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10th Annual Jiggy Festival
Start Date/Time:
Friday, May 3, 2024
End Date/Time:
Saturday, May 4, 2024
NC Research Campus - 150 N Research Campus Drive Kannapolis North Carolina 28081

The City of Kannapolis will celebrate 10 years of Jiggy with the Piggy with a variety of fun events including pig racing, a drone show, the return of the Ninja Nation obstacle course, and a special free concert by Country Music Superstar Craig Morgan. Named one of the East Coast’s Top Events, Jiggy returns May 3-5, 2024, to Downtown Kannapolis.

Visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/jiggywiththepiggy for the exciting Jiggy 2024 schedule.

Pig racing will take place Friday and Saturday and is a great time for the entire family. Watch cute piggys speed around their track, “pig paddle” their way through the water obstacle, and the burn up the sawdust as they race toward the checkered flag. There will be squeals of laughter as you cheer your little piggy on to victory!

Pig racing times – Friday, May 3 - 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm, Saturday, May 4 – 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

A unique performance by Firefly Drone Shows will take place at 9:00 pm on Friday, May 3, after the special free concert by country music superstar, Craig Morgan. 

The kids Ninja Nation obstacle course will be set up from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, May 4. Ninja Nation is a great way to try ninja warrior for the first time. The courses are fun for all ages and abilities, from kids who’ve never stepped on an obstacle course in their lives to pro ninjas. They test balance, agility, and strength for ninjas of any level.

Jiggy is one of the largest sanctioned events by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and once again we will host over 50 barbeque competition teams who compete for top bragging rights and prize money.

This year our presenting sponsor is the Rowan CVB.

The festival, which has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, will have more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, concerts, a 5K walk/run, fireworks and a People’s Choice pork tasting competition and an exciting kid’s zone.

The Kannapolis Public Safety Assistance Foundation is back with their amazing BBQ. We have also added more barbeque and food vendors so you can fill up on many varieties of festival food.

ONLINE MERCHANDISE STORE LAUNCHED - You asked for Jiggy apparel and items and we answered. This year we have launched an online Jiggy FanFest Store. Purchase now so you have Jiggy attire to wear at the festival. Use this link and order now to receive a discount - https://city-of-kannapolis.myspreadshop.com/. Shop now and save 15%.

As always, this festival and concert are free to the public. No pets please.

Jiggy with the Piggy Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 2

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

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

6:30 p.m. - Jiggy with the Piggy 5K, part of the Run Kannapolis Series (Dress in a piggy related costume to win prizes). The run will be at the North Carolina Research Campus in Downtown Kannapolis.

Friday, May 3

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

5 p.m. - Festival Opens to the Public - North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe
Food, Arts & Crafts, Kids Zone, Carnival Rides, and More

6 p.m. – Pig Race

7 p.m.  – Country Music Superstar Craig Morgan Performs the Friday Jiggy Concert  - North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe/Free Admission

9 p.m. – Drone Show

9:30 p.m. - Festival Closes

Saturday, May 4

7 a.m. -10:30 a.m. - Y Service Club Pancake Breakfast – YMCA Kannapolis

9 a.m. – Jiggy Festival Opens to the Public – North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe
Food, Arts & Crafts, Kids Zone, Music, Carnival Rides

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Ninja Nation Obstacle Course

10 a.m. – Pig Race

Throughout the day barbeque teams compete for top awards and money prizes.

12 p.m. – Pig Race

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 YMCA, the Kannapolis Rotary Club and the Kannapolis Youth Council.

Festival attendees can purchase blocks of ten (10) samples for $10.  Tickets will go on sale at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

2 p.m. – Pig Race

4 p.m. – Pig Race

5 p.m. – Festival Closes

Sunday, May 5

Throughout the day barbeque teams compete for top awards and money prizes.

Owned by Betsy Barnette On Tuesday, March 26, 2024