Become a Friend of Downtown

Become a Friend of Downtown

We 💗 you, Friends! On this Valentine’s #FriendshipFriday, we wanted to share what it means to be a Friend of Downtown and how you can Become a Friend! As a small nonprofit, your Friendship is HUGE to us! The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association (FVDA) relies on support from all of you to help sustain our mission to Build Community & Support Local. Below are a few of the things we are proud to do:

*Host events & activities throughout the year, including:
*Play the Quay
*Candy Hop
*Dinner on Depot
*En Plein Air Paint-Off & Auction
*Chili Cook-Off
*Ghost Tours
*Trick or Treat
*BBQ, Blues & Brews
*Small Business Saturday
*Sleigh Rides

*Coordinate with other community organizations and nonprofits

*Offer continuing education opportunities

*Support small business in a variety of ways

*Partner with the Town of Fuquay-Varina to administer the NC Main Street Program and maintain accreditation with the National Main Street Program

Our story began over two decades ago with a group of a few individuals that saw a need for downtown, the heart of the community, to be revitalized. Hundreds have since joined in the efforts to make Fuquay-Varina Downtown a thriving destination for entrepreneurs building a business, residents enjoying time with family and friends, and visitors enjoying the history and charm of our unique districts.

In 2018, we celebrated their achievements with a 25th Anniversary Friends Thank You Party that became an annual themed event. We’d love to invite you to this year’s celebration!

When you become a Friend, you also receive:
*Annual I’m a Friend window cling
*Dinner on Depot priority ticket purchase option
*Sleigh Ride Fast Pass Tickets

Become a Friend by Wednesday, February 19th and you’ll receive your Evite to the 80’s celebration on Friday, February 28th from 7-9pm. (We keep the location a “surprise” until the week of.)

How to Become a Friend:
*Donate as a Family ~ $100
*Donate as a Business ~ $150
*Or Become a Sponsor and become more involved in all we do!

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you downtown soon,

Dawn, Rachel & Delaney

Play the Quay Miniature Golf Tournament

Play the Quay Miniature Golf Tournament

Join us on April 6th for the Inaugural Play the ‘Quay Mini Golf Tournament, where downtown businesses and organizations are creating putt-putt holes for you to play. All you need is a 4-person team to compete, have fun and win prizes! Must be 21 or older to participate.

The cost of entry is $20 per person ($80 per team) and funds raised go to support the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association.  Hurry, the number of teams allowed to play will be capped.

Tee time is 12pm on Saturday, April 6th. All teams start at the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association office at 108 Raleigh St to collect their scorecards and course map.

How does it work? The teams will visit each business to play the holes on the course. Every team member plays each hole to build the team’s score. No need to drive – the Century 21 Trolley will shuttle teams between the FVDA office in downtown Fuquay and a central location in downtown Varina.

After playing the course, the teams will turn in their scorecards at Vicious Fishes Tap & Kitchen for judging and the Awards Party. If there are ties, a tiebreaker hole will be played at Vicious Fishes. Teams will win prizes in the following categories:

  • Lowest total score

  • Most hole in ones

  • Best team name

  • Best team “uniform”

The Rules:

  • Each team must have 4 participants. The scores of all 4 members of the team are added up to calculate the team’s score for each hole

  • A 5 stroke maximum per player on each hole. Please do not try to putt out if you are unable to finish a hole in 5 strokes.

  • If the hole has one, hitting into a hazard earns an automatic 1 stroke penalty. The player is then allowed to putt out the hole, using no more than 5 total strokes.

  • If a course has walls, the “putt head length” rule is in place if a ball settles next to a wall

See you Downtown to Play the Quay!


12:00 PM Teams collect scorecards and course map at Fuquay-Varina Downtown office, 108 Raleigh St


Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association

108 Raleigh St, Fuquay Varina, 27526, United States


$20 per person

$80 per team

Christmas Decorating Contest

Christmas Decorating Contest

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” Buddy the Elf. Downtown businesses love spreading Christmas cheer by decorating their storefronts and some entered into a friendly contest. Choose one winner in the survey here!
Participants are:
Ashworth’s Clothing
Chocolate Fix
Front Porch Realty
KnB’S Marketplace
Merle Norman Cosmetics Fuquay-Varina
Original Strength Institute
Revelry Barber & Shave Shop
Something You Boutique – Women’s Shoes, Jewelry and Apparel
The Mill



Sleigh Ride November 29th

Sleigh Ride November 29th

Fuquay-Varina Downtown will host a ticketed Holiday Sleigh Ride on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm 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. For info about becoming a Friend, please visit our website

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


*** General Admissions Ticket Information ***
We are unable to presell & No requests to hold tickets can be honored.

Where can tickets be purchased?
108 Raleigh Street – FVDA Office

When can they be purchased?
Wednesday afternoon – November 28
6:30pm Doors open to the office

How much are the tickets?
$3.00 Each
Maximum of 4 tickets per adult
Children under 2 can ride on a parents lap for free.

*** Sponsors and Friends of Downtown ***
Your donation benefit of Fast Pass Tickets can be picked up November 19 & 20th (from 10-2pm) 108 Raleigh Street
Email for other times:

Due to the horses only being able to pull the sleigh for a limited amount of time there are limited number of tickets for this event.

BBQ, Blues and Brews- November 17th

BBQ, Blues and Brews- November 17th

Originally scheduled for September 22, this event will now be held on November 17th from 1 PM – 5 PM.
This is a fundraising event for Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and features things people love about North Carolina: BBQ, Blues, and Craft Beer! Guests are encouraged to sample delicious BBQ, savor a unique selection of locally brewed beer and enjoy live music. Join the fun at the old Stephens Hardware Building- 405 East Broad Street. Got BBQ worth bragging about? Enter your cook team here:
$10.00 per 10 Tasting tickets – available for purchase the day of event. The BBQ always sells out before the end of the day, so come early if you want to sample the best BBQ around! BBQ, Blues & Brews is laid back, fun and profitable event for winners as they compete for bragging rights and Prize Money. We hope to see you there!