Christmas on Salem Street 2017

Friday December 1 Activities


The Annual “Christmas on Salem Street” events begin at 5:00 PM on Friday December 1st with Christmas Carols at the Depot, followed by the Lighting of the Apex Christmas Tree by Mayor Lance Olive. Then Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive on one of the Horse Drawn Carriages at the front of the Downtown Fire House between 5:45 and 6:00 PM.

tree lighting Christmas on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NC There will be 4 Horse Drawn Carriages for rides on the block bounded by Moore Street, Upchurch Street, Holleman Street, and Salem Street from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The cost is $10.00 per person (children 2 & under ride free). Tickets will go on sale starting at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 19 and are sold ONLINE ONLY. There are limited amount of tickets available, based on the 3 hour time frame carriage rides will operate. The tickets tend to sell out fast, so stay tuned for the start of online ticket sales starting at 4:00pm on November 19. There will be multiple links on this website.

horse drawn carriage rides Christmas on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NC The Carriage rides will load, start, and return to drop passengers off on E. Moore Street in the First National Bank parking lot. No tickets are sold at that location, and will be available ONLINE ONLY starting on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00pm. Please arrive there close to and prior to the time assigned on your ticket. People will be boarded on the rides according to that assigned time, and please remember those times are only approximate due to unknown exactness of the speed of the horses.

After Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6:00 PM, they walk around Downtown Apex to talk and mingle with the children. They do not ride on the Carriage rides.

Santa visits with children Christmas on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NC Because the Carriage Rides tend to sell out fast, there is also an added attraction – a “Kiddy Christmas Train Ride” which also runs from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. That ride loads, starts and returns to drop passengers off at the corner of N. Salem St. and Saunders St. (across from the Downtown Fire House). The cost is $5.00 per person (children 2 & under ride free). Those tickets are also available ONLINE ONLY starting on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00pm, and will also be available on December 1 at the corner of Saunders and Salem Streets unless all of the tickets sell out online before the event.

Please note that for both the Carriage and Kiddy Train rides, children 12 & under must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

Christmas on Salem Street Downtown Apex NC Other Attractions & Activities:

  • “Make Your Own Ornament” in the areas in front of the Apex Chamber of Commerce (Old Train Depot) from 6 to 9 PM
  • Christmas Cookie Decorating
  • Face Painting
  • Sidewalk Carolers
  • Bell Ringing Group




Saturday December 2 Activities


Christmas Parade on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NC
  • Apex Rotary Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 AM at the Apex Downtown Fire House
  • Pictures with Santa, 9AM – 2PM, will be at The Apex Depot (Chamber of Commerce)
  • And the Grand Christmas Parade starts down Salem Street at 5:00 PM. View the PARADE MAP.
  • NOTE: The “Pictures with Santa” are being done at The Apex Depot (Chamber of Commerce) on Saturday Dec. 2nd from 9:00 AM to 2:00PM.

    Tickets will be available starting at 8:30 AM. These tickets will be for one of the hourly time slots to help give people time to roam downtown and have a closer approximate time when to be in the actual picture line. It does help keep the line waiting time shorter.

    The cost for the “Pictures with Santa” is $25.00 for a CD of about 12 to 15 pictures.

    Children are also able to sit & visit Santa for no cost, but pictures are not allowed to be taken.

    Sunday December 3 Activities


    Annual Apex Historical Holiday Home Tour.

    • This occurs from 1:00 to 5:00 PM and the cost is $10.00 per person.
    • Tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the Apex Chamber of Commerce or the Rusty Bucket.

    A big THANK YOU to everyone for your interest in Downtown Apex. The Apex Downtown Business Association hopes everyone has a most enjoyable experience and a Merry Christmas!!

    All of the downtown restaurants and shops will be open for business Friday Evening and all day Saturday. Some will be open on Sunday too.

