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Jiggy 2024

Jiggy with Piggy Festival 

We are celebrating 10 years of Jiggy with the Piggy! The festival returns in 2024 for its 10th year with the smells and tastes of barbeque and fun for the entire family. Make plans now to join us May 2 – May 5, in downtown Kannapolis. 

Country Music Superstar Craig Morgan will help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary with a free concert, Friday, May 3, on the North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe. Following the concert, stay for the exciting Drone Show.

Hundreds of drones will create a mesmerizing display in the nighttime sky to honor the City and the Jiggy Festival. 

A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, author, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music’s best-loved artists, Morgan has amassed more than1.5 billion career streams and charted over 25 songs on Billboard, thrilling massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” “Soldier,” “That's What I Love About Sunday” and his faith-filled tribute to his son Jerry, “The Father, My Son and The Holy Ghost.”

In 2023 Craig released his highly anticipated EP Enlisted, a six-song collection of reimagined hits and brand-new songs featuring collaborations with Trace Adkins, Luke Combs, Jelly Roll, Gary LeVox, Blake Shelton, and Lainey Wilson. Craig received one of country music's highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. A crowd favorite, he regularly performs at the Grand Ole Opry.

Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan served seventeen years in the Army and in 2023 he reenlisted in the Army Reserve, continuing his military career. Morgan remains an avid supporter of America's military personnel and has made more than sixteen overseas trips to perform for our troops. He is a member of the U.S. Field Artillery Hall of Fame and recipient of the USO Merit Award. In 2018 he was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, in recognition of his significant dedication to our military men and women around the world. He remains committed to supporting active duty and veteran members of our military through work with Operation Finally Home, and the USO.

Jiggy is one of the largest sanctioned events by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and once again we will host over 70 barbeque competition teams who compete for top bragging rights and prize money.

The presenting sponsor of Jiggy is
Visit Rowan - Rowan County Tourism 

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.

We will host over 70 barbeque competition teams from across the U.S. to compete for top bragging rights and prize money. Jiggy continues to be one of the largest sanctioned events by the Kansas City Barbeque Society in the United States. 

Each year, 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.

The Jiggy with the Piggy Festival, which has earned the recognition of being a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, has more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, a free concert, the Jiggy 5K walk/run, and an exciting kid’s zone.

Kannapolis Firefighter’s Association will once again brought their cooking skills to the festival while selling barbeque to the public. We 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. 

2024 Jiggy Schedule of Events

Jiggy with the Piggy Apparel

Your entire family can get ready for Jiggy with the Piggy with our Jiggy apparel store. 

Get your Jiggy gear here.  

General Parking

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

2024 Jiggy Festival Map

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 event is family friendly - NO PETS - NO SMOKING.





Book your overnight stay in a Rowan County hotel on during the Jiggy with the Piggy Festival May 2-4, 2024. and receive a VISA e-Gift Card equal to 50% of your stay.