Join Morganton in celebrating 38 years of the Morganton Festival! The free festival features free music all day plus national country acts, Kid Zone fun with rides and games, and food for all ages, plus over a mile and a half of arts & craft vendors from all over the country!
The Morganton Festival always offers free outdoor concerts, this year features NC’s Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band, Thunderstruck, on Friday night and national Country Music Star Rodney Atkins for the finale Saturday.
The FULL event kicks off on Friday, September 6 at noon when over 200 craft vendors line the courthouse square, Green Street, Union Street and Sterling Street offering a plethora of art, jewelry, woodworking, jewelry, pottery, soap, candles, clothes and more! Be sure to come hungry because the infamous Food Court tempts your taste buds with succulent aromas of gyros, BBQ, “chicken on a stick”, French pastries, egg rolls, homemade ice cream and much, much more.
Start Saturday morning at 8:00 am with a 5k or 10k by participating in the Sunrise Run on the Greenway! The Student Fitness Challenge by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:30am.
After your fitness session, head to the Festival where booths open back up at 9:00am. Yard art, baskets, crafted toys, jellies, wines, distilleries, clothing, carvings, baskets, plants, pottery and lots of jewelry can be discovered over eight city blocks!
Music continues at 12:30pm on the Indie Stage with The Funk Connection followed by local favorites Greg Mastin and The Druthers for a 3:00pm show. The streets will again heat up in the evening with live music from Matt Walsh and the Movers and Shiloh Hill.
City Stage will gear back up at 7:00pm with country band Farewell Angelina and National Country Music Art-ist, Rodney Atkins! Rodney Atkins has received multiple awards and nominations through the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
September 6 & 7,
Friday 12:00pm-11:00pm Saturday 9:00am-10:00pm