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    The Apex Downtown Business Association works alongside local Apex area organizations to bring special events and fun activities to Historic Downtown Apex NC. This makes Downtown Apex unique in the Triangle and Southwest Wake County, North Carolina, for shopping, dining, and fun.
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Apex Music Festival is Back on September 16

Apex Music FestivalThe Apex Music Festival, formerly the Apex Jazz Music Festival, is back in Downtown Apex for the 7th time on Saturday, September 16 from 3:00pm to midnight. The Apex Music Festival will continue its tradition of playing host to great musicians in and around the Triangle. The Beer & Wine Garden / Main Stage will operate again on the Apex Chamber of Commerce property, and feature phenomenal musical acts. Performances will again be featured in a wide variety of outdoor and indoor venues along Salem St. in Downtown Apex. Additionally, there will be a great selection of food vendors to choose from! As the only adult-focused fall music festival in the North Carolina Triangle area, this extremely popular pub-crawl experience is expected to draw over 20,000 music fans to Downtown Apex. Festival wristbands will include entry to all the venues for the entire event.

**Please note that all persons entering the Beer & Wine Garden / Main Stage or purchasing beer/wine on Salem Street will be required to provide a valid ID confirming that you are 21 or over. Must be 21 to enter the Main Stage Tent.**

Check out the Apex Music Festival website for up-to-date info and the lineup of bands. Tickets are also available online right now for just $10! ($7.50 for military personnel and first responders)

Main Stage / Beer & Wine Garden

Blackfoot Gypsies   •  from Nashville, TN  •  3:30pm – 5:00pm

Magic City Hippies  •  from Miami, FL  •  5:30pm – 7:00pm

Andy Frasco & the U.N.  •  from Los Angeles, CA  •  7:30pm – 9:00pm

Peak City Sound  •  from Apex, NC  •  9:30pm – 11:30am

Surround Stage (center of Salem Street)

Boom Unit Brass Band  •  from Chapel Hill, NC  •  3:00pm – 4:00pm

The War and Treaty  •  from Albion, MI  •  4:30pm – 6:30pm

Molly Stevens  •  from Nashville, TN  •  7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tea Cup Gin  •  from Durham, NC  •  9:00pm – 10:30pm

Venue Performances

August Is Ours  •  from Greenville, NC  •  Common Grounds Coffeehouse
3:45 – 4:45 & 6:45 – 7:45pm

West King String Band  •  from St. Augustine, FL  •  The Beer Dispensary
6:00 – 7:00pm & 8:30 – 9:30pm

La’Coustic  •  La Rancherita of Apex  •  4:45 – 5:45pm & 6:45 – 7:45pm

Misty Mayhem Trio  •  from Raleigh, NC  •  Peak Of The Vine  •  5:30 – 8:30pm

Davis Messina Band  •  from Raleigh, NC  •  Peak Of The Vine  •  9:00 – 11:00pm

Carolina Wray  •  from Asheville, NC  •  Apex Outfitter & Board Co.  •  7:00 – 8:00pm & 9:00 – 10:00pm

Claybrook  •  from Apex, NC  •  Anna’s Pizzeria  •  3:30pm – 5:00pm & 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Retro Candy  •  from Raleigh, NC  •  Salem Street Pub  •  10:00pm – 12:00am

Tickets are available online right now for just $10!.

Apex Music Festival North Carolina

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The Apex Downtown Business Association works alongside local Apex area organizations to bring special events and fun activities to Historic Downtown Apex NC. This makes Downtown Apex unique in the Triangle and Southwest Wake County, North Carolina, for shopping, dining, and fun.
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Finally Friday is Back in Downtown Apex on April 28

Finally Friday! Finally Friday returns to #downtownapexnc on April 28th from 5:00 to 9:00pm. This is the third year for Finally Friday in Downtown Apex. The Apex Downtown Business Association and the Town of Apex will be bringing live music, food, and family fun to Salem Street on April 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, and September 29th.

On April 28, The Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex is hosting The Hill Country Cosmopolitans in front of the Depot/Apex Chamber of Commerce. Participating #downtownapexnc businesses will be offering special promotions and remain open late.

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Apex Founders Day is Back, Apex Peak-Tique is New Event!

Apex Founders Day is back in Downtown Apex on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The premier Apex Peak-Tique is coming to #DowntownApexNC the very same weekend – on April 7 and 8, 2017. Hear The Rusty Bucket co-founder Mack Thorpe talk about both events on The Peak City Podcast.

Peak-Tique

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, located in the parking area behind the Tobacco & Mule Exchange and Salem Street Promenade. Thirteen antique dealers from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee will be there with a lot of tent space full of great antiques. For more information, check out the Apex Peak-Tique website at www.apexpeaktique.com.

