Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Events

This event is organized by the Town of Apex. What does this mean?

Friday, January 13th  |  6:30 pm

  • Black Authors & Black Artists Exhibit at the Halle Cultural Arts Center (237 N. Salem Street) Learn more here!
  • Apex Student Oratorical Contest

Saturday, January 14th | MLK Unity March - Prayer Rally - Youth Summit

  • Gather for March at Apex First Baptist Church (419 S. Salem Street) at 8:00 am
  • March begins at Apex First Baptist Church at 9:00 am
  • March ends at Apex Town Hall (73 Hunter Street) with a brief outdoor program
  • Youth Summit immediately following at the Apex Senior Center. This 12-person panel includes local students and Apex Police Chief Jason Armstrong - the topic is gun violence. The exact start time will depend on when the other events of the morning end, but should be around 10:30-11 am. 

Sunday, January 15th | 11:00 am

  • Social Justice Sunday at Apex First Baptist Church

Monday, January 16th | National Day of Service | 9 am - 12:30 pm
9 am: Breakfast and Check in
10 am - 12 pm: Service projects 

The National Day of Service is a defining moment each year when people across the country unite in service. During the last 25 years, the MLK Day of Service has inspired people to actively improve communities. Join us on Monday, January 16, for the first National Day of Service in Apex at Apex Baptist Church, 110 S. Salem Street.

Learn more & to register to serve!

2023 Service Projects: 

  • Food Pantry - Volunteers will gather, deliver to, and shelve food collections for Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Some lifting required. Transportation required. Adults only (18+). 
  • Lunch Packing for Brown Bag Ministries - Volunteers will gather in the Fellowship Hall of Apex Baptist Church to pack lunches for Brown Bag Ministries. All ages.
  • Trash Collecting - Volunteers will collect trash using gloves and trash bags at various outdoor locations. All ages. Transportation required.

Can't attend the Day of Service? Donate non-perishable items now through January 15th to benefit Western Wake Crisis Ministry!

Donation Drop-off Locations: Apex Baptist Church (110 S. Salem Street), Apex First Baptist Church (419 S. Salem Street), John M. Brown Community Center (53 Hunter Street), Apex Town Hall (73 Hunter Street), Apex Police Department (205 Saunders Street) and The Depot (220 N. Salem Street).

Items needed include: 

Rice-A-RoniStuffingInstant potatoes
Canned meatLow sugar canned fruitHygiene products
Baking productsLow salt canned vegetablesToothbrushes and toothpaste
Ramen noodlesBody washDental floss
CondimentsSalad dressingTomato products (no glass)
SpicesPastaShampoo and conditioner

Food Truck Rodeo Information

Come enjoy delicious food while supporting local businesses and making new friends! Join us for a Food Truck Rodeo from 12:30 - 4 pm at Apex Baptist Church (110 South Salem Street). Food trucks include:

Seating will be available in the Fellowship Hall of Apex Baptist Church. Free parking is available at the back of the church.

Know Before You Go:

  • View the downtown parking map for information on available parking.
  • On Saturday, January 14th, Salem Street will be closed from 9 am to 10 am, with the street opening on a rolling basis as the march heads to Town Hall. This is a rain or shine event - be prepared for all weather!
  • Town staff may be on site during the event weekend to take photos/videos.

Take a look at the highlight video from the 2022 event!

What is the difference between a Community Event and a Town-Organized Event?

Community Events 
This is an event that a non-profit organization runs, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff provides an event location (Town Hall Campus, Salem Street, etc.), along with staff from public safety, public works and other departments, as necessary.

Town-Organized Events
This is an event that the Town of Apex creates, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff manages the programming, including activities, logistics, and vendors. This is sometimes referred to as a “Town Owned Event”.