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Jiggy With the Piggy

May 4, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - May 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Get Ready to Jiggy with the Piggy! –  The festival returns with the smells and tastes of barbeque and fun for the entire family. Make plans now to join us May 4 – May 7, in downtown Kannapolis.  The festival happens rain or shine.

Once again, we will host over 50 barbeque competition teams. The BBQ teams are from across the U.S. and will compete for top bragging rights and prize money. This is one of the largest sanctioned events by the Kansas City Barbeque Society in the United States.

You can taste the competing team’s cooking expertise by purchasing a $10 ticket for the People’s Choice Pork Tasting Contest. You will receive ten samples of pork and then cast your vote for the best one. You will want to hurry and get your tickets for this contest. Limited tickets go on sale at 11:45 a.m.  The Pork Tasting Event is from noon- until 2 p.m. (or until the pork is gone). Find the large white tent at N.E. Research Campus Drive to purchase tickets and the contest.

The Jiggy with the Piggy Festival, which has earned the recognition of being a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, will have more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, concerts, the Jiggy 5K walk/run, fireworks, and an exciting kid’s zone with a new ninja course. Rides are $2 each or $10 for a wristband. Kids and adults can also try out their axe throwing skills during the event.

Again this year the Kannapolis Firefighter’s Association will be back, bringing their cooking skills to the festival while selling barbeque to the public. We have also added more barbeque and food vendors so you can fill up on many varieties of yummy festival food.

As always, this festival is free to the public. No pets or smoking please.

Jiggy Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 4

6:30 p.m. – Jiggy with the Piggy 5K, part of the Run Kannapolis Series (Dress in a piggy related costume to win prizes) Race begins on N. Research Campus Drive. View the route map here.

4-7 p.m. Kannapolis Farmers Market – corner of Dale Earnhardt Boulevard & Vance Avenue

Friday, May 5 

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – BBQ Competition Teams Arrive

Concert and Fireworks – TBA

Saturday, May 6 

KCBS BBQ Competition – Throughout the day the professional barbeque teams compete for top awards and money prizes.

9 a.m. – Jiggy Festival Opens to the Public – North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe

  • Food, Arts & Crafts, Kids Zone, Music, Carnival Rides, and More
  • Saturday Kids Zone will feature a new Ninja Course.
  • Rides are $2/$10 wristband
  • Noon – 2 p.m. People’s Choice – Pork Tasting (while supplies last) – North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe
  • (Look for the signs and the white tent)
  • Proceeds Benefit the Kannapolis Rotary Club and the Kannapolis Youth Council.
  • Festival attendees can purchase blocks of ten (10) samples for $10.

5 p.m. – Jiggy Festival Closes

Sunday, May 7 


General Parking

The festival is located at 125 N. Research Campus Drive and Downtown Kannapolis.

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.

REMINDER: This is event is family friendly – NO PETS – NO SMOKING.


May 4, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
May 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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Downtown Kannapolis
401 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081 United States
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