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


If you like to play basketball, dodgeball, 9 square or just want to hand out with your friends come to Teen Night Out!

Location: Shady Brook Elementary
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Ages: 11-17
Cost: $5 per person

  • November 9
  • December 14


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 IV: Fridays, October 5-26 $40.00 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


All painting & craft classes are $30. Please sign up using the link for each individual class to reserve your seat. 

Payment must be made at the time of the class to the instructors - cash or card ONLY!

All supplies are included. Ages 5+. 

 Date, Time, &  Class Details Location Artwork
Sat. Oct 27th, 10am-12pm
Pumpkin & Owl Painting 
(Reigster online to reserve your seat)
$30 - Payment must be made at the time of the class to the instructors.
Cash or card ONLY.
 Village Park Program Room
Sat. Nov 3rd, 10am-12pm 
Cactus Painting 
(Register online to reserve your seat)
$30 - Payment must be made at the time of the class to the instructors.
Cash or card ONLY.
 Village Park Program Room
Sat. Nov 17th, 12-2pm
Fall Pumpkins 
(Register online to reserve your seat)
$30 - Payment must be made at the time of the class to the instructors.
Cash or card ONLY.
Kannapolis Train Station
Sat Dec 1st, 12-2pm
Nativity Craft 
(Register online to reserve your seat)
$30 - Payment must be made at the time of the class to the instructors.
Cash or card ONLY.
Kannapolis Train Station




 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




Laser Tag combines hide-and- seek and tag with a high tech twist in Village Park. Never played laser tag before? Not a problem. Come as a group or individual to enjoy some action with the latest in Laser Tag technology!

Location: Village Park- Shelters/ Playground
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Ages: 6-15
Cost: $5 per person



Come test out your dodging and throwing skills as we play different variations of the classic game of dodgeball. 

Location: Forest Park Elementary Gym (1333 Forest Park Drive)
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Ages: 6-15
Cost: $5 per person

  • October 23rd
  • November 13th


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

Location: Village Park- Shelters/ Playground
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Ages 6-15 
Cost: $5 per person

  • October 26th

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.

Builders Workshop (Register On-Line)

Building model kits is a hobby kids of all ages can enjoy. It is fun, creative, and constructive!

Join us each Saturday in October to assemble a wooden model kit, paint it, and take home a finished product. 

Ages 5+  $5/person  10:00am  Shelter A

October 20th Log Cabin  
October 27th  Free Choice On October 27th we will have free choice where
children can choose a kit from the remaining options
from April & October.
Choices will vary based on participation.
Selections may include:
train, plane, sailboat, truck, helicopter, birdhouse, & log cabin.




  OPEN GYM- Free Program, no registration required.

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)
Program will begin Tuesday, September 4
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.

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)
Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4
Time:  Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 PM
           Thursdays 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: FREE


Registration for the Fall softball season is now closed. The season will begin Tuesday, September 4. For more information please contact Kannapolis Parks & Recreation at 704-920-4343.

Fall Softball Rules
Fall Softball Schedule


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

Tryon International Equestrian Center - (REGISTER) 

Thursday, October 25th

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is an international hub for the worlds top equestrian athletes. We will get to watch riders and horses as they jump and show off their extraordinary skills in the Fall Show.

We will have lunch at one of the restaurants on site in the Equestrian Center and have time to explore the vendor shops, general store, and more that make the center a lively, exciting place to visit. 

Registration and fees due: October 11th Cost: $10/person Kannapolis Resident, $15/person Non Resident 

Leave Village Park 9am, return approximately 5pm. Lunch is not included!


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

 Friday, November 9th 

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+

Lunch - N - Go: Farmhouse Buffet (REGISTER)

Friday, November 16th 

The Old Farmhouse Buffet is a local favorite that is packed with flavor! With everything from Chicken n Dumplings to fried chicken and delicious desserts - there will be something for everyone to enjoy! 

We will have an early dinner before returning to Kannapolis.

Leave Village Park 3:30pm, Return 8pm

$3/person Kannapolis Resident $5/person Non Resident

Dinner is not included! Registration and fees due: Nov 8th. 

Scrooge's Christmas Trolley Tour  (REGISTER) 

Thursday, December 6th

Scrooge's Christmas Trolley Tour offers the unique experience of a live theater performance and trolley ride all in one. 

Passengers will travel back in time to Christmases past with Scrooge on his journey via a heat and enclosed trolley to see scenes from this wonderful holiday story acted out at historic sites in Downtown Salisbury.

We will have dinner before boarding the trolley for the show!
Registration and fees due: November 20th

Cost: $25/person Kannapolis Resident $30/person Non Resident

Leave Village Park 4:30pm, Return 8:30pm.

Dinner is not included! 

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas (REGISTER)

Wednesday, December 19th 

Flat Rock Playhouse has a rich history dating back to the 1930's. The playhouse entertains almost 100,000 people annually! We will enjoy their record breaking Playhouse Christmas that has a brand new twist this year.

We will first visit A Day In The Country (ADITC) for a wonderful lunch buffet.. At ADITC we will have time for shopping and one of our lucky participants will win a free throw!

Registration and fees due: November 26th

Cost: $45/person Kannapolis Resident $50/person Non Residnet

Leave Village Park 9am, Return 6:30pm

Lunch is not included!


Other local resources for youth sports and recreational programs include: