Dorothea Dix Park

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Destination SunFest - Saturday, July 13

Join us for our SUN-sational summer celebration at Dix Park. Enjoy the Ferris wheel, carousel, food + drinks, live entertainment, history hayride tours along with art, crafts and more! All rides, games, and activities at the event are FREE. 




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Dix Park Sunflower Field

The sunflowers are starting to bloom! If you're planning to visit the sunflower field on Saturday, July 13, all entrances into Dorothea Dix Park will be closed to vehicles from 6 am - 11 pm for Destination SunFest.  For the complete guide to visiting the Dix Park Sunflower Field including directions and parking follow the link below. 



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Movie by Moonlight outdoor film series at Dix Park

Williams Field

Time is of the essence  with this integrated cardio, strength and core “station by station” approach that will motivate you to train harder than you’ve ever imagined. You’ll lift more, squat deeper, jump higher, push harder, pull tighter and plank longer!

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The Master Plan Executive Committee works closely with the City and Conservancy as the planning process moves forward on Phase 1. The Executive Committee will make recommendations to Raleigh City Council for their review, discussion and approval.

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Support Your Park

This is your park, and it needs your support. When you give to the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, you are supporting community engagement, park planning, and free events + programs - helping us create an amazing park for everyone.



Park Planning

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Master Planning process - over 65,000 residents share feedback online and in person through hundreds of engagement opportunities! On February 19th, 2019, the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan was adopted unanimously by Raleigh City Council. This was an important and exciting milestone.

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CreativeMornings Raleigh hosts monthly breakfast lecture series for the local creative community. On Friday, May 31 at CAM Raleigh, Dorothea Dix Park Planning Supervisor, Kate Pearce, was invited to speak on the theme: Preserve.


Getting to Dix Park

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.


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.