The Pepsi Stage at the 38th annual Historic Morganton Festival, presented by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge on Friday and Saturday, is packed with local favorite entertainers as well as new acts.

Starting the weekend of fun at the intersection of North Sterling Street and Avery Avenue at 5:30 p.m. is Taber’s Black Belt Academy. Following that display of athleticism is Studio K dancing at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., The Dance Factory of Morganton will keep folks entertained with high-energy dance moves. Concluding Friday’s Pepsi Stage lineup is The Dance Studio of Granite Falls with a performance at 8:30 p.m.

Folks should be sure to stick around downtown as The Broadcast and Thunderstruck, North Carolina’s “Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Show” hit the City Stage.

Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., the Sandy Beach Shag Club starts the fun-filled day with the state dance of North Carolina, the shag. Then, Tumblemania flips their way onto the stage, showcasing their acrobatic talents. At 11:30 a.m. Clater Kaye Theatreworks demonstrates their theatrical abilities.

Pepsi Stage newcomer, Burke Women’s Chorus, takes the stage to sing a variety of songs at 12:30 p.m. Then, at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively, festival attendants will be in awe at the aerial feats of Asheville Aerial Arts and Morganton Aerial Arts. Sherri’s School of Dance has a few performances that folks won’t want to miss at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m, Morganton Improv makes their second appearance at the Historic Morganton Festival. Next up, the Pepsi Stage will have encore performances from Studio K at 6:30 p.m. and The Dance Factory of Morganton at 7:30 p.m.

There will be hundreds of food and craft vendors throughout the streets including, so folks can mark their calendars for this entertaining weekend of fun Friday from noon until 11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. There is no admission fee to the event. The festival is an animal-free event.

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