Once home to the world’s largest manufacturer of household textiles, Kannapolis offers everything from a revitalized downtown district packed with local dining and boutique shopping to sporting events, motorsports attractions and music history.

In 1906 J.W. Cannon purchased the farmland that later became Kannapolis to open a new textile mill, Cannon Manufacturing. By 1914, Cannon Manufacturing was the world’s largest producer of sheets and towels. Today, the City thrives as home to the North Carolina Research Campus, motorsports history and innovative racing facilities, exciting small businesses, and so much more.

gem theatre exterior


“Have a Blast” at a Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Minor League Baseball game at the beautiful Atrium Health Ballpark. If there’s no home game, feel free to stop by the ballpark to enjoy the concessions, splash pad and playground.

Or you can catch a movie at one of the oldest single-screen theaters still in operation at the Gem Theatre. Originally opened in 1936 then rebuilt in 1948, the Art Deco-style landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

beer poured into a glass
plate of steak and shrimp

Food and Drink

Dine on classic steakhouse fare at Chophouse 101, or stop in for a quick helping of authentic Latin street food like Venezuelan arepas and Dominican empanadas at Sabor Latin Street Grill. Grab a drink and pay it forward at both Old Armor Beer Company and Local Patriot Roasting Co., veteran-owned hangouts where you can buy a drink in advance for a veteran or first responder.

curb museum

Music and Motors

Less than a mile from downtown, the history of two of North Carolina’s favorite pastimes are housed in one spectacular location. The Curb Museum for Music & Motorsports hosts the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on one end and a racing museum on the other. Take a peek at NASCAR, IndyCar and other race cars, including cars driven by Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty. At the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, the exhibits showcase the legacies of artists like Thelonius Monk, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and The Avett Brothers, among others. Each October, the museum hosts an induction ceremony for the next class of hall of famers.

family poses in front dale earnhardt statue

Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza

A trip to Kannapolis isn’t complete without an immersion into the life of hometown hero, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Kannapolis honors the NASCAR legend at the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza where the centerpiece is a nine-foot bronze statue of the man himself. The plaza is just one stop in Cabarrus County that tells the story of Earnhardt’s life and honors his legacy.

Upcoming Events in Kannapolis

Oct 5, 2023

Corey LaJoie Kickball Klassic
Atrium Health Ballpark

On October 5, 2023, NASCAR Driver Corey LaJoie will host The 3rd Kickball Klassic in Downtown Kannapolis. There will be 16 corporate teams that will participate in The Klassic Championship at 1 p.m. at Atrium Health Ballpark. The Celebrity Games will begin at 6 pm.

Oct 6 – 8, 2023

Annual Oktoberfest at Atrium Health Ballpark
Atrium Health Ballpark

Visit Atrium Health Ballpark in Downtown Kannapolis, home of the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, to celebrate Oktoberfest! This 3-day fun-filled, family event will feature beer and food specials, craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, and more.

Oct 28, 2023

Jeeps 4 Treats
West Avenue District

Head to The West Ave. District in Downtown Kannapolis on Saturday, October 28th for a candy crawl! "Jeepers United" will be set up along West Avenue and South Main Street. The Jeeps will be decorated, and the owners will pass out candy to event participants! The shops of The West Ave. District will be open for business and will pass out candy as well!

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