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Take in all Concord has to offer—great restaurants, live music, theater, an indie cinema, award-winning shopping and more. Learn more about the exciting culture and attractions of New Hampshire's capital city:

New Hampshire Attractions

Visitor Center

Music, Arts and Culture

Eat and Drink

Shopping

Where to Stay

Groups and Meetings

Transportation

 

New Hampshire Attractions

It's the perfect time to visit New Hampshire!

If you’re looking for the best that New England has to offer, you'll be glad you found us. With its four stunningly beautiful seasons and abundance of natural treasures, New Hampshire offers year-round fun that the whole family can enjoy. Go antiquing in our small, quaint towns; head outside for hiking, biking, kayaking, golf, skiing and water sports; expand your knowlege of history in one of our many museums, historic sites, landmarks and cemeteries; visit fun attractions that will thrill and delight you and your companions; or immerse yourself in New Hampshire's vibrant art, culture and cuisine scene. It's all here!

Whether you seek a great place to raise a family, a new home for your business or a unique place to explore communities rich in New England history and culture, Concord has much to offer. If you enjoy the theater, dining out, live music, visiting museums and art galleries, browsing well-stocked libraries and book stores, and shopping in locally-owned shops that feature fine crafts, jewlery, public art, you will enjoy our offerings. Click on the links below to be taken to detailed information on all that New Hampshire's state capital has to offer:


 

More information about what to do around Concord, NH:

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Check out our award-winning  VisitConcord-NH.com  blog site  for all kinds of tips on cool things happening in New Hampshire's  Capital region. And stay connected  on our   "Visit Concord NH" Facebook page!

Order  our  Guidebook to Greater Concord   and helpful Map & Guide on our website or  pick them up  in our Visitor Center:

Road Trips

Concord's central location makes it an ideal place to easily explore other parts of the state. Take a trip up to the  White Mountain region  for stunning views and attractions like  Clark's Trading Post,  Loon Mountain Resort,  Mount Washington Cog Railway  and  Santa's Village.  If you haven't been to the annual   NH Highland Games & Festival  yet, we highly recommend this cultural event!  The area offers year-round outdoor experiences and quick access to outstanding resorts with luxurious amenities for those who want to extend their stay. Visit  Eagle Mountain Hotel & Golf Club,  The Mountain Club on Loon,  Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa,  Red Jacket Mountain View Resort & Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park,  the  Snowflake Inn,  Waterville Valley Resort/Conference Center  and many fine  restaurants  at these and other locations. Traveling with a big group? Rent a condo, suite or townhouse from  Nordic Village Resort .

The Lakes region  is a short ride up I-93 North and offers everything from boating, shopping, dining and more. Consider taking a cruise on the  Mount Washington Cruises,  or a trip to  Gilmanton Winery & Vineyards  or the  Tanger Outlet Center  for tax-free shopping. Explore the area and plan an overnight or a weekend at the  Margate Resort  (enjoy the heated indoor pool and sauna),  Mill Falls at the Lake  (relax with some spa treatments), and the  Wolfeboro Inn  (they offer pet-friendly rooms). Treat your loved ones to a meal at  Hart’s Turkey Farm  or  Wolfe’s Tavern  while you're in town.

New Hampshire's  Great North Woods region,  also known as the North Country is resplendent with natural beauty. Whether you're a fan of wilderness, forests, rivers, camping, hiking, canoeing, paddling, fishing, hunting, stargazing,moose sightings and loon songs, or an outdoor recreation fan seeking endless snowmobile and ATV trails, you'll find everything you need to immerse yourself in an unplugged vacation. Prefer a few city amenities?  The Lancaster Motel  offers seasonal snowmobile rentals, a patio with fire pits and a fun, retro-vibe in the heart of downtown Lancaster.  

See our  Things to Do  PDF for other ideas—welcome to the Granite State!

Red River Theatres    Planetarium

 

Visitor Center

The Capital Region Visitor Center, operated by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and supported by Granite State Ambassadors, provides  local and statewide information  to the ever-expanding number of visitors to our area.

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The Visitor Center is open year-round in the "Smile" building at 49 South Main Street, Concord. Our friendly staff is ready to provide tips on fun things to do and useful information about restaurants, places to stay and upcoming events. You'll also find racks of brochures featuring lots of Concord area and statewide attractions, museums, cultural destinations, outdoor activities, parks, walking trails, bike trails, ski areas and more, as well as a  gift shop  featuring beautiful and unique New Hampshire products and gifts. It's a great place to begin your visit!

