Check out this section of weekly and ongoing events around Burke County. To submit items to this weekly calendar, email event info to at least four days prior to the event.


Open Stage

Catawba Brewing Co. and Josh Goodfellow of Codex Sound Co. are partnering for Open Stage to help raise funds for local nonprofits. This month's recipient is Burke County United Way. A portion of Farmer Ted's beer sales will go to the organization. Goodfellow and Scott Moss of the band Big Daddy Love will be running the Open Stage performances. The backline will be provided; drums, bass amp, and guitar amps. For more information, contact Josh Goodfellow at 828-443-2169. Join us every Wednesday this December at 6 p.m. to support Burke County United Way! Don’t miss the music, fun and good brews!


The NC Songsmiths Series returns to Catawba Brewing Co., 212 S. Green St., with Valorie Miller on Thursday from 7-9 p.m.


Brews and Tunes

Get groovy with some blues from the Lee Griffin Trio from 8-11 p.m. at Catawba Brewing Co., 212 S. Green St., Morganton

Brews and Tunes

The Long View will perform at Fonta Flora Brewery, 317 N. Green St., at 7 p.m.

Live Music

Brown Mountain Bottleworks, 115 E. Union St., will have live music by Tully on Friday, 7:30-10 p.m. Free.

Live Music 

The Nook Homebrew and Tavern at 312 N. Sterling St. will welcome Fantomex and The Old One-Two, Friday, 9 p.m. to midnight.


Brews and Tunes

Live Music from Grandma’s Medicine. Not your Average Band, these guys deliver a whole heaping slice of rock 'n' roll fueled fun and will have you grooving and shaking all night long. Kicking off at 7:30, these guys are sure to bring the house down!

Brews and Tunes

Bryan Toney will perform at Brown Mountain Bottleworks on Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m. Free.

Wine Jam

Americana band Pea Pickin' Hearts will perform from 2-5 p.m. at Silver Fork Winery, 5000 Patton Road, Morganton.

Brews and Tunes

Grandma's Medicine will perform from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at The Levee Brewery and Pub, 118 Main St. W in Valdese.

Brews and Tunes

Live music

Dub Axxcess take the stage at Catawba Brewing Co., 212 Green St., from 8-11 p.m.

Wine Jam

Silver Fork Winery, 5000 Patton Road, will host Pea Pickin’ Hearts, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Wine Jam 

Lake James Cellars Winery, 204 E. Main St. Glen Alpine, will welcome Valorie Miller on Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

NC Songsmiths 

Lake James Grille, 3221 N.C. Highway 126, will host Valorie Miller on Saturday, 7-9 p.m.

Dine and Jam 

The Grind Café and Coffeehouse, 136 W. Union St., will host Centerpiece Jazz, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available.

Dine to music

The Harris Brothers will perform at The Grind on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with special entrees, craft beer and wine starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5. 


New Year's Eve celebration

Blue City Bombers will perform for New Year's Eve at Catawba Brewing Co. at 9:30 p.m.

New Year's Party

Reece Winery, 116 N. Sterling St., will host Fox and Company on Monday from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets $25, only 21 and older.

Masquerade Ball

The City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium will hold a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball on Monday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at


Shelby Rae Moore will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Grind Café. A tapas menus, wine and craft beer will be available for purchase.


KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS), will hit the stage at The City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium on Jan. 11.

KINKY BOOTS tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola, and together they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair.

Tickets available at or call the box office at 828-433-SHOW. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.


Bottoms Up Yoga

Join Nancy from Morning Mountain Yoga at the Levee Brewery & Pub at 11 a.m. for a sassy, accessible and beer loving approach to Yoga, complete with your own fantastic pint. The cost is $10 in advance or on the day of for an hour of yoga and a pint of beer (or glass of wine).

JAN. 19

Game Night

Dungeons, Dragons and one other thing. Join us for our very first evening of adventuring into strange and new realms, our dungeon master will guide you on a journey of discovery and you may roll some dice too. Fun times will be had by all, 5-6pm for character creation with the game proper starting at 6!



CoMMA — 401 S. College St. CoMMA's gallery, featuring Ben Long's fresco "Sacred Dance & the Muses" is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during events for ticket-holders. For CoMMA shows and ticket information visit or call 828-433-7469.

Burke Arts Council — Jailhouse Gallery, 115 E. Meeting St., Morganton. First Frost Art Show and Sale runs through Dec. 22. For more information, call 828-433-7282, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit

History Museum of Burke County — 201 W. Meeting St. Hours of operation include: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Fort San Juan/Joara exhibit documents the 1567-68 encounter of Spanish explorers with Native Americans in an area 10 miles west of present-day Morganton. Photos, illustrations and never-before-seen artifacts from the Berry Site archaeological dig tell the story. Call ahead for group tours, 828 437-1777. Free admission.

Rock School Arts Foundation — 400 W. Main St., Valdese. Galleries I & II, Studio 101. Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment. Holiday Art and Handcrafted Gifts Show and Sale opening reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, hosted by the Valdese Pilot Club in Gallery I with an extra shopping day on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.. Reception for East Burke and Draughn High Schools’ exhibition/competition opens the same date and time as the sale opening reception in Gallery II. Art 101 fall session runs Oct. 17 to Dec. 19 for ages 6-14 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Wednesdays in Studio 101. Teacher Heidi Thompson will teach various techniques and themes. Tuition is $20 per month. Call 828-879-2129 for more information or to enroll or register.

Hamilton Williams Gallery — 403 E. Union St. For more information, call 828-438-1595 or visit

Burke Arts Council — Jailhouse Gallery, 115 E. Meeting St., Morganton. For more information, call 828-433-7282, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit Juried Photography Exhibit runs through Nov. 16. Categories include Emotions, Celestial Bodies and a Splash of Red. Awards include overall best in show and first, second and honorable mention in each category.

Morganton Depot Museum — 624 S. Green St. Restored to its 1916 appearance, the museum contains 19th and 20th century railroad photos and memorabilia. Open Saturdays only, 1-3 p.m. For other times or group tours call 828-437-1777. Free admission.

The Heritage Museum — Historic Burke County Courthouse Square, Morganton. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call ahead for group tours. For more information, call 828-437-4104.

The Waldensian Trail of Faith — 401 Church St., Valdese. The Trail of Faith is an 11-acre outdoor museum containing 15 buildings and monuments portraying the journey of the Waldenses from 1170 A.D. Open year-round. For more information, call 828-874-1893 or visit

Waldensian Heritage Museum — 208 Rodoret St., Valdese. Open Tuesday through Friday with tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The most complete collection of Waldensian history in North America. This handicap-accessible museum is open year-round. For more information, call 828-874-1111 or 828-879-2126.

Valdese Arts/Crafts/Gifts — 146 W. Main St., Valdese. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. VACG is a co-op of local artists and crafters. For more information, call 828-604-0516.

Art in the Hall — Morganton City Hall, 305 E. Union St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed holidays. Gallery by Carol Turner runs October through November. Her work includes figurative, still life, landscape and abstract media.

Showtimes, dates, hours and bands can change without prior notice. Always call before going out. To be in Hot Ticket, email your information to by 11 a.m., four days prior to event.

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