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.

Getting Here:

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…

Please be mindful that…

Park rules and regulations prohibit…

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 for more information.