Morganton Festival

September 9 & 10, 2022

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Come play in the streets at the 40th annual Morganton Festival in downtown Morganton, North Carolina. The festival features free music each evening, Kid Zone fun with rides and games, food for all ages, plus arts and crafts vendors!

The FULL event kicks off on Friday, September 9 at noon with a variety of craft vendors lining South Sterling and East Union Streets offering a plethora of art, jewelry, woodworking, pottery, soap, home goods and more! Be sure to come hungry because the mouth-watering Food Fest Court will tempt your taste buds with the aromas of gyros, egg rolls, homemade ice cream and much, much more.

The ever popular Kids Zone will open at 2:00pm with ticketed rides and games. Then in the evening, enjoy the music performances from Crawford & Power!

Start your Saturday morning at 8:00am with a 5K or 10K by participating in the Sunrise Run on the Greenway. The Student Fitness Challenge and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:30am. And after your fitness session, head to the Festival where booths open back up at 9:00am. Catch local performances on the stage at noon, grab a bite to eat, and keep shopping until the evening performances on the Main Stage!!

ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE! Entrance into the festival grounds are FREE!

Be a part of this memory making event and mark your calendars for a great weekend of fun, September 9 & 10 in downtown Morganton. The festival is an animal-free event and will go on rain or shine.

Vendors

Vendor booths are FULL for the 2022 Festival on September 9 and 10.

If you’d like to review HMF, Inc Vendor rules or other vendor information, please click here.

Please note that food vendors are accepted via invitation only. If you’d like to be considered for future festivals or events, email info@morgantonfest.org and include a photo of your booth/truck, menu with prices, and contact information.

Friday Lineup

Friday, September 9

MAIN STAGE-

8:00-9:00pm- 20 Ride – America’s #1 Zac Brown Tribute Band Whether you love their mega hits like “Chicken Fried”, “Colder Weather”, “Free”, “Free”, “Toes”, “Highway 20 Ride”, 20 RIDE will play all your favorites and other classics and hits from the 50’s to 2000’s!

9:30-11:00pm Crawford & Power Virginia natives Crawford & Power are making waves within the country music scene with their unique sound. Authentically southern, Jake Crawford’s powerful vocal blended with a modern approach to the Dobro from Ethan Power, create a brand of country that has been lauded as a breath of fresh air to the genre.

The duo have already opened for a variety of artists including The Marshall Tucker Band, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, 38 Special, Gary Allan, and Jerry Douglas, among many other major acts. 

With the help of their debut EP, “Play a Hank Jr. Song,” the duo have quickly eclipsed over 3 million on-demand streams. C&P followed up their debut release with two singles in 2019, (She Liked to Get High & Dancing Alone) and began 2020 by releasing, Letting You Go. The duo released “What I’ve Been Missin‘,” on August 20th, 2021, which will be the first single off of their new self-titled EP. That was followed by fan favorites “Moonshine,” “Country Boys Like Me,” and “I’d Like a Shot” in early 2022. Crawford & Power are spending time in the studio with Producer Grady Saxman, as new music is in store for fans in 2022 and beyond.

These guys are just getting started…Vocals, Guitar / Jake Crawford, Dobro / Ethan Power

Saturday Lineup

Don’t forget to sign up for the Sunrise Run on the Greenway and Student Fitness Challenge. This 5k, 10k and 1-mile Fun Run takes place at Catawba Meadows Park on Saturday, September 10 at 8:00am.

MAIN STAGE-

9:00am- Southern Swag Dance Academy
10:00am- Tumblemania
11:00am- Sherri’s School of Dance
12:00pm- The Dance Factory

7:00-8:00pm- Kasey Tyndall Singer-songwriter Kasey Tyndall is making her stamp on country music with her edgy, rock-infused, hard-hitting country sound. 

Tyndall first picked up the guitar in sixth grade after being assigned a writing project in school. She taught herself a few chords and learned she could convey her words to music. Since then, she fell in love with the craft and has been writing and performing ever since. 

With roots going back to a small town outside Greenville, NC, Tyndall worked three jobs while singing on the side with dreams of moving to Music City. That dream quickly became reality after winning a radio station contest to duet with Keith Urban at a Raleigh, NC tour date. In 2015, Tyndall decided to pursue music full-time and made the move to Nashville. 

