Summer Fun: Camps, classes and more around Rowan
20th China Grove 5K Main Street Challenge
June 7 • 8:15 p.m.
USATF certified 3.1 mile race. 333 N. Main Street China Grove,
• 8:15 p.m. : Age 5 and under, Tot Trot (200 Meters)
• 8:30 p.m. : Age 12 and under, Fun Run (1/2 Mile)
• 9 p.m. 5K Run/Walk
CruisIN the Grove
2-6 p.m. • June 15 and Aug. 17
Open to anything with a motor. On Main Street. See Facebook
The Arc of Rowan Summer Day Camp
Secure, positive environment meets the physical, social, emotional and educational needs of children ages 5-21 with with developmental disabilities. South Rowan High School, 1655 Patterson Road. See thearcofrowan.org/summer-day or 704-637-1521.
38th annual China Grove Farmers Day
July 20 • 9 a.m. -9:30 p.m.
Starts with opening ceremony, ends with fireworks. More than 100 booths line Main Street plus clowns, magicians, bubbles, children’s rides and games, “Little Mr. and Miss Farmer” contests, live music, dancers and gymnastics. 704-857-2466
Spring into Arts Festival
May 11 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family-friendly event showcases and promotes visual and performing arts, Union St., 704-784-4208.
Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest
May 16 • 8 p.m.
More than 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers make their way down Union Street. Live music, kids’ activities, food, giveaways, race cars on display. www.600Festival.com
GreenLife Family Farms Grand Opening
May 18 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
All proceeds go to Purple Heart Homes. 281 Odell School Road, www.greenlifefamilyfarms.com
Precinct 18 Community Festival /Fundraiser
June 29 • 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Vendors, entertainment, speakers. 110 South Long St., 704-244-1292
Faith 4th of July
June 28-July 4
Weeklong festival with food, rides and entertainment. 5 pm Sunday: community chorus Patriotic Program at the Baptist church. 5:30 in the park, Gospel groups perform until 10 p.m. Faith American Legion Park, Gant St. www.faith4th.com/
Sign up for the Faith Idol competition
Three categories —12 and under; 13-18 and 19 and above. Cash prizes. Accepting contestants at 704-279-5346 or faith4th.com
Gold Rush Days Art & Crafts Festival
May 11 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gold Hill Bike Ride
May 25 • 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kick-off to Summer
June 15 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Village Ghost Walk
July 27 • 7-9 p.m
Summer Family Fun Night
Aug. 24 – 5-9 p.m.
Bluegrass in the Village
7 p.m. every Friday at Montgomery General Store
A Day in the Garden
May 4 • 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free event at Granite Lake Park, 500 N Salisbury Ave. (US 52) cs.simpleviewinc.com
Concerts on the Square
7-10 p.m. Downtown near Restaurant 101.
• July 13 Brad Ratledge & The Happy Ones
• July 27: Tess & the Black and Blues Band
• Aug. 24: 60 Watt Combo
• Sept. 28: Poundcake
Lakefront Hops Fest
April 27 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m., www.racecityusa.org
Annual Race City Festival Street Fair
May 11 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
At Main and Broad Streets.
June 24-28 • 8 a.m.-noon
Combines the best of Girls on the Run with all the fun of camp. Faith Elementary School, 1000 School St., 704-280-6203, www.gotrgreaterpiedmont.org
113th Annual Nazareth Fun Fest
June 1 • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Food, music, arts and crafts. Inaugural charity cornhole tournament. Plus 23rd annual Fun Fest Benefit Car Show with prizes. Nazareth Child & Family Connection, 725 Crescent Road, www.nazcfc.org/
N.C. Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Blvd., 704- 636-2889 nctrans.org
Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show
Sponsored by the Triad Classic Motorcycle Club of the Piedmont.
Lester J. Brown Memorial ATHS Truck Show
Sponsored by Piedmont Carolina Chapter of the ATHS. Info: email@example.com
National Train Day, Train Show
Special train rides, tours and children’s activities. Now held in the museum’s Back Shop.
