Things to Do

The Museum Of The Waxhaws - 8215 Waxhaw Highway, Waxhaw, NC

Visit the Museum of the Waxhaws to learn all there is to know about local history.

David G. Barnes Children's Park - 215 W. South Main Street, Waxhaw, NC

David G. Barnes Children's Park is so named in honor of the man who has devoted over 28 years of his career as a public servant as a public school teacher, a Town Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem. The park is open from 7 am to 8 pm from April 1 til November 1, and 8 am to 5 pm from November 2 til March 31.

Visit Downtown Waxhaw

Come shop in our stores, dine in our restaurants and stroll through our downtown. Stand on our iconic pedestrian bridge and wait for the train to pass under your feet, or simply relax on a bench and people-watch.

Take A Photo

Waxhaw is a great place for photo shoots! We have the pedestrian bridge, the water tower, quaint stores and streets, and much more. Downtown Waxhaw is a beautiful backdrop - as attested to by the many photographers who love the area.

Visit the JAARS Center - 7405 Jaars Road, Waxhaw, NC

The JAARS Center leads the effort in world-wide Bible translation. It's a fascinating place to visit and learn about the methods used to provide day-to-day support. Tours available. Grab lunch on campus and visit the museums.

Harvey Clay Nesbit Park - 1304 H.C. Nesbit Road, Waxhaw, NC

Nesbit Park offers soccer and baseball fields for citizens. Map

Waxhaw Sk8 Park - South Caldwell Street

For skateboard enthusiasts, the sk8 park is located in downtown Waxhaw on South Caldwell Street, behind the David G. Barnes Park. Hours of Operation are 7 am - 8 pm from April 1 to November 1 and from 8 am - 5 pm from November 2 to March 31. Special closings will be posted on the town website and on the Town of Waxhaw Facebook page. Call the Waxhaw Parks & Recreation Department with questions. Rules and Regulations

Waxhaw Historical Walking Tour

Join former Commissioner Joyce Blythe and Melvin Faris on a walking tour of the downtown area and hear fascinating facts about the buildings and homes and the people who lived in them. Historical Walking Tour Brochure

Cane Creek Park

The Parks and Recreation Department for Union County provides recreational opportunities to the citizens of Union County and neighboring counties. These services assist in providing a healthy community, leisure activities for all age groups, and park venues for a variety of special civic-organized events. The Department seeks to provide, “Something Fun for Everyone!” Website

Military Wall of Honor - 100 N. Block of Main Street

Military Wall of Honor Website

The Storefront Theatre

Queen's Cup Steeplechase

Andrew Jackson State Park - 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road, Lancaster, SC 29720

For information call 803-285-3344 or see

Museum of the Alphabet - 6409 Davis Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173

704-843-6066 or

Mexico Cardenas Museum - 6403 Davis Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173

704-843-6066 or

Attend Waxhaw Events

  • Spring Kaleidoscope Fest

    Kaleidoscope Fest is held each year in downtown Waxhaw in the Spring and celebrates all things art from the fine arts, musical and performing arts, culinary arts, martial arts and more.
  • Jammin' by the Tracks

    Kick the summer off right with some great tunes downtown by the tracks.  Every Friday night June - August.
  • Independence Day Celebration 

    Waxhaw is perhaps best known for its Independence Day parade and fireworks show. The parade takes place on Main Street in Waxhaw beginning at 10 a.m. and is attended by over 12,000 enthusiastic revelers. The celebration continues with the Waxhaw Beach Party and culminates with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m
  • Autumn Treasures

    Second Week of October - There is something for everyone during Autumn Treasures. This event features the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned “Grill’n & Chill’n’” BBQ cook-off. In addition, the town offers live entertainment and booths with various arts and crafts. A kid zone and array of concessions are enjoyed by participants as well.
  • Holiday Festival of Lights

  • The holiday season begins the first Friday in December when downtown is lit up with over 500,000 white lights adorning downtown trees, buildings, park and streetscapes.  Musical entertainment, carriage rides, a visit with Santa Claus and living storefront windows are sure to put you in the festive mood.
  • Christmas Parade

  • The Waxhaw Christmas Parade is a little slice of Americana.  School marching bands, hundreds of parade entries, and a visit by Jolly Old St. Nick bring Christmas spirit to all who visit.

Waxhaw Branch Library - 509 S. Providence Street, Waxhaw, NC 28173

704-843-3131 or

Visit the Overhead Pedestrian Bridge - Downtown Waxhaw

Visit the Waxhaw's Farmer's Market - Corner of Price and Church Street, 116 McDonald Street, Waxhaw 

Join The Waxhaw Line Dancers

Join the Waxhaw Line Dancers at the Waxhaw American Legion located at 801 East South Main Street in Waxhaw every Friday night. A fun and friendly line dance club for both beginners and seasoned dancers alike. The club is for all ages and all levels. Lessons start at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7) with open dancing until 10:30 pm.