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Programs and Activities

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

Registration for Programs

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

To be added to our Youth Programs Mailing List and recieve information about upcoming family and youth programs, please supply your contact information HERE.

Story Time in a Shelter

Village Park, Shelter C (700 West C St)

Thursday, October 21st - 10 am 

Take Home Craft Kits

A variety of themed take home craft & activity kits are offered reguarly. 

From baking to dinosuar digs, we have it all! 

Click HERE to see what we have available now. 


Adult Programs and Day Trips

Mystery Theater - "Evil Never Dies" (Register)

Friday, November 5th 

He was called Evil-Eyed Emil. When he looked at people with his infamous right eye, so the story went, bad things invariably happened. As he was being driven out of Reaper Junction on Halloween night exactly 100 years ago, Emil vowed to return one day to wreak his vengeance. Last night, it was announced that Emil had been sighted in the woods and, true to his century-old proclamation, someone had been the victim of Emil's anger. Become an Investigator and help the Detective and the Charlotte Murder Mystery Company figure out "WHODUNIT"!

Tickets: $25/person

Buffet opens: 5:30 pm
Show begins: 6:30 pm


  • herb marinated chicken breast
  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans
  • garden salad
  • roll
  • brownies
  • tea & water 

Meal by Dough Girls Catering

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

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 - Village Park Program Room - 700 West C Street Kannapolis

$5/Person - No advance registration necessary (cash only)

Wednesdays - Intermediate
Thursdays  - Beginners

Line Dancing class will be a FREE class held in the Village Park Ampitheater on Thursday, September 30th. 

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 

Registration for Fall 2021 Day Trips will open on Tuesday, August 24th at 9:00 am.
**Day Trip registration is currently on hold for all Fall 2021 day trips, please check back for updates**.

Register in one of three ways:

  1. Online (reccommended) HERE
  2. In person: Kannapolis City Hall 401 Laureate Way. 3rd floor waiting room area will open at 8 am on 8/24. 
  3. Over the phone: 704-920-4343. Please note, when using this method your registration is not confirmed until you speak with staff. No registrations are taken via voicemail message. 

At time of registration, a 20% deposit is due to hold your place on the trip(s) you sign up for. 

Davidson Ghost Walk (Register)

Davidson, NC
Thursday, October 7th 

Davidson, NC is a town that has existed for over 200 years. With such a vast history, there are sure to be some spooky tales. We will embark on a 1 mile, 90 minute haunted walk through the town, filled with stories of spirits, ghosts, and more! Prior to the tour, we will stop for dinner at a legendary, said to be haunted restaurant that is featured on the ghost walk. Flashlights will be provided.

Registration and fees:
Resident: $15/Person ($3 due @ registration)
Non-Resident: $20/Person ($4 due @ registration)
Final payment due: September 23rd

Leave Village Park: 4:30 pm, Return: 9:30 pm.

Dinner is NOT included!

Moderate walking.

Chimney Rock State Park (Register)

Chimney Rock, NC
Wednesday, October 13th

Chimney Rock and the accompanying state park is a location that is steeped in NC history dating back to the 1800's. Upon arriving, we will have free time to explore the village for shopping and lunch before entering the park. At the park, participants can take the elevator to the top of the rock to see the magnificent views of the Hickory Nut Gorge.

Registration and fees:
Resident: $25/Person ($5 due @ registration)
Non-Resident: $30/Person ($6 due @ registration)
Final payment due: September 29th

Leave Village Park: 7:30 am, Return: 6 pm.

Lunch is NOT included!

Moderate walking.

Perry Low Apple Orchard & Hiddenite (Register)

Moravian Falls, NC
Thursday, October 21st

Perry Lowe Orchards is a six generation farm in the beautiful foothills of NC. We will enjoy a tractor ride into the orchards where participants can pick their own apples. Following lunch, we will visit the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center for a unique guided tour of the 20th century Lucas Mansion.

Registration and fees:
Resident: $20/Person ($4 due @ registration)
Non-Resident: $25/Person ($5 due @ registration)
Final payment due: October 13th

Leave Village Park: 8:30 am, Return: 5:30 pm.

Lunch is NOT included!

Moderate walking.

Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory (Register)

Bear Creek, NC
Wednesday, November 17th 

Before visiting the world famous Southern Supreme, we will have lunch at a local favorite. At the famous fruitcake factory, we will enjoy a tour, samples, and time for shopping just in time for the holidays!

Registration and fees:
Resident: $10/Person ($2 due @ registration)
Non-Resident: $15/Person ($3 due @ registration)
Final payment due: November 3rd

Leave Village Park: 10 am, Return: 5 pm.

Lunch is NOT included!

Minimal walking.

Charlotte Christmas Village & Light the Knight (Register)

Charlotte, NC
Thursday, December 2nd 

Enjoy a walk through holiday experience at Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights! From Christmas Tree Lane, to the snowtastic Winter Wonderland, you'll be treated to tens of thousands of lights, trees, and displays as you stroll through the ballpark, culminating at the Charlotte Christmas Village.

Registration and fees:
Resident: $15/Person ($3 due @ registration)
Non-Resident: $20/Person ($4 due @ registration)
Final payment due: November 17th

Leave **CITY HALL** 4:15 pm, Return: 8 pm.

Dinner is NOT included!

Moderate walking.

Polar Express Train Ride Experience (Register)

Spencer, NC
Wednesday, December 15th 

After stopping for dinner on the way to Spencer, we will arrive at Barber Junction to board the Polar Express. The 75 minute train experience includes a stop at the North Pole, cookies, and hot chocolate for everyone. Following the train ride, participants can shop at Candy Cane Lane, snap a photo with St. Nick and more!

Registration and fees:
Resident: $55/Person ($11 due @ registration)
Non-Resident: $60/Person ($12 due @ registration)
Final payment due: December 2nd

Leave **CITY HALL** 4:30 pm, Return: 10 pm.

Dinner is NOT included!

Moderate walking.