Annual Events

Fuquay-Varina Downtown is proud to host these premiere events every year in our beautiful downtown. Sponsorship and Volunteer opportunities are available for these events. Contact us to become a sponsor or a volunteer.

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Trick Or Treat

Friday October 28, 2022

No tricks, just treats for everyone who loves costumes, candy and having a Happy Halloween! This free annual event is sponsored by the FVDA and nearly 100 participating downtown businesses. Typically held the Friday before Halloween, you’re invited to bring your ghosts & goblins to visit the merchants that display a Trick or Treat poster in their windows!

Trick or Treat in Downtown is a rain or shine event.

Event Details & Pro Tips

Trick or Treat in Downtown is a Free annual event sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and participating Downtown Businesses. Held from 2-5 because the largest number of businesses are able to participate and welcome trick or treaters. Families are invited to dress up their ghosts and goblins and visit the businesses in both downtown districts. Look for the sign “Trick or Treat Here!”


Pro Tips:
  • Want ALL of the treats? Visit both districts- Fuquay on Main St. & Varina on Broad St.
  • Little trek for little tricksters? Visit Varina district and walk both sides of Broad St. for approx 20 Trick or Treat spots
  • Treats Galore for kids who can walk a little more? Visit Fuquay district on Main and side streets for approx. 50 Trick or Treat spots
  • The event is Rain or Shine. Thanks to FVPD for providing support for the safety of pedestrians.
Fuquay-Varina Downtown
Fuquay-Varina Downtown

BBQ, Blues, & Brews

Saturday November 12, 2022 12-4 pm at 405 Broad St.

This FVDA fundraiser can be tricky to say, but if you love anything about the name, you don’t want to miss it! Sample delicious BBQ from competing cook teams, sip a unique selection of locally brewed beer, and enjoy live music performances. Tasting tickets are available for pre-purchase. Due to the nature of the event, dogs are not allowed. This event is rain or shine.

Shop Small

Saturday November 26, 2022

Support Small Business when you spend the day enjoying Fuquay-Varina’s two downtown districts! Whether you’re a local or just visiting, we hope you discover the variety of unique businesses that our town has to offer. Your purchase supports our neighbors and makes a huge impact in our community!

Shop local in Downtown Fuquay-Varina, NC
Fuquay-Varina Downtown

Sleigh Rides In Downtown

Thursday December 1, 2022

Add a little magic to your holiday with a ride on a horse drawn sleigh! The FVDA hosts a ticketed sleigh ride during the Town Christmas Tree Lighting. Tickets are distributed to Sponsors & Friends of Downtown in the weeks before the event. Information about any remaining tickets available for sale to the public will be posted a few days before the event. Rides typically begin at TR Ashworth Station (120 S Main St) in the Fuquay District.

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Candy Hop

Saturday April 9, 2022

Easter bunnies, eggs, and candy galore!

Bring your Peeps downtown during this family favorite event! Hop along Main & Broad Streets and fill your Easter baskets with treats from participating merchants and make some memories along the way. The Easter Bunny and Spring Chick join in the fun for adorable photo ops!

The Downtown Candy Hop is rain or shine, immediately following the Town of Fuquay-Varina Egg Hunt. 

Dinner On Depot Street

Saturday June 11, 2022

Gather under the lights on Depot Street to celebrate Fuquay-Varina’s Historic Downtown and the people that make it such a special place. Dinner on Depot combines delicious food, great company, entertainment, a live auction and dancing. Wine and beer are available for purchase.

This is a ticketed Fundraising and Downtown Awards Event that started in 2013 and has become an anticipated yearly event. Sponsors and Friends of Downtown receive advanced purchase options before any remaining tickets are offered to the public. Since dinner seating is limited, Depot After Dark* was added as the “afterparty” in 2017 so that more friends can join in the fun! 

Fuquay-Varina Downtown
Fuquay-Varina Downtown

Depot After Dark

Saturday June 11, 2022

The Dinner on Depot “After Party” is for anyone who can’t make it to Dinner! Seating at Dinner on Depot is limited and tickets sell out quickly, so this late night bonus is for guests who aren’t able to get a dinner ticket or who just need to be fashionably late to the fun. Entertainment and dancing to music on Depot Street is included with a ticket.

En Plein Air

Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7, 2022

Artists from across the region share their talents and capture the beauty of Fuquay-Varina! Since 2012, Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association has been able to support local artists and provide public art. This event offers a variety of ways to be involved: sponsor an artist, watch artists at work as they paint, enjoy an Art Walk through Downtown to see finished paintings on display in businesses and view enlarged canvases of past winners installed on building facades. Prints from each year’s winning art are available for purchase. A fan favorite, this showcases the talent and beauty of our community, as well as sharing an age old past time – painting outside in open air!

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Fuquay-Varina Town Chili Cookoff

The Chili Cook-Off

Part of the town’s Celebrate Fuquay-Varina, the Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off is an annual favorite!

Individuals, businesses, and non-profit groups show off their cooking skills and compete for prize money and bragging rights!

A panel of Judges determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners through a blind-tasting. Attendees vote to determine the People’s Choice winner with a $10 tasting ticket. Tasting begins at 11:00am until the chili is gone…come early!