Morganton Festival

September 8 & 9, 2023








SAVE THE DATE for the 41st 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!

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 8 & 9 in downtown Morganton. The festival is an animal-free event and will go on rain or shine.

Festival Information

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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


Applications for the 2023 Morganton Festival will be available no later than February 2023.

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 and include a photo of your booth/truck, menu with prices, and contact information.

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


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

A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

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