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!

Check out the latest "Downtown to You" (D2U) Newsletter! d2u 36px

Earlier this year

Farmers Markets Opening Day

farmers market logo 150px

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Morganton's open-air farmers markets offer the best locally grown products in the area. By visiting the Market and supporting your local growers, you reduce your carbon footprint. Plenty of variety can be found right here at your own back door!

The Saturday Farmers Market opens April 28, 2018, and the Wednesday Mini-Market opens May 2nd from 12-4pm.

Get the fulls story on the Farmers Markets here!

 

TGIF with Sweet Revenge + Cruise-In

Friday, May 4

Band: Sweet Revenge - classic rock

Sweet Revenge will have you rockin’ this Friday, May 4 at the TGIF Concert! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm. In addition to all the great music and food, come out to the first TGIF Cruise-In of the season. Cruise-Ins are brought to you by the Morganton Motor Club.

TGIF with Continental Divide

Friday, May 11

Band: Continental Divide - beach

Continental Divide will have you on your feet this Friday, May 11 at the TGIF Concert! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm.

Music at the Market - Butterbeans Duo

Saturday, May 12 9:00-11:00am

There's a special treat awaiting you at the Farmers Market on Saturday, May 12. The Butterbeans Duo perform LIVE from 9am-11am during the Saturday Farmers Market. Enjoy music from local musicians while shopping for fresh produce.

TGIF with Gotcha Groove

Friday, May 18

Band: Gotcha Groove - soul

Gotcha Groove is one TGIF Concert you will not want to miss! See them LIVE on Friday, May 18. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm.

TGIF with The Roadrunnerz + Bike Stunt Show

Friday, May 25

Band: The Roadrunnerz - classic rock

The Roadrunnerz are BACK performing this Friday, May 25th at the TGIF Concert! Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. In addition to the Concert, there's a mountain bike stunt show at 6:00pm! Chris Clark will perform his high energy show and share with you his passion for cycling and how he used that to make friends and stay healthy.

Musical performances start at 7:00pm.

TGIF with Groove Masters + Cruise-In

Friday, June 1

Band: Groove Masters - R&B

Groove Masters  band is headed to the TGIF stage on Friday, June 1st! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm. In addition to all the great music and food, come out to the first TGIF Cruise-In of the season. Cruise-Ins are brought to you by the Morganton Motor Club.

Music at the Market - Morganton JAM

Saturday, June 2 9:00-11:00am

You can enjoy LIVE music while shopping fresh and local produce at the Saturday Farmers Market on June 2nd. The students of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program will be at the Market playing tunes for you from 9-11am.

TGIF with Tuatha Dea

Friday, June 8

Band: Tuatha Dea - celtic

Tuatha Dea is bringing a high energy TGIF performance to downtown on Friday, June 8th! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm.

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival

Saturday, June 9, 2018

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.

TGIF with Throwdown Jones

Friday, June 15

Band: Throwdown Jones - rock

Throwdown Jones brings the hype this Friday, June 15th at the TGIF Concert! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm.

TGIF with The Alligators

Friday, June 22

Band: The Alligators - blues

The Alligators will put on a fantastic show this Friday, June 22nd at the weekly TGIF Concert! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm.

TGIF Showdown Competition

Friday, June 29

Bands: American Holler, Bobbie Snakes & The Elastic Waste Band, Rooted, Camryn Wilson, and Fly Boy Groove

On Friday, June 29th, songwriters and bands from around the region will take part in the inaugural TGIF Showdown competition. Be blown away by the locally grown talent during this special edition of the TGIF Summer Concert Series in downtown Morganton. Bands selected to perform during the TGIF Showdown include: American Holler, Bobbie Snakes & The Elastic Waste Band, Rooted, Camryn Wilson, and Fly Boy Groove.

Red, White and Bluegrass

Wednesday, July 4 - Saturday, July 7

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 http://redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.org/

TGIF with Kids In America + Cruise-In

Friday, July 13

Band: Kids In America - Totally 80s Tribute

Kids in America provide a night of totally 80s hits on Friday, July 13th! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm. In addition to all the great music and food, come out to the first TGIF Cruise-In of the season. Cruise-Ins are brought to you by the Morganton Motor Club.

Music at the Market - Reel-Time Lucy

Saturday, July 14 9:00-11:00am

The Morganton Farmers Market will feature LIVE music from Reel-Time Lucy on Saturday, July 14 from 9 to 11am. Reel-Time Lucy will bring out the Irish in you with their Irish dancing jigs.

TGIF with Red Dirt Revelators

Friday, July 20

Band: Red Dirt Revelators - blues/rock

Red Dirt Revelators bring the blues this Friday, July 20th at the TGIF Concert! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm.

TGIF with Colby Dietz Band

Friday, July 27

Band: Colby Dietz Band - americana

Colby Dietz Band is the finale TGIF Concert for the season. You will not want to miss this show on Friday, July 27th! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm with a range of tasty treats and scrumptious specials. Music kicks off at 7:00pm.

Music at the Market - Butterbeans Duo

Saturday, August 4 9:00-11:00am

The Butterbeans Duo is BACK for another LIVE performance at the Saturday Farmers Market on August 4th. Enjoy listening to them play during the hours of 9am to 11am.

M.A.D.E.

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.

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.