The first Saturday in May each year means just one thing in Apex: Peak Fest!
Dubbed by organizers as a “spectacular street fair,” Peak Fest transforms Apex’s historic downtown into a free, family-friendly day of arts, music and food.
“This year, we have a new and improved Kids Zone, double in size,” said Blaine East of the Apex Festival Commission, “and we’re bringing back the BMX bike exhibition and skateboard demos for a second year, bigger than the first.”
Also new this year is a move to the exclusive use of food trucks at the fest, which East says will help with the organization of festival areas.
The Peak Fest tradition, now in its 34th year, has seen the event grow to welcome more than 200 vendors offering jewelry, pottery and many more arts and crafts, rides and games, live music, and multiple-stage entertainment.
Crowds have grown, too: East said the commission expects 15,000-plus visitors for Saturday’s fest.
To accommodate the crowds, he says local churches open their parking lots, and the town hall lot offers an easy walkway to the fun.
Of note is the kickoff to festival day — a pancake breakfast prepared and served by the Apex Rotary Club in the historic Salem Street Fire Station.
Breakfast is served on Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m., and tickets are available at the door. Cost is $6 per plate, and $3 for children ages 10 and younger.
For more Peak Fest details, including a festival map and full entertainment lineup, see apexpeakfest.com.
Saturday, May 3
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.