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January
Martin Luther King Community- Wide Celebration NAACP 828-437-8606

“Ice Breaker” Bridge Tournament (Morganton Bridge Club) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.HCI.NET/~BRDGBUMS/

February
“Morganton ComiCon” (Comics and Collectibles Convention) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

Prom Dress Project (BUCM and Morganton Parks & Rec) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

“Americana Music” Burke Arts Council 828-433-7282 www.burkearts.org

Blue Grass Concert Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

March
Great Outdoor Expo (Men’s Club of Morganton/ Morganton Parks & Rec) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

Smokey Mountain Cage Bird Society’s Spring Show Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

Gem & Mineral Spring Show Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

“Americana Music” Burke Arts Council 828-433-7282 www.burkearts.org

Blue Grass Concert Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

ACC Chili Cook-Off Morganton Community House 828-438-5280 www.downtownmorganton.com

GNCC Racing – Off-Road Racing Steele Creek Park 828-433-5660

April
Community Easter Egg Hunt (Burke Co. Rec/Morganton Parks & Rec) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Valdese American Legion Post #234 828-879-8989 www.visitvaldese.com

Easter Sunrise Service Waldensian Trail of Faith, Valdese 828-874-1893 www.visitvaldese.com

“Americana Music” Burke Arts Council 828-433-7282 www.burkearts.org

Blue Grass Concert Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

Valdese Triathlon 828-879-2117 www.visitvaldese.com

May
TGIF Friday Night Concerts (Free/Downtown Morganton) City of Morganton Main Street Office 828-438-5280 www.ci.morganton.nc.us or www.downtownmorganton.com

Family Friday Night Concerts and Cruise-In (Free/Downtown Valdese) Valdese Tourism Office 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Annual May Day Biathlon Freedom High School www.maydaybiathlon.com

“Spring Fling” Bridge Tournament (Morganton Bridge Club) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.HCI.NET/~BRDGBUMS/

Drexel Spring Carnival 828-437-7421

Hildebran “Cruise-In” 828-397-5801 www.hildebrannc.com

Valdese Waldensian Trail of Faith Founder’s Day Festival Valdese Tourism Office 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

“Americana Music” Burke Arts Council 828-433-7282 www.burkearts.org

June
TGIF Friday Night Concerts (Free/Downtown Morganton) City of Morganton Main Street Office 828-438-5280 www.downtownmorganton.com

Family Friday Night Concerts and Cruise-In (Free/Downtown Valdese) Valdese Tourism Office 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Hildebran “Cruise-In” 828-397-5801 www.vildebrannc.com

“Fun Fishing at the Falls” Valdese Recreation/American Legion Post # 234 828-879-2132/828-879-8989 www.visitvaldese.com

“Americana Music” Burke Arts Council 828-433-7282

July
TGIF Friday Night Concerts (Free/Downtown Morganton) City of Morganton Main Street Office 828-438-5280 www.downtownmorganton.com

Family Friday Night Concerts and Cruise-In (Free/Downtown Valdese) Valdese Tourism Office 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Red, White & Bluegrass Festival (Morganton Parks & Rec) Catawba River Soccer Complex 828-438-5350 www.redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com

Valdese Fourth of July Celebration Waldensian Trail of Faith 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Glen Alpine Fourth of July Parade and Celebration 828-584-2622

Outdoor Drama “From This Day Forward” Mid-July to Mid-August 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

“Summer Sizzler” Bridge Tournament (Morganton Bridge Club) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.HCI.NET/~BRDGBUMS/

Hildebran “Cruise-In” 828-397-5801 www.hildebrannc.com

2008 U.S. Hickory Open Championship July 21-23 Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club 828-437-1246 www.mimosahills.org

August
Burke County Fair Burke County Chamber of Commerce 828-437-3021 www.burkecounty.org

Rutherford College Summer Fest 828-874-0333

Annual Waldensian Festival (Free/Downtown Valdese) 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Hildebran “Cruise-In” 828-397-5801 www.bildebrannc.com

Outdoor Drama “From This Day Forward” Fred Cranford Amphitheater 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Piedmont & Western Railroad Club Open House Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Family Friday Night Concerts and Cruise-In (Free/Downtown Valdese) Valdese Tourism Office 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Drexel Community Agricultural Fall Fair Drexel Fairgrounds 828-443-7273

September
Annual Historic Morganton Festival (Free/Downtown Morganton) 828-438-5280 www.downtownmorganton.com

Hildebran “Cruise-In” 828-397-5801 www.hildebrannc.com

Hildebran Heritage Festival 828-397-5801 www.hildebrannc.com

Glen Alpine Fall Festival 828-584-2622

Annual Whippoorwill Musicfest at Lake James (Country, Southern Rock, Gospel) 828-433-1234/866-778-WHIP www.whippoorwillmusicfest.com

Over the Mountain Victory National Historic Trail Celebration Historic Burke Foundation 828-437-4104 www.historicburke.org

October
“Fall Festival” Bridge Tournament (Morganton Bridge Club) Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.HCI.NET/~BRDGBUMS/

Annual Oyster Roast Burke Arts Council 828-433-7282 www.burkearts.org

Smokey Mountain Cage Bird Society’s Fall Show Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

Glen Alpine Town Fall Festival 828-584-2622

Downtown Morganton “Trick or Treat” City of Morganton Main Street Office 828-438-5280 www.downtownmorganton.com

Downtown Valdese Treats in the Street 828-879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

Blue Grass Concert Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

November
Gem & Mineral Holiday Show Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

Christmas Cheer Holiday Craft Show Collett Street Recreation Center 828-438-5350 www.ci.morganton.nc.us

Christmas in November Craft Fair Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Christmas Lights at the Waldensian Trail of Faith Valdese 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

December
J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center’s Annual Christmas Parade 828-438-6516

Valdese Christmas Parade 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Piedmont & Western Railroad Club Open House Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Glen Alpine Christmas Parade Town of Glen Alpine 828-584-2622

Hildebran Christmas Parade Town of Hildebran 828-397-3447 www.hildebrannc.com

Morganton Downtown Christmas Parade City of Morganton Main Street Office 828-438-5280 www.downtownmorganton.com

Rutherford College Christmas Parade and “Christmas In the Park” 828-874-0333

Old Colony Players Christmas Show Valdese 828-874-0176 www.visitvaldese.com

Christmas Lights at the Waldensian Trail of Faith Valdese 828-879-2126/888-VALDESE www.visitvaldese.com

Blue Grass Concert Valdese Old Rock School 828-879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

* For Updated Information check the Chamber website: www.burkecounty.org, e-mail to: burkecoc@hci.net or call 828-437-3021.

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