Stop by for helpful tips, local publications and for the opportunity to see a real moose. We're proud to display the largest land mammal in New Hampshire right in our lobby. Adult moose stand at an impressive 6 to 7 feet at the shoulder (car headlights generally show a moose's legs only) and weigh in at over 1,000 pounds. This state icon is most often seen at dawn or dusk along the roads and in bodies of water. If you're fortunate enough to see one, do not approach a moose or expect it to stop for your car. Moose can run as fast as a galloping horse. Save the selfies and close-ups for the Chamber's Visitor Center!  

Larger groups of sightseers, school groups, clubs, organizations and families are welcome. We also enjoy meeting well-behaved, four-footed family members like  Gizmo. 

Interested in moving to New Hampshire? 

We're your resource for demographic and relocation information that includes schools, healthcare, leading employers and industries, business resources, property tax rates, population, average household incomes, and other important information about the communities we serve. Order our Relocation Guide  online  now or contact us to pick one up in the Visitor Center.

Drop in or contact us for more information:

Visitor Center at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
49 South Main Street, Suite 104, Concord, NH 03301
Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(603) 224-2508 or  info@concordnhchamber.com

 

On our website, you'll find helpful resources like the  chamber and community events calendar a searchable membership directory,   an online gift store,   relocation information,   maps  and more. Looking for  lodging shopping,   cultural and live entertainment  and  restaurant recommendations  or fun  things to do  in the Concord area? The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce website is full of helpful information and a great place to begin planning your visit to New Hampshire!

You'll also want to check out our award-winning blog site  www.VisitConcord-NH.com  for information about public art and interesting fun facts on Concord history, cool finds and places you will want to include in your visit to the Capital region and beyond, like the Lakes region and White Mountains. 

Please contact us at  info@concordnhchamber.com  or (603) 224-2508 if you need assistance or to make an appointment.

 

Music, Arts and Culture

Concord packs the biggest cultural offering north of Boston.  Concord Community Music School  has attracted top talent to teach and perform here for more than 30 years—it hosts more than 150 concerts each year and both the Mandolin and Fiddle festivals draw international audiences. The  Capitol Center for the Arts   is New Hampshire's largest theater and offers top name music acts, Broadway shows, international performing artists, ballet – you name it. And, just across Main Street,  Red River Theatres  shows independent films and offers events like costume parties and sing-alongs unavailable in big box theatres. Down the street, the  Concord City Auditorium  has all kinds of concerts, shows and plays in a smaller setting, many of them free. And the reopening of the city's long shuttered, historic Concord Theatre as   Bank of NH Stage  brings up and coming musicians with professional representation to audiences at affordable prices. The upscale, flexible performance hall offers pub-style food and drinks in second story bar that overlooks Main Street. Up on the Heights, a former retail space at the Steeplegate Mall is now   Hatbox Theatre —  an intimate, black box performance arts space that offers everything from theatre and magic shows, to NH's first Puppet Slam.

Our thriving arts community includes notable galleries, such as the   Kimball Jenkins School of Art  at 266 North Main Street and the   League of NH Craftsmen Concord Fine Craft Gallery   at 36 North Main where visitors can experience and purchase original art and handcrafted items created by juried craftsmen. Down the road 49 South Main Street is home to the  League of NH Craftsmen  headquarters and its Permanent Collection Museum where it hosts four themed exhibitions a year in the adjacent Gallery. Across the hall, visitors can enjoy rotating exhibits from the  New Hampshire Art Association  and the  New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association  in the Capital Region Visitor Center. The award-winning   Concord Arts Market  takes place monthly in Rollins Park throughout the summer and the City of Concord's  third annual outdoor sculpture exhibit  is happening all year long along Main Street. Concord's West end features the new   Crumpacker Gallery  at St. Paul's School. It hosts four major shows a year featuring works from both well-known and up-and-coming painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators and collectors.

 

Wearable art

Concord is home to some of the best jewelers in the state and whether you’re looking for a custom design or a unique gift you’ll find it here.  Capitol Craftsman Romance Jewelers  features talented artists and craftsman from around the United States through its handcrafted gift line.  Gems First  is known for its stunning sketches of one-of-a-kind jewelry designs. A graduate of Parsons School of Design owns  Goldsmiths Gallery  and the shop specializes in designing or selecting jewelry that complements a customer’s wardrobe and lifestyle.  Kristin Kennedy Fine Jewelry  is a League of New Hampshire Craftsmen juried member that specializes in working in high-end metals, precious gemstones and organic jewelry design. 

