Five Things to Do in September

Savor September with the new Taco Trail Challenge, Tarantula Hike at Mt. Diablo, big name concerts and homemade elote, all happening in and around Concord this month:


The Concord Taco Trail is a guide to 40 authentic, locally owned restaurants and taquerias, and it’s all you need to explore some the city’s best hidden culinary gems. The Taco Trail Challenge returns September 15 - October 15 with a new mobile passport, weekly giveaways, and another Trail Champion title up for grabs!


Photo Courtesy East Bay Times

Tarantula mating season is in full swing, so don’t miss out on your chance to experience one of Mt. Diablo’s most popular attractions: the Tarantula Hike at Mitchell Canyon. The much-anticipated annual event happens Sunday, September 19, 2021, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Photo courtesy of Paige Parsons

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still lots of great live music this month in Concord.  September 18 & 19, Concord Pavilion hosts the Lights On Festival featuring Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller and Ty Dolla $ign, then Alanis Morrisette on September 29.

Be sure to catch the final installments of this season’s Concord Music & Market Series with Zepparella (a Led Zeppelin tribute) on 9/16, The UnOriginals & Sabertooth Unicorn on 9/23, and Native Elements on 9/30. Concerts are free and happen every Thursday through the end of September, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Todos Santos Plaza.

Party on and don’t sweat the drive home. Make a night of it at any one of Concord’s nine great hotels, then treat yourself to a tasty brunch at Canasta Kitchen, or the new Huckleberry’s before you head out. 


The heat is on and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is still open every weekend through October 3. Head on over and enjoy the final days of summer with the ultimate cool down.


Pick up some farm fresh corn at the Concord Farmer’s Market and whip up some delectable elote to enjoy at home. Juan Mariscal of Guacamole Authentic Mexican Grill (an official stop on the Taco Trail) shares his secret recipe in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month:

Guacamole Authentic Mexican Grill Super Elote

Fresh corn, shucked
Cotija cheese
Chili powder or Tajin seasoning
Boil corn for 10-15 minutes, salt to taste
Remove from water
Apply a light spread of mayo over each ear
Spread cotija cheese on a plate or tray, then roll each ear to coat
Sprinkle with chili powder or Tajin to liking
Add a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy
Pro tip: Roll the corn in crushed Flaming Hot Cheetos after you add the lime juice for a next-level taste experience.


The official ribbon cutting at the Concord Visitor Center happens Thursday, September 16 starting at 4 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the ever popular Taste of Concord event on Sunday, October 3rd. The Concord Visitor Center will be an official stop this year.

The Concord Visitor Center is located at 2151 Salvio Street, Suite T, in Todos Santos Plaza. We are ready to help with free advice, maps, guides, brochures, Concord merchandise and more. Go to Visit Concord for more information on these events and more.
Visit Concord also offers a selection of themed Stay & Play hotel packages filled with fun wearables, gift cards and more. Just book a room at any of Concord’s nine hotels and let Visit Concord know your confirmation number and stay dates. The package of your choice will be ready for you at check-in!