A Look at Dorothea Dix Park’s Fall Schedule

Art, music, nature, picnics, & festivals from September to November at the park
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Fall at Dix's Park/Picture Perfect Picnics

Dorothea Dix Park recently announced its Fall Program Guide. The list is extensive so we narrowed it down to the 7 most family-friendly activities being offered including a teddy bear picnic, a kids nature program, and a locals festival. If you are looking for further details on any one event check out Dix Park’s full calendar here.

Connect + Create: All Ages Art Classes

  • Twice a Month; Sept. 7-Nov. 23 from 5:30-7pm
  • Location: The Chapel
  • Price: Free
  • Registration Required
  • Dix Park’s partnership with ArtSpace helps provide this 90-minute art program. Inside the Chapel at Dix Park you may make any of the following things: punch needles, weaving circles, micro zines, and more. All materials are included. Recommended age is 5 or older. Since this is an indoor activity, masks are required.
  • Punch Needle,  Tuesday, Sept. 7
  • Upcycled Coiled Baskets,  Tuesday, Sept. 21
  • Weaving Circles, Tuesday, Oct. 5
  • Fall Stamped Banner, Tuesday, Oct. 26
  • Micro Zines, Tuesday, Nov. 9
  • Mixed Media Canvas, Tuesday, Nov. 23


  • Select Wednesdays; Weekly; Sept. 15 Oct. 6 from 9:15am-12:15pm
  • Location: The Chapel
  • Price: Free
  • Registration required
  • 45-minute music classes from KinderVillage for children and families. Your child may not become the next Mozart by attending this class, but rather become a better overall learner. In addition to the class, participants will also receive digital at home materials to continue the musical journey.
  • Multi-Child Families (0-5 yrs), 9:15am & 10:15am
  • Preschool Children (3-4 yrs), 11:15am

Little Explorers: Preschool Nature Program

  • Once a Month; Sept. 23-Nov. 9 from 11am-12pm
  • Location: Graham Lawn
  • Price: Free
  • Registration required
  • Birds and mammals and reptiles, oh my! Children ages 2-6 are welcome to spend an hour getting closer to nature. Build like beavers, point out similarities between bats and humans, or even pet a reptile during the three sessions offered.
  • Animal Architects, Thursday, Sept. 23
  • Going Batty, Thursday, Oct. 21
  • Reptiles Rock, Tuesday, Nov. 9

Raleigh Balloon Glow

  • Friday-Sunday, Sept. 24-26 from 5-9pm
  • Location: Big Field
  • Price: Starts at $10 per car
  • An outdoor festival that’s sure to have you on cloud nine. The fall weekend event’s main attraction is the hot air balloons glowing at dusk. In addition, expect to experience tethered balloon rides, arts & crafts, activities for the kids, and food.  Raleigh is one of many stops across the US on the nationwide tour operated by the Balloon Glow Tour.

Teddy Bear Picnic

  • Saturday, Oct. 2nd from 10am-12pm
  • Location: Harvey Hill
  • Price: Free
  • Registration required
  • KinderVillage is back at it again, but this time you can invite your teddy bears too! Psst! If you don’t have a teddy bear you can bring your favorite stuffed animal friend. Bring your own picnic too and share in the singing and dancing. You and Teddy may even get to jam on some instruments. This program is for families with children ages 2-8.

Falling for Local Festival

  • Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11am-6pm
  • Location: The Big Field
  • Price: Free
  • Registration encouraged
  • Embrace the season by falling for your community. Over 100 local makers and vendors, Triangle-area craft beer, and 25 of your favorite food trucks will be present for this festive occasion on The Big Field. Shop Local Raleigh invites you to support local businesses, listen to live music, play in the kids zone, go on a hay ride, and even bring home a free pumpkin!

Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

  • Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10am-6pm
  • Location: The Big Field
  • Price: Free
  • Registration encouraged
  • Indigenous community organizers and Dix Park Conservancy are proud to present the first ever Inter-Tribal Pow Wow at Dix Park! The day will be filled with music, culture, and dancing. Speaking of dancing, there will be a dance competition for all tribal citizens in the categories of Grass, Fancy, Jingle, and Traditional. Interested in registering for the competition? Register here.




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