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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ACC Chili Cook Off!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

25th Annual ACC Chili Cook-Off

Get set and get ready for the annual ACC Chili Cook-Off presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. The event will take place Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Morganton Community House (120 North King 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 February 1st.

St. Patrick's Day F.A.B. Crawl

Saturday, March 16th ALL DAY!

Crawl with us during the St. Patrick's Day FAB Crawl (Food, Art & Brew) in downtown Morganton.
Retailers, Restaurants, Breweries, Pubs, and Art Studios are signing up to participate in the ALL DAY FAB Crawl on Saturday, March 16th. This St. Patrick's Day FAB Crawl will include some Irish favorites: chef's specials, GREEN beer, music and more await all FAB Crawlers. Also, the Ridgeline Trolley will be available that evening to help you get from spot to spot in downtown. And perhaps you'll spy a leprechaun or two during your visit!

Pop-Up Farmers Market

Saturday, March 16th 9am-1pm

Come join your local farmers, bakers and craftsmen at a special Pop-up Farmers Market on Saturday, March 16th from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Several vendors will be out at the Mini Market location on 111 North Green Street this Saturday selling all sorts of fresh, homemade items. There will be an assortment of goodies for you to pick up for the week ahead.

Join us!!

TGIF Concert Lineup

Friday, May 3 - Friday, July 26

Downtown Morganton's TGIF Free Friday night concert series runs from May through July! Bring your friends and family, a lawn chair or blanket and have a good time!

TGIF is Rain or Shine event.

Business Seminar

Wednesday, May 8th 8:30-10:30am

Using Intagram to Grow Your Business

Although not usually considered a place for business marketing, Instagram and Pinterest have both become powerful mobile platforms for advertisers over the course of the past year. Join us as we explore how you can harness the energy of these powerful social media tools and put them to work in recruiting new customers.

Business Seminar

Wednesday, May 22nd 8:30-10:30am

Using YouTube and Videos to Grow Your Business

"In this seminar, you will learn how to get started with video marketing, how to make good quality videos with the tools you already have, setting up and promoting your YouTube channel, and spreading your message to all of your customers with a simple and easy to use method."

M.A.D.E. Competition

Friday and Saturday, September 6-7

The 2018 M.A.D.E. (Morganton Arts Design and Engineering) Competition brought together seven Burke County Middle and High Schools to go head to head in the Eco Chair Challenge. The Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. along with Burke County Public Schools is proud to announce the 2019 M.A.D.E. Challenge. During Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th; area Middle and High School students will compete in the “Junkyard Design Challenge”, an on site engineering and design challenge during the Morganton Festival in downtown Morganton.