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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

July 1-23

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

East Spencer


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 Hill

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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

Granite Quarry


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

May 4

Sponsored by the Triad Classic Motorcycle Club of the Piedmont.

Lester J. Brown Memorial ATHS Truck Show

May 18

Sponsored by Piedmont Carolina Chapter of the ATHS. Info: bruce@bruceessicktrucksales.com

National Train Day, Train Show

May 18

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

June 1

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

June 11-15

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

June 22

Largest annual gathering of fire trucks for display in the state of North Carolina. 

Celebrity Car & Truck Show

July 27

Replicas of favorite cars that were stars in movies and film on display.

Brew & Choo Craft Beer Festival

Aug. 10

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

June 1-2

Artisans and musicians at each of the 14 farms located around the county. alalbert@ncsu.edu

Baseball Camp

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

Gallery Gallop

June 21, 5-9 p.m.

Live artist demonstrations in front of participating downtown shops. www.downtownsalisburync.com/

Salisbury Symphony’s Summer String Camp

June 17-21

For beginning through advanced students on violin, viola, cello and bass. Held at First UMC. Info  at  salisburysymphony.org or email education@salisburysymphony.org

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 peachbj@rss.k12.nc.us

J.F. Hurley Family YMCA: Camp Wallace

June -August

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 alambert@rowanymca.org

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’

July 7

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.




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