Upcoming Events and Programs at Dorothea Dix Park

News posted Nov. 02, 2018 - 11:00 am
  • Dorothea Dix Park
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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: Guided Walking Tour
Saturday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m.
The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources invites you to join us on a walking tour of Dorothea Dix Park. On July 24, 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 represents one of the most exciting and ambitious new park projects in America. The free two-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.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have a furry friend that loves to play? Come join us on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Dorothea Dix Park for Pop-PupAlooza! During this pop-up event, dogs will be allowed off leash while at our specially crafted dog park. There will be plenty of fun for dogs and their owners! The dog park features four acres for dogs to roam, and a small dog area, too!

For the humans, Food and Beer vendors will be at the park making sure you stay fed and hydrated while you play with your best friend. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and anything else you need to keep yourself and your pooch cool and comfortable! There will be fun raffles for pet (and human) prizes every 1/2 hour! Pet-themed vendors will be at the park too, so you can purchase a new toy for your pup, learn about dog health & safety, adoption, and more!

Skywatching at Dix Park
Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Join staff and volunteers from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) and Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) for a free skywatching program at Dorothea Dix Park!

Visitors to the park will be able to look through telescopes, facilitated by Morehead staff and dedicated volunteers, at a variety of objects in the sky. Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars will be prime targets -- along with many other deep sky objects. This session is being held at the peak of the Leonids meteor shower, so keep your eyes pointed skyward even when you are not looking through a telescope! Bring a blanket or chairs so you can relax under the stars.

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