Event Rentals

Chapel Ribbon Cutting reception on the event lawn

Located near downtown Raleigh and featuring 308 acres of rolling meadows, shady tree groves, views of the skyline, and a renovated mid-century modern chapel – Dix Park is the perfect location to host your next event.

Rental Venues

Chapel Event Center

Chapel at Dix Park

Overlooking downtown Raleigh, the Greg Poole, Jr. All Faiths Chapel is a unique venue in the heart of Dix Park. The historic building is surrounded by an event lawn, front terrace and lovely gardens. Built in 1955, the chapel’s mid-century modern architecture is well preserved with decorative wood elements, a rose stained-glass window, terrazzo floors, and mid-century stainless fixtures. Renovated in 2020, the chapel now provides all the amenities of a modern community gathering space while retaining its historic charm.

The main hall accommodates approximately 200 guests seated at tables, 400 guests seated auditorium style, or 450 guests standing reception style.

Chapel Amenities:

  • Open floor plan, 3,200 sq. ft.
  • Elevated stage, 640 sq. ft.
  • Front terrace area, 984 sq. ft.
  • 20 6' round tables, 164 chairs
  • Staging kitchen
  • Two dressing areas
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sound system, video projection equipment

Chapel rental includes use of the Event Lawn:

  • 3,200 sq. ft.
  • Accommodates a tent up to 40'x40'

Chapel at Dix Park - Auditorium Floorplan

Main Event Hall

Chapel upstairs lounge

Upstairs Lounge

Conference Room & Bridal Suite

Conference Room & Bridal Suite

Event Lawn

Event Lawn with a tent

The Event Lawn can be reserved for outdoor gatherings and events independent of renting the indoor Chapel venue. The space is grass covered and beautifully landscaped with shade trees and a brick seating bench surrounding the lawn.

Event Lawn Amenities:

  • 3,200 sq. ft.
  • Accommodates a tent up to 40’x40’
  • Use of indoor restrooms, staging kitchen and dressing room
  • Outdoor power access
  • Wi-Fi

Magnolia Room & Oak Room

Magnolia Room picnic and play area

 

Magnolia Room

Dix Park has two picnic and play areas available to rent for birthday parties and other social gatherings. 

  • Shade structure over 6 picnic tables with seating for up to 36 people
  • Grill
  • Play area with swings
  • Sway and stationary benches
  • Water fountain

Note: Rental is for the shaded picnic area and grill. Swings and benches are shared with other park visitors. 

Oak Room at Dix Park

Oak Room

The Grove

The Grove May 2020

Relax on the tree shaded hillside with an iconic view of the Raleigh skyline or spread out and play in a flat grassy area along the Rocky Branch Greenway at the base of the historic entry. 

Note: Outdoor spaces at Dix Park are large. Other park visitors can use space around rented venues during park hours if they are not negatively impacting the event.

Flowers Field

Flowers Field at Dix Park

A grand skyline view of downtown Raleigh will be the backdrop to your event located in this open, rolling meadow.

Note: Outdoor spaces at Dix Park are large. Other park visitors can use space around rented venues during park hours if they are not negatively impacting the event.

Harvey Hill

Harvey Hill at Dix Park

Located along the front drive of the original hospital building, mature oak trees create a shaded oasis on this grassy hillside complete with perfectly framed views of the Raleigh Skyline.

Note: Outdoor spaces at Dix Park are large. Other park visitors can use space around rented venues during park hours if they are not negatively impacting the event.

Williams Field

Williams Field

This flat grass field has a sky-high pine grove backdrop that divides the space from the Big Field.

Note: Outdoor spaces at Dix Park are large. Other park visitors can use space around rented venues during park hours if they are not negatively impacting the event.

Dix Park Visitor Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an event rental required?

All outdoor spaces at Dix Park are open to the public from dawn until dusk 7 days-a-week. Spaces are available for use on a first come, first serve basis for small gatherings, picnics and non-commercial events.

A Dix Park event rental and/or permit is required if any of the following is true:

  • Reserved space is desired for your event
  • You want to set-up tents or event rentals, use generators, rent port-a-johns, etc.
  • Alcohol would be served
  • Your event is commercial in nature (cost to attend, etc.)
  • Your outdoor event would have over 200 participants

Who do I contact?

Dix Park event rentals are managed by Staff with City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. 

Contact the Dix Park Rental Coordinator by email at events@dixpark.org or call 919-996-3255.

Outdoor events over 200 people at Dix Park require an event permit through City of Raleigh Office of Emergency Management and Special Events. For more information contact specialevents@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2200.

How do I apply?

The rental applications below outline venue details, fees and policies for event rentals at Dix Park. 

Chapel Event Center Application

Outdoor Venue Application

Please contact our Rental Coordinator to inquire about available dates and to submit your completed application.  Email events@dixpark.org or call 919-996-3255.