The summer sun is right around the corner and events are really starting to heat up for Rowan County! Cheerwine Festival, Jiggy with the Piggy Festival, pick-your-own strawberries at Patterson Farm, Hippie Fest and so much more is happening this May. With that said, here is the line-up of events that you won’t want to miss this month.


Very Berry Days Pick-Your-Own Strawberries at Patterson Farm

Now - May 28, 2023

It's that time again - it's pick-your-own strawberry season at Patterson Farm! Located on Caldwell Road in Mount Ulla, North Carolina, lies 85 acres of these juicy, red joys and Patterson Farm has set aside a section of their strawberry fields just for you and your family. Beginning April 17 through May 28, 2023, come see what Patterson Farm has to offer regarding all things strawberries!


Jiggy with the Piggy Festival

May 4 - 7, 2023

Let's get jiggy with it! Jiggy with the Piggy Festival is back for another round in Downtown Kannapolis, N.C. May 3-7, 2023. This barbeque festival is THE spot for anyone looking to celebrate and taste barbeque with over 50 barbeque teams cooking up only the best recipes of this iconic southern dish. From food trucks, to vendors, to fair rides - Jiggy with the Piggy is ready for you and your family to join in the fun this May!


Arts in the Park

May 6, 2023

This half day event at Granite Lake Park serves as a venue for local students to display/show their art (painting, architecture, sculpture, literature, music, performing and cinema). There will be a children’s area to create a take home art piece, as well as much more. This event will also showcase vendors/artisans selling handcrafted items, and offer attendees the opportunity to purchase food and drink from area vendors.

Craft Market at the Railwalk Pavilion

May 6, 2023

The Salisbury Farmers Market is excited to announce a new, monthly craft market. Craft Vendors will be set-up in the gravel parking lot, between the Market Pavilion, and the Salisbury Emporium. The Craft Market will be open the 1st Saturday of each month, beginning May 6, 2023.


Hurley Park Garden Tour

May 10, 2023

Join Hurley Park for a guided tour of the garden with the Garden Manager and take a closer look at some of the sights of the seasons. Participants will meet at the main entrance by the pond for a walk through the park on gentle sloping, gravel paths.


Hippie Fest

May 13 & 14, 2023

Hippie Fest is a grassroots festival where free-spirited people from across the country gather to celebrate peace, love, and all things groovy! The festival will feature live music, bohemian shopping, vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye, giant bubble garden, sideshow performers, kids activities, delicious food, and more. It's groovy baby!


2023 Cheerwine Festival

May 20, 2023

One of the most highly anticipated days in all of Rowan County is the day we all come together in Downtown Salisbury to celebrate our home's iconic soft drink at Cheerwine Festival. This year's festival will be held on May 20, 2023 from noon to 10 P.M. Check out our 2023 Cheerwine Festival Guide for everything you need to know about this year's festival.


Historic Spencer Shops Train Show

May 20 & 21, 2023

Fun for the Whole Family! The Historic Spencer Shops Train Show features vendors with railroad memorabilia of all types: model train dealers, model train layouts, collectors, and more. The show takes place at the former Southern Railway Spencer Shops steam repair facility. Take a train ride around the 60-acre historic site, ride on restored railroad maintenance motor cars, and enjoy more fun for all ages.


Lester J. Brown Antique Truck Show

May 20, 2023

Antique Trucks Line The Lot! Come see antique pickups, fire trucks, flatbeds, military trucks, tow trucks, road tractors, and more. Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.


If you’re looking for more fun activities in Rowan County, don’t forget that baseball season is HERE! The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers have tons of home games this season, and we're giving away tickets to all of them. Check out how to enter our giveaway on our Cannon Ballers Ticket Giveaway blog post.