Welcome to Concord
Diverse and convenient, in the midst of the Valley
Situated between vast mountains, and crystal-blue bays, the city of Concord provides views of the Diablo Valley, the San Francisco Peninsula, and endless Northern California wildlife. The many freeways and convenience of the Bay Area Rapid Transit trains make this centrally-located community a perfect option for those working in San Francisco that may not desire to pay big city prices.
Northern valleys were inhabited by Native tribes, who used the area as hunting and fishing grounds. A booming agricultural industry gave rise to a hearty population increase at the turn of the 20th century. During prohibition, the many vineyards were removed and replaced with walnut fields, one of California’s top crops. In present times, Concord features a vibrant downtown area with a well-loved farmers’ market every weekend. Historic, older omes on the northern and eastern edges of town surround the newer downtown epicenter, where past meets present.
What to Love
- The Concord Pavilion, operated by Live Nation, boasts a capacity of 12,500 and has hosted many world-famous musical acts. Some recent performers include Santana, The Backstreet Boys, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.
- The Veranda is an extensive, upscale, outdoor shopping center. The Veranda also offers crafting events for children, and weekend outdoor yoga classes.
- The central location of Concord has provided residents with easy access to many major freeways, a regional airport, and larger stores, such as Costco.
Situated just outside the hustle and bustle of Oakland, Concord residents get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Conveniently-located freeways, easy access to essential shops, and an extensive amount of parks and outdoor activities have made Concord a top choice for those wanting to enjoy life in the Bay Area, without paying higher Bay Area prices. Surrounded by regional trails, weekend hikes to the crown of mountain tops are popular activities, rewarding those that make it to the top with expansive panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Close proximity to thi8s rugged landscape provides residents the privilege of eating the freshest produce, often grown just beyond their own backyards.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The heart of Concord, California can be found where Highway 242 And Interstate 680 meet in the shape of an inverted triangle. Bound by Concord Avenue to the north, The Veranda is a one-stop-shop for dining, errands, or just taking a day off to yourself. Also home to a Whole Foods Market, it is the most convenient place to drop in and pick up a few things to take home for dinner. If cooking isn’t in the works for the evening, there are plenty of options available for any taste. Eureka! serves up elevated burgers and features an extensive menu of local wine and beer. While their Fresno Fig Burger is a local hit, the Napa Chicken Sandwich comes in a close second place.
Just down the boulevard, The Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar serves home-cooked meals reminiscent of those from your own childhood kitchen. Heartwarming favorites, like their chicken pot pie, have brought locals of all ages back time and time again. Don’t forget dessert! Their butter cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream and minted strawberry compote is one of the most-ordered items on their menu.
Things To Do
With temperate climates year-round, Concord residents choose to spend their free time outdoors. One of their favorite destinations can be found at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Their water slides, lazy river, and other thrilling rides are fun for all ages, providing memories to last a lifetime. Quieter days can be spent at many local parks, like Concord Community Park. Pools, playgrounds, and picnics are available throughout the week for recreation and relaxation.
There are several amazing educational opportunities available for Concord residents. One option for after high school is:
- Diablo Valley College; one of fifteen award-winning California colleges and universities recognized for leading the state in supporting transfer students.