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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North American Grappling Association

  • Dates: 11/5/2022
  • Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau
  • 1960 13th Ave. Dr. SE
    Hickory, NC 28602
  • 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Spectators are $12 each. Children 8 and under are $5 and can only be purchased at the door.
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Grappling and BJJ Tournament
The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) are the world’s largest mixed grappling tournaments with over 700,000 competitors worldwide. NAGA tournaments offer both no-gi and gi (BJJ) divisions. NAGA comes to the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC for the NAGA Charlotte Grappling Championship. Come as an individual or as a team to compete.