2017 Oyster and Shrimp Festival – OCTOBER 28

THE ORIGINAL WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA OYSTER & SHRIMP FESTIVAL ! Click HERE to see a Video of last year’s event! This will mark the 15th Annual October Oyster and Shrimp Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 on the Old Court House Square… Read more »

Joara Pottery Festival

Joara Pottery Festival

THE SIXTH ANNUAL JOARA POTTERY FESTIVAL The Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion will hold its 5th annual Joara Pot­tery Fes­ti­val at the Old Armory Build­ing in His­toric Down­town Mor­gan­ton, North Car­olina on Friday and Sat­ur­day, May 15 and 16, 2015. An advance view­ing of the pot­tery show will be on Fri­day, May 15, 2015, 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm… Read more »

North Carolina Arts Council Public Meeting in Morganton

North Carolina Arts Council Public Meeting in Morganton

 The   North Carolina Arts Council staff and board want to connect with you as we   develop our 2014 — 2018 Strategic Plan. Please join us as we conduct a series   of public meetings across the state. We need your thoughts and ideas to help   us create a vision for the arts… Read more »

KATIE KATH  Book Launch

KATIE KATH Book Launch

BRUNCH AND BOOK LAUNCH with Illustrator Katie Kath  Saturday, August 27 at 11 AM. Please join the Burke Arts Council for a special event on Saturday, August 27 as we present Morganton Native, Katie Kath.  Katie will be launching her newest book, What a Beautiful Morning, by author Arthur Levine. What a Beautiful Morning is a… Read more »

An Evening of Rock n’ Roll at Ben & Libba’s !

Join Ben and Libba Belton and the Burke Arts Council for a fun evening of Refreshments, Fashion, and Rock & Roll! Thursday, May 12 @ 5PM. America’s Got Talent Contestant, Ulysses Long on Piano !

Holiday Tour d’Art

Friday and Saturday, November 25 & 26. Holiday Tour d’Art  ….. Hamilton Williams Gallery OSusannah’s Yarn on Union The Burke Arts Council featuring FIRST FROST 30+ Artists The Locals Market West Union Art Studios – celebrating our three year anniversary! Emma’s  Find the perfect gifts – while supporting local artists and businesses….. SHOP LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON… Read more »

ART ON THE SQUARE – Cancelled due to weather…

THE FOURTH ANNUAL ART ON THE SQUARE Please welcome the Burke County Public Library’s STORYTELLING FESTIVAL ! ALL ON THE SQUARE THIS SATURDAY  This event has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. We will re-schedule so stay tuned! HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MORGANTON, NORTH CAROLINA SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016 11 am – 5 pm Join artists from every… Read more »


The Third Annual Burke County Artist Studio Tour 2015 – Will be rescheduled.  Watch for the new date.  Presented by the Burke Arts Council.  The free, self-guided tour will meander throughout Burke County featuring open studios and the work of our regional artists. Here is a chance to meet a few of Burke County’s favorite… Read more »

Continental Breakfast and Conversation with Artist, Dean Mitchell

You are cordially invited to a Continental Breakfast and conversation with artist, Dean Mitchell On Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 10:30AM at the Burke Arts Council 115 E. Meeting Street Morganton, NC 28655 828-433-7282 Members of the BAC: $12/Non-members: $15 Space is limited – please call to reserve your spot.



The Downtown Morganton Third Thursday Art Crawls are back for 2016 From 5 until 8pm,  Visit local galleries, restaurants, and downtown businesses. Thursday, August 18 from 5 until 8:   THE  BURKE  ARTS  COUNCIL – 115 E. Meeting Street   “The Boating Party”, An Invitational Collective Exhibition, curated by Lindsay Barrick. Live Music by Abigail Taylor… Read more »

Y-Art Sale – Saturday, May 2

The Burke Arts Council is holding a Y-Art Sale Fundraiser. A great reason for you to clean out your garage, attic, or studio – and support the arts council at the same time. WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 8AM till 2PM. WHERE: At the Burke Arts Council Gallery and Parking Lot. HOW YOU CAN HELP: This… Read more »

ART ON THE SQUARE – An Outdoor Fine Arts Event Saturday, June 8, 10 until 6

ART ON THE SQUARE – An Outdoor Fine Arts Event Saturday, June 8, 10 until 6

Join artists from every corner of North Carolina and beyond for ART ON THE SQUARE, an outdoor fine arts show to be held in Morganton.  Artists will present their work on the grassy lawn of the Historic Old Courthouse in the center of Downtown Morganton.   Painters, Jewelers, Photographers, Sculptors, Woodworkers, and more will be participating… Read more »