Annual Events Hosted in Downtown Fuquay-Varina

First Friday

April 5, 2019 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

First Fridays is an event put on by merchants and restaurants in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Select merchants will offer extended hours and specials while the restaurants will provide live entertainment and dinner/drink specials

Play the Quay Miniature Golf Tournament

April 6, 2019 12:00 PM- 6:00 PM

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.

Easter Egg Hunt

April 13, 2019 10:00 AM

The Easter Bunny hops into town a week early on Saturday, April 13th at 10 am bringing thousands of eggs to South Park in Fuquay-Varina for the Town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Grab a basket or bag and plan to bring the kids for what has become a wonderful Fuquay-Varina tradition. Children ages 10 and under are invited to participate. The Easter Bunny is eager to pose with kids, so make sure to bring a camera.

Downtown Candy Hop 

April 13th, 2019 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

After 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. The Easter Bunny and Spring Chick will be joining in the fun for some adorable photo ops!

Dinner on Depot Street + Depot After Dark 

April 27th, 2019 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM

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.

Dinner on Depot combines delicious food, great company, entertainment, live auction and dancing. Wine and beer will be 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 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! We can’t wait to see you on Depot Street for 2019’s Kentucky Derby themed event!

Dinner on Depot Ticket Information:
Cost: $75 per person
Dinner on Depot Ticket includes Depot After Dark admission.
March 7th- Tickets on Sale to Friends of Downtown
March 25th- Tickets on Sale to public

* Depot After Dark is included with a Dinner on Depot ticket. If you are not purchasing a Dinner ticket, you may purchase a Depot After Dark Ticket. Arrive and enter the event through The Mill.

International Cultural Festival

April 27th, 2019 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Come experience and learn about the cultural expressions of a wide variety of peoples from around the globe.

Museums’ Heritage Day

May 4th, 2019 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Dedication of the Caboose # 375 & recognition of volunteers.
Guests: House in the Horse Shoe Museum
Trolley Tours of Town for newcomers.
All museums will be open.
Hopefully the Fire Department truck will be refurbished and available for the day.

Senior Services Expo

May 6th, 2019 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

The Senior Services Council organizes and hosts an annual Senior Services Expo in Fuquay-Varina. This year’s event will again be held at Fire Station #1 in the heart of the downtown Fuquay retail district. The event provides a resource fair with over 40 providers that offer insight, expertise, and solutions for aging adults and their caregivers.

FM2FV Concert: Band of Oz

May 9th, 2019 6:30 AM- 9:30 PM

Band of Oz plays the final spring FM2FV concert on May 9th at Centennial Square in Fuquay-Varina! Join us for this fun, free concert series that features the perfect blend of music and local flavor. Food and beverage trucks will be on site. There’s also a free kids area featuring Mimi the Clown. FM2FV is sponsored by Ting.

En Plein Air Paint-Off

May 17th + 18th, 2019 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM

On May 17th & 18th, artists from across the region will share their talents and capture the beauty of Fuquay-Varina on canvas! Since 2012, Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association has been able to support local artists and provide public art with this event that quickly became a community favorite!

A spirited auction will be held Saturday, May 18th at 7pm in the new Fuquay-Varina Arts Center. Artists turn their paintings in at 5:00pm. Public viewing begins at 6:30pm. Community and triangle area art patrons will go head to head as they bid to take home these one-of-a-kind works of art! Be one of the very few that can say “I have an original” from the 2019 contest!

Artists, please submit your applications by April 12th to the following website –

Run the Quay

June 1st, 2019 7:00 AM- 10:30 AM

A trio of races including a family friendly 5k, challenging 10k and the 15-Quay Challenge through historic downtown Fuquay-Varina.

Independence Day Celebration

July 3rd, 2019 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Come celebrate our great Nation at South Park!
Gates open at 6 pm
Spare Change plays at 6:30 pm
Free kids rides
Splash Pad open 6 to sundown
Fireworks at sundown, however, timing may vary depending on weather conditions.

