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ADBA Meeting Schedule

The Apex Downtown Business Association conducts two meetings each month, conducted sequentially on the first Friday of each month. The first meeting, held at 8:30 am, is the Board meeting, where the ADBA Board of Directors debate and vote on actionable matters. The second meeting, held at 9:00 am, is 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 Halle Cultural Arts Center.


Welcome to

Downtown Apex

building on Salem Street welcome to downtown Apex sign on side of old brick building Apex Baptist Church

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!

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Apex Farmers Market 2015 Season

NC Agriculture

The Apex Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April 18 to October 17 this year. The Market will be closed for PeakFest on May 2, Peak City Pig Fest on June 20, the 4th of July, and Apex Jazz & Music Festival on September 19. 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 – www.apexfarmersmarket.com. 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 Operating Season Begins April 12, 2015

New Hope Valley Railway Bonsal NC

Come ride with us! The New Hope Valley Railway operating season starts on Sunday, April 12, 2015, with operations based around the NC Science Festival. Railroading incorporates many sciences from the steam power used by some locomotives to the laws of motion and gravity affecting train handling by engineers. The North Carolina Railway Museum, operator of the railway, will present a number of exhibits and demonstrations of these and other railroad-related tasks in the Yard.

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.

Along with regular train rides, the NHV operates special events, including beer and wine tastings, a Civil War battle reenactment, special historic exhibits, Halloween Trains in October, and Santa Trains in December.

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 www.TriangleTrain.com.


Apex Peakfest is Saturday, May 2

Salem Street in historic downtown Apex will come alive during Peakfest! For more than thirty years, Peakfest has brought families together for a day of fun, food and fellowship. The event, which is referred to as an arts and crafts festival, has deep roots within the Apex community. What started as a small community day in a school parking lot has grown into an event that draws hundreds of vendors and over 15,000 people to the streets of downtown Apex.

Peakfest is the largest public event in Apex, and includes live music all day, artists of every kind (jewelry, pottery, watercolor and acrylic), a bmx show, skateboard demonstrations, entertainment for the kids, food that you would find at the fair, and so much more! Vendors are charged a fee to participate and businesses become sponsors, helping to offset the expenses of the day.

The Apex Festival Commission is responsible for hosting Peakfest. For more information on Peakfest, visit www.apexpeakfest.com


Visit Apex

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.


J.C.'s Downtown Historical Moments – Looking Back on Apex

JC Knowles

            10 Years Ago in April 2005

• On April 20th, a large crowd gathered for the ground-breaking ceremony for Beaver Creek Crossing.

• The Apex Historical Society held their first Garden Tour on April 16th.

            25 Years Ago in April 1990

• The 10th Annual Apex Peak Week was held April 20 - 21, with over 7,000 attending.

• Paul M. "Skip" Stam, Jr., of Apex was voted the most effective newcomer in the N.C. House of Representatives.

J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador     jc.knowles@att.net


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