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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Music at the Market

Reel Time Lucy

Saturday, October 24th 9:00-11:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

Halloween Spooktacular

Due to the current statewide COVID-19 restrictions, the Halloween Spooktacular's trick-or-treating in downtown Morganton will not take place in 2020.

Stay tuned for information about Ghost Tours, Downtown Scavenger Hunt, and online Costume Contest that will still be offered.

Ghost Tours

October 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st

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 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!

The tours are scheduled for October 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31th with tours beginning at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:00pm. Tickets are $5.00, in limited quantities. Tickets may be purchased at the Main Street Office, located at 112B West Union Street. Reservations required. No on site tickets purchased. Limited to groups of 15. Ghost Tours walk will begin in front of the Marquee Cinema (101 South Green Street). Be sure to dress warmly and comfortably, these tour occur after dark. The entire tour will take place outdoors and is suitable for kids. Due to COVID regulations, masks and six feet social distancing are required.

Music at the Market

Patty M

Saturday, October 31st 8:00-10:00am

Live Music at the Morganton Farmers Market. Shop with your local farmers while enjoying the sounds of local talent.

Halloween Huntacular

Saturday, October 31 10:00am-5:00pm 

Do you enjoy Halloween, quality time with friends, dressing up as someone or something else and scavenger hunts? If you answered "yes" to at least three out of the four above then boy, do we have the event for you! You need to "creep it real" and form your power team of no more than 6. Once you have your ghouls, come up with a creative team name and costumes. The clues we create, will be revealed to your crew to translate!Teams can register before the event or on site. All teams will meet at the Huntacular table located under the Wells Fargo Clock at the intersection of Union and Sterling Streets in downtown Morganton.

The first team to complete the huntacular event will win $300 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and a great trophy! The team with the best costume will win $200 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and trophy. The team that comes up with the best team name will win $150 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and trophy. And the team with the best team photo (sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will win $100 in downtown bucks, Halloween candy, and trophy.

See you on the 31st!

Registration form to participate in Huntacular!

Halloween Costume Contest

November 2nd- November 6th

Calling goblins, princesses, ghost busters, unicorns, fire fighters and all things that go bump in the night ! It's that time again, when Downtown Morganton wants to see your best costumes! This year, we will be ghouulingg things a bit differently, please send photo submissions of your costumes through the Downtown Morganton Facebook inbox or to our email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please get your submissions in by noon on November 2nd. Voting will take place that week and the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) in each category, will be announced on November 6th at noon!
Voting will take place on Facebook. Costume contestant's photographs will be posted, voters will have an opportunity to "like" their favorite costume. The costumes with the most "likes" in each category will take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place determined by the amount "likes" that they obtain during the week.
Categories/Age Groups
Prizes, Candy & Downtown Bucks for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category
Happy Haunting!

Holiday Carriage Rides

Saturday, Nov 21-Saturday, Dec 26

111 North Green Street - Grass lot diagonally across from CVS Pharmacy in downtown Morganton.

Cozy up with loved ones on a holiday carriage ride around downtown Morganton. Whether it is a romantic evening for two or an evening out with your family, enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the holiday season. Rides will be held on Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 21-December 26, 2020 (Rides not available on Christmas Day, December 25). Tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for Children 12 and under.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 28, 2020

Support your locally owned businesses by shopping downtown Morganton on Small Business Saturday, November 28th!

Small Business FAB Crawl

Saturday, November 28th 11:00am-8:00pm

Crawl with us during the Small Business Saturday FAB Crawl (Food, Art & Brew) in downtown Morganton.

More details to come...

Christmas Parade: A Drive Thru Event

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Please join the Morganton Downtown Development Association as they present the Downtown Morganton Drive Thru Christmas Parade from 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, December 1st!! In order to provide a safe environment for parade attendees and participants, this year’s parade will be a drive thru event. The Drive Thru Parade means that decorated floats will remain stationary as spectators drive thru. By producing a drive thru parade as opposed to a traditional mobile parade, mass gatherings/crowds will be eliminated while still providing a fun holiday tradition.

Parade attendees driving thru will turn on Bouchelle Street from Sanford drive. The parade will start just past the Fairfield Inn & Suites at the intersection Patterson Street and Bouchelle Street and will end at the intersection of Concord Street and Bouchelle Street. This event is open to vehicles only; no walkers allowed through the parade area.