Programs & Events

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of recreational programs and events throughout the year, including trips and athletic leagues.


NOTE: Most programs require a completed program registration form.  While many are free, some do have a participation fee. You may register in person, by phone or by mail.To register by mail, send your completed program form and any payment required to: Kannapolis Parks and Recreation, 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Please make checks payable to “City of Kannapolis.” 


Many of programs are currently available for on-line registration. If you would like to register on-line for a program, click on the link in the program description and you will be re-directed to a new page for registration. If no link is present, then on-line registration is not available.  Please call our office to register by phone or for more information. To browse all programs, visit our site:


Youth & Family Programs


Girls Who Code

girls who codeGirls will learn all concepts and basics of programming. Whether they want to learn how to build a website, an app, or a robot. Girls with prior programming or coding knowledge can deepen their learning through new experiences and extended activity sets. 

There's something for every girl to learn through team building, problem solving, and more. Everyone gets the opportunity to build an impact project that helps solve real world problems. 

Mondays - January 27th - April 6th 
AL Brown High School Media Center 

Ages 8-12 - 5:30 - 6:45 PM (Register)
Ages 13-18 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM (Register)

Girls Who Code Open House (Register)
Monday, January 6th 
6:00 PM - AL Brown High School Media Center



 Self Defense Cheerleading champions in motion 
 Wednesday Nights  Monday Nights

Self defense and cheerleading classes are held at G.W. Carver Elementary School 
(formerly Kannapolis Intermediate School), 525 East C. Street Kannapolis. 

Class times vary based on skill level/experience.
$11 registration fee
$9 per week - paid weekly (no contracts)
Please call : 980-237-4738 for more information or to register.
More information can also be found online HERE


Youth Painting Classes

All painting classes are $25/child. Payment is due at registration.

Ages 8-15. All supplies and light snack are included. 

Date & Time Location Artwork
Saturday, November 16th 1-3pm Kannapolis Train Station


Reindeer Painting




OPEN GYM- Free Program, no registration required.

Open Gym Basketball  Open Gym is designed to provide an opportunity for both youth and adults to use a school gymnasium in a supervised, free play situation. Open Gym is FREE of charge.

Location: Shady Brook Elementary (903 Rogers Lake Road) 
**Please note, starting November 14th Open Gym will relocate to G.W. Carver Elementary School. 

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Cost: FREE



 18 & Over Thursday 
 17 or younger & accompanied
by a parent


ZUMBA LATINA - Free Program, no registration required.

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The City of Kannapolis and Zumba want YOU! Let's get healthy and moving together! Enter the world of international rhythms. You'll enjoy an hour of fun with music, basic rhythms and steps like the salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, and many more. 

Location: Shady Brook Elementary (903 Rogers Lake Road)
**Please note, starting November 14th Zumba will relocate to G.W. Carver Elementary School.
Time:  Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 PM
           Thursdays 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Line Dancing

Come to learn or refresh the classics, or to explore a new modern twist. 
Everyone is guaranteed to have a great time as we socialize, have fun, and dance! 

6:30-8:00 pm - Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Multipurpose Room/Gym

$4/Person - No advance registration necessary (cash only)

Mondays  - Intermediate & Advanced
Thursdays  - Beginners & Intermediate

Please note, Line Dancing class is cancelled the following days: 
Monday November, 11th, & Thursday, November 28th

Couch to 5K (REGISTER)
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The Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Couch to 5K program is a 9 week training program for those who would like to transform their lifestyle and complete a 5K!

Safrit Park | Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM | October 1- November 21
Cost: $20 (Kannapolis Residents), $25 (Non Residents)
Registration and fees are due by: Friday, September 27

Adult Softball League 

Registration for the Fall softball season is now closed. The season will begin Tuesday, September 3 at Bakers Creek and Safrit Park. For more information please contact Kannapolis Parks & Recreation at 704-920-4343.

Fall Softball Coach's meeting

Softball Schedule
Softball Rules
Playoff Bracket

Death Ahoy Mystery Theater

Friday, November 15th.

Doors open: 5:30 pm
Hors d'oeuvres buffet open: 5:30 -6:30 pm
Show Starts: 6:30 pm

Cruise Director Sunny Sails knew a lot about the passengers. When she was found murdered, who could guess what scandals died with her?
Sunny Sails had her own way of handling the passengers on the ship, The Legendary Carnival.
Yet, the more that was discovered about the death, the more apparent it became that Sails met her demise in an untimely fashion.
Become an investigator and help the detective figure out "who dun it"!

Tickers are $20/Person in advance, or $25/person day of.

The show is rated PG-13 and recommended for adults and mature teens. 

Purchase tickets online HERE

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Adult Day Trips

The Parks and Recreation department occasionally offers day trips for adults. 
Trips are for adults 18 and older unless otherwise noted. Trips sometimes have potential to last longer and/or end earlier than expected. Many trips may have a lot of walking so please wear comfortable shoes.

To be added to our mailing list and receive new trip brochures, please click HERE to supply your mailing address.
Please call Jill Sellers at 704-920-4343, or email if you have any questions.

