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.

What’s Happening November and December 2017 in Downtown Apex

Downtown Apex fall 2017The last two months of the year are definitely some of the most fun and enjoyable in #DowntownApexNC. November brings delightfully cool weather and fall colors, and is a great time to shop and dine in Downtown Apex before the busy holiday season. But don’t stop there – the holiday season is also a great time to shop #DowntownApexNC for unique gifts. There’s plenty to find in a variety of unique local shops, and a great lunch or dinner can be had right here as well. Also, don’t forget the wide array of personal and professional services businesses located in Downtown Apex, from insurance and investments to hair salons to lawyers.

Shop Small Downtown Apex NC 2017Small Business Saturday is the day to think outside the big box and #ShopSmallApex for the holidays. Come downtown on Saturday November 25 for some great shopping and dining. Hey y’all – why not just skip the Black Friday craziness in 2017, do something more fun, park the car just once (hassle-free!), and shop small in Downtown Apex!

Downtown Apex NC Christmas 2017Christmas on Salem Street will be celebrated on December 1st and 2nd in #DowntownApexNC. On Friday night, December 1st, the festivities include the official annual Apex Christmas tree lighting, caroling, and sleigh rides. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the children. There will be merry making all up and down Salem Street, the stores will be packed with goodies and gifts that will make for a wonderful magical Christmas in Apex. This is all part of the reason Apex is the #1 small town in the USA. On Saturday night, December 2nd, the annual Christmas parade will be held at 5:00pm. On Sunday, December 3rd, the Apex Historical Society will once again offer historic homes tours.

CLICK HERE for all the information on Christmas on Salem Street, and PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS FOR CARRIAGE RIDES WILL SOLD ONLINE ONLY beginning on November 19 (details coming soon with links). Tickets for Kiddy Train Rides will be sold online as well, and will also be available on December 1st at the corner of Saunders and Salem Streets unless all of the tickets sell out online before the event.

New Hope Valley Railway Operated April to December

New Hope Valley Railway Bonsal NC The New Hope Valley Railway provides train rides with both steam and diesel locomotives on weekends and selected Wednesdays from April 8 to December 10 in 2017. 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.

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 Apex Police Capt. Jacques Gilbert and Blue Lights College.

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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.