Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture


The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department works to enhance the lives of citizens and visitors by providing great parks, natural areas and recreational experiences, from sports leagues and fitness classes to summer camps and art classes. Don't see what you like? Make a suggestion!

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Summer Camps 2016 Logo We still have seven more weeks of summer camps! Explore our selection of over 130 half-day and mini camps for ages 3-16, concentrating on a variety of sports, art mediums and recreational activities. 
Pottery Wheel
Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits (now on exhibit: Talons), classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for our summer adult classes in ceramics and watercolor painting is open. Read more.
 JazzFest NEW DATE:  On Saturday, August 20, join us and event partners, Cornelius Cultural Arts Group and Smithville Community Coalition, for the Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival at Smithville Park.  Enjoy a line-up of great jazz musicians!
Bring your family to experience our Outdoor Cinema Series. We show fun, family-friendly movies throughout the summer. Up next: Captain America: Winter Soldier on the lawn at Cornelius Town Hall on Wednesday, July 27
 National Night Out Join us as we celebrate the annual National Night Out community celebration with the Cornelius Police Department. The FREE family event includes entertainment, food, children's activities, fire and police vehicles, and more! 
Tuesday, August 2, 6-8 p.m., at Jetton Village.
 PPK logo It's time for the annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Local Competition. This year's event will be held on Saturday, August 20, at Huntersville Athletic Park. 
"Dune" by Edwin White Be sure to check out Beyond Walls, our annual public art exhibition featuring ten amazing sculptures at Robbins Park.
20-year 2016 marks PARC's 20th Anniversary! In recognition of this milestone, featured events will take place throughout the year. The ongoing celebration will feature the selection of 20 events specifically highlighting our past years of service to the community. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon!
Fitness group
View our list of Arts, Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation Programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes!
Give the gift of recreation! Looking for a unique gift for friends or family? A gift certificate from PARC is always the right size! Gift certificates can be used for classes or merchandise at the Cornelius Arts Center, full-day and partial-day summer camps, fitness classes & more.
We offer a variety of Parks, Recreation & Arts Centers and Trails & Greenways for your enjoyment. Read more about renting a shelter, field or court.