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If we need to postpone, cancel or relocate the event due to inclement weather, we will communicate through Eventbrite (Please RSVP) and post on Facebook.


The event area is in the Big Field at Dorothea Dix Park. The address of the field is roughly 101 Blair Drive. Please use the following two entrances to access on-site parking:  

  • Hunt Drive off Western Boulevard
  • Blair Drive off Centennial Parkway

Walking will be necessary in and around the event area. Please note, portions of the event have uneven surfaces. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.


On-site parking lots that are more than a ¼ mile from the event area will have a shuttle option. 

For those arriving with persons with limited mobility and require accessibility drop-off, enter at Goode Street off Lake Wheeler Road. Follow signage and parking staff to location.

Due to the high volume of people and limited parking, please carpool if possible. 

Ride Share 

Use 101 Blair Drive address for ride share drop-off + pick-up. Follow signs and parking staff to location. 

Food + Water + Restrooms 

While we encourage you to enjoy the food and beverage vendors, you may also bring in your own food and non-alcoholic drinks. 

You are encouraged to bring water bottles. Refill stations will be available. 

Port-a-johns will be the only restrooms available. ADA accessible facilities will be included. 

Dogs + Pets 

No pets will be allowed in the event area.


Dorothea Dix Park continues to work to be accessible and welcoming for visitors with disabilities and limited mobility. Accessible Parking with reserved spaces is available in all lots on campus. Handicap accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces are not ADA accessible at this time.

Planning a visit to Dix Park and have questions about accessibility? Contact Joseph Voska, Programs and Operations Supervisor, at 919-996-6688 or

Please note, no weapons are allowed as part of the costume/garb of event attendees at Dorothea Dix Park. City of Raleigh code prohibits the open carry of firearms or possession of other weapons on park property. Official event vendors and performers have permits to carry and demonstrate weapons at City of Oaks Pirate Fest.