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:



Just announced- the 2018 Summer Entertainment Series. Click here to download your copy NOW!

Below are a few reminders about our concerts and events:

  • All the concerts/ movies in the park are free of charge. There is no ticket price or charge of admission.
  • Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics/ coolers are permitted and concessions will be available.
  • Please NO pets, tobacco, grilling, glass bottles or outside alcohol brought in. Coolers will be checked at several entry points. Village Park is a tobacco free facility. The beer and wine tent will be open during concerts for alcohol sales, ID is required.
  • Children under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Parking for all events will be available at the outer parking lots along Dale Earnhardt Blvd. and down West C Street (overflow near YMCA/ Library). During concerts, the Village Park parking lot will be reserved for handicap parking only (valid handicap placard or license plate required.

  • Kannapolis Parks & Recreation would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2018 Summer Entertainment Series possible:


Youth & Family Programs


Little to no tennis experience? Our beginner class offers players a great place to start or brush up on the basics. Instructors zero in on building the foundation and cultivating a love of the game through basic strokes and fun games associated with tennis.

Session III: August 6-10 $50.00 for session

Bakers Creek Park- 1275 West A Street
8:30-9:30 am: Age 10-18
9:30-10:30 am: Ages 5-9


Get out and play with Kannapolis Mobile Recreation Unit!

Throughout the summer, the Mobile Recreation unit will be visiting areas within the City of Kannapolis to provide a fun, safe, and FREE activity for children 5 and up to participate in.

The Mobile Recreation unit will have a wide variety of games and activities for everyone to enjoy!

Some of the activities will include sidewalk chalk, relay races, giant soccer, basketball, dodge ball, jump rope, hula hoops, and much more.

Mondays 5-7:30 pm 

Shady Brook Elementary June 11th, July 16th, and August 13th 

Forest Park Elementary June 25th and July 30th 

G.W. Carver Elementary July 9th and August 6th 

Jackson Park Elementary June 18th, July 23rd, and August 20th  

Wednesdays 9-11:30 am 

Shady Brook Elementary July 11th and August 8th 

Forest Park Elementary June 20th, July 25th, and August 22nd 

G.W. Carver Elementary June 27th and August 1st 

Jackson Park Elementary June 13th, July 18th and August 15th  



Our art classes help people of all ages explore their artistic abilities, with a great balance of trying different art techniques, discovering, making friends and learning new skills. An instructor will guide you step by step from a blank canvas to their finished masterpiece. We supply all the materials and inspiration. All you have to do is come ready to paint and have a great time.

Open to ages 5 and up!

Discounts are offered for signing up for more than one painting! 

Please contact Lori Burroughs at 704-798-8826 or for more information. 

 Date & Time    Location     Artwork    Cost
August 18th; 1-4pm  Kannapolis Train Station  $25/Person 


Our summer camp programs help kids/adults explore their artistic abilities, with a great balance of trying different art techniques, discovering, making friends and learning new skills.  An instructor will guide you step by step from a blank canvas to your finished masterpiece. We supply all the materials and inspiration. All the you have to do is come ready to paint and have a great time! Each session will last for three hours per day. You will create a brand-new painting each day, while learning about color mixing, blending, brush techniques, and a bit of art history! Painting camps will be held June 15th through August 16th. Camps are offered Monday through Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm.


Sibling and weekly reservation discounts offered. 

Ages 5+

Please contact Lori at for more info. 

See monthly calendars below.


















Tinkergarten allows children to learn through play. Each class focuses on outdoor, play-based activities that teach children about nature and will allow kids to build a connection to the natural world. 

Classes will be offered at Bakers Creek Park in Shelter 2. 

A parent or guardian will need to stay for each class. 

Sibling discounts and payment plans are available. 




 Self Defense Cheerleading  
 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.
$10 registration fee
$8 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




Come test out your dodging and throwing skills as we play different variations of the classic game of dodgeball. 
7-9pm Ages 6-15 $5/person Forest Park Elementary School Gymnasium 1333 Forest Park Dr. Kannapolis

  • August 21st



The challenge is to discover hidden clues, unlock secret codes, and solve puzzles to escape within an hour. 
Can your team of friends work together to complete the challenge? We'll find out! 

7-9pm Ages 10-17 $5/person Village Park Program Room - 700 West C. St Kannapolis 

  • August 16th


Get ready to have fun with a twist on an old playground game! 

Ages 6-15 - 7:00-9:00pm 
 Village Park Shelters and Playground area

  • August 17th

A Boy & His Superhero - A mother/son event (Register on-line)

Join us at the Laureate Center for an evening of entertainment and fun on

Friday, Nov 2 from 6 – 8pm

. This program is designed for boys ages five (5) & up to be accompanied by his mom, step-mom, grandma, big sister, aunt, or special lady. Dress anywhere from superhero in full costume or t-shirt to as mild-mannered as Clark Kent in your casual wear.  We have music, dancing, games, crafts, refreshments and more planned for the evening. There's also a super-duper take home for each boy and a 5x7 keepsake photo for the super gal included in the price!      PLEASE REGISTER EACH PERSON ATTENDING SO WE HAVE AN ACCURATE RSVP.  Tickets are $40/couple; $15.00 each additional boy.  Tickets may be purchased on-line by clicking the link above, by calling 704-920-4343 or in person at the Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department - 3rd floor at City Hall


Kaleidoscope Arts & Ag (Register on-line)

The Kaleidoscope Arts & Ag Festival returns in November with new activities. The festival will be the culminating event of the Rowan Arts & Ag Celebration.  This event will feature the Salisbury Symphony and local artisans such as painters, jewelry makers, and woodcarvers. We will celebrate the rich culture of agriculture with local breweries, wineries and goods from farmers.To register as a vendor for this event, please visit: 
Saturday, November 3
Noon - 4pm


Girls Who Code (Register on-line)  

Girls will learn all concepts & 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 & more. 

