Annual Events Hosted in 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 21st, 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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