For seniors seeking a retirement lifestyle filled with art and culture, downtown Morganton is the place to be. Take a jaunt on the Fresco Trail or meet artisans of pottery, fiber art and sculpture during monthly art gallery crawls. Visit a history museum, tour grand historic homes and plantations or enjoy a performance at the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA). You might even catch a reenactment of the Revolutionary War.

From events and festivals, to art galleries and crawls, artisanal crafts and concerts, you’re sure to enjoy everything our historic Western NC has to offer.

Museums and History

With roots that date back to the 1700s, Morganton takes its history very seriously. Learn about our region and Burke County at one of our area museums.

Fine Art

Fine art and Appalachian folk art have become synonymous with our region. The famed Fresco Trail makes its way through Morganton with a Benjamin Long fresco painting on the ceiling of CoMMA. Burke County showcases art at a number of local galleries including:

  • City of Morganton: City Hall lobby
  • CoMMA lobby exhibits
  • Hamilton Williams Gallery
  • Kala Gallery
  • MESH Gallery
  • Old Rock School
  • Ridgeline Gallery
  • Signature Artists Studio Xi
  • Valdese Heritage Art Center

Performance Art

In summer, enjoy weekly outdoor concerts in downtown Morganton, just minutes away. Throughout the year, the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium welcomes symphony, comedic and theatrical performances. And when you’re really ready to tap your toes, stop by Old Rock School for authentic bluegrass music.

Events & Festivals

Morganton, NC also has many events and festivals, including the Historic Morganton Festival, annual Arts on the Square, seasonal open-air farmers markets, holiday parades and the popular Red, White and Bluegrass Festival.



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