Downtown Apex is a Great Triangle NC Destination for
Unique Dining, Shops, Boutiques, Services, and Festivals

Downtown Apex is a unique assortment of award winning restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques, bakery and ice cream shops, salons, spas, and professional services. Historic Downtown Apex is a great way to spend a relaxing day or evening shopping, strolling, and dining. In addition, festivals and events are held throughout the year right in Downtown Apex, offering a unique opportunity to come and experience everything we have to offer.

October 2016 Highlights in Downtown Apex

October in #DowntownApexNC is a real delight, with weather that’s perfect for a night out on the town or strolling along Salem Street. Some of the unique shops you’ll find downtown are Antiques on Salem Street, Elizabeth’s Home and Garden Shop, and Sixpence Accents. There are also many professional and service businesses from psychotherapy to insurance to hair salons to real estate. No need to drive here, there, and everywhere – Downtown Apex has it all!

Halloween in Downtown Apex NC The Apex Farmers Market has a few more weeks left, with October 15 being the last Saturday of operations for 2016. It’s a great place to pick up your pumpkins for Halloween. Speaking of Halloween, there’s a lot going on at the end of the month, with Witches Night Out on Salem Street on Friday October 28 (5pm to 9pm), and Trick or Treat on Salem Street on Saturday, October 29 (4pm to 6pm)

Witches Night Out on Salem Street (Friday Oct. 28) – Stores will be open late and some will offer discounts to shoppers wearing witch hats. So grab some friends, and shop, eat, and have fun on Salem Street! Come down early with the family (5-7pm) and and stay late with the witches (7-9pm)!

Trick-or-Treat on Salem Street (Saturday Oct. 29) – Dress up the kids in Halloween costumes, dress up yourself, and head on down to Salem Street from 4pm to 6pm. Local merchants and businesses will be handing out candy and treats to costumed children. This has become quite an event in recent years, attracting hundreds of ghosts and goblins, and Salem Street will be closed downtown to ensure everyone’s safety. See the Apex Downtown News Page and the Peak City Podcast for more details.

Again, October is a great month to visit #DowntownApexNC, especially if you need something fun to do for Halloween. But don’t wait until the end of the month – there’s plenty to see and do anytime in Historic Downtown Apex NC.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Apex NC!

Visit Apex, North Carolina

If you have a group of ten or more, our Apex Ambassador would love to show you our historic downtown. We offer free of charge a 45 minute lecture on the history of Apex at our downtown showcase the Halle Cultural Arts Center. You also have five wonderful dining venues to choose from for lunch or dinner. Following your dining experience, we give you a walking tour of downtown and show you some wonderful places to shop.

If this sounds interesting to you contact J. C. Knowles, Apex Ambassador, at 919-772-5472.

Introducing the Peak City Podcast

The Peak City Podcast features the leaders and events that make Apex NC the "Peak of Good Living." The episode below provides more information on the Halloween happenings in Downtown Apex.

New Hope Valley Railway Operated Through November

New Hope Valley Railway Bonsal NC The New Hope Valley Railway provides train rides with both steam and diesel locomotives on weekends from April to December each year. The facility also includes a primarily outdoor museum of historic and heritage railroad equipment, a gift shop, food trucks, and other amenities.

The New Hope Valley Railway is located in the community of Bonsal, just a short nine miles south of historic downtown Apex, off the Old US1 Highway. For further information, schedules, and to purchase tickets, please go to

History of Downtown Apex – An Old North Carolina Railroad Town

Welcome to Historic Downtown Apex Buildings in Historic Downtown Apex Tobacco and Mule Exchange Building Downtown Apex NC Apex NC Historic District Corner of Salem and Chatham Streets Apex NC Apex Chamber of Commerce Apex, North Carolina is a charming blend of rich history and bright future. Founded in the 1860's, the Town got its name from a location at the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad. Downtown Apex, considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District in 1994, and includes about 60 structures built between 1870 and 1940. The Old Union Depot, built in 1914, is designated as a Wake County Historic Landmark. The Apex Historical Society is located nearby in an old caboose.

Today, Apex is one of the most vibrant, progressive, and fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle area, and the thriving Downtown Historic District is at the Town's heart. The unique mixture of historic homes, restaurants, and specialty shops gives special meaning to the motto: "Apex, the peak of good living." It's no surprise that Apex and the Triangle area have consistently appeared as a top 10-ranked community in major publications such as Business North Carolina, Money, CNN/Money, and Forbes.

Come and experience the "The Peak of Good Living" in Apex, North Carolina!

ADBA Meeting Schedule

The Apex Downtown Business Association conducts a meeting every month, usually on the first Friday of each month. This meeting includes both the Board of Directors meeting, where the ADBA Board will debate and vote on actionable matters. The meeting also includes the "membership" meeting, where ADBA members and other interested parties can share information and discuss matters concerning ADBA activities. Other meetings are "special call" meetings by the ADBA President. All are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at the Apex Chamber of Commerce board room. CLICK HERE for the 2016 meeting schedule.