Once home to the world’s largest manufacturer of household textiles, this revitalized city offers everything from local dining and boutique shopping to family-friendly entertainment, must-see motorsports attractions and music history.
Have a blast at a Kannapolis Cannon Ballers baseball game or stop by Atrium Health Ballpark anytime to enjoy the concessions, splash pad and playground. Indulge in fresh chops, steaks, seafood and more for lunch or dinner at Chophouse 101, the first full-service restaurant in the heart of rejuvenated downtown. Then, see a first-run movie at an affordable price next door at the historic, Art-Deco-style Gem Theatre. Built in 1939, this beloved landmark is one of the oldest single-screen theatres still in operation today. Grab a drink and pay it forward at both Old Armor Beer Company and Local Patriot Roasting Co., veteran-owned gathering places for those who serve their country or community and the people who support them. Plus, shop carefully curated, locally-owned boutiques and specialty stores such as candy and puzzle combo shop, James Sweet Spot.
As Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s hometown, Kannapolis honors the NASCAR legend at Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza, one stop along The Dale Trail self-guided tour. Get a glimpse behind the scenes inside Stewart-Haas Racing, a title-winning NASCAR race team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation–the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. At the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, exhibits showcase the legacies of artists like John Coltrane, Charlie Daniels, Roberta Flack, The Avett Brothers and other musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from all genres. Reserve your seat at the next Induction Ceremony on October 21, then, explore how music and motorsports collide at the adjoining Curb Museum.
Kannapolis is known for a calendar full of family-friendly events and festivals. At Village Park, the Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park offer outdoor entertainment during warmer months and for the holidays, the park is illuminated with over 100,000 lights and features train rides on the Winterland Express during “A Kannapolis Christmas.” Jiggy With the Piggy, an annual three-day festival featuring a Kansas City Barbeque Society Competition, was named a 2018 Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. This annual springtime event takes place in May along with the Zucchini 600. Kids create cars from veggies for this nutritious race which is part of 600 Festival, a series of special events celebrating races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Historic Single-Screen Theatre
The Dale Trail
Honor a NASCAR Legend
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers
Atrium Health Ballpark