It’s Back, and It’s a Dash More Festive: 2021 Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival


After a year in 2020 where we saw outdoor festivals nationwide canceled, the Summer of 2021 brought about much hope. We eventually saw larger gatherings slowly returning. Thus, many of us wondered and wished that the great local events we’ve grown accustomed to would to. You have already seen the fantastic community vibe in your new hometown of Fuquay Varina. You’ve seen it even closer to home in your new house in the South Lakes neighborhood. Now, with all the great events across town returning, you will be able to enjoy that spirit firsthand. There may be no bigger town event to do just that than the upcoming Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival

For those familiar, there have been varying times and days in the past for the Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival. However, the 2021 event will just be a one-day extravaganza. As always, the event will be held in the heart of town, Downtown Fuquay Varina. It will be on Saturday, October 2, starting at 10:00 am. The 2021 Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival will run until 4:00 pm. The slogan for this year’s event is “A Dash More Festive.”

A Dash More…Entertainment at the 2021 Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival

Yes, this years’ event is a “Dash More Festive,” but for those longing, since 2019 Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival, you can rest assured there will once again be a “dash more entertainment.” As has been the case in years previous, there will be two entertainment stages at the town’s downtown fall tradition. This will also be another area that previous attendees to Celebrate Fuquay are almost certain to remember. 

The entertainment areas at the 2021 Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival will be as follow:

  • The Main Street Stage- This is where family fun takes the stage, right on Main Street in downtown. As at previous events, there will be musicians, magic acts, and a whole lot more for all ages to enjoy on this stage.
  • The Beer Garden Stage- At the “thirstiest stage” at the Celebrate Fuquay Varina festival, you will find great local live music acts, rocking out throughout the day. This stage sets amongst the local breweries and wineries at the Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival.
  • BMX Bike Show- Returning for the third Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival in a row. The daredevil-like freestyle stunts must truly be seen to be believed. A big hit with all ages at its initial two appearance at Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival.

Events and Activities are Back and a “Dash More Festive”

With the return of the 2021 Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival the stages and bike show are not the only things returning. The festival also brings back several areas that the kids, the artists, the chefs, and more will be excited to see again. The Mayor of Fuquay Varina will also get into the act and lead a tour once again for residents as well.

The events and activities at the 2021 Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival will be as follow:

  • Artist Village- This area is for local artists who crate original pieces and want to either display or sell them. As always this is sponsored by the Fuquay Varina Arts Center.
  • Chili Cook-Off- Local competitors from across the area come in droves to try the chili in the annual Celebrate Fuquay Chili Cook Off. Likewise, cooks show up from all around to enter. In what is a continuing theme you’ll notice, this also is sponsored by the Fuquay Varina Downtown Association. 
  • Food Trucks – Of course when it’s almost any downtown Fuquay event, you can count on food trucks. The variety and array of tastes you’ve come to love will be on hand for sure.
  • Kid Zone and Rock Wall- Kids of all ages can enjoy the amusement and fair style rides. The rock wall also provides a thrilling challenge for the kids who are a little older.
  • Mayor’s Walk- Mayor, John W. Byrne will lead residents and festival goers through a stroll past all of Fuquay Varina’s historic sites. As a bonus the first 50 people to show up will receive a free t-shirt.
  • Museum Tours- The Fuquay Varina Museum Complex houses many artifacts from the history. These tours run all day long throughout the festival.

Kick Off the Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival Early and Get a Dash More…Live

To kick off the 2021 Festival there will be some familiar sweet sounds coming from a familiar location. This will be the festival’s opening ceremony and will take place on the Thursday night before opening on Saturday. The band will be the popular, Chairmen of the Board. For over 30 years they have been delighting area audiences and this outdoor concert as a precursor to the return of the Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival will be no different. It is encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating to this show, which will take place as always in the Varina Business District at 500 Broad Street.

The Celebrate Fuquay Varina Festival and all the great downtown community events are just a short drive up the road from your new home at South Lakes. For more information and further details on the event, visit Likewise for more on the South Lakes new home community visit