Concord has been rated one of the safest and best places to live, not only in New Hampshire, but in the country.
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:
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Looking for sustainable, upcycled, recycled and/or vintage goods? Concord has it!
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 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.