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.

April 2016 Highlights in Downtown Apex

April is a busy month in Historic Downtown Apex. The month begins with the Peak City International Film Festival, on April 2 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. See the Film Festival Facebook page for more information.

Finally Friday returns to #downtownapexnc later in the month. This once-monthly event was started last summer, was a great success, and makes a comeback for the next 6 months, starting April 29. The Apex Farmers Market also returns to the Chamber of Commerce parking lot every Saturday (with a few exceptions) starting April 23 – with a focus on farms and food. Come downtown, get your fresh food, and stroll, shop, and have lunch. Another event new in Downtown Apex this year is the Artists for Animals Faire, produced by the Apex Arts Council, on Sunday, April 24, also in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot.

Finally, we’re in the planning stages for the Apex Music Festival in September in partnership with Populate Productions. There’s a new website with lots of information and opportunities for sponsorship.

Finally Friday! plans coming together in #DowntownApexNC

Finally Friday! Get in on the good times in Downtown Apex NC this spring and summer with Finally Friday. On the last Friday, or “final” Friday of each month from April to September 2016, the Apex Downtown Business Association will be bringing entertainment and food to Salem Street for some after-work relaxation and fun. Participating #downtownapexnc merchants and restaurants will be offering special promotions as well, and will be open until 9:00 pm. So hurry home from work, gather up the family, and head to Downtown Apex this coming April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 30. We’ll be providing more details as the dates get closer, so stay tuned!

Artists for Animals Faire™ is Back in Apex!

Artists for Animals Apex NC April 2016 The Apex Arts Council (AAC) will hold their Artists for Animals™ Faire this spring in Downtown Apex on Sunday, April 24 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Half of the proceeds from the event will be donated by the AAC to three (yet to be named) animal rescue groups.

The event includes painters, photographers, and sculptors selling their work. There are also plans for poets, musicians, authors, dance, independent film, and perhaps even theater. This will give anyone attending the event the chance to be exposed to as many art forms as possible. The event will be held in the Apex Chamber of Commerce parking lot right in the heart of historic downtown Apex, so attendees will also have the option of shopping along Salem Street that day.

Please see the Apex Arts Council website for more information.

Welcome New Members!

Thanks to the following businesses for recently becoming new members of the Apex Downtown Business Association and supporting all the great things happening in Apex: Elizabeth’s Home & Garden Shop, Costco, Pizza Hut, Peak of the Vine, The Provincial, Comfort Inn Apex, Holiday Inn Express Apex, TC2 Labs, STR Strategies, Apex Police Department, and Apex Fire Department.

Apex Farmers Market 2016 Season

NC Agriculture The Apex Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April 23 to October 15 this year. The Market will be closed for PeakFest on May 7, Peak City Pig Fest on June 18, and Apex Music Festival on September 17. Come and see fresh fresh, local homegrown organic and conventional fruits and vegetables, pastured and sustainably farmed chicken, beef and pork, fresh farm eggs, baked goods, honey, cheeses, jams and preserves, sauces, salsas, and other artisanal food products, along with a variety of crafts.

Check out the website – Hours are 8:30am-12:30pm every Saturday. The Farmers Market is located at 220 North Salem Street Apex, NC 27502 (in front of the Chamber of Commerce – next to the firehouse) in Downtown Apex. Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook and "Share" this post.

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

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.

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.