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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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.

Miss Morganton Pageant

The Miss Morganton Pageant is open to young ladies, ages 7-24, who reside in North Carolina. The pageant takes place during the Morganton Festival in early September and the queens are crowned on the Main Stage just prior to the festival’s headlining concert on Saturday, September 8th.

If you are interested in learning more about the Miss Morganton Pageant, please come to one of the following information sessions at the Morganton Community House:

July 19th, August 2nd and/or August 13th from 6:00-7:00pm

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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.

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!

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: TBD

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!