Sensory Awareness Day
May 19 • 9 a.m.-noon
Autism Friendly event. Trained museum educators and volunteers will be available. Quiet/Calm down spaces available.
Pops at the Post
The Salisbury Symphony performs in the museum’s Back Shop.
All MOPAR Show
June 8 • 9 a.m .
Sponsored by Carolina Region Plymouth Car Club. Awards at noon.
Next Generation Railroader’s Boot Camp
For age 16-20. Dress to get dirty and join other young people in this intensive, week-long preview of what it’s like to work in railroading or rail preservation.
5th Annual Fire Truck Festival
Largest annual gathering of fire trucks for display in the state of North Carolina.
Celebrity Car & Truck Show
Replicas of favorite cars that were stars in movies and film on display.
Brew & Choo Craft Beer Festival
Craft beer breweries, special brews, food trucks, family fun games in the Back Shop.
Woodleaf Tomato Festival
Aug. 17 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tomato entertainment, tomato eating contests, tomatoes and other food, fun, craft vendors, family fun. Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, www.facebook.com
Salisbury Rowan Farmers’ Market
Saturdays • 8 a.m.-noon
520 S. Main St., salisburyfarmersmarket.com
Narrated trolley ride through historic downtown Salisbury
Saturdays • 11 a.m.
Begins at Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E Innes. Ticket info at 704-638-3100. www.visitsalisburync.com
Victorian Hall House tours
Saturdays-Sundays • 1-4 p.m.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St, 704-636-0103, ticket info at www.historicsalisbury.org
Free Comic Book Day at Comic Monstore
May 4 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
813 Jake Alexander Blvd. S. 704-636-0049, www.facebook.com
2019 Cheerwine Festival
May 18 • All day
Celebrating Salisbury’s own Cheerwine. Live music, craft vendors, food, shopping. Multi-platinum band Smash Mouth headlines. www.downtownsalisburync.com/ or Facebook: 3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival
14th annual Pops at the Post
June 1 • Dusk
This year’s location is the N.C. Transportation museum in Spencer. See www.popsatthepost.org
Second annual Rowan Arts & Ag Farm Tour
Artisans and musicians at each of the 14 farms located around the county. firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10-12 • 9 a.m.-noon
Pitching, hitting, fielding and base running. Bring your own gear. Salisbury High School, 500 Lincolnton Road, 704-636-1221, www.salisburync.gov/play
WEE Summer Program
June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m
Safe, fun, affordable, and active environment. 1915 W. Innes St., 704-603-6156 ext 1001 or 1014.
June 15 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Benefits the Dog Park & City of Salisbury Emergency response for pets and working K-9 officers of oxygen masks and supplies. DogPaws Dog Park, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. dogpawsnc.webs.com
Aviation Summer Camp Exploring New Dimensions
June 17 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages 13-18. Learn about airplanes in an aviation environment. Hands on activities and free flight provided by Young Eagles pilots. Mid-Carolinas Regional Airport, 3670 Airport Loop Road, 336-752-2574 EAA1083.com
June 21, 5-9 p.m.
Live artist demonstrations in front of participating downtown shops. www.downtownsalisburync.com/
Salisbury Symphony’s Summer String Camp
For beginning through advanced students on violin, viola, cello and bass. Held at First UMC. Info at salisburysymphony.org or email email@example.com
Salisbury High School STEM Summer Camp
Held for three weeks in July; students can attend either one or two weeks.
• Offers advanced study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for rising sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students who reside in Rowan County
• Emphasizes scientific experimentation and mathematical application that are both age-and-subject appropriate
• Cost is $35/week
• Held at Salisbury High School, 500 Lincolnton Road.
• Contact Barbara Peach at firstname.lastname@example.org
J.F. Hurley Family YMCA: Camp Wallace
Traditional day camp for rising first- through eighth-graders. Weekly rate: $105 Y members/ $150 others. Breakfast and lunch provided. Financial assistance available; contact 704-636-0111 or email@example.com
Held at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.