To enhance your shopping, dining and visitor experience, Concord welcomes  sidewalk performers  and lots of local establishments host various musical acts including jazz, pop, rock, acoustic, Irish acts and more.

PLACES YOU CAN CATCH LIVE MUSIC IN CONCORD:

Alan’s Restaurant  - live music from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Bank of NH Stage  - live music featuring emerging artists in a range of genres including electronic, pop, rock, jazz, rap, reggae, R&B, funk, soul, folk, bluegrass, punk, beatboxing, indie, hypnotic and more, Thursday through Sunday nights. 
The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern  - live Irish music on Tuesday nights.
Common Man Concord  - live music featuring local artists every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m.
Concord Community Music School  - Bach's Lunch Series explores a range of musical topics and genres in informal, free, lunch-hour lectures and concerts the first and second Thursdays of each month, November to June.
Concord Craft Brewing Company  - Catch Matt "the Sax" in the brewery on alternate Thursdays.
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant  - live mariachi band the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Granite Restaurant & Bar  (at The Centennial Hotel) - live Jazz every Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m.
Hermanos Cocina Mexicana  - live jazz (the most of any club north of Boston!) and blues in the lounge from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and live folk and rock music from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturdays.
Strings & Things Music  regularly hosts free public music events including clinics that feature live performances along with discussion and Q&A.

Want to listen to music outdoors? Learn more on our Visit Concord NH blog.

MUSIC FESTIVALS, CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS

Concord Community Music School 19th Annual Mandolin Festival  May 15-16, 2021 on Zoom
21st Annual Powwow  July 10-11, 2021, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, NH
Bluegrass BBQ  Saturday, July 24, 2021, White Park, Concord, NH
Market Days Festival   August 19-21, 2021, Downtown Concord, NH
Arts Week at Canterbury Shaker Village
Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair  August 7-15, 2021 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH.
Rock On Fest   
NH Highland Games & Festival,  Lincoln, September 17-19, 2021
Concord Multicultural Festival,  Sunday, September 19, 2021, Keach Park, Concord, NH   
Capital Arts Fest , Friday, September 24, through Sunday, September 26, 2021 Downtown Concord and beyond
Warner Fall Foliage Festival,  October 8-10, 2021, Warner, NH
Concord Community Music School Fall Fiddle Festival
SNOB Film Festival,  
Country Music Festival,  Loudon

The city is full of music, art and culture—get out there and enjoy! And if you're venturing up north to the White Mountain area, check out the  New Hampshire Music Festival  for classical and chamber concerts as well as Music in the Mountains.

Concord, New Hampshire's state capital and must-see cultural destination

Visit our  Creative Concord webpage  to learn more about the many arts organizations driving our local economy and how the Chamber's standing committee to advance the creative economy in our region is involved and supporting that effort.

Singers

 

Eat and Drink

Whether you want a burger and fries or fine dining experience, New Hampshire restaurants are able to provide it! New Hampshire's state capital offers a diverse array of dining options featuring traditional and international cuisine created by locally owned restaurants and cafés, with a large offering of well-known chain restaurants. 

Conveniently located off of I-93, Concord is central for state travelers and a great place to stop "on the way." Whether you're headed to the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, the Seacoast, the Monadnocks, the Upper Valley, to Southern New Hampshire or Boston, the Capital region is an ideal spot to stretch your legs and get something to eat or grab a coffee. Already at your destination? Check out our listings in New Hampshire's finest tourist destinations, like the Lakes and White Mountain regions.

View our listings of fantastic food and drink options.

Interested in takeout?  Here's a directory of restaurants offering unique options for dining at home.

 

Shopping

Whether you need groceries, home renovation materials, books, furniture, shoes, jeans, meal kits, candy, flowers or Father's Day, graduation, birthday, new baby, new home, new job, holiday, retirement or engagement and wedding gifts—or even a new car!—New Hampshire is ready to do business and your purchases are tax-free!

Quickly find area retailers' contact information using our online Member Directory.    

Stores offering online shopping and more.

Destination Downtown

Concord is a destination for shoppers from all over the region. Our tax-free stores offer everything one needs or could wish for in a delightful, historic setting close to both major highways and park benches to rest in between shops.  Art on Main,  the City's  annual outdoor sculpture exhibit  is on view for all to enjoy in the downtown area, along with permanent statues, murals and other exhibits.

