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 Madeline Edwards and 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 performance from The Artimus Pyle Band!!

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-

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-

8:00-10:00pm The Artimus Pyle Band More than just a “tribute” to Lynyrd Skynyrd a tribute to the man that defined it. Artimus Pyle has said ” If it wasn’t for Ronnie, no one would know my name.” Since his departure from Skynyrd in 1991 , Artimus Pyle’s career has led him down an amazing path of solo records and projects culminating into one the finest tributes to southern rock royalty. The Artimus Pyle Band is a high energy, true to the music, and true to the era rock group. One of the few that is on the road today. Artimus Pyle, Brad Durden, Jerry Lyda, Dave Fowler, and Scott Raines are not only a group of friends and contemporaries but a group with some of the most seasoned musician in the southeast. APB delivers hit after hit after hit, night after night after night. From Freebird to Sweet Home Alabama, APB gives fans the best of Skynyrd with one of men who made it!

Official statement from HMF, Inc Director, Sharon Jablonski regarding The Artimus Pyle Band performing during the 2022 Morganton Festival.

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

Artimus Pyle Band

Performing Saturday, September 10 8:00-10:00pm

More than just a “tribute” to Lynyrd Skynyrd a tribute to the man that defined it. Artimus Pyle has said ” If it wasn’t for Ronnie, no one would know my name.” Since his departure from Skynyrd in 1991 , Artimus Pyle’s career has led him down an amazing path of solo records and projects culminating into one the finest tributes to southern rock royalty. The Artimus Pyle Band is a high energy, true to the music, and true to the era rock group. One of the few that is on the road today. Artimus Pyle, Brad Durden, Jerry Lyda, Dave Fowler, and Scott Raines are not only a group of friends and contemporaries but a group with some of the most seasoned musician in the southeast. APB delivers hit after hit after hit, night after night after night. From Freebird to Sweet Home Alabama, APB gives fans the best of Skynyrd with one of men who made it!

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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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