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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Ghost Tours - October 19

Friday, October 19, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 19, 2018   6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, & 9:00pm

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 1.5 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!

Ghost Tours - October 20

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 19, 2018   6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, & 9:00pm

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 1.5 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!

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.

Ghost Tours - October 26

Friday, October 26, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 19, 2018   6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, & 9:00pm

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 1.5 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!

Flavors of the Foothills

Satruday, October 27, 2018

Where: Community House & West Union Street

When: Saturday, October 27th 5:00-8:00pm

The 9th Annual Flavors of the Foothills has a new look this year...
Enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers while bidding on auction items at the Morganton Community House. Then make your way to a locally-sourced feast at a huge harvest table down West Union Street in downtown Morganton!
Farmers, artisans, and homesteaders are contributing all things local to make this an authentic farm-to-fork experience.
Tickets will go on sale in September and are very limited.

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Ghost Tours - October 27

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 19, 2018   6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, & 9:00pm

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 1.5 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!

Halloween Spooktacular

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square

When: Wesnesday, October 31   3:00-6:00pm

Calling all goblins, vampires, super heroes, princesses and gypsies and everything in between! Come to Downtown Morganton Wednesday, Oct. 31, and enjoy the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Spooktacular! We'll have trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 3-5pm. When the trick-or-treaters have collected their candy, they can head to the Historic Burke County Courthouse lawn from 3:00pm until 6:00pm for a costume contest, inflatable fun provided by Summit Community Church, and plenty of free games and activities (compliments of the City of Morganton Recreation Department)!

Memorial Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square

When: Saturday, November 17   5:30pm

The Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30pm with music and to the delight of all, at 6:00pm, downtown Morganton will light up for the season.

Winter Carnival

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Where: Courthouse Square

When: Saturday, November 17 5:00-8:00pm

Join downtown Morganton on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for a holiday celebration for the entire family! Come out to the Courthouse Square at 5:30pm for the Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony and then stick around until 8pm for the Winter Carnival. From 5-8pm the Courthouse Square will transform into the North Pole!

Activities like face painting, Snowman Bean Bag Toss, and Letters to Santa will be setup for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy a FREE relaxing Carriage Ride through town before heading to see SANTA! The jolly man will be hanging around waiting to hear what all of the GOOD little boys and girls are hoping for this holiday season. After seeing Santa, sit around the bonfire with your treats from Frosty's Diner!

Holiday Carriage Rides

November 17-December 22, 2018

Where: Carriage pick up will be located on the East Union Side of the Courthouse Square

When: Fridays and Saturdays November 17-December 22; 5:00-9:00pm

There is no better way to view downtown Morganton's Christmas lights than with a horse-drawn carriage ride through town. Whether is is a romantic evening for two or an evening out with the family, enjoy carriage rides in downtown Morganton throughout the holiday season. Tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for Children 12 and under.

Carriage Rides may be reserved beginning at 5:00pm on the night of your preferred ride. Carolina Carriage Company staff will be on site (East Union ...Street adjacent to Courthouse) beginning at 5:00pm to take your reservation. Rides begin at 5:30pm and will depart from the Courthouse Square on East Union Street lasting approximately 20 minutes.

Santa Visits Morganton

November 17-December 22

Where: Downtown Morganton

When: November 17 5:00-8:00pm; November 23 - December 22 4:00-7:00pm

Morganton is VERY excited to announce that SANTA will be making special visits to our downtown during the Christmas season. Santa Claus will be touring downtown to visit children and families from 4:00-7:00pm. There is no charge to visit Santa.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 24, 2018

Support your locally owned businesses by shopping downtown Morganton on Small Business Saturday, November 24th!

Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Where: Downtown Morganton

When: Tuesday, Dec. 4 @ 6pm

Theme: The LOVE of Christmas

Please join the Morganton Downtown Development Association as they present the Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade! Each year there are over 100 entries in the parade. This includes floats, marching bands as well as characters of all shapes and sizes to greet the younger viewers. The excitement of the parade and the Christmas season is contagious!

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Where: Morganton Community House (120 N King St)

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018   8:30am and 10am

Tickets will go on sale, Thursday, November 1 at the UPS Store in downtown Morganton. Cash or Checks only. Checks should be made out to the City of Morganton.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Where: Morganton Community House (120 N King St)

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018   8:30am and 10:00am

Tickets will go on sale, Thursday, November 1 at the UPS Store in downtown Morganton. Cash or Checks only. Checks should be made out to the City of Morganton.