When your home is “Where Racing Lives,” it’s easy to fuel a love for motorsports. It’s the pulse of our community — and it’s a heart-pounding one. But there are more things to do in Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Mt. Pleasant, and Midland, including tasting local cuisine, sipping craft beer, and exploring family-fun attractions and historic sites. Here’s how locals fill up their social calendars right here in Cabarrus County.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.” Fast fact: Local NASCAR artist, Sam Bass designed the team’s “K” logo.
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.
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 afterward.
Move over minivan. 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 the 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.
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.Local Favorite Places to Eat