Know Before You Go
How to Get There
• Park in a downtown parking deck or at NC State campus parking locations and take the shuttle in. Parking is not available at Dorothea Dix Park or in the neighborhoods or streets surrounding the park. Please review our Parking/Shuttle information for a convenient ride to the festival.
• If you plan to Uber, Lyft, take a taxi or get dropped off in some other way, please note that there is no drop off location at Dorothea Dix Park. All park entrances will be closed to public traffic and vehicles will not be permitted to idle on the side of the roads leading into the park. Please direct your driver to the surface parking on Initiative Way, off of Oval Drive on Centennial Campus, and catch a shuttle bus to Destination Dix. You will then return to the surface lots to meet your driver via the shuttle bus when you are ready to go home.
• You could also walk or bike to the park if you live nearby. Dorothea Dix Park is located on the Rocky Branch Greenway and we’ll have a monitored location to lock your bike.
• Even though motorcycles are two-wheeled and we call them “bikes”, bike parking at Destination Dix is only for the pedaling variety. If you are using your motorcycle to get to Destination Dix, please check our handy transportation and shuttle map and park in one of the decks or surface lots before taking a shuttle bus to the park.
What to Bring
• Bring your friends and family – we want to introduce as many people as possible to Dorothea Dix Park!
• Bring your ideas for the future of Dix Park – think BIG, think BOLD!
• Bring your children. From arts and crafts, to playing in the water, to seeing the City’s big trucks up close, we have LOTS of fun activities planned for little folks.
• Please do not bring your dog (or any other animal or pet) on the shuttle bus. We know he’s cute, but between the crowds and the heat, Fido will be happier at home.
• Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs if you wish. Umbrellas are okay, but they have to be weighted, not pushed into the ground or staked. Tents are not permitted. We will have large shade structures on-site. We know it’s hot, but we want everyone to be able to see the stage and enjoy the park.
• You can bring a small cooler or picnic basket of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but we’re going to have lots of food trucks selling delicious food and wine and a beer garden! • Please note that smoking is not permitted in the park.
• Drones or other aerial devices are not permitted at the festival– we know this is a great area to fly, but drones and crowds aren’t a good combination. We’ll have plenty of entertainment to keep you busy!
• Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant, a hat, and a reusable water bottle (we’ll have water stations for refills) – it’s July in Raleigh, we know it’s going to be hot, so be prepared!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Destination Dix?
This is a celebration of the one year anniversary of the purchase of the Dorothea Dix campus by the City of Raleigh. We are introducing the public to this wonderful new space for everyone to enjoy!
Is the event free?
Parking, shuttle buses, admission and activities are all free. Bring some money for food and the beer tent, or if you want to buy any crafts from our local vendors or a Destination Dix t-shirt!
Will food and drinks be available?
Absolutely! Our mantra is “Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!” Bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up at our big water coolers, buy a beer from our beer tent, and check out the food vendors offering all kinds of yummy goodies!
What are the hours of the festival?
The festival is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttle buses will be running from 9:45 a.m. until the end of the event.
What if it rains?
The festival will rock on rain or shine. It is Raleigh in the summer after all – pop-up showers are practically guaranteed. Be sure to dress for the weather!
Will I be able to go in the buildings at the Park?
Buildings will not be open to the public during the festival.
Can I bring my drone to take pictures of the event?
No, drones are not allowed at the festival.
Can I bring a stroller?
Yes, absolutely! The festival will be primarily in a grassy field, so strollers that can handle uneven surfaces will work the best. Keep in mind that that the stroller will have to be folded up while on the shuttle bus and you will have to hold the child. The child cannot remain in the stroller while on the bus.
General Park Information
What is Dorothea Dix Park?
Dorothea Dix Park is the site of the former Dorothea Dix Hospital, and is currently the headquarters of the State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. On July 24th, 2015, the City of Raleigh purchased the 308-acre Dorothea Dix Campus for $52 million from the State of North Carolina.
Can I go out there and use the Park?
Yes, Dorothea Dix Park is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. However, since DHHS headquarters is also there, we ask that visitors be respectful of employees and avoid all buildings and parking lots during business hours. Please note, all City of Raleigh ordinances and park rules apply at Dorothea Dix Park.
What is the plan for Dorothea Dix Park?
The City of Raleigh will initiate a master planning process in 2017 that will help shape the development of the park. There will be lots of opportunities for public participation in this process.
Are there other programs planned for Dix Park?
The City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department plans various programs at the park. Please go to www.raleighnc.gov to find out more about these programs. The department also offers walking tours of the park. Go to https://dixparktour.eventbrite.com to sign up for a walking tour.
Can I rent Dorothea Dix Park for my event?
Please visit https://www.raleighnc.gov/home/content/CityMgrAdmin/Articles/SpecialEventsRaces.html to learn more about hosting events at Dorothea Dix Park. You can also contact the City of Raleigh Office of Emergency Management and Special Events at (919) 996-2200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. There are certain fees, permitting requirements, reservation limitations, etc., that you will need to consider.
Parking and Transportation
We are currently working on plans for more public parking on-site. Right now, there are two gravel lots along the side of Barbour across from the big field for public use.