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Jiggy with Piggy Festival – SCHEDULE CHANGE


After careful consideration of the severe weather, which is forecasted for Friday afternoon/evening, we have decided to postpone Friday night’s festival events. The Sammy Kershaw Concert has been postponed to 7 p.m. on July 15 at Village Park.

All components of the festival such as the People’s Choice Pork Contest, arts & crafts vendors, lots of great BBQ and other foods, kids’ zone and so forth will be held this Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The free May 12 Thursday concert with New Local will continue on schedule at 6 p.m. in Veterans Park and the free May 15 Sunday concert with Side Step Delux, a country bluegrass band, will also continue on schedule from 1-3 p.m. in Veterans Park.

“We are disappointed that we needed to make this change but the safety of the thousands of people who attend Jiggy must come first. We hope everyone will join us for the festivities on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and support the charities who benefit from Jiggy with the Piggy,” said Eddie Smith, Kannapolis Deputy City Manager.



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 11 – May 15, 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 Sammy Kershaw Concert has been postponed to July 15 due to the forecast of severe weather. Our signature free concert will be Grammy Nominated and Multi-Platinum Country Artist Sammy Kershaw. A native of Louisiana, Sammy Kershaw is known for his balladeer style. A prolific country singer, Sammy Kershaw, has had two number one hits: “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” and “Love of My Life,”  and a dozen Top Ten Singles including: “Cadillac Style,” “Don’t Go Near the Water,” and “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore.” 

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 


Wednesday, May 11 

 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.


Thursday, May 12 

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

6 p.m. Thursdays on Main, a free concert, featuring New Local – Veterans Park 


Friday, May 13 

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

Postponed to July 15  – Sammy Kershaw Concert - Village Park 


Saturday, May 14 

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 15 

1-3 p.m. – Sunday Music Series, a free concert, featuring Side Step Delux – Veterans Park 


Jiggy with the Piggy participant with a smoker  


General Parking

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

Parking Information - Maps 

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.