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

Sleigh Rides in Downtown 2019

Sleigh Rides in Downtown 2019

Fuquay-Varina Downtown will host a ticketed Sleigh Ride on Thursday, December 5th 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, Wednesday December 4th at 6:30pm. For info about becoming a Friend

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

Photos by Jebb Graff |

BBQ Blues and Brews 2019 Winners!

BBQ Blues and Brews 2019 Winners!

Thank you to everyone that came out to sample, sip, dance, shop, volunteer, and have a great time with us in Downtown Fuquay-Varina! Here are the winners of the 5th annual BBQ Blues & Brews and some photos from this tasty event! Find more events and where to Shop, Dine, and Play Downtown on our Facebook Page.

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First place:
Rail Dawgs BBQ
Pitmaster Nathan Ellis


Second Place:
Daddy D’s BBQ
Pitmaster Edward Disena


Third Place:
Bangin’ BBQ
Pitmaster Kirk Ashworth


People’s Choice:
H. E. Boyz
Pitmaster Ernie Ratcliff

BBQ, Blues, and Brews

BBQ, Blues, and Brews

This is a fundraising event for the nonprofit 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.

Tasting Tickets are available for purchase the day of event, ticket price to be determined based on number of teams participating. 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.

Cook Teams:
BBQ, Blues & Brews is laid back, fun and profitable event for winners as they compete for bragging rights and Prize Money. Do you have BBQ worth bragging about? Enter your cook team here: Deadline to enter: Oct 25th

Vendor Market:
We have limited space for vendors. $75 for a 10×10 space at this family friendly event that draws thousands of attendees. Submit your application here:

Volunteer for the FUN here!

Trick or Treat in Downtown

Trick or Treat in Downtown

Trick or Treat in Downtown is a Free annual event sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and nearly 100 participating Downtown Businesses. Held on Friday October 25th from 2-5pm, families are invited to dress-up their ghosts and goblins and visit the merchants that display a Trick or Treat poster. Trick or Treat in Downtown is a rain or shine event.


Chili Cook-Off 2019

Chili Cook-Off 2019

Thank you to everyone who made the Downtown Chili Cook-Off fundraiser a huge success! Our cook teams served over 600 samples of chili and the volunteer crew made set-up and ticket sales a breeze! It was a great day to taste local chili and attend the Town’s Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival!
Special thanks to our Judges: Michelle from Lights Unlimited, Paula from Tsuru Sweets & Coffee, and Daniel from NC Transmission. Winners received prize money and cauldrons made by Piedmont Pottery.