Whether you’re a sunflower lover, looking for a fun day trip, or let’s be honest, just looking to get the perfect summer Instagram picture, you’ll want to check out Destination SunFest at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.
Destination SunFest is a “SUN-sational family-friendly festival” in celebration of the sunflowers in bloom at Dorothea Dix Park.
Aside from being able to frolic through the five acres of sunflower fields, there will be a Ferris wheel, carousel, food and drinks, live entertainment, history hayride tours, arts and crafts and other fun activities for kids and adults.
The event will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.
According to Dix Park, the five acres of sunflowers were planted in the park on May 15, 2019 with peak bloom planned for mid-July.
But the sunflower fields’ purpose isn’t only for the festival and Instagram photos.
“Public Utilities harvest the Dix Park sunflowers to process bio-diesel for educational programs and demonstrations,” Dix Park said. “These include the NC Farm Show, The Got to Be NC Ag Festival and The Got to be NC Bio-energy Conference in Raleigh and Asheville, NC.”
Visitraleigh.com says thousands of gallons of bio-diesel are produced from the Dix Park sunflower fields. Once turned into fuel, it is also used to run tractors, trailers and farm equipment.
Sunflowers are also excellent pollinators. The Dix Park sunflowers serve as a massive pollinator habitat for bees and other natural species.
If you plan to attend Destination SunFest, you are asked to RSVP here. Registration is not required but it does help organizers to know how many people to expect. They can also contact you with any important information.
When visiting the sunflowers, you are asked to stay on the paths in the field and keep children from straying into the sunflowers, wear closed-toe shoes, do not pick the flowers or eat the sunflower seeds, and plan accordingly for bugs and other critters.
For more information on schedule of events, food vendors, parking, and more, visit the Dix Park website here.
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