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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Earlier this year

TGIF with The Alligators

Friday, June 22

Band: The Alligators - blues

The Alligators will put on a fantastic show this Friday, June 22nd 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.

Market Cooking Demos

Saturday, June 23 8:00am-12:00pm

You're in for a special treat at the Morganton Farmers Market. Community House Chef, Sara Williams will be on site preparing scrumptious dishes with produce you can find at the Market! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to see Chef Williams.
More cooking demos to come: Saturday, August 4th!

TGIF Showdown Competition

Friday, June 29

Bands: American Holler, Bobbie Snakes & The Elastic Waste Band, Rooted, Camryn Wilson, and Fly Boy Groove

On Friday, June 29th, songwriters and bands from around the region will take part in the inaugural TGIF Showdown competition. Be blown away by the locally grown talent during this special edition of the TGIF Summer Concert Series in downtown Morganton. Bands selected to perform during the TGIF Showdown include: American Holler, Bobbie Snakes & The Elastic Waste Band, Rooted, Camryn Wilson, and Fly Boy Groove.

Red, White and Bluegrass

Wednesday, July 4 - Saturday, July 7

In 2004, the annual 4th of July celebration by the City of Morganton's Recreation Department became the first annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival. Now celebrating its 14th year, the Red White and Bluegrass Festival spans four days full of entertainment and closes with a huge fireworks celebration. For ticket and other information about the festival, visit http://redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.org/

TGIF with Kids In America + Cruise-In

Friday, July 13

Band: Kids In America - Totally 80s Tribute

Kids in America provide a night of totally 80s hits on Friday, July 13th! 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. 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.

Music at the Market - Reel-Time Lucy

Saturday, July 14 9:00-11:00am

The Morganton Farmers Market will feature LIVE music from Reel-Time Lucy on Saturday, July 14 from 9 to 11am. Reel-Time Lucy will bring out the Irish in you with their Irish dancing jigs.

TGIF with Red Dirt Revelators

Friday, July 20

Band: Red Dirt Revelators - blues/rock

Red Dirt Revelators bring the blues this Friday, July 20th 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.

TGIF with Colby Dietz Band

Friday, July 27

Band: Colby Dietz Band - americana

Colby Dietz Band is the finale TGIF Concert for the season. You will not want to miss this show on Friday, July 27th! 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.

Market Cooking Demos

Saturday, August 4th 8:00am-12:00pm

You're in for a special treat at the Morganton Farmers Market. Community House Chef, Sara Williams will be on site preparing scrumptious dishes with produce you can find at the Market! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to see Chef Williams.

Music at the Market - Butterbeans Duo

Saturday, August 4 9:00-11:00am

The Butterbeans Duo is BACK for another LIVE performance at the Saturday Farmers Market on August 4th. Enjoy listening to them play during the hours of 9am to 11am.

M.A.D.E.

Friday, Sept. 7-Saturday, Sept. 8

Competition entries will be on display during the Morganton Festival from Friday, September 7 to Saturday, September 8 at 111 North Green Street (grassy lot across the street from CVS). Judging to take place on Saturday, September 8th at 10:00am.

Music at the Market - Morganton JAM

Saturday, September 22 9:00-11:00am

You can enjoy LIVE music while shopping fresh and local produce at the Saturday Farmers Market on September 22nd. The students of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program will be at the Market playing tunes for you from 9-11am.

Oyster and Shrimp Festival

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018    1-8pm

This will mark the 17th Annual October Oyster and Shrimp Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council. The event will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 on the Old Court House Square and the Burke Arts Council property at 115 E Meeting Street in Downtown Morganton. The event begins at 1pm and goes until 8pm. PLEASE – NO PETS !! Admission to the event is free. The food and drink is available for purchase.