Current Trip Offerings

Downtown Revitalization & Ballpark Tours 

Join us for a one hour walking tour to learn about the exciting new changes coming to Downtown Kannapols.

Since Downtown Kannapolis is still an active construction site, all participants must be 18 years or older.
Closed toe shoes and waivers are required. Addtional protective gear will be provided. 

To see avaialble times for tours, and to register for a spot, please sign up HERE. 

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour (Register)

Asheville, NC

Thursday, December 5th 

On our way to Asheville, we will first stop for dinner before making our way to Asheville's Historic Biltmore Village. Soon we will be off to enjoy this seasonal favorite which features an entertaining blend of holiday storytelling and traditional Christmas caroling.
Enjoy stories of local lore and holiday traditions and then join in with the on-board musician singing classic Christmas carols. All the while, the heated trolley is rolling past festive holiday decorations throughout Asheville. 

Registration and fees due: November 12th
Cost: $40/person Kannapolis Resident $8 due at registration
$45/person Non-Resident $9 due at registration

Leave Village Park: 1:45 pm, Return: 11 pm
Dinner is NOT included. 

Barter Theater's "White Christmas" + Backstage Tour (Register)

Abington, VA

Thursday, December 19th 

Upon arriving at the Barter Theater's Gilliam Stage, we will first enjoy a behind the scenes tour that highlights the history of the 2nd oldest regional theater in the country. After our tour, we will have lunch nearby before returning for the show, White Christmas. 
A timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with songs, dancing, and snow. This is the perfect holiday show to get ready for Christmas!

Registration and fees due: November 26th 
Cost: $40/Person Kannapolis Residents $8 due at registration
$45/Person Non Residents $9 due at registration

Leave Village Park: 7 am, return 8 pm. 
Lunch and dinner is NOT included.

Duke University Chapel (Register)

Durham, NC

Tuesday, January 7th 

Upon arriving at Duke University in Durham, NC we will first have lunch on Campus at the Brodhead Center where there is a variety of of restaurant choices for participants to choose from. After lunch, we will visit Duke Chapel to enjoy an organ music demonstration from a local musician.Following the demonstration we will enjoy a guided tour of the chapel where we will learn about the history of the centerpiece of Duke University's campus. The iconic building was built in the early 1930's and is one of the tallest buildings in Durham County. The chapel features stained glass windows, a 6,900 pipe organ, and more!

Registration and fees due: December 17th 
Cost: $15/person Kannapolis Residents ($3 due at registration)
$20/person Non-Residents ($4 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 8 am, return 5 pm
Lunch is NOT included.  

NASCAR Hall of Fame & Penske Racing (Register) 

Charlotte & Mooresville, NC

Thursday, January 23rd 

Start your engines for any race-fan's dream day out as we visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Penske Racing Facility. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The venue includes artifacts, hands on experiences, gear shop and more. We will enjoy lunch and a self-guided tour at the facility before taking a detour on the way back to Kannapolis to visit the one of a kond Penske Racing Facility in Mooresville where you can view the race shop, NASCAR truck bay and more at this 5,000 sq ft facility. 

Registration and fees due: January 9th 
Cost: $25/person Kannapolis Residents ($5 due at registration)
$30/person Non-Residents ($6 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 9 am, return: 3:30 pm
Lunch IS included!

The Biltmore House (Register)

Asheville, NC

Wednesday, February 12th 

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago! Designed by architect Fredick Law Olmstead, each guest will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the house as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds. Upon arriving at the Biltmore Estate, we will have free time for lunch, exploring, shopping and more before returning to Kannapolis.

Registration and fees due: January 30th
Cost: $55/person Kannapolis Residents ($11 due at registration)
$60/person Non-Residents ($12 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 8 am, return: 6:30 pm
Lunch is NOT included.

Sleeping Beauty Dress Rehearsal (Register)

Charlotte, NC 

Thursday, March 12th 

We will first stop for lunch on our way to Charlotte. After arriving in Charlotte at the Knight Theater, we will enjoy a unique experience as we view a live dress rehearsal for the Charlotte Ballet's performance of the time-less childhood story, Sleeping Beauty, told as a ballet production.

Registration and fees: Due Februrary 27th 
Cost: $15/person Kannapolis Residents ($3 due at registration)
$20/person Non-Residents ($4 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 11 am, return: 5 pm.
Lunch is NOT included.

Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum & Farm Tour + Raleigh State Farmers Market (Register)

Raleigh, NC 

Thursday, March 26th 

The Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum is a unique agritourism experience for all to learn how wholesome milk goes from farm to table. Learn how NC State raises their cows and produces milk and other products such as the delicious Howling Cow ice cream, which every trip participant will get to enjoy at the end of the Farm & Museum tour. 

Following our tour, we will have lunch at the State Farmers Market Restaurant before enjoying free time to explore the 50,000 sq ft State Farmers Market. Shop for in season produce & plants at the Farmers Building then browse meats, cheeses, wines, bakery itesm and more at the Market Shoppes!

Registration and fees: Due March 12th 
Cost: $20/person Kannapolis Residents ($4 due at registration)
$25/person Non-Residents ($5 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 7:30 am, return 6 pm
Lunch is NOT included.