Dec
13
Wed
Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Skywatching: The Geminid Edit @ Dorothea Dix Park
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Explore Dorothea Dix Park - Skywatching: The Geminid Edit @ Dorothea Dix Park | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Come view the Geminid Meteor Shower of 2017!

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!

Bring a blanket, sleeping bag or reclining chair to watch for Geminid Meteors to streak across the sky! You won’t even need telescopes to see these burning bits of space rocks!

Telescopes will be set up for you to take a closer look at star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. We’ll also have sky tours and star storytelling!

Jan
17
Wed
Explore Dorothea Dix Park – Winter in the Wild (for children 2-6) @ Dorothea Dix Park Big Field
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore Dorothea Dix Park - Winter in the Wild (for children 2-6) @ Dorothea Dix Park Big Field | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Engaging activities will allow little ones to understand how animals in the wild survive the cold months of winter. Live creatures to see and touch will create a memorable experience for all.

Jan
23
Tue
Dix Park Public Lecture | From Memory to Action: Elizabeth Silkes @ A.J. Fletcher Opera
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dix Park Public Lecture | From Memory to Action: Elizabeth Silkes @ A.J. Fletcher Opera | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Elizabeth Silkes, Executive Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience’s free lecture “From Memory to Action” will explore the past, present, and potential future life of Dorothea Dix Park as our community seeks to honor the land’s history.

What Is a Site of Conscience?

A place of memory that confronts both the history of what happened there and its legacies. Sites of Conscience begin by facing all aspects of their history. Then they go a step further, activating the historical perspective with dynamic public dialogue on related issues faced today and what we can do about them

What Is the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience?

The only worldwide network dedicated to transforming places that preserve the past into spaces that promote civic action. The Coalition recognizes that the power of sites of memory is not inherent. It must be harnessed as a deliberate tactic in the service of human rights and citizen engagement.

Learn more on their website: https://www.sitesofconscience.org/en/home/

Jan
30
Tue
Dorothea Dix Park Community Roadshow @ McKimmon Center
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dorothea Dix Park Community Roadshow @ McKimmon Center | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Join your neighbors in a discussion about the future of Dix Park. Help build a park for everyone!

In partnership with the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation · Hillsborough CAC · Central CAC · Wade CAC · Southwest CAC · West CAC and the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance

Mar
10
Sat
Movie By Moonlight at Dix Park – Spaceballs @ Dorothea Dix Park Flowers Field
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Movie By Moonlight at Dix Park - Spaceballs @ Dorothea Dix Park Flowers Field | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The City of Raleigh and Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh are pleased to be partnering to continue the successful Movies by Moonlight series at Dorothea Dix Park.

Spaceballs is rated PG, but does include profanity.

454 Grill Food Truck and Mr. Softee ice cream food truck will be joining us for the movie!

Apr
12
Thu
A Burden Too Great to Bear: Dorothea Dix Hospital and the Civil War @ Harvey Hill at Dorothea Dix Park
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A Burden Too Great to Bear: Dorothea Dix Hospital and the Civil War @ Harvey Hill at Dorothea Dix Park | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Dorothea Dix Hospital, formerly known as the North Carolina Insane Asylum, opened only five years before the start of the American Civil War. The bloody conflict left an indelible mark on the hospital for the next half century.

Join COR Museum Director Ernest Dollar as he explores the occupation of the hospital grounds by Union soldiers in 1865 and the war’s legacy in those who sought treatment for the deep trauma it caused. Using letters, diaries and patient records, Dollar brings to life those who found the Civil War’s carnage a burden too great to bear.

Apr
26
Thu
Hometown Tourist – A Walking Tour of Dorothea Dix Park @ Dorothea Dix Park
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hometown Tourist - A Walking Tour of Dorothea Dix Park @ Dorothea Dix Park | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Join City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff on a walking 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 2-hour, 3.5-mile 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.

May
14
Mon
Hometown Tourist – A Walking Tour of Dorothea Dix Park @ Dorothea Dix Park
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hometown Tourist - A Walking Tour of Dorothea Dix Park @ Dorothea Dix Park | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Join City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff on a walking 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 2-hour, 3.5-mile 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.

Aug
12
Sun
Skywatching – The Perseid Meteor Shower @ The Big Field - Dorthea Dix Park
Aug 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Skywatching - The Perseid Meteor Shower @ The Big Field - Dorthea Dix Park | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy music under the stars with staff and volunteers from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) and Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC). Look up above and through the provided telescopes and check out the Perseid Meteor Shower from Dorothea Dix Park!

Aug
18
Sat
Movie by Moonlight: Jurassic Park @ Flowers Field at Dorthea Dix Park
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Movie by Moonlight: Jurassic Park @ Flowers Field at Dorthea Dix Park | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park hosted by the City of Raleigh and Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh as part of the Movies by Moonlight series at Dorothea Dix Park. Arrive on Saturday, August 18th as early as 7:30pm. Bring a blanket and chairs and get comfy! Ty’s All Natural, Taco Grande, and Mr. Softee Ice Cream will be available for purchase. Visit dortheadixpark.org for details.