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A Weekend in Kannapolis:
Your Ultimate Guide

Contributor: Jamie Richardson


In recent years, the concept of a staycation has gained immense popularity as people seek to explore and appreciate the treasures in their own backyards. For those fortunate enough to call Cabarrus County home, embarking on a staycation in Kannapolis is an attractive option.

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a foodie, a history buff, or simply someone who loves to explore new places, Kannapolis has something for everyone.

⚾ 🍽️ 🛍️ We’ve pulled together a guide to spending an unforgettable weekend in Kannapolis that even includes a great place to stay overnight!

Where to Stay

For those looking to make the most of their staycation, The Wonder Room Airbnb offers a perfect retreat. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Kannapolis, The Wonder Room is part of The Mill Inn. Its perfect location puts you within walking distance of Atrium Health Ballpark, the North Carolina Research Campus, and a ton of fabulous eateries, breweries, boutique shops, and other attractions.

Kannapolis Airbnb

Photo credit: Airbnb

Friday Night

Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Baseball (April to September)

Kickstart your weekend by catching an exciting Minor League Baseball game featuring the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. Head to Atrium Health Ballpark, grab a hotdog and a beer (we love Cabarrus Brewing Company’s local options, Baller Beer or Long Baller) and see future baseball stars in action. Check out the Cannon Ballers’ season schedule and grab your tickets for an evening of excitement.

Grab an after-game drink at Gaelic Alley, a traditional Irish Pub in Downtown Kannapolis. Enjoy a pint of Guinness with friends in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. With warm wood interiors, traditional Irish music, and friendly bartenders, it’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Gaelic Alley Irish Pub in downtown Kannapolis

Photo credit: Gaelic Alley

Saturday Morning

Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast from Eat Cakes Bakery, a cup of freshly brewed coffee from Local Patriot Roasting Company and a sightseeing walk around Kannapolis.

Local Patriot Roasting Company

Before you head out for more adventures, grab a cup of freshly roasted coffee at Local Patriot Roasting Company. This patriot- and veteran-owned coffee shop has an atmosphere that makes everyone feel at home (even your dogs) and a chance to give back to the community. They offer the option to “Pay It Forward” for first responders, heroes, and military service members.

Eat Cakes Bakery

Treat yourself to some delicious baked goods at Eat Cakes Bakery. Indulge in cupcakes, cheesecakes, cinnamon rolls, and more. They even have sweet treats for your furry friends! (See CW article: Eat Cakes Bakery: A Rise from Hobby to Downtown Darling)

Photo credits: Local Patriot Roasting Company and Eat Cakes Bakery

Veterans Park

Veterans Park is a peaceful spot for reflection or just relaxing. Brick walkways, fountains and green spaces create a beautiful community gathering place. The park honors those who’ve served and also serves as a great spot for concerts and events in Kannapolis.

Dale Earnhardt Plaza

No figure looms larger over Kannapolis than hometown hero Dale Earnhardt, so a visit to the plaza that honors him is a must. Here, you’ll find a 900-pound, nine-foot-tall bronze statue of the legendary NASCAR driver. Every part of the plaza is rich in symbolism, paying homage to Earnhardt’s remarkable career and legacy.

Photo credit: City of Kannapolis

Kannapolis is home to Dale Earnhardt

Saturday Afternoon

Explore the charming streets of downtown Kannapolis. Take a stroll down Main Street and West Avenue and discover a growing selection of unique shops.

Lunch at Sabor Latin Street Grill

Indulge in delicious Latin cuisine at the fast food casual, Sabor Latin Street Grill. Located at 203 West Avenue, it’s the perfect spot for a flavorful lunch.

Photo credit: Sabor Latin Street Grill Kannapolis

Shopping in Downtown Kannapolis

Visiting the town’s selection of boutique shops should be on anyone’s list of things to do in Kannapolis. Here are a few places to stop in, browse, and buy:

  • The Spice & Tea Exchange  – At The Spice & Tea Exchange, they offer a variety of fine spices, handcrafted seasonings, loose-leaf teas, salts, sugars, gifts, and more!
  • Lennon Boutique – Browse through clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more.
  • James’ Sweet Spot – A candy shop offering a nostalgic experience and a wide selection of sweets including an old fashioned soda fountain, milkshakes, floats, candy, snacks, puzzles & more!

Photo credit: The Spice & Tea Exchange

Photo credit: Lennon Boutique

James' Sweet Spot on Main Street in Kannapolis

To learn more about some of the other retail locations in Downtown Kannapolis, like Cannon Honey Mill and Sweetest Beginnings (See CW article: A Journey of Creativity and Faith), visit The Shops on West Ave.

