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Fuquay-Varina (Fuquay is pronounced few-kway and colloquially know just s Fuquay) is a small town in the south-westernmost tip of Wake County. It is a charming little town that is actually made up of two towns (Fuquay and Varina) that used to be independent but grew into each other and became one. It's kind of sweet, really.

The charm of the dual historic districts is one of the main attractions to Fuquay.

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Broad Street and Main Street, the two historic districts, are walkable communities full of shops, restaurants and activities.

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Things to do downtown...

Check downtown the calendar for events. On a given night you might find Game Night @ The Mill, Music Bingo @ Fainting Goat or Wine Down Wednesdays.

Go Antiquing at Bostic & Wilson

Get a chocolate fix at Chocolate Fix.

Buy your sweetie some flowers at Flowers on Broad

Consign your children's clothes at Glittery Frog

Try out some tea or lotion samples or buy a new hat at The Mad Hatter

Do your part to reduce waste: Buy a new piece at SUR Furniture - Recycled and Upcycled furniture store.

Centennial Square Downtown Varina

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Image courtesy of Town of Fuquay-Varina

Centennial Square is the downtown location for the FM2FV summer concert series.

Parks & Greenways

Fuquay-Varina is home to 21 parks with over 300 acres of greenspace. 

Fleming Loop Park hosts the annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest every Memorial day.

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Image courtesy of Town of Fuquay-Varina

South Park is a 25 acre park with some really great amenties! The park is adjacent to the community center, making it a great place to get some exercise after a class. Amenities include:

  • Splash Pad
  • Large Event Field
  • Multiple Sports Fields
  • Batting Cage
  • Covered Picnic Area
  • Walking Track
  • Playground
  • Trail Head to Jefferson Wells Trail
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Images courtesy of the Town of Fuquay-Varina

The Fuquay Varina Dog Park is an 8 acre park with space for both small and large dogs. The park is free to the public. See the link for rules and more information.

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Image courtesy of Town of Fuquay-Varina
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Image Courtesy of South Wake Park Project

The South Wake Park Project is the newest park planned for Fuquay-Varina. Formerly the Crooked Creek Golf Course, this stunning 220+ acre property with over 4.5 miles of paved walking trails, bridges, streams and other well maintained landscaping will be the 10th addition to the Wake County Parks System.

The Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Park is a 28 acre natural park on the south side of Fuquay. This rustic park allows visitors to enjoy the outdoors with natural bridges, woodlands, streams, vista overlooks and the local flora and fauna.

Cultural Resources

Fuquay-Varina Museum Complex

The Fuquay-Varina Museum Complex sits on the grounds of Ashworth Park. It is a collection of historic buildings... including Fuquay's original 2 room school house, a restored caboose, a 100 year old log barn and the 1902 Fuquay Post Office.

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Images courtesy of Fuquay-Varina Museums

Fuquay-Varina Arts Center

The Fuquay Arts Center is designated to open in spring of 2018. The center will be housed in the updated and renovated Hudson Belk building. it will include a 300-seat theatre, classrooms, a digital lab, paint and dance studios, an art gallery and performance support areas.

  • 300-seat theatre
  • Classrooms
  • A Digital Lab
  • Paint & Dance Studios
  • An Art Gallery
  • Performance Support Areas
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Image courtesy of the Town of Fuquay

Restaurants & Breweries

There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Fuquay Varina. The below selections are the most popular.


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Zeera serves centuries old Indian cuisine, specializing in Indian breads(Naan), meats grilled in tandoor, variety of curries,and biryani.

Rock Harbor Grill provides great food prepared by their executive chef, as well as classic bar food and entertainment 4 nights a week.

Authentic New York Pizza and Italian menu is served in a historic downtown environment at Anna's Pizza.

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Come experience authentic, Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere at Garibaldi.

Assagios is a family-owned, counter-serve pizza joint also offering calzones, Italian pasta entrees & salads.