Tapped as a “hard-rock country badass” by Rolling Stone, Tyndall has shared the stage with renowned musicians like Joe Diffie, Kane Brown, Granger Smith, Stryper, The Cadillac Three and more. Her musical influences range from Miranda Lambert and Allison Krauss to Avril Lavigne and Joan Jett, reflecting her innate ability to resonate among hard rock and roll and country fans alike. Tyndall continues to write and record new music in Nashville, TN with her new single “Middle Man” — which chronicles life with divorced parents — out now.

8:30-10:00pm- Ryan Perry Ryan Perry’s self-described musical style of high-energy “Southern Fried Country” is a blend of modern country peppered with honky-tonk hillbilly. His raw talent and ability to connect with an audience is quickly cementing him as one of country’s next big stars.

Heeding the best advice he was ever given from his dad, “If you want something, then get off your ass and go get it,” Ryan decided to pursue a career in music after years of years of a blue-collar 9-to-5. He had his bags packed and was ready to move to Nashville when he found out that he was going to be a father. His path forward changed and he realized he’d have to make “enough noise in North Carolina for Nashville to hear me.” And that’s exactly what he did. “I’m very thankful for my journey, it has seasoned me and with the love and support of my wife holding down the homestead, granted me the time to really figure out who and what I wanna be in the music.”

Perry has been on the road touring throughout the southeast honing his performance skills playing bars, clubs and festivals. He has headlined his own shows and also opened for some of country’s biggest stars including Toby Keith, Jamey Johnson, Ronnie Dunn, Lee Greenwood, Love & Theft, and others. “I thrive on a high-energy show and crowd — the rowdier the better. I love to write music that creates that environment at live shows or anywhere you’re listening to my music. But don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a power ballad as well.”

Rules for having fun

These rules apply to all visitors at the Historic Morganton Festival and do not supersede but work in conjunction with the rules for those who have applied and been confirmed for a space within the Festival grounds/boundaries.

  • No personal coolers
  • No pets
  • No smoking
  • No solicitation
  • No weapons of any kind
  • No amplification
  • No oversized signs [considered larger than letter sized (8.5″ x 11″) paper]
  • No distribution of literature of any kind (such as flyers, letters, business cards, petitions, raffles tickets, etc.)

We have a designated area set aside for the purpose of free speech, distribution of literature, etc. The designated area will be the park located at the corner of King Street and Meeting Street.

ZERO TOLERANCE for non-compliance with these rules

Festival Happenings 

Bring a chair & enjoy free music!

Food Court opens at 12:00pm on Friday

Have Fun!

Free Concerts

Dancing under the sunset

Over a mile of craft vendors

Crawford & Power

Performing Friday, September 9 9:30-11:00pm

Virginia natives Crawford & Power are making waves within the country music scene with their unique sound. Authentically southern, Jake Crawford’s powerful vocal blended with a modern approach to the Dobro from Ethan Power, create a brand of country that has been lauded as a breath of fresh air to the genre.

The duo have already opened for a variety of artists including The Marshall Tucker Band, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, 38 Special, Gary Allan, and Jerry Douglas, among many other major acts. 

With the help of their debut EP, “Play a Hank Jr. Song,” the duo have quickly eclipsed over 3 million on-demand streams. C&P followed up their debut release with two singles in 2019, (She Liked to Get High & Dancing Alone) and began 2020 by releasing, Letting You Go. The duo released “What I’ve Been Missin‘,” on August 20th, 2021, which will be the first single off of their new self-titled EP. That was followed by fan favorites “Moonshine,” “Country Boys Like Me,” and “I’d Like a Shot” in early 2022. Crawford & Power are spending time in the studio with Producer Grady Saxman, as new music is in store for fans in 2022 and beyond.

These guys are just getting started…Vocals, Guitar / Jake Crawford, Dobro / Ethan Power

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Festival Happenings

 Sunrise Run on the Greenway

The running of the Sunrise Run on the Greenway and Student Fitness Challenge takes place annually on the Saturday of the Morganton Festival.

Miss Morganton Pageant

The Miss Morganton Pageant is open to young ladies, ages 7-up, who reside in NC. The pageant takes place prior to the Morganton Festival in August.

M.A.D.E. (Morganton Arts Design and Engineering) Competition

The M.A.D.E. Competition engages area Middle and High School students in an engineering and design competition on site during the Morganton Festival in downtown. 

Teen & Kids Zone

Kid Zone Rovers: A variety of acts from clowns to musicians throughout both days of the festival. Pepsi Stage: Located in the Teen Zone and features dance studios and performers from the region.

 Come Play in our Streets

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