New Ways To Discover Burke County

Burke County, NC

2022 is going to be the summer of fun, making up for the last two years of solitude.  Come discover Burke County and check out all of the improvements we have made over the last two years that are ready to be experienced.  Two of which are new stages for our free outdoor concert series in Morganton and Valdese. Starting in May, both communities will start having shows on Friday nights in their downtown areas as a great kick-off to the weekends. These shows will vary in genre so check out our website at to see a full lineup of acts as well as times and exact locations. We recommend bringing a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the music in comfort. 

In addition to the new stages, we also have more outdoor dining areas and food truck rodeos so you can continue enjoying the outdoors all weekend.  Food trucks can almost always be found in downtown Morganton on the newly renovated Historic Courthouse Square or at various breweries throughout the county.  This is the perfect way to try something different while enjoying our beautiful outdoor spaces Burke County is so well known for.  

We also have a new restaurant on the Catawba River Greenway, Town Tavern of Morganton,  so you can take a break between exercising without having to get into a vehicle.  You can also dock your boat if you are recreating on the Catawba River to order some lunch then get back on the water without missing a beat.

Come see why Burke County is deemed “Nature’s Playground.”  Plan your visit today!

The Burke County Tourism Development Authority is located in Morganton, North Carolina, and serves the tourism interests of Burke County, NC.  Morganton is hailed as, “The Trailhead of Western North Carolina”, centrally located in Burke County. Our Visitor’s Center is full of information about unique attractions and activities in the area. Stop by and visit us! or visit

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