Top Five Things To Do

Add these essential fall Cabarrus County, North Carolina experiences to your list.

Gather your friends and family and make some autumn memories! From the cities of Concord and Kannapolis to the towns of Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant, these are some of the top things to do in Cabarrus County this season.

Take in Fall Color and Fast Cars

Foliage isn’t the only showy spectacle on display in Cabarrus County. Behold an eye-catching array of colorful rides! Start with witnessing sprint cars, late models and big-block modifieds cruise around The Dirt Track at Charlotte with a backdrop of flames and fireworks. Then, rise and shine and admire the classic and custom hot rods at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Cars & Coffee, and end your adventure inside the ultimate pit stop for motorsports fans—NASCAR Race Shops.

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Carolina Renaissance Festival

History comes alive on Saturdays and Sundays through November 24 with non-stop, day long entertainment on twelve stages, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and so much more. Each day is filled with an abundance of attractions and entertainment for all ages. The Village pathways are bursting to life with over 500 costumed villagers that interact with you for your amusement. Pro tip: Purchase discount tickets in the Visitor Center. Huzzah!

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Continue the Adventure Outdoors

Leaf-peeping, racing and the Ren Fest will get you outside, and the cool Carolina weather will keep you there. Take it a step further and hit the Carolina Thread Trail! Whether you need to stretch your legs after a long road trip, burn off a few Thanksgiving calories or just soak in some silence before the holiday rush, plan a visit to these greenways, trails and blueways. The regional network covers 15 counties with several options convenient to popular dining, shopping and attractions in the area.

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Sample Fall Flavored Craft Beer

As autumn brings crisp air and bright colors, master brewers in Cabarrus County offer up amber-hued glasses of malty goodness. This fall, new releases pair perfectly with brewery events to keep your calendar full of flavor and fun all season long. Many area breweries are family and dog friendly, so make time to sip on something spiced and enjoy the atmosphere with your entire crew. Navigate the beer scene in Cabarrus County with the help of self-guided tasting tour, Race to Taste.

Adults "cheersing" steins of Cabarrus Brewing Company beer

Photo Credit: Cabarrus Brewing Company

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Get in the Spirit

Kick off the holiday season in a big way—with 4 million lights twinkling across a legendary superspeedway! Continuing through January 5 this year, Speedway Christmas begins on November 22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That weekend is also packed with tree lightings and celebrations including the City of Concord’s Christmas Parade and festivities at Village Park in Kannapolis. Along with these events, there are plenty of opportunities to eat drink and be merry in Cabarrus County this Christmas!

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