Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, is hosting a growing number of diverse activities, for both adults and kids. Many of the events are free. Also, many require pre-registration. Follow the links to register. The best way to find upcoming events is to search for Dix Park on Eventbrite.
Here are some upcoming free events. Make sure to follow the links for more details, to register, and to see what part of the park the event is taking place in.
At this point, there are no permanent restrooms in Dix Park.
Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Skywatching!
Saturday, June 2nd (rescheduled from April 7th)
8 p.m. to 11 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! Telescopes will be set up to view stars and the moon. Look up at the night sky as educators guide you through fun observations of stars, planets, moons, nebulae and other celestial objects!
This is an informal session, so you can arrive and leave any time during the three hours of the program. However, if you plan to attend, please register so that we can send you any additional information you may need as we get closer to the date.
All ages are welcome. Very young children may not get much out of looking through a telescope, but those elementary-school-aged and older may especially enjoy the experience. Parents: We recommend you look through the telescope first—then you’ll be better able to help your child look.
Sometimes, children (as well as adults) want to grab hold of the telescope, potentially smudging the eyepiece or knocking the object out of view. Please teach children not to touch the telescope without the operator’s permission. You can ask children to place their hands behind their back as they approach the scope. Explain they’ll be using their eyes to look, not their hands.
Be sure to dress in layers. There are no shelters at the skywatching location and the wind can be chilly.
Please leave all pets at home, even those on a leash. Darkness, lots of people, expensive telescopes and pets on leashes is a bad combination. Pets will not be permitted near the telescopes.
For more FAQ’s, please visit: http://moreheadplanetarium.org/programs/teen-adult-programs/skywatching/skywatching-faq
Free Yoga at Dix Park
2nd and 4th Wednesday, April 11th through October 10th
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!
Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, a towel and a filled water bottle. Water is not available in the park. There are port-a-johns available, but they may be a significant walk from the yoga location.
Although this is a free program, registration is strongly encouraged. In case of inclement weather, the organizer will email all registered participants.
To register, follow this link and then select your date.
Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Metamorphosis Madness! (for ages 2-6)
Wednesday, May 16th
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Little ones will discover the wonders of metamorphosis. Live tadpoles and insects will help young scientists understand the big changes many creatures experience as they grow.
Ages 2-6, only. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register the child(ren) only. Adults do not need to register.
Hometown Tourist – Bus Tour of Dix Park
Monday, May 21st
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff on a trolley tour of Dorothea Dix Park.
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 represents one of the most exciting and ambitious new park projects in America.
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 will take in planning a future park.
There will be two to three opportunities to get out of the trolley.
Pick up location will be at the soccer fields off of Hunt Drive.
From Western Boulevard, turn onto Hunt Drive. Turn into the SECOND gravel parking lot off of Hunt Drive. If you reach Umstead Drive, you have gone too far.