Aerial view of special event at Dorothea Dix Park

Celebrate Earth Day 2024

Dix Park

You're invited to Raleigh Earth Day in partnership with We Plant it Forward’s Arbor Day

Join us for this FREE community event to explore earth-conscious vendors and organizations while enjoying live music, games, and activities for all ages.  We will be showing a family-friendly movie to conclude the event.

  • LEARN about what the City of Raleigh and Community Partners are doing to create a more sustainable Raleigh.
  • TAKE ACTION and pledge to volunteer and make personal changes to support the environment.
  • CELEBRATE the Raleigh Environmental Award Winners taking climate action across the community. 
  • WATCH the movie The Lorax

Event Details

When: April 19, 2024, 5 - 10 p.m.
Where: Dix Park, Flowers Field. 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, 27603
Visit the Dix Park Website
Please bring your own water bottle. We will have a water bottle refilling station available for attendees. 

Event Schedule

5:00 - 5:30 p.m, Garden Demonstrations
5:30 - 5:45 p.m., Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
5:45 - 6:15 p.m., Native American Earth Dances
6:15 - 7:00 p.m., Raleigh Environmental Awards
7:00 - 7:10 p.m., Paperhand Puppet Parade and Drum Circle 
7:10 - 7:30 p.m., Tree Dedication and Planting
7:30 - 8:00 p.m., Garden Demonstrations
8:00 - 10:00 p.m., Movie on the Lawn

Event Details

Information Booths and Activities 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Visit tables hosted by City of Raleigh representatives and local organizations for engaging activities and information on how they take action for our Earth and community. There will be additional family-friendly activities and yard games in the field at this event.

Shredding Event 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adams Lot
The City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department is hosting a free shredding event as part of the City’s Earth Day celebration. This event will take place at Dorothea Dix Park in the Adams Lot on Friday, April 19, and will start promptly at 5 - 7 p.m. Please join us to dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible way. In an effort to shred your sensitive documents in a timely manner, attendees are limited to (3) three boxes (cardboard copy paper box or smaller) per vehicle. There is no need to remove binder clips, paper clips, or staples. Please remove three (3) ring binders, disks, CDs, credit cards, books, magazines, x-rays, or film prior to shredding. Household e-waste will also be accepted at this event. No batteries will be accepted.

Shred Event Instructions:
·  Follow traffic directional signs
·  Drivers should remain in their car while it is being unloaded by staff

Event Welcome 5:30 p.m.
Opening remarks speaker will be David Rahahę•tih Webb of the Tuscarora community will share a traditional opening in the Tuscarora Language, with the English translation. This opening directs our gratitude towards all of the natural world that surrounds us: Earth, the waters, plants and trees, crops, animals, birds, and the life-sustaining rains. Video and audio recordings of this traditional opening will not be permitted.

Earth Dances 5:45 p.m.
Members of the North Carolina Tuscarora and other regional tribal communities will share Earth Dances, also called social dances.  These dances, such as the Stick Dance, Alligator Dance, and Smoke Dance are fun and interactive.  You might even find yourself invited to participate in some of them! 

Environmental Awards 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Every year during Earth Month the City of Raleigh celebrates people, organizations and businesses that protect our natural environment with the Raleigh Environmental Awards.  This year’s awards will be presented as part of the City’s Earth Day celebration.

Movie in the Park 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
A brief showing of the documentary, A Plastic Ocean, will kick off our movie in the park at 8 p.m., followed by The Lorax. The movie is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes. 

Activities and Food Trucks 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Kid Lab Trailer with coral reef education and crafts
  • Bike course, disc golf, and fishing on land games
  • Giant cornhole and hula hoops
  • Lawn bowling, giant Jenga, Kan Jam 
  • Paperhand Puppet Parade and drum circle
  • Food trucks- LocoPops, Vane Hot Burgers, Chick-N-Que, DonutNV

Come Learn with Us
Information tables and activities Coming soon!

Visit Ways to Celebrate Earth Day to access activity resources for families, a list of upcoming programs, and discover ways to learn, get involved and celebrate with the City of Raleigh as we Take Action this Earth Day.

Associated Event

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
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