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Frequently Asked Questions

When is Breakaway Carolina?

The festival takes place on October 1-2, 2021

Friday, October 1 hours: 4PM – 11PM

Saturday, October 2 hours: 3PM – 11PM

When does the Box Office open?

The Box Office will open two hours before gates open, and is located next to the main entrance.

What time do the parking lots open?

Parking lots will open at 1PM on both Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2. Scroll down for more info on how to get to the festival.

What is your re-entry policy?

There is no same-day re-entry.

What are your age restrictions?

Breakaway is all ages.

What are your prohibited and allowed items?


  • Large bags, including backpacks (14x6x14 or larger) (No bag with more than 2 zippers) (subject to search upon entry)

  • Camera bags

  • Individual glow sticks

  • Chairs (including foldable and lawn)

  • Tents

  • Aerosol cans, spray paint, or pressurized cans

  • Frisbees and sports balls (soccer balls, footballs, etc.)

  • Air horns

  • Bottles (water or other)

  • Professional camera equipment; detachable lenses, tripods, battery packs, large commercial video cameras

  • Selfie Sticks

  • Remote controlled aircraft or unmanned aircraft systems (Drones)

  • Weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, knives, pepper spray, stun guns, concealed weapons and firearms (Regardless of Concealed Carry Permit)

  • Food or beverage of any kind

  • Illegal drugs, substances, or harmful chemicals

  • Laser pointers

  • Fireworks of any kind including, but not limited to, flares, smoke bombs, incendiary devices and pyrotechnics.

  • Seat cushions with backs

  • Video cameras

  • Whistles

  • Hover-boards

  • Any item that can be used as a projectile or deemed as dangerous

Items that are deemed to be unsafe, inappropriate, or are being used for purposes other than intended may be confiscated on site.



  • Small bags and purses (must be 14x6x14 or smaller, with no more than 2 zippers) (subject to search upon entry).

  • Cigarettes (Unopened packs only)

  • Vapes, Juuls, and other electronic smoking devices
  • Prescription medications (will be checked at entry gates)

  • EMPTY Camelbaks and hydration packs

  • EMPTY Nalgene-style water bottles
  • Flags (no poles)

  • Glowing/illuminated costumes or jewelry

  • Hula hoops (including LED hoops)

  • Hats

  • Blankets


All items are subject to search upon entry, and festival security’s decisions are final.

What happens if it rains of there's severe weather?

Breakaway is rain or shine. In the event of rain and non-severe weather, the festival will continue as planned. In the event of severe weather (including lightning, high winds, tornado, etc), under the direction of local authorities and venue policies to ensure the safety of all patrons, the festival may be postponed until weather passes with no refunds. Should severe weather be present in the area, announcements will be made from the Main Stage PA system. All advertised artists are confirmed to perform, but sometimes the weather does not permit travel to Charlotte or set times may be postponed. In this instance, performing artists are subject to change without notice. Follow us on social media for the latest updates and news.

Do you have food and drinks available?

We will have plenty of food vendors serving delicious food all day, as well as plenty of bars serving non-alcoholic beverages in addition to beer and liquor for those 21+

Can I upgrade to VIP?

VIP upgrades can be done on-site at the Box Office, subject to availability.

Do you have any specific directions on how to get to the festival?

The address you should be using, whether you’re driving to the festival or taking a ride share, is 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord, NC 28027 (zMax Dragway).


Parking Directions for Breakaway Festival:

From Greensboro, N.C. via Hwy. 29
• I-85 South to Exit 54 (George W. Liles Parkway)
• Left onto George W. Liles Parkway
• Right onto Hwy 29 South/Concord Parkway
• Event parking available on right at Entrance H

From Statesville, N.C. via Interstates 77 and 85
• I-77 South to Exit 25
• Left on Hwy 73 (Sam Furr Road)
• Right on Poplar Tent to Pitts School Road
• Right onto Hwy 29 South/Concord Parkway
• Right onto Bruton Smith Blvd.
• Event parking available on right at Entrance H

From Charlotte, N.C. (South) or Greensboro, N.C. (North) via Interstate 85
• I-85 to Exit 49 (Bruton Smith Boulevard/Concord Mills)
• Travel East toward speedway
• Event parking available on left at Entrance T

From Charlotte, N.C. via Hwy. 29
• I-85 North to Exit 46A (Mallard Creek Church Road)
• Turn right off exit ramp
• Left onto Hwy 29 North/North Tryon Street
• Left onto Bruton Smith Blvd.
• Event parking available on right at Entrance T
From Concord, N.C.
• Hwy 29 South/Concord Parkway
• Event parking available on right at Entrance H.

ADA, VIP Parking
• Follow designated directions
• Enter at zMAX Dragway entrance off Bruton Smith Blvd.
• Please have your parking pass/ADA permit prominently displayed in the front windshield
• Parking in front of zMAX Dragway tower


Additional Traffic Hints:
I-85 and Exit 49 (Bruton Smith Boulevard) are usually the most congested on event days. If possible, try to avoid Exit 49 and Bruton Smith Boulevard. A good alternate is Hwy 29 from both the North and the South. Speedway officials urge festival attendees to arrive at the venue early.

Exit Disclaimer:
Local traffic officials will have various traffic patterns in place for incoming and outgoing traffic. Please follow their directions. Sometimes you’ll have to “turn right to go left”! All traffic patterns will eventually lead you back to I-85, I-77, and other major highways.