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.

Follow us on our social media accounts for updates, details, and information about our events throughout the year.

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Candy Hop

Easter bunnies, eggs and candy galore!

Normally following the Town’s Easter Egg Hunt, hop on over to Downtown Fuquay-Varina for more Easter fun at the Candy Hop.

Downtown merchants supply candy and goodies while parents take children shop to shop with baskets to collect the treats. And be sure to spot the Easter Bunny and Spring Chick who sometimes join in on the fun, making for some adorable photo ops! Even in the rain or the shine!

Dinner On Depot Street

Friends of Fuquay-Varina Downtown gather under the lights on Depot Street to celebrate Fuquay-Varina’s Historic Downtown and the people that make it such a special place. Located just to the side of The Mill on Depot Street, Dinner on Depot combines delicious food, great company, entertainment, live auction and dancing. Wine and beer are available for purchase at the event.

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 option before any remaining tickets are offered to the public. Since dinner seating is limited, Depot After Dark* was added as the “after-party” in 2017 so that more friends can join in the fun!

Fuquay-Varina Downtown
Fuquay-Varina Downtown

Depot After Dark

Since Dinner on Depot became such a popular event and dinner seating was limited, the option to attend Depot After Dark became available in 2017. Tickets purchased for the main event include tickets to the “after-party”, but can also be purchased separately from the main event to accommodate more guests who just want to enjoy the entertainment, and dancing.

A bonus for anyone who can’t make it to the dinner, but want to also join in on all the fun afterwards! 

En Plein Air

Follow along as we visit with artists for the En Plein Air Paint-Off bringing Fuquay-Varina’s beauty to life on canvas with opportunities to sponsor one of the artists, meet the artists at the art walk, and bid on your favorites at the auction. You can buy prints from each year’s event with proceeds benefitting the non-profit Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and the local artists.

A fan favorite, as it brings the love of art to the community as well as sharing an age-old pass time of painting out in the open air! 


Fuquay-Varina Downtown
Fuquay-Varina Downtown

The Chili Cook-Off

As a small part of a larger town-wide event known as Celebrate, the Chili Cook-Off is an annual favorite at the event!

Individuals, businesses, and non-profit groups show off their cooking skills and compete for prize money and bragging rights! Dozens of teams line up to compete each year! Attendees vote to determine the People’s Choice winner, and a panel of Judges determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners through a blind-tasting.

Tasting normally begins at 11:00am until the chili is gone…so plan to come early! Tickets are available to purchase at the tent on the day and usually start 15 minutes prior to the tasting. 

Trick Or Treat

Love Halloween? Love dressing up? Love free candy?

Trick or Treat in Downtown is a free annual event sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and nearly 100 participating Downtown Businesses.

Normally held from 2-5pm, families are invited to dress-up their ghosts and goblins and visit the merchants that display a Trick or Treat poster in their windows!

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

Fuquay-Varina Downtown
Fuquay-Varina Downtown

BBQ, Blues, & Brews

This is a fundraising event for the nonprofit Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and features the best of local BBQ, Blues music, and Craft Beer! Guests are encouraged to sample delicious BBQ, sip a unique selection of locally brewed beer and enjoy live music. Join the fun at the old Stephens Hardware Building- 405 East Broad Street.

Tasting Tickets are available for purchase the day of event. The BBQ always sells out, so come early if you want to sample the best BBQ around! Due to the crowds and loud music, this is not an event that pets will enjoy. Please leave them in the comfort of home.

Shop Small

Support Small Business when you spend the day shopping in Fuquay-Varina’s two downtown districts! Find all the unique and quirky businesses that our great town has to offer!

Shop Small – Support Local, is a great way to give back to our neighborhood small businesses and make an impact for the better in our community!

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Fuquay-Varina Downtown

Sleigh Rides In Downtown

Love the feel of riding in a sleigh, pulled by two gorgeous horses, even when there is no snow on the ground? Then this event is for you!

Fuquay-Varina Downtown hosts a ticketed Holiday Sleigh Ride-on wheels- during the Town Christmas Tree Lighting. Tickets are distributed to Sponsors & Friends of Downtown. Remaining tickets are available to the public at a ticket sale the night before the Sleigh Ride. 

The sleigh ride is usually located at TR Ashworth’s Station (120 S. Main Street) in the historic Fuquay District.

Cash For Christmas

Shop Small & Enter to Win Cash for Christmas Crawl.

Spend at least $100 in total purchases at participating locations, which will be listed before the event takes place. Send your receipts to by the specified date and you’ll be entered to win Cash For Christmas! One entry is given per $100 spent. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association will draw a winner one day each week in December! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates and other information about holiday happenings!

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