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.

September 2017 in Downtown Apex

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)

Finally, when the end of September comes around, Finally Friday, is back in #DowntownApexNC on Friday, September 29. As usual, there will be special promotions at shops and eateries, live music on Salem Street, and most stores will be open until 9:00pm.

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.

2017 Apex Music Festival Performances


Blackfoot Gypsies : 3:30 – 5:00pm
Magic City Hippies : 5:30 – 7:00pm
Andy Frasco & the U.N. : 7:30 – 9:00pm
Peak City Sound : 9:30 – 11:30pm
(Apex’s Own – Keeping the Closeout Party Tradition Alive!)

Boom Unit Brass Band : 3:00 – 4:00pm
The War and Treaty : 4:30 -6:30pm
Molly Stevens : 7:00 – 8:30pm
Tea Cup Gin : 9:00 – 10:30pm


August Is Ours @ Common Grounds Coffee Apex
3:45 – 4:45 & 6:45 – 7:45pm

West King String Band @ 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 @ Peak Of The Vine
5:30 – 8:30pm

Davis Messina Band @ Peak Of The Vine
9:00 – 11:00pm

Carolina Wray @ Apex Outfitter & Board Co.
7:00 – 8:00pm & 9:00 – 10:00pm

Claybrook @ Anna’s Pizzeria – Apex
3:30pm – 5:00pm & 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Retro Candy @ Salem Street Pub
10:00pm – 12:00am

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

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Apex Farmers Market 2017 Season

NC Agriculture The Apex Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April 22 to October 14 this year. The Market will be closed for PeakFest on May 6, Peak City Pig Fest on June 17, and Apex Music Festival on September 16. 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.

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.

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 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.