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It was hot — but it was worth it! Only July 23rd, thousands of North Carolinians took part in Destination Dix and many of them, for the first time, explored Dorothea Dix Park and got a taste for what is in store for this park’s future. 

From art booths to ferris wheels to live music, this community festival had something to offer everyone. Our staff brought friends and family members out to share in the fun and Destination Dix did not disappoint.


Dix2“So many people, from all parts of town, came out on the hottest day of the year to celebrate the park. Watching this town think big about its future gave me goosebumps, even when the thermometer read 95. Our city leaders have worked so hard to create this opportunity for all folks to be able to share and enjoy Dix park, and I think their perseverance and collaboration will continue to bring good things to Raleigh for years to come.”

-Damon Circosta




“I loved being able to enjoy this amazing festival with my family and friends, spending time together outdoors and experiencing something new. Destination Dix was such a welcoming, carefree event, especially for the kids. Even as a proud, loyal Durham resident, I know there will be many excursions to Dix park throughout the years and I’m excited to see what’s to come!”

-Shannon Ritchie





“My friend was in town visiting and I knew that this would be an awesome event to take her to — we drank local brews in the shade while listening to African drumming, walked over to a local food truck for NC barbecue, and headed over to the big stage to hear an amazing folk band. It was a great day and it got me really excited about how Raleigh is growing and changing. I love that we have so many fun opportunities and great spaces like Dix Park here in our city.”

-Leah Catotti


Destination Dix marked the one year anniversary of the sale of the park from the state of North Carolina to the City of Raleigh. With 308 acres, it’s an expansive property with an even more expansive future. Dix park has a unique history as plantation and later hospital for mentally ill patients and undoubtedly it will have a wonderful future as community members work with the City of Raleigh to turn it into a destination park open and accessible to all.

We are proudly partnering with the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy and are proud to support the critical planning process that will envision and create plans for the future of this park. We encourage you to submit your vision for the park or get involved if you’re interested. You can directly contact the Conservancy or Kate Pearce, the senior planner of the park for the City of Raleigh. To hear from Kate about this community effort, listen to our recent podcast episode, and her enthusiasm will be sure to rub off on you!



Next time you’re looking for something to do in Raleigh, explore the park with your family and friends!

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