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

Home in a New Place: Making Loas in Morganton

February - March

“Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina”

Stop by Morganton City Hall to see Katy Clune's exhibit “Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina”.

Clune’s exhibit will be on display in City Hall Feb. 3 through March. Her photography and writing depicts an immigrant community in Morganton, including the family of Toon Phapphayboun, who escaped Laos by swimming across the Mekong River at age 14. The collection explores three realms essential to the Phapphaybouns’ identity in North Carolina: their home and holiday traditions; the family restaurant; and the Buddhist temple they helped to establish.

For the reception, Clune plans to bring additional cultural items such as bowls and clothing that will not remain for the duration of the show.

This exhibit was organized by the Center for the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill and is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of American Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the “Food For All: Local and Global Perspectives” steering committee at UNC Chapel Hill.

ACC Chili Cook Off!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

23rd Annual ACC Chili Cook-Off presented by Farm Bureau Insurance

The ACC Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser for the Downtown Development Association will take place Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Collett Street Recreation Center (downstairs at 300 Collett 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 in February.

TGIF Concert Lineup

Friday, May 5, 2017 - Friday, July 28, 2017

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.

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival

Saturday, June 10, 2017

State of Origin is a boutique craft brew festival focusing on local breweries embracing North Carolina flora and fauna in the creation of craft beer. Every brewery must bring craft beer that was created using ingredients grown in North Carolina.

Red, White and Bluegrass

Saturday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 4

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

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A Traditional Venue for the Mondern Event

Built in 1935, the original purpose of the Community House was to provide a venue for clubs, civic groups and the citizens of Morganton to meet and socialize. Since then we have added weddings, corporate meetings and other large-scale events to our repertoire. We take pride in providing exceptional service and high quality cuisine at an affordable cost. Our expert staff will guarantee a seamless event ensuring every detail of your experience is a memory to treasure.

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Check out what happened in Downtown Morganton earlier this year! And if you missed an event, make sure you mark your calendar for next year!