22nd 5k for the Greenway and Half-Mile Fun Run
July 13 • 8 a.m.
3.1 mile course follows a portion of the Salisbury Greenway. Knox Middle School, 1625 W. Park Road, 704-638-5289, www.salisburync.gov/play
6th Annual Dragon Boat Festival
July 27 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
30 teams compete. Free to attend. Food and drink available for sale. Shrine Club at High Rock Lake, 6480 Long Ferry Road.
Rowan County Sheriff’s Office G.R.E.A.T. Camp
Two June sessions
Full week of fun, enrichment sessions, games, trips with lunch provided. Enrichment sessions include Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) instruction from Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and guest instructors. Free. A fun, safe environment to increase your cultural awareness, social skills, peer interaction and learn to be a responsible and successful young person.
Limited number of openings for two sessions:
1. Session one: June 10-14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (First Baptist Church, Salisbury)
2. Session two: June 17-21, 9 a.m. -3 p.m. (First Baptist Church, Salisbury)
Apply at https://www.rowancountync.gov/1308/GREAT-Summer-Camp
Mail completed application to: 232 N. Main St. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office (Dep. Walker). Applications deadline May 24. If you are accepted, you will receive a verification letter with details and attendance information.
Music and Art Camp
July 29-Aug. 2 • 9 a.m.-noon
All Things Bright and Beautiful: singing, ringing, movement for rising K- fifth graders. St. John’s Lutheran, 200 W. Innes St., stjohns-salisbury.org
Catawba College National Environmental Summit
July 9-13 • 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
High school students age 14-17. Center for the Environment at Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St., 704-637-4791 www.centerfortheenvironment.org
Catawba College Youth Theology Institute ‘DISCOVER’
Junior and high schoolers engage with faith and theology in a camp-like setting. High school: July 7-12 or 14-19, junior high: 21-26. Black Lake Retreat Center, 4709 New Hope Church Road, Asheboro, www.catawba.edu.
Kannapolis summer events
May 2-5: Jiggy with the Piggy
May 18: Rhythm & Run
May 11: Cruise-In, Downtown Kannapolis
Stories Under the Stars, Kannapolis Library, 7 p.m.
May 18: Fish Magish
June 22: Donna Washington
July 13: Professor Whizzpop
Aug. 17: Steve Langley: Soap Bubble Circus
Thursdays on Main –Veterans Park, 6-9 p.m.
May 9: The Tonez
June 13: Blackwater Rhythm and Blues
July 11: Band of Oz
Aug. 8: The Embers
Movies in the Park, Village Park, 8:45 p.m.
May 24: Incredibles 2
June 7: Sandlot
June 21: Jumanji
July 12: Secret Life of Pets
July 26: Hotel Transylvania 3
Aug. 2: Bumblebee
Concerts in the Park, Village Park, 7 p.m.
June 1: Sawyer Brown, fireworks to follow concert
June 15: Too Much Sylvia
June 29: Charlotte Symphony, fireworks to follow concert
July 6: Heart Breaker (Heart Tribute Band) & On The Border (Eagles Tribute Band)
July 20: Too Morris Day
Aug. 10: Rick Springfield and Sugar Creek, fireworks to follow concert
Children’s Theatre, Veterans Park
June 20: Beauty and the Beast, 10 a.m.
July 11: Wizard of Oz, 1 p.m.
Jazz Series, Veterans Park, 1-3 p.m.
May 5: Brian Burton Trio
May 12: Toni Tupponce Trio
May 19: Andre Ferreri and Dawn Anthony
May 26: Buff Dillard Music
May 27: Memorial Day Parade, Veterans Park, 12 p.m.
July 27: Jazz Concert: Heavy Hitters of Soul, Intimidators Stadium (ticketed event)
Aug. 3: Writers Block Party & Toast of Kannapolis, Larueate Center, 2-6 p.m.
Aug. 6: National Night Out, Veterans Park, 5 p.m.
Aug. 24: Kaleidoscope Arts Festival & Zombie Walk: Downtown Kannapolis, 4-8 p.m.