Located near downtown Raleigh and featuring 308 acres of rolling meadows, shady tree groves, views of the skyline, and a renovated mid-century modern chapel – Dix Park is the perfect location to host your next event.
Chapel Event Center
Overlooking downtown Raleigh, the Greg Poole, Jr. All Faiths Chapel is a unique venue in the heart of Dix Park. The historic building is surrounded by an event lawn, front terrace and lovely gardens. Built in 1955, the chapel’s mid-century modern architecture is well preserved with decorative wood elements, a rose stained-glass window, terrazzo floors, and mid-century stainless fixtures. Renovated in 2020, the chapel now provides all the amenities of a modern community gathering space while retaining its historic charm.
The main hall accommodates approximately 200 guests seated at tables, 400 guests seated auditorium style, or 450 guests standing reception style.
- Open floor plan, 3,200 sq. ft.
- Elevated Stage, 640 sq. ft.
- Front Terrace, 984 sq. ft.
- 20 Round 6' tables
- 15 Rectangular 6’ tables
- 164 Natural wood & metal chairs
- Staging kitchen
- Two dressing areas
- Sound system, video projection equipment
Chapel rental includes use of the Event Lawn:
- 3,200 sq. ft.
- Accommodates a tent up to 40'x40'
Main Event Hall
Conference Room & Bridal Suite
The Event Lawn can be reserved for outdoor gatherings and events independent of renting the indoor Chapel venue. The space is grass covered and beautifully landscaped with shade trees and a brick seating bench surrounding the lawn.
Event Lawn Amenities:
- 3,200 sq. ft.
- Accommodates a tent up to 40’x40’ (not provided)
- Outdoor power access
- Use of indoor restrooms, staging kitchen and dressing room. Additional fee may apply.
Magnolia Room & Oak Room
Dix Park has two picnic and play areas available to rent for birthday parties and other social gatherings.
- Shade structure over 6 picnic tables with seating for up to 36 people
- Play area with swings
- Sway and stationary benches
- Water fountain
Note: Rental is for the shaded picnic area and grill. Swings and benches are shared with other park visitors.
A grand skyline view of downtown Raleigh will be the backdrop to your event located in this open, rolling meadow.
Note: Outdoor spaces at Dix Park are large. Other park visitors can use space around rented venues during park hours if they are not negatively impacting the event.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is an event rental required?
All outdoor spaces at Dix Park are open to the public from dawn until dusk 7 days-a-week. Spaces are available for use on a first come, first serve basis for small gatherings, picnics and non-commercial events.
A Dix Park event rental and/or permit is required if any of the following is true:
- Reserved space is desired for your event
- You want to set-up tents or event rentals, use generators, rent port-a-johns, etc.
- Alcohol would be served
- Your event is commercial in nature (cost to attend, etc.)
- Your outdoor event would have over 200 participants
Who do I contact?
Dix Park event rentals are managed by Staff with City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
Contact the Dix Park Rental Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-996-3255.
Outdoor events over 200 people at Dix Park require an event permit through City of Raleigh Office of Emergency Management and Special Events. For more information contact email@example.com or 919-996-2200.
What is the cost?
Outdoor Venue Rental Rates
*Small events under 200 people. 2-hour minimum for all spaces
Chapel Event Center + Event Lawn Rental Rates
*4 hour minimum for Chapel. 2-hour minimum for Event Lawn only.
|Monday - Friday||$248/hour|
|Saturday - Sunday||$468/hour|
|Event Lawn Only||$83/hour|
Other fees and deposits may apply. Please refer to the applications for full list of fees and polices.
How do I apply?
The rental applications below outline venue details, fees and policies for event rentals at Dix Park.
Chapel Event Center Application
Please contact our Rental Coordinator to inquire about available dates and to submit your completed application. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-996-3255.
Luxury Picnic Businesses
Dix Park offers three rentable zones to accommodate luxury picnic businesses. Rental reservations are required for all commercial picnic businesses. Book up to 30 days in advance.
Luxury Picnic Business Rental Rates
One-time $15 application fee
$100 alcohol permit
Please contact our Rental Coordinator to inquire about available zones and dates. Email email@example.com or call 919-996-3255.