Top 10 Local Favorites
For us, this is pretty much heaven.
When you live “Where Racing Lives,” it’s easy to spend free time fueling a love for motorsports. It’s the pulse of our community, and it’s a heart-pounding one.
Add a little food, drink and family fun to those high-speed past times and you’re left with our idea of a good time.
- Anything at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track
No doubt we love the big shows in May and October. A quick look through the parking lot and you’ll spot plenty of North Carolina plates. And when it’s not NASCAR race weekend, you’ll still find us at a track.
Wearing our shades during the World Finals at The Dirt Track (yes—the races are under the lights!), and earplugs in at the “Bellagio of Drag Strips.” At the superspeedway? Depends on the season. Tuesdays from June to August are reserved for Summer Shootout action, cooler weather means car shows (extravaganzas really), and then the track turns into a winter wonderland you wouldn’t believe for Speedway Christmas.
- Staying in style and under budget at Concord Mills
You might think having the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas right in your backyard would be bad for the budget. But designer deals at Concord Mills keep our closets and wallets in great shape. And it’s not just about how full the trunk is when we leave. We’re taking home memories of that walk through the underwater tunnel at Sea Life and challenging each other to another race at The Speedpark.
- Union Street in Historic Downtown Concord
Union Street is a great place to be Downtown! Dinner and a show at the Davis are always a great choice. There’s bound to be a friendly face at Lil’ Robert’s, and soon we’ll welcome craft beer—Cabarrus-style. We can’t wait to share a cold one with you! In the meantime, shop at places that sustain our community. Bring home items we created. Taste recipes that were passed down to us. Tell us where you’re from and what brings you here. These are the things that make Union Street a great place be.
- Getting away without leaving town at Great Wolf Lodge
We’re firm believers in the power of travel. But when the annual trip has already passed and we’re overdue for a little down time, staycation it is! Waterpark, spas, arcade, bowling and great dining under one roof. A few days in 84 degrees is like medicine when the North Carolina winter moves in. Goggles, anyone?
- Anytime music and motorsports collide
The Avett’s are admittedly our favorite when it comes to tunes. Outside of listening to their latest record on repeat, we get our fill of harmony and horsepower at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Carolina-based artists like Charlie Daniels, Eric Church and Roberta Flack are honored right beside racing greats at the Curb Museum.
Want to add a little art to the mix? Sam Bass Gallery is the spot! The inspiring NASCAR art that’s appeared on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s program covers for over 30 years adorns walls, diecasts and even guitars.
- Cheering on the home team at Intimidators Stadium
Whether it’s “Thirsty Thursday” or a Friday night fireworks show, you can bet on the local crowd being there to support the home team. There are a few characters you need to know about when going to a ball game in Kannapolis. Take a photo with Tim E Gator, and catch foul balls with the “Uh-Huh Guy.” And if you’ve checked off #5, you already know that NASCAR artist Sam Bass designed the team’s “K” logo.
- Panning season at Reed Gold Mine
Did you hear Cabarrus County is the home of gold, too? From April to October each year, we make believe we’re Conrad Reed, cross our fingers and sift through silt from Little Meadow Creek searching for a fleck. Even when there’s no jackpot, touring the underground mine at the site of America’s first discovery of gold is pretty rich.
- Disc golf at Frank Liske Park
Irresistible Carolina blue skies are just part of the reason Frank Liske Park stays on our agenda. Visitors aren’t the only ones competing on the variety of fields here—Local tournaments on the 18-hole disc golf course require a strong arm. Then, legs do all the work during a paddleboat ride afterwards.
- Saturday night short track action at Concord Speedway
Move over mini-van. Make room for the race car hauler! Flatbed or enclosed, trailers in Cabarrus County are often en route to the next short track event in town. Racing is a family sport. Hands covered in grease or glitter—Everyone plays their part, and the signs in stands are just as important to supporting our driver as the adjustments made in the garage at home. Hit the concessions and grab a seat! The next generation of NASCAR drivers are about to put on one heck of a show.
- Embracing hometown pride on The Dale Trail
One of the coolest things we do here in Cabarrus County is share something in common with the Earnhardt family—a love for the city of Kannapolis. It’s a place where you’ll find a photo of the Intimidator hanging on the wall of a local diner, and you won’t travel far without spotting that slanted 3 proudly displayed on hats, flags, mailboxes—you name it.
The Dale Trail takes us to a lot of special spots (20, in fact) including Hendrick Motorsports. OK, go ahead and make it 11 of our favorites—NASCAR race shops are at the heart of what makes this list possible.