Upcoming Programs at Dorothea Dix Park

News posted May 11, 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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Get Fit at Dix – Free Yoga in the Park
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Enjoy the nature and tranquility of Dorothea Dix Park as certified yoga instructor Dana Lindquist leads you through yoga poses to increase strength and flexibility. All fitness levels are welcome! The 2nd and 4th Wednesday's will be a slow flow yoga, suitable for all. April 18, May 2, May 16 and May 30 will be Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga involves deep stretching, targeting connective tissue (fascia) and ligaments. Many of the poses, like child's pose and reclining twist, are seated or prone. Gravity, time and calm, deliberate breathing allow for deep release of tension and disengagement of muscles. Yin is a wonderfully restorative practice for runner, bikers, and cross trainers of all sorts. Though it's great for athletes, it requires no prior athletic training or ability and is beneficial to all.

Light The Woods With Sound – An Interactive Neon Audio Experiment
May 11-May 27, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7 p.m.
Come to Dix Park for a first-of-its-kind sound and light show in the beautiful oak trees of Flowers Field! Watch as musicians produce beautiful music and neon lights dance in the trees.
Local visual and neon artist Nate Scheafer created 384 neon light tubes which will hang in the trees of Dix Park. Connected to a theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact, artists will perform songs and musical interpretations that will Light The Woods with Sound.
Join us at the park to experience this amazing art installation. Each night will feature different performers, different musical themes and different experiences - no two nights will be the same! Dinner and dessert trucks will be onsite every Friday and Saturday, with a brewery joining us every Saturday, too!

Neon Art Bike Ride
Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m.
Join Oaks and Spokes and the City of Raleigh for the last May Bike Month event!
We will meet at Market Plaza, off of Fayetteville Street, deck out our bikes in glow sticks and neon, and bike to Dorothea Dix Park to see the interactive art installation "Light the Woods with Sound".
Our bike ride will be about 2 miles through downtown Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park. The return trip will be on your own, so you can leave at any time.
The Saturday, May 26th Concert is themed Lo-Fi Sci-Fi featuring "Science Fiction" and "Cosplay". How will you dress up? Cockadoodlemoo Truck, Locopops and Trophy Brewing Company will all be at the park from 7-10 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m.

Bus Tour of Dix Park
Monday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Are you fascinated by Dix Park and want to learn more, but the 2 hour walking tour is a bit too much? Jump on board the Raleigh Trolley and take a driving tour with us, instead! The free 1.5 hour 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 is taking in planning a future park. Seats on the trolley are limited, so you MUST pre-register!

Pop-PupAlooza – Pop Up Dog Park
Saturday, June 23, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The first Pop-PupAlooza, a pop-up dog park at Dix Park, was so PUP-ular, we’re doing it again! 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, Kona Pizza, LocoPops and Neuse River Brewing company will be at the park making sure you stay fed and hydrated. while you play with your best friend. More than 20 pet-related vendors and pet rescue organizations will be at the park selling snazzy dog bow-ties, delicious puppy snacks and providing information on how you can foster or rescue a pooch!

For more information, contact

  • Kathryn Hertel, 919-996-6688
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