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Upcoming Programs at Dorothea Dix Park

News posted Feb. 23, 2017 - 11:00 am

Upcoming Programs at Dorothea Dix Park

Art, nature, fitness, and helping the environment - there is something for everyone at Dorothea Dix Park! Advanced registration is required at eventbrite.com.

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Explore Dorothea Dix Park - National Bike Month - May 20, 8:30 a.m.
Did you know May is National Bike Month? What better way to celebrate than taking a ride on City of Raleigh greenways, with a stop at Dorothea Dix Park! This low-key ride will start at Eliza Pool Park. We’ll venture out on the Walnut Creek Trail and bike through NC State’s Centennial Campus before taking a break at Dorothea Dix Park. We’ll then continue along the Rocky Branch Trail which will bring us back to Eliza Pool Park.

Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Urban Sketching for All Ages with Artspace – May 27, 10 a.m.
Join experienced teaching artists, Scott Renk (Mary Phillips High School) and Brett Morris (Programs Assistant at Artspace) for a lively afternoon of drawing outside. We will be walking around the beautiful grounds of Dorothea Dix, amongst gigantic trees, taking in panoramic views of Downtown Raleigh, observing architecture and all aspects of nature in autumn. Your observational skills will be sharpened and you will learn about choosing an interesting location to sketch, how to narrow down many elements to create a strong composition, as well as play with textures, lines and colors!

Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Urban Sketching for Adults with Artspace – May 27, 1 p.m.
Join experienced teaching artists, Scott Renk (Mary Phillips High School) and Brett Morris (Programs Assistant at Artspace) for a lively afternoon of drawing outside. We will be walking around the beautiful grounds of Dorothea Dix, amongst gigantic trees, taking in panoramic views of Downtown Raleigh, observing architecture and all aspects of nature in autumn. Your observational skills will be sharpened and you will learn about choosing an interesting location to sketch, how to narrow down many elements to create a strong composition, as well as play with textures, lines and colors!

Sunday in the Park – A Summer Concert Series at Dix and Fletcher Parks! – Sundays, beginning June 4, 6-8 p.m.
This summer you can enjoy a "Sunday in the Park" concert series in two of Raleigh's most delightful parks! Dorothea Dix Park and Fred Fletcher Park are partnering to offer a music series presenting a new musical genre each week. Event locations will alternate between Dorothea Dix Park's Harvey Hill and Fred Fletcher Park. Bring the whole family, a picnic and a blanket, and sit back and enjoy the music! Food trucks will also be on-site offering dinner and desserts. Beer and wine are permitted. June 4 starts us off at Dix Park with singer/songwriter Brooke Hatala. Her unique, raspy tone has been compared to Janis Joplin and Sheryl Crow.

Explore Dorothea Dix Park - Lightning Bug Fun!, Thursday, June 8, 7-8 p.m.
Join us as we search for lightning bugs, the amazing lights of summer. A game and craft will complete our adventure! Suitable for ages 2+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Guided Walking Tours of Dorothea Dix Park – Multiple Dates and Times
The free 2-hour, 3.5 mile tour will cover the history of the buildings, land, and legacy of Dorothea Dix, the current use of the area as the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services and the steps the City will take in planning a future park.

For more information, contact

  • Kathryn Hertel, 919-996-6688
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