Things to do

Fuquay-Varina Area Chamber of
Commerce Annual Chamber Events

Check for specific event dates and details.

Annual Awards Banquet — An entertaining, social evening affair that sells out each year. New Board members are sworn in, and Citizen of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards are presented.

Run the Quay — 5K run/walk through downtown Fuquay-Varina. Open to runners, walkers and joggers of all ages. The course is certified by USATF. Prizes are awarded to winners in incremental age divisions.

Heritage Golf Tournament — Held each year at one of our member golf courses. Golfers compete for a variety of prizes, with the chance to win a car by sinking a hole-in-one. Dinner follows the tournament.

Day in Downtown — Over 100 craft, art and food vendors selling a variety of items in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The Fuquay Cruisers Club displays their classic cars, while the Fuquay-Varina Revitalization Association hosts a Chili Cook-off with prizes given for the “Best Chili.”

Christmas Parade — Held on the first Sunday in December starting at 3:00 pm. Marching bands from all the local schools and a variety of commercial and handmade floats make their way down Main Street.

Fuquay-Varina Annual Events
• Chamber Annual Awards Banquet
• Celebration of the Outdoors
• Run the Quay 5K
• Celebration of the Arts
• July 3 Independence Day Celebration
• Heritage Golf Tournament
• Day in Downtown Festival
• Chamber Christmas Parade
• Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hospitality & Accommodations
The Fuquay-Varina area offers three options for overnight accommodations:

Comfort Inn
7616 Purfoy Road, Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn & Garden
333 South Main Street, Fuquay-Varina

Microtel Inn & Suites
30 Atkins Place Circle, Fuquay-Varina
(Opening September 2006)


African American
Cultural Complex

119 Sunnybrook Rd., Raleigh
(919) 250-9336
The African American Cultural Complex is a collection of artifacts, documents and displays of outstanding contributions made by African Americans. The collections are housed in several buildings along a picturesque nature trail.

Harris Visitors Center
U.S. 1 South exit 89, Raleigh
(919) 362-3261
Includes the 4,100-acre Harris Lake and the White Oak Nature Trail, with picnic facilities.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
Corner Rock Quarry Rd. & Martin Luther King Blvd, Raleigh
(919) 834-6264
Gardens surround a life-size bronze statue of Dr. King.

North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh
(919) 807-7900
The North Carolina Museum of History is an exciting place to explore North Carolina history. The museum encourages visitors to preserve state, regional, and local history for future generations, and offers programs for adults and children.

North Carolina Railroad Museum
NC Railroad Museum, New Hill
(919) 362-5416
The North Carolina Railroad Museum has vintage trains (many of which are operational) and offers train rides.

Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary
(919) 460-4963
The Page-Walker Arts and History Center is a municipal art center that hosts various art exhibitions throughout the year.

State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh
(919) 733-7417
75-acre open air market.

Wake Forest College Birthplace Museum
414 N. Main St., Wake Forest
(919) 556-2911
Wake Forest College Birthplace Museum is a monument to the founders of Wake Forest College and its students. It houses a large collection of photos, books, college publications, professors’ writings and sports memorabilia.

201 E Davie St., Raleigh
(919) 821-2787
A center for the visual arts that features 44 working artists in open-to-the-public studios.

Contemporary Art Museum
409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh
(919) 836-0088
The Contemporary Art Museum is a visual arts center that serves as a non-collecting museum that encourages and inspires creativity throughout the community.

Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh
Historic farmstead that focuses on Wake County’s agricultural heritage.

Mordecai Historic Park
One Mimosa Street, Raleigh
(919) 834-4844
The park features an antebellum plantation house museum and other historic structures (including Andrew Johnson’s birthplace) to provide a unique glimpse into 19th-century Raleigh.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh
(919) 733-7450 • (877) 462-8724
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest natural history museum in the Southeastern United States.

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
(919) 807-7900
The hall has 4,000-square feet of exhibit space to celebrate North Carolina’s athletes. Members include Arnold Palmer, Dean Smith and Richard Petty.

Playspace Children’s Museum
410 Glenwood Ave, Ste. 150, Raleigh
(919) 832-1212
Playspace is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to the education and development of young children through hands-on, creative and interactive play.

RBC Center (ESA) and Fairgrounds
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
(919) 839-6262
The RBC Center serves as the home of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and NC State University’s men’s basketball. It also hosts a wide variety of other events - including concerts and trade shows.

Capital Area Visitor Information
5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
(919) 807-7950 • (866) 724-8687
Capital Area Visitor Information coordinates visits by groups of 10 or more to state-owned government and cultural attractions.

201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh
(919) 834-4040
Exploris is an interactive museum about the world. The museum connects the world through hands-on exhibits, the arts and programs.

J.C. Raulsten Arboretum at North Carolina State University
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh
(919) 515-3132
Features more than 6,000 varieties of plants from 55 countries.

North Carolina Museum of Art
Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
(919) 839-6262
The North Carolina Museum of Art is one of a handful of museums in the world with both a renowned traditional art collection and a large outdoor art park. The Museum boasts approximately 164 acres and plans to preserve open space, restore varied ecosystems and introduce innovative and accessible programs of art, education and recreation to the public.

North Carolina Solar Center
Western Blvd./Gorman St., Raleigh
(919) 516-3799
Demonstration house and research facility on the North Carolina State University campus.

North Carolina State Capitol
1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
(919) 733-4994
This National Historic Landmark was built in the 1830s.

Pope House Museum
511 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh
(919) 833-4633
The Pope House Museum is the only house museum of an African-American family in North Carolina, and is part of interest in preserving and interpreting the lives of people across lines of race, gender, and socio-economic status. The museum also represents an under-represented time period (1880-1920).

Raleigh City Museum
220 Fayetteville Street Mall, Raleigh
(919) 832-3775
The Raleigh City Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Raleigh - North Carolina’s capital city.


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