Ice Cream Social

July 15th, 2019 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Any day is a good day to eat ice cream, but National Ice Cream Day seems very official, so let’s make it a date!  

Join us on Sunday, July 15 from 4 – 6 pm at the Fuquay Mineral Spring Park, where our town’s history began, to celebrate National Ice Cream Day and our town!  Free ice cream, iced tea and lemonade will be served.  

Night Out Against Crime

August 6th, 2019 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Join the men and women of the FVPD to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime at the Fuquay-Varina Police Department. Learn about crime prevention, police-community partnerships, community oriented policing and neighborhood watch during our open house event. Meet the officers that work within your community and take home valuable information to assist in creating a crime-free community! 

FM2FV Concerts

September 5th + 19th, 2019 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM

All concerts are at Centennial Square.
At every concert, we feature local breweries, food trucks and a free kids zone with Mimi the Clown!  Join us for a dash more fun in Fuquay-Varina at the Follow Me to Fuquay- Varina concerts.

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

October 5th, 2019 10:00 PM- 4:00 PM

A dash more festive… live entertainment, craft beer, food, the downtown chili-cook-off, art vendors, a free kids zone and YOU! Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Downtown Chili Cook-Off

October 5th, 2019 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Join us at Celebrate Fuquay-Varina for our Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off!

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

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

FM2FV Concert

October 10th, 2019 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM

A dash more festive… live entertainment, craft beer, food, the downtown chili-cook-off, art vendors, a free kids zone and YOU! Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Fire Department Open House

October 12th, 2019 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Join us for fire prevention, safety planning and FUN!

All Day: Fire Station Tours and Equipment Displays, Fire and Life Safety Displays,Safety Games with Prizes, Smokey the Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, and Pete the Paramedic Panda!

Town Haunted Trail

October 19th, 2019 4:30 AM- 9:30 PM

Please join us for a light-hearted, sun-lit, fun walk through the trail! Attendees are encouraged to wear their costumes and to interact with the characters they meet along the trail. This trail is appropriate for young children and their families.

Cost: Free
Parking: Park at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center and take the shuttle bus to Carroll Howard Johnson Park. You may also park at the Community Center and walk the Jeff Wells Trail to Carroll Howard Johnson Park. Shuttles run from 4:30pm-9:30pm. Flashlights are recommended for those who choose to arrive at the event via the Jeff Wells Trail.

Trick or Treat in Downtown

October 25th, 2019 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Trick or Treat in Downtown is a Free annual Halloween event sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and participating Downtown Businesses.

Held from 2-5pm, families are invited to dress-up their ghosts and goblins and visit the merchants that display the sign, “Trick or Treat Here!”

BBQ, Blues and Brews

November 9th, 2019 1:00 PM- 5:00 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.

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. Do you have BBQ worth bragging about? Submit request to enter your team to

Vendor Market:
We have limited space for vendors. $100 for a 10x10 space at this family friendly event that draws thousands of attendees. Submit your request for application to

Town Tree Lighting

December 5th, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM

In addition to the tree lighting and performances by local choral groups, there will be an ice-skating rink and other holiday fun including visits with Santa. Sponsored by the Town of Fuquay-Varina, this event is free.

Downtown Sleigh Ride

December 5th, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

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

Chamber Christmas Parade

December 8th, 2019 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

The annual Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade is held on the first Sunday of December every year at 3:00 pm in the Historic Downtown Fuquay District. The event brings out town residents and the streets are lined with children and families cheering as their favorite entries pass by.

Our town is growing year after year and so is our parade so we decided to change up our parade route, just a little…

This year our parade will flow in reverse! The same areas will be covered but the traffic flow will be improved.

Bring your soccer chairs and blankets for the kids to sit on the curb, and enjoy one of the most treasured community events in Fuquay-Varina!

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