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Programs + Events

Skywatching - Venus and Mars

*** Canceled due to weather ***

We are excited welcome back staff and volunteers from the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center and Raleigh Astronomy Club for our next out of this world stargazing event!

Bring the whole family to look through telescopes to view Venus, Mars, and other celestial delights. To set the stargazing mood, the Triangle Sax Ensemble will be playing some tunes.

Check out Morehead Planetarium's Skywatching FAQs to learn more about what to expect.

Time: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Big Field at Dix Park, 1010 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27603

Registration: This event is free and no ticket required. Registration helps us plan for attendance and you will receive weather alerts.



Unfortunately, telescopes can't see through clouds. Skywatching will be canceled if it is cloudy or raining. 

What to Bring

  • A blanket or chairs so you can relax under the stars.
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. There are no food trucks at this event.

  • A small flashlight to help you walk across the field, but you might find that avoiding all light and letting your eyes adjust to the darkness is more beneficial. Even a little light can throw off your night vision.

Know Before You Go

  • There are port-a-johns and water fountain available near the program location.
  • The program takes place outside, please dress for the weather.
  • Please leave all pets at home, even those on a leash. Darkness, lots of people, expensive telescopes and pets on leashes is a bad combination. Pets will not be permitted near the telescopes.

Big Field Parking Map



Dorothea Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available in all lots.

Restrooms: Accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the newly renovated Chapel.  

Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or


Contact Dix Park Staff at 919-996-3255 or