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Celebrate the 10th Annual Jiggy with the Piggy Festival!


📅 May 2nd–5th, View the complete Schedule of Events
📍 Downtown Kannapolis, 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081

The City of Kannapolis is gearing up for an exciting milestone as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the beloved Jiggy with the Piggy Festival.

This year’s event, sponsored by the Rowan CVB, promises to be bigger and better than ever with a range of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. Scheduled to take place from May 2nd to May 5th in downtown Kannapolis, the festival is set to offer a memorable experience for everyone involved.

Country music superstar Craig Morgan, known for his chart-topping hits and unwavering support for the military, will headline a free concert on Friday, May 3, at the North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe. Morgan, a multi-faceted entertainer, has established himself as a country music icon, TV personality, author, celebrated outdoorsman, and patriotic Army veteran.

  • With over 1.5 billion career streams and more than 25 songs charted on Billboard, he has thrilled audiences with hits such as “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday.”

Craig Morgan headlines this year's Jiggy with the Piggy

For barbecue enthusiasts, the Jiggy Festival is a must-visit event. Recognized as one of the largest sanctioned events by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the festival will host over 70 barbecue competition teams vying for top honors and prize money.

🍖🏆 Attendees can also participate in the People’s Choice pork-tasting competition, offering an opportunity to savor and vote for their favorite flavors.

Jiggy with the Piggy People's Choice tasting contest

The Kannapolis Public Safety Assistance Foundation will be back with their renowned barbecue, and additional food vendors have been added to the lineup to cater to a variety of tastes. Festival-goers can indulge in a feast of festival foods while exploring the vibrant atmosphere and engaging with the local community.

  • In addition to the barbecue competition, the festival which has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, will feature a diverse range of activities to keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend.

From arts and crafts vendors to live concerts, fireworks, and a People’s Choice pork tasting competition, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The kid’s zone promises hours of fun for the little ones, ensuring that the festival is a family-friendly affair.

Jiggy with the Piggy has activities for the entire family

Photo credits: City of Kannapolis Facebook

Kids can enjoy the Ninja Nation obstacle course, a fun and free way to test their balance, agility, and strength. The course will operate from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, May 4th. Whether your kids are beginners or pro ninjas, all ages and abilities are welcome to come and test their skills.

You can kick off the 10th Annual Jiggy with the Piggy Festival by participating in the Jiggy 5K! Lace up your running shoes at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 2, at the NC Research Campus for a fun-filled evening. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just looking for a good time, this event is perfect for everyone. Don’t forget to get into the spirit of the festival by wearing your best piggy-related costume! Special prizes await the most creatively dressed participants. For more information or to register, visit

Wear your best piggy-related costume to the Jiggy 5K

In addition to the Jiggy with the Piggy 5K, there are two new highlights to the festival this year that you won’t want to miss!

New for this Year’s Event

🐖 Get ready to oink with excitement as pig racing is added to this year’s lineup of events. Watch these adorable piggies compete in races, paddle through water obstacles, and dash towards the finish line. It’s guaranteed to bring smiles and laughter to all who witness the fun.

Be sure and check out the mesmerizing Drone Show at 9pm on Friday, May 3rd! For the first time ever, more than 200 drones will come together to produce a captivating spectacle of geometric patterns, iconic visuals, and special tributes commemorating the Jiggy with the Piggy event.

  • Utilizing cutting-edge artistry and design methods, including state-of-the-art light show drones, this display promises to leave a lasting impression on all who witness it.

Online Merchandise Store Launched

You asked for Jiggy apparel and items and they have it. Visit the online Jiggy FanFest Store. Purchase now so you have Jiggy attire to wear at the festival. Get your Jiggy gear here.

The festival is open to the public, with free admission and is located at 125 N. Research Campus Drive and Downtown Kannapolis. Please note that pets and smoking are not permitted on the premises.

🥞 Notable on Saturday Morning: Support the Y Service Club by enjoying a Pancake Breakfast from 7am-10:30am at the Kannapolis Branch.

Once you arrive in Kannapolis follow the Jiggy directional signage to find parking and the festival. Once on the festival grounds, there are plenty of signs, sights, and sounds that will help you enjoy all of the festival’s activities.

With a jam-packed schedule of events, including pig races, live music performances, drone shows, and more, the Jiggy with the Piggy Festival promises to be a weekend to remember. Whether you’re a barbecue enthusiast, a fan of family-friendly fun, or simply looking to soak up the lively atmosphere, this annual celebration is not to be missed.

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