Dreamville Festival brings traffic hassles, excitement, Fayetteville artist J. Cole and friends to Raleigh's Dix Park

2 April 2022

— Raleigh is ready for North Carolina native J. Cole’s 2-day music festival at Dorothea Dix Park this weekend. The city has spent all week preparing the park for dozens of big-name artists and their fans.

The festival is an opportunity for Cole to give back to his home state and celebrate North Carolina culture, according to event organizers.

The long-awaited festival features icons in hip-hop and R&B like T-Pain, Lil Baby, Ashanti, Lil Wayne and Ari Lennox.

There will be three different stages throughout the park. The biggest artists will be performing on the “Shine” stage, located at the corner of Blair and Biggs drives inside the park, according to a map of the festival released Friday.

Map of Dreamville Festival 2022

Dreamville Festival organizers know the event will be competing with Saturday’s Final Four game, so the UNC-Duke game will be livestreamed on site next to the D.J. stage.

The weather is going to be perfect with temperatures in the 60s and 70s with low humidity.

Dreamville Festival

Lineup: Artists to see on Saturday, April 2

On Saturday, guests can expect music from noon until nearly 11 p.m. that night.

Artists like JA Rule, Ashanti, Wizkid and Kehlani will play on the Rise Stage.

Earthgang, Morray and Lil Baby can be found on the Shine Stage.

Donovan’s Sound Club, Nitrane, See Bird Go, Kitty Cash and others will be playing on the DJ stage.

Click here for the full set list, locations and times.

Lineup: Artists to see on Sunday, April 3

Sunday brings out huge names like J. Cole, T-Pain and Ari Lennox.

The Rise Stage will feature artists like Omen, Wale, Wiz Khalifa and DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz: Lil Wayne + Jeezy + T.I.

The Shine Stage will host Kyle Banks, Cozz, Rico Nasty and Bas. T-Pain takes the stage by 5:45 p.m., passes off to Ari Lennox at 7:30 p.m., and J. Cole closes out the night starting at 9:40 p.m.

Click here for the full set list, locations and times.

Where to park

There will be some parking close to Dreamville Festival at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, which is across the street from Dorothea Dix Park. Event organizers said those parking spots will be limited and are expected to fill up quickly. In order to park at one of those spots, attendees must purchase a $30 one-day pass. Overnight parking at NC State’s campus is not permitted, and event organizers said cars left overnight will be towed.

But there are other ways to get to the music festival. Event organizers said the downtown shuttle is “110% the best move for you to get back and forth from the festival.”

The shuttle will pick attendees up from Moore Square at 200 S. Blount Street in downtown Raleigh and will take attendees to the west entrance of Dreamville Festival, which is closer than walking from the festival’s limited parking at N.C. State. The downtown shuttle pass is $20 and covers trips for both days of the festival. The shuttle will run non-stop from 10:30 a.m. until 1 a.m.

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