Prepare to be charmed

Concord's revitalized downtown has it's own distinct appeal. If your ideal day of shopping is walking around a city brimming with historic buildings, public art and statues, and exploring a variety of specialty shops, bakeries, cafés, restaurants, unique alleys, squares and side streets, you will not be disappointed. Local shopkeepers carry everything from handmade clocks, gourmet foods, books, music, clothing, furniture, jewelry, lingerie, swim wear, formal wear, shoes and specialty footwear, designer glasses, antiques, crafts, flowers and cookware. Popular shops include   Gondwana & Divine Clothing Company,  Viking House,  Capitol Craftsman,  Granite State Candy Shoppe,  Concord Antiques,  the League of NH Craftsmen Retail Store,  Joe King's Shoe Shop,  Lilise Designer Resale,   Celeste Oliva,   Endicott Furniture Company,  Goldsmiths Gallery,  Things Are Cooking,  Zoe & Co. Professional Bra Fitters,  Runner's Alley,  A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique,  Pitchfork Records  and  Gibson's Bookstore  which features an educational toy store in the children's section.

 

Exciting retail additions 

Recent arrivals in the downtown area include  Root Up & More,  Wine On Main,  Arnaldo Joseph Boutique LLC,  Gem's First,  Indigo Blues & Co.,  Cobblestone Design Company  and  Concord Antiques  opened a new location at 137 Storrs Street!

 

Make a day or weekend of it! Or stop by—Concord is on your way 

Stay for lunch, enjoy an award-winning craft beer at  Concord Craft Brewing Company,  make reservations at one of Concord's new eateries like Col's Kitchen, catering especially to vegetarians, or an old favorite—there are  many excellent dining options  in and around the Capital City. Before heading home, take in a show at one of Main Street's entertainment venues like  Bank of NH Stage,  Capitol Center for the Arts  and   Red River Theatres.  Rather stay over? There are lots of fine options to  spend the night or the weekend  in Greater Concord.

Concord Heights offers a variety of shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities that compliment Main Street and provide consumers with dozens of easily accessible choices along Loudon Road. Look for popular stores like Bath & Body Works, Talbots, JCPenney featuring Sephora and Spencer's at   The Steeplegate Mall   which also features fun options like   Altitude Trampoline Park   and live entertainment at   Hatbox Theatre!   Target, Best Buy and Ocean State Job Lots are adjacent to the mall along with nearby specialty stores like   Baron's Major Brands Appliances,   Cole Gardens and   True Confections Candies & Gifts. 

 

 

Sustainable living

Looking for  sustainable, upcycled, recycled and/or vintage goods?  Concord has it! 

 

The Capital region is full of treasures

Concord's central location makes it a quick road trip to surrounding communities like Contoocook with boutique shops like  Indigo Blues & Co.,  and musuem shops like the  Currier Museum of Art  in Manchester and Warner's  Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum  with unique finds like these stunning Wampum earrings made from shells:

 

Specialty food, beverage and cooking stores

Specialty food also makes a great gift, particularly for people who Kondo'd their place or downsized and prefer consumable or sustainable gifts. Whether you want local maple products, craft beer, imported wine, handmade olive oil and specialty vinegar, healthy local meal kits or delectable candy, our members have it. 

Shoppping events and seasonal markets

Intown Concord  hosts a number of special shopping events throughout the year, including   Market Days  during the summer months and  Midnight Merriment  featuring  Giftopolis  during the holidays.

Farmers Markets are popular with all ages and can be found throughout the City of Concord and throughout the year. During the warmer months, head over to Capitol Street next to the State House for Concord's   outdoor Farmers Market—  it runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May to October.

You’ll find a wide variety of produce from area farms and locally made products. After you've sampled everthing from cheese to donuts and picked up fresh food for you and your family, head over to the award-winning   Concord Arts Market  in Rollins Park every third Saturday from June-October (except August) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Hampshire's first juried outdoor artisan and fine art market celebrates artists from the Capital region and visitors the chance to admire and take home one-of-a-kind handmade items.

