July is by far one of Rowan County's liveliest months, which makes it a great time to visit our area. Come for a Fourth of July celebration, festival, or transportation event, but stay to experience what Rowan County is really all about. Between fireworks, fun on the farm, arts, history and so much more, there's no telling what you might discover in our original county this month!


Summer Fun on the Farm at Patterson Farm

June 10 - August 3, 2024

If you're searching for a delightful family outing this summer, Patterson Farm in Mount Ulla, N.C., offers an array of engaging activities sure to delight all ages. Open from June 10 to August 3, 2024, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the farm provides a perfect mix of entertainment, education, and relaxation.


Faith 4th of July Celebration

June 28 - July 4th, 2024

You wouldn’t expect such a large celebration to come out of such a small town, however, Faith is known across the state for their annual 4th of July celebration. The celebration lasts over a week and draws in thousands of people from North Carolina and beyond every year. When visiting Rowan County for this year’s 4th of July, you won’t want to miss this original event.


N.C. Transportation Museum's Summer Fun Days

July 2, 9, 17 & 31, 2024

The hottest season of the year is quickly approaching and so are Summer Fun Days! Join the museum for one, or all, of these special fun filled days, where kids of all ages can participate in craft/activity stations pertaining to one of four themes; Pirates, Aviation and Space, Farming, or Ice Cream. We hope to see you all this summer at The Museum That Moves You!


Gem Theatre Summer Matinees

July 3, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30, 2024

This summer, help us celebrate the reopening of the Gem Theatre with $2 Summer Matinees. Enjoy the newly renovated Gem Theatre and an affordable, family-friendly movie every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. between May 28 and August 8.



Discover Fun in Kannapolis

July 11, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2024

Discover Fun in Kannapolis returns this summer with an incredible lineup of great concerts, movies, and of course, fireworks.  Events will be held from April to September. All events are free to the public.


43rd Annual China Grove Farmers Day Festival

July 20, 2024

Farmers Day has grown to become one of the best street festivals in North Carolina. Today, colorful booths line Main Street with a variety of arts and craft items, local farmers sell produce and honey, agricultural related displays and information booths, huge antique tractor display, live music, food and kids activities, homemade ice cream are just a few things to tickle your fancy.


Julius Neely’s 150th Birthday Celebration

July 20, 2024

The Historic Neely Foundation will celebrate Julius Neely’s 150th birthday on July 20, 2024 at Baker’s Mill Event Center (1360 Poole Road, Salisbury, N.C.) from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The event will host a dinner, a live music, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets will be available via historicneelyschool.org.


History on Tap

July 25, 2024

We invite you to kick off the summer season with us at HSF’s 10th Annual History on Tap (H.O.T.) beginning in June! Tour the revitalization efforts of 3 historic properties and sample local craft beer from New Sarum while learning about Salisbury’s fascinating history and connecting with the community. With limited space, this 3 part summer series has become one the HOTtest tickets on Salisbury’s summer event calendar. Register today to secure your spot!


Dragon Boat Festival

July 27, 2024

The Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival has traditionally been the largest annual spectator event held on High Rock Lake - the second largest lake in North Carolina. The festival includes vendors, food trucks and activities for the whole family in a park-like atmosphere, and of course watching teams compete for wins. Come check out this 2,300-year-old Ancient Chinese tradition in action where 20 paddlers steer each sleek, detailed dragon boat while drums sound to the beat of each paddler’s stroke.


Gold Rush Art and Craft Festival

July 27, 2024

Come out to quaint Historic Gold Hill for the 2024 Gold Rush Days' Art and Craft Festival. Local artisans will be showcasing and selling their hand-made work. You can enjoy the unique village shops, gold panning, gem mining, music and food while experiencing a family outing amid the lovely setting of Gold Hill where walking down the wooden sidewalks is like stepping back in time!



Looking for more excitement? Discover more events on our July in the Arts blog post.