The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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  • Q: Where are you located?     
    • A: We are located in Hickory, NC along Interstate 40 between exits 125 & 126. Or check out the map here.
  • Q: Can we bring in outside catering?    
    • A: Simply put, No. We have a contract with one caterer who operates onsite at the convention center. Liazzo's Catering. See menu below or visit their website here
  • Q: Can we bring in outside Audio Visual?    
    • A: Yes! We offer some A/V onsite but welcome you to bring your own or hire a company that you would like to work with. No fee is charged to bring in outside A/V. 
  • Q: Are you connected to a hotel property?    
    • A: No we are not physically connected to a hotel property but we do share a parking lot with two hotel properties and are within less than a block from a total of six hotel properties. 
  • Q: Is the Convention Center Pet friendly?    
    • A: While we do love our furry friends we do not allow outside pets into the building unless they are a service animal/pet or the event in question is animal related. (Dog shows, bird shows, etc.) 
  • Q: Are firearms allowed onsite?    
    • A: No. As a public facility loaded, concealed or unconcealed guns are not allowed on property unless there is a show related to firearms onsite. (Unloaded firearms are allowed onsite during Gun & Knife shows)
  • Q: Do you allow smoking on the Convention Center campus?    
    • A: Yes we do, but only in designated smoking areas.


Forms and Documents

Below you will find information sheets and forms related to events at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Please click on the title of the document you need to access a PDF copy.

Rules & Regulations

Equipment, Labor, & Material Costs Information Sheet

Contract Enclosure Survey

Fire Permitting Policies

Special Operation Use Permit Application

Liazzo's Catering Menu

Tax Information & Requirements for Vendors

Acknowledgment of Tax Requirements