Dorthea Dix: Summer Playground

Will Dix Park be downtown’s answer to fun?

Dorothea Dix Park is poised to be one of the city’s most popular gathering spots this summer. Unveiling its first season with a full calendar of free events—from a proposed world-record breaking picnic to concerts, films and more.

“There are a whole host of programs and events planned for the summer,” says Kate Pearce, Senior Planner for the City of Raleigh. “This includes walking tours, art classes, nature programs, fitness classes, including Summer Solstice Yoga with Carrington Jackson.” The group is also planning to host a Guinness World Record-breaking picnic and will announce a date in the coming weeks.

Special events such as Sunday in the Park, sponsored by the city and the Dix Park Conservancy, and Deep South Entertainment’s at  Y’AllDix Park encourage the public to bring a blanket and picnic basket to enjoy music outdoors. Guests are welcome to bring beer and wine to the Sunday in the Park series.

Due to its inaugural success, the park will also host additional Movies by Moonlight this summer. The first, held at Flowers Field in March, was a resounding success with free popcorn for the first 1,000 visitors and several food trucks on hand for hungry moviegoers.

Of course, Pearce notes, you can enjoy the park even when there aren’t events. Visitors can appreciate the park’s open meadows with plenty of shade from the tree groves between dawn and dusk every day. There is no public water onsite so keep in mind to pack your own. Also, there are no bathrooms at the park; however, the city does bring in portable ones for events.

The best way to stay on top of events is by going to Eventbrite.com, keyword search “Dix Park.”

Alexandra Drosu
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