Falling for Local at Dorothea Dix Park!

2022 Falling for Local at Dix Park

Falling for Local

October 15, 2022 from 11-6

The Big Field at Dix Park

Presented in partnership by
The City of Raleigh, Dix Park Conservancy, and Shop Local Raleigh

Live Music - Local Makers & Vendors - NC Craft Beer - Food Trucks - Kids Activities - Inflatables - Hay Rides - Tons of Fall Fun

Plus a FREE Pumpkin Patch with 1,000 pumpkins!

We are #FallingForLocal!

Celebrate Autumn in Raleigh with a Market & Festival at Dix Park!

This family-friendly event is open to the public and FREE TO ATTEND!

Enjoy live music from local talent and demos from local businesses all day long as well as loads of FALL FUN including hay rides, inflatables, lawn games, kids activities, photo ops, and a pumpkin patch all FREE of charge!

#ShowSomeLocalLove and support one of the many independent businesses featured at Falling for Local!
  • Dine from dozens of local food trucks & food tents
  • Shop with over 100 local & independent businesses
  • Sample NC craft beer & ciders

RSVP to the Facebook event to receive the latest updates!


Check out all of the amazing local businesses & performers that were a part of last year's #FallingForLocal festival in 2021!


  • 11:00 – Sadie Rock & The Mad Ryans
  • 1:00 – Icarus Airline
  • 3:00 – Sadie Rock & The Mad Ryans Encore Perfomance
  • 5:00 – Crucial Fiya


  • 12:00 – Uncle Jesse
  • 2:00 – CHARLY
  • 4:00 – Static Diversion


  • 11:30 – Dance Performance by CC & Co.
  • 12:30 – Hand Lettering with CK Creations
  • 1:30 – Learn to Braid with Pinup Studios
  • 2:30 – Dance Performance by Stage Door Dance
  • 3:30 – Campfire Cooking with Gear Up
  • 4:30 – Houseplant Care with Copperline Plant Co.
  • 5:30 – Dog Training with Oak City K9


  • FREE pumpkin patch with over 1,000 pumpkins! Guess the weight of the BIG pumpkin to be entered into a raffle for a kid’s bike. Dix Park Conservancy is raffling off 3 bikes which means 3 chances to win!
  • Hay Rides through the park
  • Cornhole & Yard Games
  • Inflatables
  • Kids Activities
  • Photobooth


  • Meet Lollipop, BFF of Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist!
  • Get your picture taken with a Causeplay Carolina character! They will be making their rounds at the festival so keep your eye out for your favorite super hero or princess.
  • Rumor has it Hamilton the Pig will be in attendance. See if you can spot him wheeling around the festival in his wagon!
Pumpkin Patch

11:00 – 1:00 | Meet the Stampede of Love mini horses!

11:00 – 5:00 | Raleigh Fire Museum is bringing out one of their antique fire engines for a touch a truck experience!

noon – 3:00 | Check out the Tarwheel A’s with their classic Fords!

1:00 – 3:30 | Have a custom poem written and typed just for you by the Poetry Fox!