My Sister’s Place

Stop for a treat and try some of the best homemade ice cream and fudge in the area! This cozy shop is the perfect place to satisfy your dessert cravings.

Photo credit: My Sister’s Place Ice Cream & Fudge

Saturday Evening

Old Armor Beer Company

Before you head out for the evening, stop by Old Armor Beer Company or the Tipsy Hare for a refreshing craft beer or cider. Owned and operated by combat veterans, this brewery and cider house is a true community gem. They also have great outdoor spaces with a courtyard on the side and beer garden out front for gathering with friends. Foods trucks are regularly available as well.

Chophouse 101

For dinner, satisfy your hunger at Chophouse 101. Indulge in a steak-forward menu, complemented by local Old Armor beer. Enjoy the cozy ambiance and delicious food that this restaurant has to offer.

Old Armor Beer Company is in downtown Kannapolis

Photo credit: Old Armor Beer Company

Photo credit: Chophouse 101

Explore Kannapolis’ Cultural Scene

The Gem Theatre

Experience the magic of the movies at The Gem Theatre. This historic movie theater, dating back to 1936, offers a unique cinematic experience in a charming Art Deco setting, and you can’t beat the throwback prices either!

The Swanee Theatre

Catch a live performance or music event at the beautifully restored Swanee Theatre. Relive the glamor of the 1930s in this historic venue.

Photo credit: City of Kannapolis

The Swanee Theatre in Kannapolis

Photo credit: The Swanee Theatre

Sunday Morning

Start your day off with coffee and a book at Editions Coffee Shop and Bookstore.

Right around the corner from the revitalized West Avenue is Editions Coffee and Bookstore. Buy a coffee or breakfast item, browse the shelves of used books, and settle in. You won’t find a cozier spot.

Photo credit: Editions – Coffee and Bookstore

Be sure to visit Curb Records and Motorsports Museum and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Immerse yourself in the world of NASCAR and music at this fascinating museum.

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Discover North Carolina’s rich musical heritage at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. With displays honoring music legends like James Taylor, Nina Simone, and John Coltrane, this museum offers an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts.

Photo credit: North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Curb Motorsports Museum for Music and Motorsports

While you’re visiting the North Carolina Hall of Fame, you can also visit Curb Motorsports Museum for Music and Motorsports, which is in the same building. The museum represents the dual interests of Mike Curb — motorsports and music — and features exhibits spread over 20,000 square feet.

With its vibrant downtown, exciting baseball games, and delicious dining options, Kannapolis is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Explore everything this charming town has to offer and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Plan your visit to Kannapolis today!

Bringing the kids along on your trip? There are plenty of Family Friendly Activities to keep everyone happy!

Atrium Health Ballpark

Even when there’s no game, Atrium Health Ballpark is worth a visit. Let your kids play on the playground and splash pad or take a leisurely walk along the Atrium Health walking trail.

Village Park

Head to Village Park for a morning of family-friendly fun. From playgrounds to splash pads, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

Village Park offers some of the most kid-friendly attractions in the region, including The Village Park Carousel and the Rotary Express Train. The Carousel, the only double-decker carousel in North Carolina, was manufactured in Italy and features 1,800 lights and hand-painted Venetian murals. The Rotary Express Train is a 1:24 scale replica CP Huntington engine with three coaches, offering rides for $2 each.

Photo credit: City of Kannapolis

In addition to these attractions, Village Park boasts an amphitheater, playground, walking trails, and a splash pad, making it a one-stop destination for the best activities in Kannapolis, NC. The park caters to all ages with its diverse range of attractions and amenities, including numerous shelters available for rent for gatherings and an indoor event center. The park’s offerings include a playground, carousel (with a fee), rotary train (with a fee), and splash pad (with a fee). Additionally, Village Park’s amphitheater hosts many events in Kannapolis, NC.

The Slot Car Track

The Slot Car Track celebrates a raceway and hobby shop that evokes nostalgia and excitement in visitors of all ages. Whether bringing your own equipment or renting a car and controller, visitors can enjoy hours of racing fun at the Slot Car Track. Families, friends, and groups alike can enjoy the experience, making it an ideal venue for various events and gatherings.

The Slot Car Track Kannapolis

Photo credit: The Slot Car Track Kannapolis

Are you ready to dive into your Kannapolis adventure? We hope this has sparked the traveler in you to journey to this great town nearby! Be sure to tell them Cabarrus Weekly sent you 😊

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