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.)


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


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 II: July 9-13 $50.00 for session
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


The NFL Play 60 Camp is a FREE and non-contact grass roots sports program designed to encourage children to become more physically fit. Each camp is led by a counselor who will work with the children to stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle, character development and education.

Friday, July 13, 2018
Ages 7-14
Safrit Park (9:00-11:00 AM)
Register by June 29th (Waiver)



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
 July 21st; 11 am   Kannapolis Train Station  Paint YOUR Pet!

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.



Kannapolis Parks & Recreation is partnering with RCCC to offer exciting STEM based Summer Day Camps for ages 8-18.

Camps will explore the world of technology, peer learning, and creativity as kids and teens get to fly drones, experience virtual reality and more! 

For more information and to register please visit RCCC Summer Enrichment Programs.
Kannapolis residents receive $30 off registration using discount code KANN.



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. 

10 Week Paid Sessions will be offered as follows:

Thursdays, April 19th-June 21, 10:15 - 11:30 am for children 18 months - 8 years. $175 per student for 10 weeks. 

Fridays, April 20 - June 22, 10:30 -11:30 am for children 18 months - 3 years. $150 per student for 10 weeks.

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

Sibling discounts and payment plans are available. 


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Yoga combines relaxing stretches, controlled breathing techniques, and more.

Classes meet on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm in the Amphitheater at Village Park. 

Cost of the class is $3/person, paid at the time of the class.

No advance registration is necessary.

Yoga mats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Participants can bring their own mats as well if they would like.



 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

  • June 26th
  • July 19th
  • 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 

  • July 24th
  • 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

  • June 15th
  • July 27th
  • August 17th


9 Square in the Air takes the old school playground game "Four Square" to a whole new level. As in the game of Four Square, the goal is to be "king" of the game for as long as you can, but doing that is a bit more challenging!
Ages 6-15-   7:00-9:00 pm
$5/ person
Safrit Park

  • June 21st
  • July 10th
  • August 7th


Laser Tag combines hide-n-seek and tag with a high tech twist in Village Park. Never played laser tag before? Not a problem, there's a first time for everything! 

Come as a group or individual to enjoy some action with the latest in Laser Tag technology. 

Ages 6-15 - 7:00-9:00pm
 Village Park Shelter and Playground Area 

  • July 5th
  • August 2nd

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



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

Wohlfahrt Haus - Wizard of Oz (REGISTER)

Thursday, June 28th 

Follow the yellow brick road to Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre to see the classic movie version of this beloved tale brought to life. You'll enjoy the antics of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Cowardly Lion, and Toto too-as well as the unforgettable tunes "Over the Rainbow", "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", and "We're Off to See the Wizard". Don't miss this family-friendly adventure loved by all ages! We'll have a delicious lunch before the show!

Registration and fees due: June 18th $45/person - Kannapolis Resident $50/person - Non Resident 

Leave Village Park:9:30 am Return: 6:30 pm Lunch IS included. 

River Banks Zoo - (REGISTER)

Tuesday, July 10th 

One of America's best zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2000 animals and one of the nation's most inspiring botanical gardens. 

We will travel to Columbia and first stop for lunch before visiting the zoo and gardens for the day. 

Registration and fees due: July 2nd Cost $20/person Kannapolis Resident, $25/person Non Resident

Leave Village Park 9am, return approximately 6pm.  Lunch NOT included. 


Fort Dobbs & Gregory Creek Homestead - (REGISTER)

Thursday, July 26th 

Fort Dobbs was the only permanent frontier provincial fort in the colony of NC. 

It was constructed in late 1775 and was used for defense during the French & Indian War. 

We will have a guided tour complete with history of the site, artifacts viewing, and a musket firing demonstration. 

After lunch (lunch is included), we will visit Iredell Museums where we will see a 3000 year old mummy before touring the Gregory Creek Homestead that features historic log cabins and more.  

Registration and fees due by: July 12th. Cost: $20/person Kannapolis Resident, $25/person Non Resident 

Leave Village Park 9:30 am, return approximately 5:00 pm.Lunch IS included! 


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! 

Other local resources for youth sports and recreational programs include: