NRPA Annual Conference Virtual 5K Fun Run, Walk or Roll

Saturday, September 18-Sunday, September 26

Join us for the NRPA Annual Conference Virtual 5K! A virtual race is a race you can run, walk or roll at any location and at your own pace. Any point during the week, head to your favorite park or trail, walk in your neighborhood or around your home, race alone or in a group with family, friends or coworkers!

How to Sign Up
To sign up, please select the Virtual 5K during the conference registration process. If you already have registered for the conference, you can go back and add on the 5K by logging in to the registration site and modifying your registration.

After registering online, you will be able to download your race bib and finisher’s certificate. You also will receive a special 2021 NRPA Annual Conference Virtual 5K race medal in the mail!

Register for the Virtual 5K


Virtual Coffee Talk Discussions

Tuesday, September 21-Thursday, September 23

Whether you like to start your day with a nice cup of joe or enjoy an early afternoon/evening pick-me-up, you won’t want to miss our Virtual Coffee Talks at the beginning and end of each day on our virtual platform. Join the host of Open Space Radio as he chats with park and recreation professionals, thought leaders and NRPA staff about some of the most pressing issues facing your work today.

Bring your favorite coffee or beverage of choice and join us for these insightful conversations — you won’t even have to wait in line at the convention center Starbucks!

Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, September 21-Thursday, September 23

Visit the Nashville or Virtual Exhibit Hall to chat and connect with exhibitors from some of the top brands in the field. Explore cutting-edge playground equipment, technology solutions, athletic gear, aquatics products and more!

Virtual Best of the Best Ceremony

Thursday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CDT

At this virtual ceremony, we will recognize and celebrate the most inspirational people and programs by presenting the 2021 Innovation Awards and Spotlight Awards. The newly CAPRA-accredited and re-accredited park and recreation agencies, Young Professional Fellows, and Diversity and Student Scholarship recipients also will be recognized.


Select a Music City Experience

In-person attendees with Full Package Registrations will have the opportunity to attend one of the following social events. To sign up, please select the event of your choice during the conference registration process. If you already have registered for the conference, you can go back and add on an event by logging in to the registration site and modifying your registration. Conference mask requirements and social distancing guidelines will remain in effect for the duration of the events.

Line Dancing Lessons and Live Music at the Wildhorse Saloon

Monday, September 20,  6:30-8:30 p.m. CDT

Join us for line dancing and live music at downtown Nashville’s largest dance floor venue. The world-famous Wildhorse Saloon is a 25-year-old multi-level music venue located on 2nd Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Nashville with the banks of the Cumberland River right outside the back door!

Gallery Exploration at the National Museum of African American Music

Tuesday, September 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CDT

Come explore the newly opened venue located at Fifth and Broadway! The National Museum of African American Music is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans. Attendees will walk the galleries, participate in an interactive self-guided tour and enjoy the Roots Theater with immersive film experiences.

Concert in the Park at Cumberland Park

Wednesday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CDT

Enjoy a concert in the park! Cumberland Park is Nashville’s riverfront play park located on the east bank between Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge. Explore the 6.5-acre park’s unique play structures and features and enjoy live music at the outdoor amphitheater.