Everyone gets the opportunity to build an impact project that helps solve real world problems! 

Mondays - September 10th - November 12th  Ages 11-14: 6-7:30pm    Ages 15-18: 7:30-9pm 

Registration due Sept. 5th. 

Girls who code will meet on the NC Research Campus in the RCCC Building, room 336.


ZUMBA LATINA - Free Program, no registration required.

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: Village Park (700 West C Street; Kannapolis, NC 28081)
Time:  Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM
           Fridays 10:00-11:00 AM
Cost: FREE


WRITERS BLOCK PARTY - Free Event, no registration required.

Join the Friends of Kannapolis Library and Kannapolis City at the Laureate Center on Saturday, August 4 from 12 – 4pm as they celebrate local authors. This event is an opportunity for authors to showcase their work, discuss and sell their books and connect with other authors and the community.  Browse the tables, talk with authors and find your next book!  Each author will be on a panel during the event discussing different writing topics.  At 1:00pm, authors will be discussing issues with self-publishing. At 2:00pm, authors will be discussing social media and marketing.  Our last panel will be at 3:00pm and authors will be offering writing tips and tricks.   The authors who will be present at this event are Crystal Brown, Susan Roddey, Bradly Williams, Melissa McArthur, Leann Rettell, Patrick Dugan, Tia Capers, John Hartness, Jordon Greene, Alexandra Christian, Tally Johnson, Alberto Perez, Yesenia Hernandez, Jason Gilbert, James Nettles, and Nicole Givens Kurtz.     Join us as for fun event that will showcase a variety of local authors and genres. Discover your new favorite author!   The panels discussions are 1:00 pm panel discussion: self-publishing: 2:00 pm panel discussion: social media and marketing: 3:00 pm panel discussion: writing tips for authors



The City of Kannapolis will once again be hosting the Toast of Kannapolis wine & craft brew tasting event on Saturday, September 22 from 2pm – 6pm in the Laureate Center at Kannapolis City Hall.  As many as eight vineyards/Wineries and three breweries will be sharing a selection of their beverages. Tickets will be for sale in advance and at the door*.  
Admission includes a souvenir wine glass or beer flight glass, hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes, and local wine, craft beer and arts and crafts for purchase. 

Ticket can be purchased on-line or in person at the Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department - 3rd floor at City Hall.  
Where: City Hall - Laureate Center (401 Laureate Way)
Cost: $25.00 per ticket
EARLY BIRD (purchased PRIOR to August 10): $20 per person
 Who: Adults

The Parks and Recreation Department occasionally offers trip opportunities 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, please call Jill Foster at 704-920-4343, or

Blandwood Mansion & Tanger Bicentennial Garden - (REGISTER)

Tuesday, August 7th 

Blandwood is one of America's great historic homes. The earliest portions of the home were completed in the late 1700's. 

The tour of the mansion will include the original farmhouse and its additions as well as two reconstructed dependencies.

After lunch, we will stop by Tanger Bicentennial Garden for a leisurely stroll through the garden to see unique sculptures, an old mill, a rock garden, and more. 

Registration and fees due by: July 24th. Cost: $15/person Kannapolis Resident, $20/person Non Resident 

Leave Village Park 9:00 am, return approximately 5:00 pm.Lunch IS NOT included! 


Historic Bethania & Bethabara Park - (REGISTER)

Wednesday, August 29th 

We will take a guided tour of Historic Bethania's visitor center and buildings which include a restored Moravian Farmstead home and the Wolff-Moser House.

We will have lunch at Muddy Creek Café & have free time to visit the Mill & Village Shoppes before heading to Historic Bethabara Park for a tour of the grounds that mark the first Moravian Settlement in NC. 

Registration and fees due by: August 6th.Cost: $20/person Kannapolis Resident, $25/person Non Resident 

Leave Village Park 8:30 am, return approximately 4:30 pm.Lunch IS included! 

Asheville Trolley Tour - (REGISTER)

Wednesday, September 12th 

We will first stop for lunch on our way into Asheville for the day. 

After lunch, we will visit the Asheville Visitor's Center to board an open air trolley that will take us on an exclusive guided tour of town. 

The private guided tour will include history & sightseeing of the Montford historic district, the edgy River Arts district, downtown, & more!

Registration and fees due by: August 8th.Cost: $30/person Kannapolis Resident, $35/person Non Resident 

Leave Village Park 8:30 am, return approximately 5:30 pm.Lunch IS NOT included! 


Now You See It... Now You Don't Mystery Theater (PURCHASE TICKETS HERE)

Mark your calendars for an exciting Mystery Theater performance on November 9th at the Laureate Center! 

The crowd was hushed as the museum proprietor got ready to unveil the prized display of the evening, the Stomach of the Ocean Diamond, only to find it had been stolen while the crowd mingled in ignorant bliss. 

Now it is up to you, your guests, and the detective to find the thief and restore the diamond to its rightful place to get the unveiling back on track!

Who is the carat caper, and who will solve the crime to make this night of mystery the night of beauty it was intended to be?

Tonight will be an evening of high fashion and suspenseful mystery, with one thrilling conclusion. 

Doors will open at 5:30pm. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served from 5:30-6:30pm. The show will begin at 6:30pm. 

The show will last approximately 2 hours.Be ready to join in on the show, as some of the audience will be selected to participate! 

Tickets are $18/person in advance, $25/person day of. Tickets will be available at the door ($25), as long as the show is not sold out ahead of time. 

The show is family friendly (PG) and recommended for children ages 5+


Other local resources for youth sports and recreational programs include: