Concord

Cabarrus County’s largest city is home to some of the most popular and exciting sites in North Carolina.

Harmonious History

In the late 1700’s, there was a disagreement over where the seat of the newly formed Cabarrus County would be located.

To honor the compromise that was made to settle the dispute, the city was founded in 1796 on a 26-acre tract of land and given the name Concord, meaning “harmony” and the main thoroughfare was called “Union Street.” Today, Concord still embodies this spirit with a harmonious combination of experiences that showcase the area’s history and culture.

Downtown Charm

Concord’s delightful historic district is lined with locally owned restaurants and shops and welcomes guests with stunning architecture and a colorful mural dedicated to beloved locals, The Avett Brothers. The centerpiece of downtown is the Greek Revival-style Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, home to the Concord Museum, curated exhibitions throughout The Galleries and live performances inside the intimate Davis Theatre. Don’t miss other downtown favorites like The Basement Arcade Bar for retro games over local craft beers, and Cabarrus Creamery for more than 25 ice cream flavors including their signature Moon Pie flavor inspired by the Southern chocolate graham cracker cookie with marshmallow filling.

Gibson Mill

The city of Concord became a textile hub in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Today, many former mills have been transformed into community gathering hubs including Gibson Mill. Minutes from the historic downtown center, Gibson Mill is a collection of entertainment, shopping and local dining.

Indulge in barbecue, tacos, seafood and more at Gibson Mill Market food hall, admire cool cars inside the AutoBarn Classic Cars showroom, then sample locally made craft beer at Cabarrus Brewing Company and High Branch Brewing Co., the first craft breweries in Concord. Try your hand at axe throwing inside Iron Axe Society or break out of custom futuristic escape rooms at The Valcarol Missions.

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Concord Mills

If shopping is on your mind, look no further than Concord Mills, North Carolina’s largest outlet and value retail shopping center.

Take your pick of more than 200 stores, including Primark, Coach, J. Crew Factory, Best Buy, Bass Pro Shops, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, UGG and so many more. Also at Concord Mills is Dave & Buster’s, The Speedpark and SEA LIFE, an indoor aquarium featuring North Carolina’s only ocean tunnel filled with more than 800 sharks, rays, rescued sea turtles and more aquatic life.

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Charlotte Motor Speedway

Race fans can get their thrills in Concord at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts major annual NASCAR races and tons of high-speed entertainment year-round from car shows to cruise-ins.

You can even get behind the wheel yourself at with options like the NASCAR Racing Experience or Mario Andretti Racing Experience. On teh same campus of the legendary 1.5-mile oval track, watch hot rods zip by at zMAX Dragway, the first four-lane, all concrete drag strip in the world, take in even more action at The Dirt Track or snap a pic next to a collection of antique cars and muscle cars at the nearby Morrison Motor Car Museum.

Read On

Explore more of Concord and each of the exciting communities in Cabarrus County, North Carolina with features and illustrated maps inside the Official Cabarrus County, NC Destination Guide.

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Upcoming Events in Concord

Apr 12 – 13, 2024

National Mustang Day
Mustang Owner's Museum
Concord

Celebrate the 59th Anniversary of National Mustang Day at the Mustang Owner's Museum on April 12th & 13th.

Apr 13, 2024

Spring Plant & Herb Festival
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
Concord

Visit the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center for the 2024 NC Cooperative Extension's Spring Extension Plant & Herb Festival! It's the ideal occasion to prepare for your spring garden.

Apr 19, 2024

ASÉ Wrestling: COSMOS
Cabarrus Arena & Events Cente

ASÉ Wrestling is back at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center with "ASÉ: Cosmos," blending space exploration and afro-futurism with wrestling and music. Enjoy live wrestling, DJ Steel Wheel, and performances by soul band QT and The Soul Providers.

Book Your Stay

Whether you’re looking for a cozy hotel near it all or you want to stretch out in a suite, the city of Concord has options.

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