One of two locations in Southern Wake County, The Mason Jar serves up southern hospitality with their casual food, draft microbrews and cocktails.


Fuquay has embraced the craft brewing movement. Both Main Street and Broad Street have a tap house and Aviator, downtown Fuquay's tap house, has a separate brewery serving the international beer export community. Aviator also has a smokehouse where they hand smoke the freshest meats you can get.

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Fainting Goat Brewery is located in downtown Varina. Fainting Goat produces high-quality, handcrafted beer in small batches. They also host regular events. Check their website to see their event calendar.

Aviator has been voted the Best Brewery in the Triangle among other accolades. They produce 24 different beers that are distributed throughout North Carolina. The brewery offers tours, or you can visit them at the tap house or smoke house.

Did you know...?

In 2017, 36% of homes sales were new construction

and 1.6% of home sales were historic homes.

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Festivals and Events

There is always something going in in Fuquay! The town hosts a huge number of annual events every year. In addition to the standard holiday events such as Sleigh Rides, Christmas Tree Lighting and Easter Egg Hunt, there are other creative events such as...

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All event images courtesy of Fuquay Varina Downtown

You can get more information and find more events at Fuquay Varina Downtown's website.

Farms & Markets

Even though Fuquay is growing rapidly, it still has the feel of a rural small town. A very active small town, but still small and country. The area surrounding Fuquay is still beautiful countryside and it is dotted with farms and beautiful pasture and crop land.

And so in Fuquay, we have a lot of farms. In addition to the farmers market, there are also options for CSA's, agri-tourism and horse farms.

The Fuquay-Varina Growers Market sells local NC products every Saturday and Wednesday in Centennial Square in Downtown Varina. The 16 local vendors sell everything form pasture raised meats, to soaps, and other handcrafted products.

For more information, go to Fuquay Varina Growers Market's webpage.

Holland Farms and Produce is a small family farm stand on the corner of Purfoy Road and Holland Road. They sell all varieties of jams and jellies as well as honey and handmade products like candles. You can learn more about Holland Farms at their Facebook page.

Hilltop Farms is a certified organic farm that provides a CSA box in season to it's members. Pickup is at the farm or in designated locations around the Triangle. To learn more about the farm, including how to join, see Hilltop Farm's website. 

Naylor Family Farm is a agritourism farm that grows fresh vegetables spring through fall, as well as decorative crops such as gourds and mums in the fall. 

In addition to food crops, the farm is designed around an entertaining experience with the following activities...

  • Corn Maze
  • Gem Mining
  • Jump Pad
  • Tire Mountain
  • Farm Animals
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hay Rides
  • Picnic Area
  • Corn Box
  • Farm Tower Fort
  • Barrel Trail
  • Campfires
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Photo courtesy of Naylor Family Farm

Horse Farms

If you enjoy horses, there are several facilities in Fuquay that provide both boarding and lessons.

Iron Horse Farms full service and pasture boarding as well as hay sales and on farm beef sales. For more information, see their website.

Pepperwood Farm full service horse boarding facility on 118 acres with multiple barns. Pepperwood also offers horses for sale. See their website for more information. 

Ballentine Farms Riding Academy is a family owned, riding and boarding facility. They offer private and group lessons as well as birthday parties and camps for winter, summer and track out. (If you are not yet familiar with Wake County's different school calendars, you can learn more here.) See Ballentine Farms website to learn more about their services.

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About the Author Ellen Pitts

Ellen is the founder of Harmony Realty, a socially conscious realty company. Ellen believes in empowering her clients through education and open communication. Ellen is a number-cruncher at heart and takes great pleasure in following and analyzing the trends of the housing industry. She loves communicating the big picture to her clients and helping them to understand how the market affects their sale or purchase. Her honest and down-to-earth approach allows her clients to make informed and intelligent decisions to get the most out of their offers and negotiations.

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