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 18

Friday, October 18, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 18

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!

Music at the Market - JAM

Saturday, October 19 9:00-11:00am

You can enjoy LIVE music while shopping fresh and local produce at the Saturday Farmers Market on October 19th. 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 19, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019    12-7pm

The Annual October Oyster and Shrimp Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council, will take place on Saturday, October 19th on the Old Court House Square and the Burke Arts Council property at 115 E Meeting Street in Downtown Morganton. The event begins at noon and goes until 7pm. PLEASE – NO PETS !! Admission to the event is free. The food and drink is available for purchase.

Ghost Tours - October 19

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 19

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 25

Friday, October 25, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 25

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!

Come jam at the market!

Saturday, October 26 at 9am

Come and jam with other musicians at the Morganton Farmers Market! Bring your instrument and we will provide the tent and chairs. All acoustic instruments are welcome. The jam will happen (weather permitting) on Saturday, October 26th from 9 o'clock until 11 o'clock. If you have questions, call Mary Ervin at 828-455-2575.

Ghost Tours - October 26

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square - next to Senator Sam Ervin statue

When: Friday, October 26

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

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square

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

Calling all goblins, vampires, super heroes, princesses and gypsies and everything in between! Come to Downtown Morganton Thursday, 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)!

November Farmers Market

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: 111 North Green Street

When: Saturday, November 23 10:00am and 2:00pm

Just in time for your Thanksgiving events, stop by for fresh vegetables, baked goods & meats! The special November Market is located at 111 North Green Street, at the corner of Green Street and Avery Avenue.

Holiday Bucks Give Away

November 23, 30 & December 3

Where: Downtown Morganton

When: Participate in Holiday Events & Enter for your chance to WIN!

The ever popular Holiday Downtown Bucks Give Away is back and you have another chance to win big!! There are three opportunities throughout the Holiday Season to win $200 in Downtown Bucks. A total of $3,000 will be awarded! Read more below to find out how you can win Downtown Bucks, a gift certificate you can spend in downtown Morganton. No purchase is required.

Winter Carnival

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square

When: Saturday, November 23 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!

Memorial Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: Courthouse Square

When: Saturday, November 23   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.

Santa Visits Morganton

November 23-December 21

Where: Downtown Morganton

When: November 23 5:00-8:00pm; November 29 - December 21 4:00-7:00pm

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town!! Over the holiday season Santa Claus visit downtown Morganton businesses every Friday and Saturday from 4:00-7:00pm. Bring the family, take a picture, and enjoy all the things that Morganton has to offer. There is no charge to visit Santa.

Holiday Carriage Rides

November 23-December 28, 2019

Where: 102 East Union Street - Carriage pick up will be located on the East Union Side of the Courthouse Square

When: Fridays and Saturdays November 23-December 28; 5:30-9:00pm

There is no better way to view downtown Morganton's Christmas lights than with a horse-drawn carriage ride through town. Whether it 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 booked beginning at 5:00pm on the night of your preferred ride. No advanced bookings will occur. 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.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 30, 2019

Support your locally owned businesses by shopping downtown Morganton on Small Business Saturday, November 30th!

Small Business F.A.B. Crawl

Saturday, November 30th ALL DAY!

Crawl with us during the Small Business Saturday 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, November 30th.

Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Where: Downtown Morganton

When: Tuesday, Dec. 3 @ 6pm

Theme: Parade of Trees

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 7, 2019

Where: Morganton Community House (120 N King St)

When: Saturday, December 7   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.

Holiday Farmers Market

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Where: 111 North Green Street

When: Saturday, December 14   10:00am and 2:00pm

Just in time for your holiday events, stop by for fresh vegetables, baked goods & crafts! The special Holiday Market is located at 111 North Green Street, at the corner of Green Street and Avery Avenue. From I-40, take Exit 105, make a right turn and follow South Sterling Street approximately 2.5 miles under the railroad tracks and past the historic courthouse (to your left). The Mini-Market will be on the next corner on the left!

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Where: Morganton Community House (120 N King St)

When: Saturday, December 14   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.