Destination Dix is NOW: Destination SunFest!

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Big Field At Dix Park

101 Blair Drive

Raleigh, NC 27603

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New Date: Two Great Events, One SUNsational Day!

To reduce the impact on Dorothea Dix Park and its neighbors we have decided to combine two upcoming events into one SUNsational celebration… Destination SunFest at Dix Park on Saturday, July 13! Please update your calendar and plan to join us on July 13 for all the fun… and SunFlowers.

Destination SunFest is a celebration of Raleigh City Council adopting the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan combined with a celebration of the sunflowers at Dix Park. A year after the City purchased the Dix campus from the State of North Carolina in 2015 for the purpose of developing a great destination park, we hosted Destination Dix to commemorate this milestone and to kick-off the park planning process. Last year the City planted 5 acres of sunflowers at Dix Park - a partnership project between Public Utilities, Office of Sustainability and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Now we are hosting Destination SunFest to celebrate the completion of the Master Plan and welcome the entire community to become part of this next phase of Dorothea Dix Park!

Please RSVP! Registration is not required, but it does help us to know how many guests to expect and we can contact you with important event information. This event is free to the public thanks to Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy donors.

Activities + Entertainment:

Ferris Wheel
Roving Entertainment
Historic Hayrides
Putt-Putt Golf
Local Arts + Crafts Vendors
History Display
Balloon Twisting
Face Painting + Air Brushing

And of course...Sunflowers!

How to Get There + Parking:

- This is going to be a BIG event! To maximize safety and to provide the best experience for everyone at the park, there is no parking on Dorothea Dix Park campus for this event. Free vehicle parking will be available on NC State Centennial Campus with a free shuttle running between the parking lots and Dorothea Dix Park.

What to Bring:

- Your friends and family
- Your kiddos
- A picnic blanket or lawn chairs
- A small cooler or picnic basket with food and non-alcoholic drinks
- Refillable water bottles

What is NOT allowed:

- Dogs + Pets
- Outside Alcohol
- Smoking is not permitted in the park
- Drones + Other Aerial Devices

Please note, this program will involve walking on grass, on uneven surfaces, across all forms of terrain.

Want to be a vendor? Need more information?

Please contact Joseph Voska at 919-996-6688 or

Liability Waiver

City of Raleigh - Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

Release, Covenant Not To Sue, and Indemnity Agreement

I understand that participating in Discover Dorothea Dix Park – Program (hereinafter “Program”) involves risk of injury. These risks include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, accidents while traveling, equipment problems or failures, contacts with and actions of other participants, spectators, or volunteers, slips/trips/falls, and musculoskeletal injuries, among others. I choose for myself, for my child, or for another participant who I am enrolling, to participate in the Program despite these and other risks. Pictures or video may be taken of participant for use in program publicity. My email will also be used to keep me informed of Dorothea Dix Park communications.

By signing this form, I acknowledge all risks of injury, illness, and death, and property damage, and affirm that I have assumed all responsibility of injury, illness, death, and property damage relating in any way to the Program. I also agree for myself and for any child or other participant who I am registering herein to follow all rules and procedures that may apply to the Program and to follow the reasonable instructions of City employees and other supervisors of the Program. In return for the opportunity to participate in this Program, I agree for myself and for the child or other participant I am registering, and for our heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators to release, waive, and discharge any legal rights that any one of us may have to seek payment or relief of any kind from the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the State of North Carolina, their employees or their agents for injury, illness, or death relating in any way to this Program.

If I am registering a minor for the Program, I agree that I am a parent, legal guardian, or am otherwise responsible for the minor whose application I am submitting and that I release, waive, and discharge any legal rights on behalf of that minor. If I am registering an adult, I agree that I am authorized to do so and do hereby release, waive, and discharge any legal rights on behalf of that adult participant. I, along with any participant I register herein, also agree not to sue the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, or the State of North Carolina, their employees, or their agents and agree to indemnify the same for any and all claims, damages, losses or expenses, including but not limited to medical expenses and attorney’s fees, if a suit is filed concerning an injury (to person or property), illness, or death to me or to any participant I am enrolling that relates to, or results from, participation in the Program.

I have read this document thoroughly and understand that by registering for this program I am waiving legal rights.

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