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Five ways to explore and enjoy Cabarrus County, North Carolina this season

Add these essential fall experiences to your list, gather your friends and family, and make some autumn memories in Cabarrus County! 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 during the season ahead.

Take in Fall Color and Fast Cars

This fall, foliage isn’t the only showy spectacle on display in Cabarrus County! Take a stroll down Union Street every weekend in September to behold an eye-catching array of colorfully illuminated historic homes. Then, experience the flash of 11,000-horsepower dragsters during the NHRA Carolina Nationals on September 17-19 and gear up for another action-packed race weekend featuring the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 on October 10. In November, witness sprint cars, late models and big-block modifieds cruise around The Dirt Track at Charlotte with a backdrop of flames and fireworks. Check out this list of events happening this season!


NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

Carolina Renaissance Festival

History comes alive on Saturdays and Sundays through November 21 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 and the Village pathways are bursting to life with over 500 costumed villagers that interact with you for your amusement.


Jousting at the Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Continue the Adventure Outdoors

The Colorful Lights Historic Concord Walking Tour, adrenaline-fueled racing events and the Carolina Renaissance Festival will get you outside, and the cool Carolina weather will keep you there. 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 the blueway, greenways, and trails in Cabarrus County, all conveniently located near popular dining, shopping and attractions in the area.


Brown Mill Mountain Bike trail in Concord, North Carolina.

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 this list of places to grab a drink.


Pharr Mill Brewing in Harrisburg, North Carolina.

Enjoy Indoor Excitement

When the rain or a really chilly day call for moving the fun inside, Cabarrus County offers plenty of options for indoor fun! Enjoy a relaxing day of shopping and admiring serene sea creatures or experience a variety of thrills with activities including all-electric go kart racing, skydiving inside a wind tunnel or splashing the day away in an 80,000-sqaure-foot indoor water park. Whatever the adventure, you’ll find plenty of climate-controlled places to play in Cabarrus County.


Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park resort in Concord, North Carolina.

Plan Ahead for the Holidays

Kick off the holiday season in a big way—with 4 million lights twinkling across a legendary superspeedway! Speedway Christmas begins on November 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and continues through January 2, 2022. Along with this spectacular event, there are plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry right next door. Plan to discover the magical world of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, and pair holiday shopping with an illuminated underwater adventure at Concord Mills, North Carolina’s largest outlet and value retail shopping center with more than 200 stores and entertainment including SEA LIFE Aquarium.


Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

Browse the Cabarrus County, NC Destination Guide for even more travel inspiration and must-see things to do in Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant.




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