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

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Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Skywatching! Saturday, April 7, 8-11 p.m.
Join us at the park after dark in this family-friendly skywatching session! Morehead Planetarium and Raleigh Astronomy Club will bring astronomers and their telescopes to the park so that you can see the moon, stars and other celestial objects! Bring a blanket and watch the stars with us! More information at keyword search “Dix Park.”

Spring Fling Adult Egg Hunt!
Sunday, April 8, 3-6 p.m. Play like a kid again at the adults-only (21+) Spring Fling at Dix Park. Inflatable bounce houses, lawn games, food trucks and more will be at the park, along with an egg hunt featuring 10,000 eggs stuffed with candy and prizes donated by local businesses! Space is limited. Sign up at keyword search “Dix Park” today!

A Burden Too Great to Bear: Dorothea Dix Hospital and the Civil War, April 12 at 6 p.m.
Dorothea Dix Hospital, formerly known as the North Carolina Insane Asylum, opened only five years before the start of the American Civil War. The bloody conflict left an indelible mark on the hospital for the next half-century. Join COR Museum Director Ernest Dollar as he explores the occupation of the hospital grounds by Union soldiers in 1865 and the war’s legacy in those who sought treatment for the deep trauma it caused. Using letters, diaries and patient records, Dollar brings to life those who found the Civil War’s carnage a burden too great to bear.

Volunteer at Dix Park!
Join Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff in rescuing the native habitat at beautiful Dorothea Dix Park by removing invasive plant species. Invasive plants are non-native to the area, crowd out native species and don’t provide good habitat or food for animal species. For more information, and to register, please visit our volunteer site. Join us at the park on the following workdays, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: March 24, Saturday, April 7 Saturday, May 5

Walking Tour of Dix Park
Thursday, April 26 and Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. On July 24th, 2015, the City of Raleigh purchased the Dorothea Dix Campus from the State of North Carolina for the purpose of developing a destination park. The planning and development of Dorothea Dix Park represent one of the most exciting and ambitious new park projects in America. The free 2-hour, 3.5 mile tour will cover the history of the 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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