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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Downtown Job Fair

Wednesday, June 2nd 8:00am-12:00pm

Are you looking for a full-time or part-time job? Or perhaps you are between classes and need a seasonal job. Either way, there will be opportunities for you at the Downtown Morganton Job Fair on Wednesday, June 2nd.Stop by anytime between 8am and noon at the Morganton Community House and visit with downtown businesses that are currently hiring. Light breakfast items and snacks will be available as well as the opportunity to win prizes.

As our business participant list grows, check back for a list of job types that will be available during the Fair.

Questions: Call the Main Street Office at 828-438-5280

Third Thursday Art Crawl - People

Thursday, May 20th 5:00-7:30pm

During the extreme lows and inspiring highs of 2020, who was someone that you admired? Someone who inspired you? This person might be a local store owner who was innovative during the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, a family member who overcame an obstacle, a world renowned activist, an author whose perspective opened your eyes, or a stranger who showed you kindness when you needed it most.

For the first Third Thursday Art Crawl of 2021, Thursday May 20th, you’re invited to get inspired as you stroll from venue to venue, artist to artist. As you walk downtown, you’ll not want to miss the installation in the West Union Street alley. Local artists have created portraits, on canvas, of someone who inspired them and made their life better during 2020. Approaching the ally, don’t be surprised if you run into inspirational figures on and off the canvas! Allow local actors to entertain you with their interpretation of adored and respected figures of the past year. Let’s see how the medium artist use - pastels, pens, watercolor, charcoal, colored pencils, oil, ink, et to create their portrayal of inspirational individuals they admire and how our performance artist use mannerisms, voices and costumes to do the same!  Read more!

Downtown Distinguished Awards

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.

Voting for DDA Awards - Vote here!

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 will open Tuesday, May 4th 2021 – Monday, May 17th until noon.

Read more! 

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, May 15, 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, May 22, 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).

Morganton JAM Kids at the Market

Saturday, June 12 9:00-11:00am

Mary Ervin will lead the performance from the Morganton JAM Kids. Learn more about this unique program and listen to the kids play!

Morganton JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) is an after-school program that offers small-group instruction for traditional old time and bluegrass music. The program is offered to children in 4th through 9th grades. Students can learn fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. Students will enjoy learning from visiting artists, taking field trips and and getting an introduction to the music unique to our community.

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, June 19, 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, June 19, 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, 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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Alan Darveaux at the Market

Saturday, September 18, 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, 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