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.

Spring is Right Around the Corner in Downtown Apex, North Carolina!

Winter is almost over in North Carolina, and that means there’s just one more month before the major events get going in #DowntownApexNC. March was formerly the month for Apex Founders Day, but that event has been moved to April 8th beginning in 2017. But wait, there’s more! The premier Apex Peak-Tique is coming to Downtown Apex the very same weekend – on April 7 and 8. More details for both events can be found below.

As for the month of March, the weather has been beautiful, so don’t waste it all indoors watching college basketball. Downtown Apex is a great place for Saturday strolling, shopping, and dining, with about two dozen shops and about a dozen places to get a bite to eat. It doesn’t stop there – get your hair and nails done too!

Parking Around Downtown Apex

There is a variety of public and other off-street parking areas around the downtown area, including schools, parks, churches, and the Apex Town Hall. Most are within short walking distance. These parking areas are in addition to on-street parking on the streets in and around Downtown Apex. CLICK HERE for a map of these parking areas. In addition, bringing dogs, bicycles, and small motorized vehicles such as scooters to Downtown Apex events is discouraged.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking will not be available at the Apex Town Hall on Saturday, April 8 – the same day as Apex Founders Day and Apex Peak-Tique – due to an event at the Town Hall. Please take this into consideration if attending those events.

4th Annual Apex Founders Day – April 8, 2017

The fourth annual Apex Founders Day celebration is Saturday April 8th, 2017, from 9am to 5pm in Historic Downtown Apex. This is a great event for anyone interested in the history of Apex, arts and crafts, or all things vintage/antique. There is NO parade but there will be a large area – at the Apex Chamber of Commerce parking lot – where exhibits and demonstrations will be set up.

Apex Founders Day North Carolina Some of the activities in the Apex Chamber of Commerce parking area include:

  • Antique Cars
  • Civil War Reenactors
  • Revolutionary War Reenactors
  • Chuck Wagon & Dutch oven cooking
  • Vintage Police Equipment
  • Antique Fire Engine
Activities located inside the nearby Halle Cultural Arts Center include:

  • Special guest speakers – including Apex Mayor Lance Olive, WRAL Meteorolgist Greg Fishel, and Apex Ambassador J.C. Knowles
  • Quilters Guild
  • Woodturners Guild
  • Activities for the kids
A 5K race will be held in the morning (click here for 5k info), as well as the Apex Young Adult Achievement Contest along with other activities fitting to the celebration.

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.

Apex Peak-Tique on April 7 and 8, 2017

The Apex PEAK-TIQUE Antiques and Collectibles Festival is being organized and managed jointly by the Apex Downtown Business Association, the Apex Historical Society and the Town of Apex. The first annual Peak-Tique is coming to #DowntownApexNC on April 7 and 8.

Apex Peak-Tique North Carolina antiques and collectibles antiques and collectibles The Peak-Tique event will located be in the parking area behind the Tobacco & Mule Exchange and Salem Street Promenade. So far, over a dozen booths have committed and around 20 are expected. For more information, check out the Apex Peak-Tique website at

Tickets are $5 per day; $8 for a two-day pass; and children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the event.

Apex Farmers Market – Winter Market

The Apex Farmers Market is back for the winter! Continue to shop, eat, and buy local with the Apex Farmers Market at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Apex, across Salem Street from the Apex Chamber of Commerce. There will be winter produce for your table, along with specialty foods and handcrafted items perfect for holiday gifting. Come and support your favorite farmers and vendors on specific Saturdays throughout the winter from 9:00 to 11:30 am. The final date is on March 25.

Check Out the Peak City Podcast

The Peak City Podcast features the leaders and events that make Apex NC the "Peak of Good Living." The current episode features Big Mike's BBQ and Brew N Que founder Mike Markham.

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 at 8:30 am on the first Friday of each month. ADBA members and other interested parties can share information and discuss matters concerning ADBA activities. All are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at the Apex Chamber of Commerce board room. CLICK HERE for the 2017 meeting schedule.