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 Peak-Tique North Carolina antiques and collectibles antiques and collectibles

Founders Day

The fourth annual Apex Founders Day will be Saturday April 8th from 9am to 5pm in Historic Downtown Apex. 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:
    • Apex Mayor Lance Olive (How the Town of Apex grew – 9:30 to 10:30am)
    • WRAL Meteorolgist Greg Fishel (How weather forecasting came about through the years – 11:00am to 12 noon)
    • Apex Ambassador J.C. Knowles (The history of our State Capital in Raleigh – 2:00 to 3:00pm)
  • 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.

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Small Business Saturday Kickoff Event

small business saturday apex ncPlease join the Apex Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Apex, the Apex Small Business Network and the Apex Downtown Business Association on Tuesday, October 18th at 9:00 am as we celebrate “Kicking Off” of Shop Small Business Saturday. The special shopping day actually takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th.

Come and show your support as Apex takes part for the first time in this national initiative. We will be at the Apex Chamber, 220 North Salem Street for this important event.

J. C. Knowles, President
Apex Downtown Business Association


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Have Fun for Halloween in Downtown Apex NC

Trick or Treat Downtown Apex NC There’s a lot going on at the end of the month in #DowntownApexNC, with Halloween festivities including 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)

Stores will be open late and some will offer discounts to shoppers wearing witch hats for Witches Night Out on Salem Street (Friday Oct. 28). 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)

Here are some specifics on special promotions and discounts for Witches Night Out:
Peak City Grill: Witches’ Brew Martinis for $5
Random 434 Boutique: refreshments, discounts, henna tattoos
Sixpence Accents: Hot cider and 15% off
The Doodling Bug: 20% off
My Girlfriend’s Closet: 20% off, goodies, and adult beverages
The Apex Gallery of Custom Framing: 20% matted prints, sweet treats, and art demonstration
The Rusty Bucket: Food Vendors samples, Jewelry Trunk Show, huge Fall Inventory Sale
Sophie and Mollies: 20% off a single item

Halloween in Downtown Apex NC Then, Trick-or-Treat on Salem Street is the next day, on 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.

Here are some more specifics for Trick or Treat on Salem Street:
Cotton candy, popcorn, and inflatables in front of the Apex Chamber of Commerce
Teal Pumpkin Stations for Allergy-Free Treats

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The Apex Downtown Business Association works alongside local Apex area organizations to bring special events and fun activities to Historic Downtown Apex NC. This makes Downtown Apex unique in the Triangle and Southwest Wake County, North Carolina, for shopping, dining, and fun.
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Apex Music Festival is Back on September 17

Apex Music Festival The Apex Music Festival, formerly the Apex Jazz Festival, is back in Downtown Apex for the 6th time on Saturday, September 17 from 3:00pm to midnight. Populate Productions and the Apex Downtown Business Association have put together a lineup of great bands from around the region and the USA:

Main Stage / Beer & Wine Garden

The Willies  •  from Nashville, TN  •  3:30pm – 5:00pm

Jimbo and the Soupbones  •  from Pittsburgh, PA  •  5:30pm – 7:00pm

Ripe  •  from Boston, MA  •  7:30pm – 9:00pm

Peak City Sound  •  from Apex, NC  •  9:30pm – 12:00am

Venue Performances

Jacob Johnson  •  from Greenville, SC  •  Common Grounds Coffeehouse  •  3:45pm – 6:45pm

Season & Snare  •  from Raleigh, NC  •  The Provincial  •  4:25pm – 7:15pm

Outside Soul  •  from Raleigh, NC  •  The Beer Dispensary  •  6:45pm – 9:45pm

Nick and the Babes  •  from Raleigh, NC  •  Apex Outfitter & Board Co.  •  6:45pm – 8:45pm

Royal & Toulouse  •  from Birmingham, AL  •  The Cigar Vault  •  7:45pm – 10:45pm

Tea Cup Gin  •  from Chapel Hill / Durham, NC  •  La Rancherita  •  4:45pm – 7:45pm

Bashiri Asad  •  from Indianapolis, IN  •  Peak Of The Vine  •  6:00pm – 9:00pm

Andrew Kasab  •  from Chapel Hill / Durham, NC  •  Anna’s Pizzeria  •  7:00pm – 10:00pm

Peak City Blues Project  •  from Apex, NC  •  Salem Street Pub  •  10:00pm – 1:00am

The Peak City Jam Stage

GrayScale Whale  •  3:00pm – 4:30pm

Brothers Egg  •  5:00pm – 7:00pm

AND MORE TO COME!!!!