Another wonderful resource for locally produced food is   Concord Food Co-op   on South Main Street. The fun continues after the mercury drops!   Cole Gardens  hosts an indoor Winter Farmers Market on Sundays from 10:30-2 that includes easy access to parking and fun activities for kids (it's offered during the summer too!). If you're in the Main Street area, check out the  Downtown Concord Winter Farmers' Market   in the Eagle Square Atrium where shoppers enjoy live music while browsing a wide selection of unique, local products. 

Home improvement

Shoppers looking to purchase tax-free home improvement items for their bath and kitchen renovations will find an impressive selection and knowledgable staff at   Baron's Major Brands Appliances   and   Frank Webb Home  's Concord showrooms.   Big Jim's Home Center   and   Home Depot   carry everything from granite vanity tops to faucets and tile. Start planning your dream home and finally add that whirlpool tub or new slider!  Company C  recently moved to Downtown Concord—if you've never wandered their home interiors showroom drenched in texture and color, this is your invitation!

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY LINKS

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Where to Stay

If you plan to stay in the Greater Concord region for an evening, a day, a week, or longer, we have many accommodation options to help make your visit perfect.

Our hotels, motels and resorts are top-notch, and there are many other accommodation options including bed and breakfasts, inns, cabins and campgrounds. The Capital region has places to stay that will suit those seeking an elegant getaway or more rustic lodging.

Coming to New Hampshire to enjoy the mountains and lakes? We've got you covered with members close to ski areas, hiking, hunting, swimming, boating and all the recreational activities that the Granite State has to offer - regions outside the Capital area are noted in italics. And pet-friendly listings have asterik(s) so you can bring the whole family!

View our list of lodging recommendations.

 

Groups and Meetings

The Greater Concord area boasts a wide variety of function and meeting spaces and can accommodate your conference, small meeting, wedding or any number of functions. The Capital Region welcomes you and your group of any size to Concord, which is conveniently located in proximity to major  airports , the seacoast, Boston and the mountains. Concord is the perfect size city to hold your meeting and  entertain  your guests with  cultural attractions dining shopping  and  recreational  opportunities and we welcome the opportunity to host you!

Please visit our Member Directory for a look at many fine  conference and retreat venues , as well as  function rooms and meeting spaces . These recommended sites are established members of the community and the Chamber. 

CATERING

Need event  catering  services? We're proud to recommend our members.

Still have questions or prefer to chat with someone who knows the area? Give us a call at (603) 224-2508. We're here to help!

meetings and conferences presenter

 

Transportation

HIGHWAYS

Concord is conveniently located at the intersections of New Hampshire Interstates 89, 93 and 393 and of U.S. Highways 3, 4 and 202. Major city thoroughfares include Main Street, South Street, Centre Street, Pleasant Street and Loudon Road.

BUS & TROLLEY SYSTEM

Concord Area Transit  (CAT) provides bus and trolley service to and from downtown Concord and surrounding points, including Penacook, Concord Hospital, Concord High School, Fisherville Mall, Concord Industrial Park, Steeplegate Mall, NHTI, Concord's Community College and Wal-Mart. Buses operate Monday through Friday, with no weekend service. For complete schedule and ticket information, contact CAT at (603) 225-1989. 

Bus service to other cities is provided by  Concord Coach Lines  serving points in New Hampshire and Maine to Boston South Station, Logan Airport and Midtown Manhattan, New York City. For schedules and ticket prices, call (603) 228-3300 or visit  concordcoachlines.com  .

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS:

Lakes Region Airport Shuttle Service
Premier Coach Company, Inc.

AIRPORTS

Concord Municipal Airport is 1.5 miles from downtown. The main runway is 5,300 feet long, equipped with a non-directional beacon and ILS. Minimum landing conditions are 600 feet and one mile straight in. FAA Flight and Commerce Department Weather Service Stations are located at the airport.  Concord Aviation Services  provides flight training, sales and service. The airport has no commercial flights, but can handle large private aircraft. 71 Airport Road, (603) 229-1760.

Just 20 miles south of Concord,  Manchester-Boston Regional Airport  is the convenient alternative to Logan International Airport. Strategically situated in the heart of New England, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is located less than fifty miles north of Boston, MA and less than an hour's drive from the region's most popular ski areas, scenic seacoast beaches and peaceful lakefront resorts. Easy access, competitive airfares, ample affordable parking and a comprehensive schedule of non-stop and direct jet service make Manchester the airport of choice in New England. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is served by: American Airlines, Southwest and United. Mailing address: One Airport Road, Manchester, NH 03103. For more information, call (603) 624-6539 or visit  flymanchester.com.