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A new view: Festival welcomes families to Dix park

Posted July 22
Updated July 23


— Raleigh taxpayers got a first look at the future Saturday at "Destination Dix," a free, summer festival on the site of the city's planned destination park.

The city committed $52 million to convert the former site of the state mental hospital into a premier park.

The site already has the views. The city skyline emerges from the trees in the hilltop vantage point of Dorothea Dix Park's Big Field.

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., visitors to the park will enjoy live music, food and drink, a vendor village, inflatables for the kids, rides in a tethered hot air balloon and on a ferris wheel constructed especially for the occasion.

With Saturday's heat index expected to be near 100 degrees, organizers incorporated plenty of shaded areas and misting tents into the event. There is also a bubble pool for children to play in.

All activities are free, but cash will be needed for food and beverage purchases and to purchase items from the 100 vendors on-site.

Destination Dix Map

Park and ride to Destination Dix

There is no parking on-site. Festival-goers will be able to take one of 40 buses that will run in a continuous loop from downtown Raleigh and N.C. State's Centennial Campus. All parking decks in downtown Raleigh and N.C. State Centennial Campus will be free on Saturday.

In downtown Raleigh

Red Hat Amphitheater Shuttle Stop (Lenoir Street between Dawson and McDowell) serves these parking decks:

  • Performing Arts Deck (128 W. South Street)
  • Wake County Parking Deck (216 W Cabarrus Street)
  • Municipal Parking Deck (201 W. Morgan Street)

Cabarrus Street Shuttle Stop (Cabarrus Street between Wilmington and Blount) serves this parking deck:

  • City Center Deck (429 S. Wilmington Street)

Capital Area Shuttle Stop (Wilmington Street just north of Morgan next to NC Department of Transportation building) serves these parking decks:

  • Moore Square Deck (233 S. Wilmington Street)
  • Wilmington Station Deck (117 S. Wilmington Street)


  • Main Campus - Coliseum Deck and Shuttle Stop (201 Jeter Drive)

Centennial Campus

  • Venture Deck and Shuttle Stop (2400 Research Drive)
  • Partners Way Deck and Shuttle Stop (851 Partners Way)
  • Oval Drive Surface Lots and Shuttle Stop

Note: Capitol Broadcasting is a proud supporter of Destination Dix.


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