally scheduled for September 10-11 during the Morganton Festival Weekends, MADE was rescheduled to October 22 due to the cancellation of the Festival Weekends. Area Middle and High School students will compete over the two days in the “Rescue Robot Challenge”, an on site engineering and design challenge.

Ghost Tours

October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th

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 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th 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 beside Senator Sam J. Ervin Statue on the Historic Courthouse Square(102 East Union 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.

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

Halloween Huntacular

Saturday, October 30th 11:00am-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 on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Square/ 102 East Union Street.

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.

Free hay rides from 1:00-4:00pm! 

See you on the 30th!

Registration form to participate in Huntacular!

Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Please join the Morganton Downtown Development Association as they present the Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade from 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, December 7th!

Applications will be available soon. Stay tuned!