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!
Art Walk in Downtown

Art Walk in Downtown

Head Downtown this weekend and take an Art Walk! See the winning En Plein Air canvases 🎨find artists painting in this year’s event 🐅spot Bengal Tigers on Parade and other works that have become part of the growing arts scene in downtown. 🚶From start to finish, it’s just over a mile and there are over 100 local businesses to discover along the way!

Printable Art Walk Map



2018 En Plein Air Paint- Off

2018 En Plein Air Paint- Off

En Plein Air paint-off is an exciting free outdoor event, sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets.

Friday and Saturday afternoon a contest of skills will challenge each artist to create an original painted masterpiece of Fuquay-Varina Downtown’s historic landscape. On Saturday evening a public auction will be held where art enthusiasts will have a chance to take home one of these treasures.

Friday, May 4th: Artists begin to paint in both downtown districts

Saturday, May 5th:
Morning & Late Afternoon: Artists finalize paintings
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Paintings will be judged
6:00PM – Public viewing inside Ann’s Diamond Center
6:30 PM: Winners Announced. Public Auction begins on Depot Street

Discover the work of our 2018 Artists through their sites below &
 look for them painting LIVE in & around Downtown!
We hope you enjoy the scenes and  landmarks that have a place in the story of Fuquay-Varina!
Follow us for sneak peaks on Instagram @fvdowntown
Share your En Plein Air pics #fvdowntown

2018 En Plein Air Printable Tour Map

Printable Art Walk Map

Veronica Samuel
Varina District

Artist Sponsors:
Mary Kelly Craspe
Hamby Family Dentistry

Varina District

Artist Sponsors:
John & Michelle Braxton
Floyd & Tiffany Taylor

Centennial Square
102 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
Merle Norman
Myra Greene
Anne Smith

FV Museums- Ashworth Park
Heritage Day
114 S Aiken St
Artist Sponsors:
Marilyn Gardner
Max & Betty Ashworth
Stephen M. Strader CPA
FV Museums-Ashworth Park
Heritage Day
114 S Aiken St
Artist Sponsors:
Mollie Stephenson
Senter, Stephenson & Johnson, PA
FV Arts Center
123 E Vance St
Artist Sponsors:
John & Patty Byrne
FV Woman’s Club

Ballentine-Spence House
109 E Spring St
Artist Sponsors:
Paul & Jessica Kaplar

Medrith Nuttle
Christofferson Home
504 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
Eric & Mary Christofferson
Beth Austin
Amico-Hunsberger House
508 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
Ann Marie Amico & Jim Hunsberger
Gloria Powell
Something You Boutique
511 Broad St
Artist Sponsors:
Huff & Huff Family Dentistry
Morgan & Perry Law, P.L.L.C.
Adcock Law Firm, PA
202 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
John & Cara Adcock
FV Garden Club
Depot Street
Fuquay District
Artist Sponsors:
Ashworth’s Clothing
Breathing Space
McCormick Family Dentistry
TE Connectivity- Tobacco Barn Park
8000 Purfoy Rd
Artist Sponsors:
John & Sally Stewart
Fred & Rachel Walters
TE Connectivity
Fuquay District
Artist Sponsors:
Massengill Design Build
FV Woman’s Club
An Evening with Friends of Downtown

An Evening with Friends of Downtown

Inline image 2We had the opportunity to host our first Friends of Downtown Thank You party! Our thanks to Felecia Hipp for use of the space and to all of you that helped us celebrate the 25th year of the organization! FVDA’s Roaring 20’s Speakeasy is now on the books!

Joseph Fasy, of Hook and Cleaver Market on Broad, has been a big part of revitalization efforts in downtown and helped us by donating a variety of era appropriate foods for our guests. You should have seen the sparkle in his eyes when we told him the plan. It’s no wonder he was just mentioned in Southern Living and continues to do amazing things in the food industry.

The ladies were dazzling, the gentlemen dapper and Mr. Goodboothprovided the perfect spot to capture the shenanigans. Always a privilege to work with someone who strives to help your event and guests look their best- such a fun addition to any occasion! Thanks Jebb Graff!

Many others to thank for helping us make this evening possible including our Board of Directors for their time and contributions to the event.

Our local breweries: Aviator Brewing CompanyFainting Goat Brewing CompanyThe Mason Jar Lager Company

And local businesses that helped us with treats, decor and prizes!
Chocolate Fix
SUR Furniture
KnB’S Marketplace
4 Tour Farm
Raleigh Rum Company

We all enjoyed the jazzy sounds of Floyd’s Boys Band, a group of local students that put on a great show! There was even a little dancing…

We can’t wait for the next Friends of Downtown event! In the meantime, be on the look out for the downtown event posts and the yearly event card in your water bill and in local businesses. Our thanks to individuals,  non-profits, businesses, the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce and Town of Fuquay-Varina for all they do to make this a great community!