  • Adapt Chiropractic
  • Addis Jemari
  • Baily’s
  • Baker Roofing Company
  • Be Like Missy
  • Belna Candle Company
  • Binky and Bell
  • Blush Steele LLC
  • Body Banner
  • Bolts & Blooms
  • Bows and Whistles Designs
  • Bulletproof Sauces 
  • Cha House
  • CKCreations
  • Copperline Plant Co., LLC
  • Designed For Joy
  • dooliBOY Clothing Co.
  • Dreams Collect
  • Foxxy’s Floras & Gifts
  • Gabi’s Grounds Coffee
  • Galatea Boutique
  • Gear Up
  • Griffin & Bernstein Orthodontics
  • Hempsmith
  • Honeypress
  • House of Swank
  • Hummingbird Naturals LLC
  • JamesonAshCandleCo
  • Jay’s Italian Ice
  • Killer Toffee
  • Kraven Juice
  • Labrottie Creations
  • Light is Love Candles
  • Livable Raleigh
  • Local Legend Clothing LLC
  • Luna Viola
  • Mae Designs LLC
  • Mama Bears Baby Beads
  • Manda Panda’s
  • Mantra Soap
  • Murph’s Mad Lab, LLC
  • Mystic Hollow Emporium
  • Needle & Thread Co.
  • Oak City Hot Sauce Co
  • Oak City K9
  • Oak City Scents
  • Oak City Sunless
  • Oberweis Dairy
  • Olive & Oak Essentials
  • Papriqqa, LLC
  • Passanante’s Home Food Services
  • Peak City Coffee
  • Peak Lane Boutique
  • Piedmont ClayWorks
  • Pinup Studio
  • PIPS – Perfectly Imperfect Pups – Rescue
  • Port and Starbird
  • Purr Partners Cat Rescue
  • Raleigh Biscuit Company
  • Revision LLC
  • Rosemary & Hemp Botanicals
  • Rotary Club Raleigh
  • Royal Cheesecake & Varieties
  • Ruff Stuff Treats
  • Scarlet Street
  • Seven17
  • She Shed Stained Glass
  • Shred415
  • SKP ink
  • Sparkly Strands Fairy Hair
  • Stage Door Dance Productions
  • Surly Squirrel
  • Sweet T Picnics
  • The Adams Cake Factory
  • The English Garden
  • The Evelyn Company
  • The Quarry
  • Wild Earth
  • World Accessories
  • Zulia Bakery
  • Zzesty’s Creations Designer Wreaths & Gift Baskets
  • Big Boss Brewing Company
  • Brewery Bhavana
  • Bond Brothers
  • Carolina Brewing Company
  • Clouds Brewing
  • Crank Arm Brewing Company*
  • Fortnight Brewing Company
  • Gizmo Brew Works
  • Harlem
  • Little City Brewing
  • Raleigh Brewing
  • Spaceway Brewing
  • Toasty Kettlyst Brewery
  • Vecino Brewing
  • Wye Hill*
  • Norsemen’s Mead Co

*In addition to their delicious beers, Crank Arm Brewing Co. and Wye Hill will be serving hard seltzers at their booth! See what else is on tap at #FallingForLocal.

Drink Tickets

Falling for Local is free to attend! Tickets are only required for adult beverage purchases. Buy tickets in advance online or at the festival to redeem for NC craft beer, cider, seltzer, and mead.
  • Purchase tickets to use at brewery tents
  • Ticket Bundles are available to purchase before or at the event: Buy Beer Tickets Now
  • Pint = 5 tickets; Sample size = 2 tickets
  • Breweries will not take cash or credit card for beverage sales; tickets only
  • ID check and wristbands required

Additional Information & FAQs

Food, Beverages + Restrooms

Purchase from the food trucks! There is no drinking water available at the park, and we only have port-a-johns available, so come prepared.


Dogs are permitted, but please use your best judgment regarding whether your pooch will enjoy the event. All dogs must be leashed, and please clean up after them.


If we need to postpone due to inclement weather, we will post on social media @ShopLocRaleigh & @RaleighParks on Twitter and Raleigh Parks and Shop Local Raleigh on Facebook.

Getting There + Parking

Click here to view parking and shuttle map. The most convenient park entrances to use are Hunt Drive off of Western Boulevard or Blair Drive off of Centennial Parkway. Look for signs along Umstead Drive. Parking is available in the four parking lots off of Umstead Drive. Due to the high volume of people and limited parking, please carpool if possible. Do not drive on or park in the grass – driving on tree roots damages the trees and we want to keep the 150 year old oaks around for as long as possible!


Dorothea Dix Park continues to work to be accessible and welcoming for visitors with disabilities and limited mobility. Planning to attend and have questions about accessibility? Contact Joseph Voska, Programs and Operations Supervisor, at 919-996-6688 or joseph.voska@raleighnc.gov.

  • Accessible parking with reserved spaces are available in all lots.
  • Accessible port-a-johns will be located near the event location.
  • Portions of the Dorothea Dix Park that have uneven surfaces are not ADA accessible.
  • This event will take place on grass, uneven surfaces, and across all forms of terrain.