Mountains of Western North Carolina fun events
At various times throughout the year, there are a number of fun events planned in our neighboring towns. Just up the road, Morgantown holds its annual Historic Morganton Festival every September for two days, the largest arts and crafts festival in the area. Plenty of great food and a wide variety of music including rock, country, and R&B. Take a look at some pictures from this year’s 28th Annual event.
Morganton also offers residents and visitors locally grown fruits, vegetables and plants at its Farmer’s Market. Located at 300 Beach Street behind Geppeto’s and More Lace, the market is held on the second Saturday of every month May through October from 8am-noon. The town even hosts a series of free music concerts on Fridays known as TGIF Concerts that feature a variety of music genres and keep the air filled with music from May through July. This Sunday, Nov. 8, the East Burke Shrine Club hosts its last Cruzin on the Square event of the fall until next year. Here car enthusiasts show off their classic automobiles – hood opened – smack in the middle of town at the Historic Burke County Courthouse in downtown Morganton. It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon with the family and enjoy the crisp, fall air. Soon, the town will be holding its annual Festival of Lights and Christmas Parade which is sure to put a lot of smiles on the kids’ faces.
If you’re not looking for an event but rather some new spot to explore, I have just the place for you. Or two or three, in fact. Why not check out Linville Gorge? It’s one of the most fascinating natural attractions in the area, our version of the Grand Canyon, with opportunities to bike, camp, bird watch or even go rock-climbing. Or take a walk along the swinging bridge of Grandfather Mountain hanging one mile over its valley. And nearby Lake James is a beautiful place for a leisurely sail. There’s just never a dull moment in Western North Carolina, whether you’re in town, enjoying the land (or sea) or simply relaxing in your peaceful mountain retreat.