The Dix Park property, with the Raleigh skyline in the background.

Summer Happenings at Dorothea Dix Park

In July/August 2021, Web Exclusive by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Enjoy the outdoors through Dix Park’s summer programming, from sunflowers to live music to workout classes and more.

Go to Dorothea Dix Park for the sunflowers (ya better hurry before they’re gone!), and stay for the multitude of events going on this summer. From live music and movies to outdoor workout classes and more, there’s plenty of fun to fit into your summer cal. 

Sunflower Field at Dix Park

Dix Park’s sunflowers experienced peak bloom last week, but there’s still time to get your obligatory summer sunflower ’Gram before they completely droop (like another week or two—max). Pics or it didn’t happen.

Yoga in the Park

Bend and streeeeetch at Williams Field every Monday with yoga instructor Patrice Graham. BYO yoga mat and water for Find Your Flow every first and third Monday, a relaxing and rejuvenating vinyasa flow practice, and Let’s Begin every second and fourth Monday, perfect for newbies or yogis who need a refresh.

Tai Chi in the Park

Every Thursday, relieve some of the week’s pent up stress anxiety with a Tai Chi lesson from instructor Tish Oakley. The series of slow, continual movements also helps bring you mental and physical balance and improve overall health and vitality.

Movies on the Lawn

Don your favorite sports gear for Family Sports Night on Aug. 7, complete with a showing of The Mighty Ducks. Beer, wine and food are permitted, but food trucks will also be on-site for when the munchies hit. “Quack, quack, quack!”

Connect + Create: Marbled Greeting Cards

A DIY card will always beat out a store-bought one. Head to The Chapel on Aug. 21 to learn how to marble paper using shaving cream and paint; then add personalized details with stamps and mixed media. Perfect for a friend’s upcoming birthday, promotion, engagement or just to show them some love.

Acorn Live Music Series: Josh Daniel

North Carolina singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Daniel takes the stage at the newly renovated Chapel Event Center on Aug. 22 for an evening of feel-good live music.

Bird Walk

The bird’s the word. Learn about Dix Park’s resident and migrant birds—including sparrows, woodpeckers and hawks, to name a few—and sharpen your identification skills as you birdwatch with local urban ecologist Deja Perkins on Aug. 28.

Guided Walking Tour

Think you know everything there is to know about Dix Park? Think again. Take a free 3.5-mile walking tour to learn about the park’s history, buildings and legacy of Dorothea Dix, as well as the City’s plans for Dix’s future. 

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