Check out the website for up-to-date info. There are also a variety of sponsorship opportunities and tickets are also available online right now for just $10!.

Apex Music Festival North Carolina

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The Apex Downtown Business Association works alongside local Apex area organizations to bring special events and fun activities to Historic Downtown Apex NC. This makes Downtown Apex unique in the Triangle and Southwest Wake County, North Carolina, for shopping, dining, and fun.
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Finally Friday is Back in Downtown Apex on April 29

Finally Friday! Finally Friday returns to #downtownapexnc on April 29th from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Finally Friday was started last summer, was a great success, and will make a comeback for the next 6 months. The Apex Downtown Business Association will be bringing live music, food, and family fun to Salem Street on April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 30. On April 29, multi-talented Raleigh musician Andrew Kasab will be performing on folk guitar and harp guitar on Salem Street across from the fire station. Also look for a sidewalk chalk artist, enjoy wine during “sip and stroll,” and check out other artists and musicians at Downtown Apex businesses. Participating #downtownapexnc businesses will be offering special promotions and remain open late.

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Get Custom Farm Tables At The Rusty Bucket

farm tables rusty bucket apex nc That’s right – The Rusty Bucket in #DowntownApexNC makes custom farm tables! Farm Tables, (or “Harvest Tables”) traditionally, were not built by carpenters or cabinetmakers, but by farmers. They used materials they had around the farm to build the one place the family gathered.

Our tables sold in Downtown Apex NC are made locally. Bench built, one at a time just as they were done historically, by local craftsmen using solid wood. No nails or glue are used. These tables are built with pocket screw construction and made to last for generations. The imperfections in our tables are a calling card to a past, recreated here, so family and friends can once again “gather around.”

Come in to the store at 104-A N. Salem St. and take a look at our floor sample. Then decide what style and size you need. We will work with you if you need help deciding the best size for your home, stain and / or paint colors etc. The table is built to meet your specific needs.

There’s no better way to give thanks than to gather family and friends around an enormous table to share a feast. We look forward to making a custom farm table for you that will last for generations to come.

Compare our tables with those in the big box stores. Most of those use some type of laminate and 99% are imports Our tables are made in Apex with solid wood AND you will see that our prices are much more competitive.

Call 919-290-2575 or email shopkeeper@therustybucket.biz for more information.
and check out the Facebook page

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The Apex Downtown Business Association works alongside local Apex area organizations to bring special events and fun activities to Historic Downtown Apex NC. This makes Downtown Apex unique in the Triangle and Southwest Wake County, North Carolina, for shopping, dining, and fun.
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3rd Annual Apex Founders Day is March 19, 2016

The third annual Apex Founders Day celebration is Saturday March 19th, 2016, 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. A map and more details will become available in the next several weeks Some of the activities in the Apex Chamber of Commerce parking area include:

  • Model-A Club
  • Civil War Reenactors
  • Hit & Miss Engines
  • Vintage Tractors
  • Blacksmith
  • Chuck Wagon & Dutch oven cooking
  • Electric cars
  • Vintage Police Equipment
  • Antique Fire Engine
  • Axe Throwing – NCSU Forestry Dept.


Activities located inside the nearby Halle Cultural Arts Center include:

  • Weaving Guild
  • Triangle Potters Guild
  • Speakers on historical subjects: Toby Holleman and Warren Holleman on the history of Apex and SW Wake Co.; Bob Crowley on the New Hope Valley Railway.
  • Quilters Guild
  • Woodturners Guild
  • Rug Hookers Guild
  • Wood Spirit Carvers
  • Mid-West Tool Association

A 5K race (click here for map) will be held in the morning (click here for 5k info).

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The Apex Downtown Business Association works alongside local Apex area organizations to bring special events and fun activities to Historic Downtown Apex NC. This makes Downtown Apex unique in the Triangle and Southwest Wake County, North Carolina, for shopping, dining, and fun.
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