Downtown Apex

Parking-to-Dining

Downtown Apex Parking-to-Dining 350Beginning Monday, June 29th, many parallel parking spaces in downtown Apex (on Salem between Saunders and Chatham) will be converted to outdoor seating areas for use by our downtown food and beverage establishments. Our hope is that this expanded outdoor seating will allow downtown businesses to begin regaining some of the capacity lost during the pandemic.

Please keep in mind that this is a temporary conversion, and any barriers or other structures placed along the street will also be temporary.

Four spaces will remain reserved for 15-minute loading/unloading activities. No handicap spaces are lost in this project.

Remember that there are many public parking spaces available within walking distance of downtown - take a look at the parking map!


Historic Downtown Apex

  • Downtown Apex, considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, received official designation as a Historic District in 1994.
  • The Downtown Historic District has commercial/residential buildings dating back to the late 1800s which represent a large variety of architectural styles. Many buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Apex train depot, built sometime between 1867 and 1873, is designated as a Wake County landmark. The depot location marked the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad. An old caboose has been added to the site and serves as a historical museum.

Walking Tour

For information about a walking tour highlighting the Historic Downtown District, contact the Apex Historical Society.

Holiday Historic Homes Tour

A Christmas Historic Home Tour takes place annually on the 1st Sunday in December in the downtown area. For additional information, contact the Apex Historical Society.


Apex Downtown Business Association

The Apex Downtown Business Association (ADBA) is an organization of volunteers, whose mission is to facilitate teamwork, communication, and promotional activities among downtown business owners, community leaders, service organizations, citizens, and sponsors.

Many of the programs and activities that bring thousands of people to Downtown Apex and the surrounding area are sponsored directly by the ADBA, or in partnerships with other local organizations. Some examples are Peakfest, Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Peak City Pigfest, Fourth of July celebration, Trick or Treat on Salem Street, Christmas on Salem Street, and the annual Apex Christmas Parade. These programs and activities undoubtedly lead to increased business revenue and add substantially to the viability of Downtown Apex as a great place to do business.

Visit their website to learn more, and to view a list of their members.


 Apex Farmers Market

The Apex Farmers Market is organized and run by a not-for-profit, dedicated to being a resource to the town of Apex and surrounding communities. It is held in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 220 North Salem Street during the following season:2019 Logo
  • From April to October
  • Every Saturday during open months
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

The following are just some of the items you’ll find at the Apex Farmers Market. Check their website or Facebook page for updates!

  • Baked goods
  • Bath and body products
  • Crafts
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fruit
  • Honey
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Produce