So Much Family Fun: Things to Do in Kannapolis, NC

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Nestled in the heart of North Carolina, Kannapolis is a treasure trove of family-friendly adventures waiting to be discovered. With exciting attractions and lots of free things to do, there’s something for everyone in this charming city. So, gather the little ones and get ready for a memorable family escapade filled with these awesome things to do in Kannapolis, NC.

Things to Do in Kannapolis, NC

Popular Attractions: Kannapolis, NC

Village Park

Step into a world of outdoor fun at Village Park. Let the kids run wild at the playgrounds, splash around at the splash pad, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic pathways. Don’t miss the iconic Rotary Express Train offering rides around the park, and make sure to take a ride on the historic carousel.

Our kids love the playground at Village Park, and even my teens enjoy a ride on the carousel. The park is well landscaped and it’s just a very pretty place to spend some time as a family.

Village Park is free to visit.

Want to know more? Here’s our Kidding Around Review of Village Park.
Spoiler alert: We LOVE it! ❤️

If you happen to be at Village Park near the holidays, you’ll want to check out the FREE walk-through Christmas lights at Village Park! They are so fun!

Village Park playground

Kannapolis Atrium Health Ballpark

Baseball enthusiasts, rejoice! Catch a Kannapolis Cannon Ballers minor league baseball game at the stadium and experience the thrill of America’s favorite pastime. Cheer on the home team, indulge in classic ballpark snacks, and create unforgettable family memories under the open sky.
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Website

The Dale Trail

Rev up your engines and embark on an exciting journey along The Dale Trail, celebrating Kannapolis’ legendary NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Explore various landmarks and exhibits dedicated to his life and racing legacy, offering a historic glimpse into the world of motorsports.
The Dale Trail, Free

Dale Earnhardt Plaza, the Dale Trail in Kannapolis, NC
Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza

Explore the Gem Theatre

Step into the past at the historic Gem Theatre, where classic movies and family-friendly flicks come to life on the big single screen. Treat the kids to a cinematic experience like no other. Munch on popcorn and enjoy the latest blockbusters or timeless favorites in its cozy ambiance and nostalgic charm.
The Gem Theatre

The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC

Stroll Downtown Kannapolis for Shopping or Sweet Treats:

No family outing is complete without a visit to downtown Kannapolis. Shop a wide array of boutique shops and don’t miss the sweet shops and ice cream parlors. Treat your taste buds to delectable delights as you sample homemade chocolates, freshly baked cookies, and creamy scoops of ice cream.

More Free Things to Do: Kannapolis, NC

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Discover the rich musical heritage of North Carolina at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, where admission is free. Marvel at exhibits honoring local legends and immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of the state’s diverse music scene. It’s an educational and entertaining museum for music lovers and the whole family.
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
600 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard

Also, check out the Curb Motorsports and Record Museum for a bit of history, race cars, and memorabilia. Admission is free and it’s right next to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
600 Earnhardt Boulevard, Kannapolis

Bakers Creek Park

Escape into nature at Bakers Creek Park, right in Downtown Kannapolis. You’ll find a serene oasis offering a plethora of free activities for families including a large playground and tennis courts. Picnic amidst lush greenery or enjoy a leisurely walk along the scenic paths. With playgrounds and open spaces, it’s the perfect spot for a day of outdoor fun.
Bakers Creek Park
 1275 W A Street, Kannapolis

Kannapolis History Associates Museum

Journey back in time at the Kannapolis History Associates Museum, where history comes alive through captivating exhibits and artifacts. Learn about the city’s fascinating past, from its humble beginnings in textiles to its vibrant present. Admission is free, making it an ideal destination for a budget-friendly family outing.
Kannapolis History Associates Museum
415 East Street, Kannapolis

Discover Public Art:

Stroll through downtown Kannapolis and marvel at the vibrant murals and captivating sculptures that adorn the streets! Engage your little ones’ imaginations as you admire the colorful artwork and discover hidden gems. Here’s a list of public art sculptures from the City of Kannapolis.

Downtown Kannapolis
Downtown Kannapolis, NC

What’s Happening in Kannapolis, NC?

Try these upcoming family-friendly events in Kannapolis, NC.

may

thu02may4:00 pmthu7:00 pmJiggy with the PiggyDowntown Kannapolis, 125 N. Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis4:00 pm - 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri03may5:00 pmfri9:00 pmJiggy with the PiggyDowntown Kannapolis, 125 N. Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis5:00 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat04may9:00 amsat5:00 pmJiggy with the PiggyDowntown Kannapolis, 125 N. Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis9:00 am - 5:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sun05may9:00 amsun5:00 pmJiggy with the PiggyDowntown Kannapolis, 125 N. Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis9:00 am - 5:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu09may6:00 pmDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat18may7:00 pmDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri24may8:45 pmDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri07junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 7) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu13junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(june 13) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat15junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 15) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri21junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 21) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat22junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(june 22) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat29junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 29) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu11julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(july 11) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat13julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 13) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri19julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 19) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat20julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(july 20) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri26julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 26) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat27julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 27) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri02augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(august 2) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu08augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(august 8) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat10augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(august 10) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat17augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(august 17) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu12sepDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(september 12) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

june

sat01jun7:00 pmDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri07jun6:30 pmThe Lion King: Movies in Harrisburg ParkHarrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway6:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri07junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 7) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu13junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(june 13) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat15junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 15) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri21junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 21) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat22junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(june 22) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat29junDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(june 29) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu11julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(july 11) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat13julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 13) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri19julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 19) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat20julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(july 20) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri26julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 26) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat27julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 27) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri02augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(august 2) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu08augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(august 8) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat10augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(august 10) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat17augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(august 17) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu12sepDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(september 12) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

july

thu11julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(july 11) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat13julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 13) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri19julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 19) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat20julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(july 20) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri26julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 26) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat27julDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(july 27) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

fri02augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park MoviesVillage Park, 700 W C Street(august 2) 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu08augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(august 8) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat10augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Village Park ConcertsVillage Park, 700 W C Street(august 10) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

sat17augDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Stories Under the StarsKannapolis Library, 850 Mountain Street(august 17) 7:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

thu12sepDiscover Fun Kannapolis: Veterans ParkVeterans Park, 119 North Main Street(september 12) 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Price:Free

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About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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