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🎤 Loading at Dix Park: Dreamville Festival
Over 100,000 fans from 23 countries attended Dreamville Festival in 2023. | Photo by @izzynuzzophoto
J. Cole released “Carolina on my Mind” on his debut mixtape in 2007, and now the famed rapper leads one of NC’s most anticipated annual events: Dreamville Festival at Dorothea Dix Park.

Keep reading to navigate this outdoor weekend music celebration, featuring a star-studded lineup, Saturday, April 6 + Sunday, April 7.


Chris Brown will no longer headline with SZA on Saturday — 50 Cent will fill the rapper’s shoes alongside the “Good Days” R&B artist. Saturday performers also include JID of Dreamville Records, Lil Yachty, ScHoolboy Q, and more.

The weekend will come to a close with headliners Nicki Minaj and J. Cole on Sunday — but during the day, performers like Rema, Jeezy, and Monica will light up the stage.

The Mount Rapmore of the 2010s

Check out the “The Mount Rapmore of the 2010s” mural beside Crank Arm Brewing.


Photo by RALtoday

Food, bev + art

With an emphasis on community, this festival has attractions, carnival rides, and immersive art installations for all to enjoy. Five muralists were selected by Artsplosure to create large-scale masterpieces to be installed in the park. Plus, there will be more than 50 restaurants, food trucks, and other food vendors to dig into like HotBox Pizza and Buoy Bowls.


Festival gates will open at noon on both days — make sure to familiarize yourself with what is and is not allowed inside the park. Park reentry will not be permitted, and the only official event parking is available at NC State’s Centennial Campus for $50 per day. We recommend finding free parking then scooting, biking, or walking, if possible.


  • Closed until Saturday, April 13 | NC State’s Kendall Circle + Bender Street
  • Closed until Friday, April 12 | The Big Field at Dix Park; and Biggs Drive from Blair Drive to Goode Street
  • Closed from Friday, April 5 at 10 p.m. until Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m. | All of Dix Park
Are you going to Dreamville at Dix Park?

A. Yes
B. No
C. No, but I have before.
Tuesday, April 2
  • No Skips Pop Up Session | Tuesday, April 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Transfer Co. Food Hall, 500 E. Davie St., Raleigh | Free | Join Transfer Co. for a special Dreamville edition of this album listening series hosted by @ayeeedubb, featuring J. Cole classics.
  • Dancing Plague with Dead Cool | Tuesday, April 2 | 7 p.m. | The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh | $15-$18 | Get ready to dance along to these electronic acts.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Wine + Weeds | Wednesday, April 3 | 6-7 p.m. | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St., Raleigh | Free | Put in some work at the farm and enjoy a splash of wine from Wine Authorities.
  • The Critics’ Critic Wine Tasting | Wednesday, April 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Westgate Wine Bar, 6405 Westgate Rd., Ste. 111, Raleigh | $15-$30 | Channel your inner critic over eight wines.
Thursday, April 4
  • Artist Panel: BIPOC Outdoor Participation | Thursday, April 4 | 6 p.m. | Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh | Free | Enjoy thought-provoking conversations with creatives on public art and the environment.
  • Carolina Spring Floral Design Class | Thursday, April 4 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The English Garden Florist, 8820 Gulf Ct., Ste. A, Raleigh | $95 | This NC-focused design class will feature a keepsake pottery piece — tools and supplies are provided as well.
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Looking to buy a home or invest in real estate — or both?

Learn to navigate the second-hottest real estate market in the US with Richardson Private Wealth Advisors’ free webinar, “Real estate: Important considerations for you and your family,” on Wednesday, April 10 at 1 p.m.

During this comprehensive complimentary session, participants will learn about:
  • The current state of the real estate market
  • Real estate investing tactics + considerations
  • Best practices for helping a family member purchase a home
News Notes
  • Topgolf announced its new Durham location off Page Road will open Friday, April 12. Marking NC’s third location, this swingin’ spot will offer three levels with 102 outdoor hitting bays, a full-service restaurant, rooftop terrace, and other luxe amenities. (Triangle Business Journal)
Coming Soon
  • The couple behind the popular foodie Instagram account RaleighFoodTrap set a grand opening date for NC’s first The Yard Milkshake Bar at Seaboard Station. Sweet-toothed enthusiasts can expect over-the-top specialty milkshakes with over 32 flavor choices, starting Friday, April 12.
  • Celebrate the little ones in your life on Children’s Day in Moore Square Friday, April 26. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy food, inflatables, crafts, games, and performances. Bonus: Stick around to watch “Space Jam.” If you’re looking for more ways to treat your kid, tap into 25+ kid-friendly activities.
  • This month is National Volunteer Month — here is your reminder to lend a hand to your neighbors in need. Check out our volunteer guide for inspiration on how to help out in Raleigh.
The Buy
Pvolve’s signature equipment bundle — the low impact, clinically-backed exercise method is a great way to work out from home, and the bundle helps you get started. It comes with a month of free classes and includes (bonus) some of Jennifer Aniston’s favorite pieces of equipment.
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From the editor
Lately, I have been making my rounds at Chef Scott Crawford’s restaurants. Last week, I enjoyed my first Crawford and Son dinner and was not disappointed. I had the grilled bavette steak — unsurprisingly, it was cooked to perfection.

Don’t worry, I’m planning on carrying out my reader picked day in Raleigh very soon. Taverna Agora is currently in the lead for what’s for dinner. Stay tuned.
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