Summer is happily gearing up in the mountain towns in North Carolina. The days are growing blissfully longer, inspiring residents and visitors to head out and explore all that the area has to offer. Morganton is one of the charming towns we adore, and the reasons are abundant–from its gorgeous recreation to its assortment of fine Morganton NC restaurants. This season, the town will be chock full of celebrations and occasions that will make the summer joyfully memorable.
If you have not yet attended a Morganton festival, there are some upcoming events to inspire inclu or two on your calendar. Friday, May 26-Friday, July 28, Morganton’s TGIF Free Friday night concert series will be entertaining outdoors in the rain or shine. Bring along your lawn chairs, blankets, and of course your family and friends.
Schedule of concerts:
May 26—TGIF–Opening Act: Family Night (Rides & Games from Brinkley Entertainment); Opening Act: The Carlatan Basement Blues Revue (Blues/Folk); Main Act: The Roadrunnerz (Classic Rock)
June 2—TGIF–Opening Act: Brooke Hartman (Pop); Main Act: Virginia & the Slims (Swing)
June 9—TGIF–Opening Act: Michael Hefner (Americana); Main Act: Geoff Clapp (Jazz Drummer)
June 16—TGIF–Opening Act: Ray Shook Band (Country); Main Act: Almost Vintage (Classic Rock)
June 23—TGIF–Opening Act: Matt Hogan (Alternative Rock); Main Act: Throwdown Jones (Rock)
June 30—NO TGIF
Instead head to the 14th Annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival—(July1-4)one of the premier bluegrass festivals in the southeastern United States with visitors from all over the world!
July 1-4—Red White and Bluegrass Festival at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, NC! Check out the line up:
July 1—RWBF-Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass; Flatt Lonesome; Blue Highway; Supper Break; Larry Sparks
July 2—RWBF-Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive; Volume Five; Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice; Supper Break; The Isaacs
July 3—RWBF-Sideline; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; The Boxcars; Kids Camp; Supper Break; Mountain Heart
July 4—RWBF-Free cornhole, volleyball, miniature golf; frog jumping contest; watermelon eating contest; music; Star Spangled Banner; Fireworks
July 7—TGIF–Opening Act: Alberta Hall (R&B/Gospel/Blues); Main Act: JJ Hipps (Blues)
July 14—TGIF–Opening Act: Neil Saunders (Acoustic Guitar); Main Act: Chris Cates & the Masterplan
July 21—TGIF–Opening Act: Fat Daddy Reed and the Family Band (Oldies/Country); Main Act: Bobby Darrin (Country)
July 28—TGIF–Opening Act: Cross Cut (Bluegrass/Folk); Main Act: Outshyne (Country)
August 4–TGIF–—Opening Act: Taylor Hensley (Blues & Classic Pop); Main Act: Sweet Revenge (Classic Rock)
This festival is just one of the magical draws to a magnificent town located in central Burke County in the gorgeous foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. For those of us who have called this region in the mountain towns of North Carolina home for years, we know how convenient it is to take a quick trip to Asheville and Charlotte.
Morganton is one of the main cities in the region, graced with the quaint charm of North Carolina. The area is rich with history and culture, as Fort San Juan, just five miles north of the city, is the oldest European non-coastal settlement in the country. In addition, Joara is an impressive archaeological and historic site near the Watersee River in the Upper Catawba Valley. For history buffs who want to explore, or children just beginning to learn, Morganton is a great place for educational enrichment.
And, of course, recreation abounds in the mountain towns of North Carolina, and Morganton is no exception with stunning Lake James, the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, and numerous golf courses–Quaker Meadows, Mimosa Hills, and Silver Creek Plantation.
When you are looking for something to do after the Morganton festival, there’s Catawba Meadows Park with baseball diamonds, and beach volleyball courts, and of course—not to be missed for the little ones—Martha’s Park with a splash pad, playground and picnic grounds. For those looking for a little cool air and some down time, there’s a seven-theater cinema, and plenty of plays and musicals to entertain.
Many travel to downtown Morganton for an evening of shopping and dining. Morganton NC Restaurants don’t disappoint, whether you’re a family of discerning foodies or a group of hungry teens. The culinary offerings are mouth-watering and varied from breweries and cafes, to snack bars, pizzerias, bakeries, burger joints, smoky bbqs, Southern-inspired gastro pubs, or top-notch Greek, American, French, and Japanese restaurants. There’s plenty of farm-to-table, organic, locally-grown and incredibly-fresh feasting to be had in the Morganton NC restaurants–where you can also enjoy outdoor seating and live music. Be sure to check out menus online to whet your appetite and find the perfect cuisine to please everyone.
If you shop while you’re still hungry, be sure to visit the farmer’s market, the ethnic grocery stores, the gourmet olive oil stores, the assortment of fresh bakeries, and all the natural/fresh/organic shops. Once you’re appetite is satiated, take in stores and galleries that carry amazing and unique artwork, flowers, furniture, clothes, music, books, or jewelry. And for those of you who love consignment shops and antiques, you won’t be disappointed either. There is plenty of easy access to free parking, free Wi-Fi, and bike lanes for those of you who prefer to pedal. The D2U Newsletter will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in this fun town.
The Morganton Free Concert Series is a great way to cap off a fabulous day of recreation, shopping and dining. Outdoor concerts are one of the perks of our North Carolina summers, and the perfect setting to gather with those you adore, while meeting new friends and neighbors. Morganton cares about community, and the folks who socialize at these concerts appreciate what a heart-warming experience it is to be surrounded by nature, talented musicians and the joyful people who attend. It’s quite a sight to see—all the dancing, singing, hand holding and contagious smiles. Be sure to bring your camera and capture the moment.
For the folks who have made their home at The Coves, Morganton is one of the mountain towns in North Carolina they don’t need directions to find. It’s nearby and the easy route is taken often. It’s just one more unique reason why life at The Coves is cherished. There’s nothing better than having the best of both worlds—a perfectly positioned home with access to a dynamically rich town.
Take a peek at some of our beautiful builder floor plans to give you an idea of the architecture found in our community.
The Coves is more than a neighborhood. It’s a community of friends who appreciate the grandeur of its location in the foothills. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way. If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.