Local Favorite Things to Do

When your home is “Where Racing Lives,” it’s easy to fuel a love for motorsports. It’s the heart-pounding pulse of our community.

Wondering what the locals love to do in Cabarrus County? Take a look at the list below, then explore even more things to do in Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant like sampling local cuisine, sipping craft beer, and exploring family-fun attractions and historic sites.

Attending events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track
We love the big shows in the spring and fall. A quick look through the parking lot and you’ll spot plenty of NC plates. When it’s not NASCAR race weekend, you’ll find us covered in clay during the World Finals at The Dirt Track and earplugs in at the “Bellagio of Drag Strips.” At the superspeedway? Depends on the season. Tuesdays in June and July are for Summer Shootout racing, cooler weather means car shows (extravaganzas, really), and 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.

Strolling down Union Street in Historic Downtown Concord
Dinner and a show at the Davis are always a great choice. For dessert, Cabarrus Creamery is a must. During the summertime, you’ll find us raising a toast at Lil’ Robert’s Place or getting down at Union Street Live. Join in on the fun! 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. This is what really makes 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! Water park, spas, arcade, bowling and great dining under one roof. A few days in 84 degrees can be the perfect antidote to a summer heatwave and a frosty North Carolina winter. Goggles, anyone?

Exploring the arts at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
The Avetts 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. Grab a seat beside us at the next induction ceremony in October!

Cheering on the home team in Kannapolis
Whether it’s “Thirsty Thursday” or a Friday night fireworks show, you can bet on the local crowd being there to support Kannapolis’ minor league baseball team. In April 2020, the team will play their first game at a brand new stadium in Downtown Kannapolis. Plan your visit and be one of the first to enjoy all the amenities of the new stadium and help welcome players to their new home.

Panning for gold 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.

Playing 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 paddle boat ride afterward.

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 places including Hendrick Motorsports. Okay, go ahead and make it 11 of our favorites — NASCAR race shops are at the heart of what makes this list possible.

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