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The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing public parks, facilities and recreation experiences that enrich the quality of life for area residents and visitors through dedicated staff, sound management and community involvement.


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Jul
3
Sun
Salute to America Concert & Fireworks @ Downtown Kennesaw
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

TUSKThe City of Kennesaw’s annual pre-Independence Day celebration of freedom, music and fireworks is one of the biggest and best in North Georgia!

Salute to America eventgoers will be treated to two stages of live music, festive street entertainment, food vendors and plenty of activities for the kids. Admission is FREE.

This year’s headliner is TUSK – the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, who will cover all the supergroup’s chart topping hits on the Depot Stage beginning at 7:30pm. The evening will be capped off with a brilliant fireworks finale at 9:30pm.

A limited number of tables located in front of the Depot Stage can be reserved for only $75 per table. With the exception of reserved tables, all seating will be general admission, so bring a blanket or comfortable low-back chairs.

For more information, visit www.kennesawjuly3.com.

Jul
9
Sat
The Sports Fanatics 5K @ Downtown Kennesaw
Jul 9 @ 7:30 am

Each race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix series is run on a mostly flat and fast asphalt course, professionally timed and USAT&F Certified, through downtown Kennesaw. The course is perfect for competitive runners seeking a qualifying time for the Peachtree Road Race. The festival-like atmosphere and plentiful food and drink also make these races perfect for beginner runners/walkers as well as families.

The six 5K runs are part of the Fit City Kennesaw initiative which encourages residents to become more active and engage in wellness-related activities; each benefits city facilities or projects. Registration can be done online at www.active.com. The entry fee of $25 ($35 on race day) includes a race t-shirt.

This year’s lineup is as follows:

May 7 – Swift-Cantrell Classic
Jun 18 – Dream Dash
Jul 9 –  The Sports Fanatics
Aug 6 – Hero Run
Oct 1 – Great Locomotive Chase
Oct 29 – Garden Gallop

Each race begins at the Kennesaw First Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. With plentiful parking, restrooms, room to spread out and warm-up, the registration and start area helps to get you ready for your race. Each race program includes a 1-mile fun run at 7:30 am; the 5K at 8 am; and a Tot Trot at 8:55 am. Awards are presented in the plaza adjacent to the Pedestrian Underpass to the top finishers in 14 categories immediately afterwards.

Participants in four of the six 5K series races will receive a specially designed zippered hoodie.

For more information, visit www.kennesawgrandprix.com.

Aug
6
Sat
Hero Run 5K @ Downtown Kennesaw
Aug 6 @ 7:30 am

Each race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix series is run on a mostly flat and fast asphalt course, professionally timed and USAT&F Certified, through downtown Kennesaw. The course is perfect for competitive runners seeking a qualifying time for the Peachtree Road Race. The festival-like atmosphere and plentiful food and drink also make these races perfect for beginner runners/walkers as well as families.

The six 5K runs are part of the Fit City Kennesaw initiative which encourages residents to become more active and engage in wellness-related activities; each benefits city facilities or projects. Registration can be done online at www.active.com. The entry fee of $25 ($35 on race day) includes a race t-shirt.

This year’s lineup is as follows:

May 7 – Swift-Cantrell Classic
Jun 18 – Dream Dash
Jul 9 –  The Sports Fanatics
Aug 6 – Hero Run
Oct 1 – Great Locomotive Chase
Oct 29 – Garden Gallop

Each race begins at the Kennesaw First Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. With plentiful parking, restrooms, room to spread out and warm-up, the registration and start area helps to get you ready for your race. Each race program includes a 1-mile fun run at 7:30 am; the 5K at 8 am; and a Tot Trot at 8:55 am. Awards are presented in the plaza adjacent to the Pedestrian Underpass to the top finishers in 14 categories immediately afterwards.

Participants in four of the six 5K series races will receive a specially designed zippered hoodie.

For more information, visit www.kennesawgrandprix.com.

Aug
13
Sat
Program Palooza @ Ben Robertson Community Center
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Program Palooza @ Ben Robertson Community Center | Kennesaw | Georgia | United States

Come one, Come all! Step right up and join in the family-fun at Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s carnival-themed open house party. Meet instructors, observe and participate in program demonstrations, and learn all about dozens of new and exciting recreation activities that will be offered this fall — from sports, dance and fitness programs to arts & crafts and adult enrichment classes. Children of all ages will be treated to a variety of FREE activities and entertainment including carnival games with prizes, inflatables and street performers. Healthy refreshments will be provided (while supplies last). A discount will be offered for registration accepted on-site during the event.

Aug
26
Fri
Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival @ Adams Park
Aug 26 – Aug 27 all-day

Eliminator Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

It’s time once again for festival fans and music lovers to converge in Kennesaw for two days of smoked and seasoned barbeque bliss!

​Check out up-and-coming artists and established talent on three stages of entertainment while chowing down on some of the best festival food in the Southeast. Stroll around and savor the smells. Shop, eat, drink and interact with over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Keep the little ones laughing and playing for hours in the Kid Zone — a family-friendly playground of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions.

​The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a Georgia State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests. New for 2016 is a Kids’ Que cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

Saturday’s activities will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30pm.

For more information, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com.