Events and Visiting
Events & Programs
Throughout the master planning process, we will host a variety of early public events and programs at Dorothea Dix Park – everything from small and mid-size programs geared toward local residents to large destination events for the whole state and beyond. The full website that will launch this fall will have a comprehensive calendar of programs and events (along with planning opportunities and other activities). In the meantime, you can see what’s coming up by visiting our Eventbrite page.
Dorothea Dix Park is open daily (including holidays) from dawn to dusk. Hours for events vary. Please note that areas of the park may be closed occasionally for maintenance or events.
There are multiple entrances to Dorothea Dix Park. The most widely used entrances are Hunt Drive at Western Boulevard, South Boylan Avenue at Western Boulevard, Umstead Drive at Lake Wheeler Road, and Goode Street at Lake Wheeler Road. Because this is an active staff campus for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the next few years, parking at Dorothea Dix Park is limited during business hours. On weekends, visitors may park in any of the parking areas striped green.
You are welcome to…
- Enjoy the park, including the wide open lawns, tree groves and other green spaces.
- Walk your dog, on a leash.
- Keep the park clean and green.
- Pack-in, pack-out a picnic.
Please be mindful that…
- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services administrative headquarters are located on park grounds. Please be respectful of the employees at work and avoid the buildings and parking areas during business hours.
- Over 900 people are buried at the cemetery. Please be respectful of this sacred ground.
- During this planning period, no water or concessions available in the park. Be sure to bring a water bottle for yourself and your furry friends, too.
- There are no public restrooms at the park, only port-a-johns.
Park rules and regulations prohibit…
- Smoking in the park.
- Digging, excavating or removing park property.
- Alcohol use, except by permit.
- Commercial activity, except by permit.
- Drug use.
- Not properly disposing of dog waste.
- Off-leash dogs.
Visitors to Dorothea Dix Park are subject to the rules and regulations of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
Special Event Requests:
If you are interested in having an event at Dorothea Dix Park, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.