Dreamville Festival: Complete Coverage

Dreamville Festival: Complete Coverage

Dreamville Festival: Complete Coverage

Dreamville Festival is this weekend – April 1 and 2 – in Raleigh, at Dorothea Dix Park. So it’s time to get everyone ready with everything you need to know about the festival.

Fayetteville native J. Cole and his Dreamville record label are putting on the third installment of the the event, with record crowds expected.

Cole started the event way back in 2018, but found itself delayed because of hurricanes. That moved the event into the spring of 2019, and things went pretty well.

Problems came again the next year, as the festival had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That led to the second installment not coming until the spring of 2022.

But we are back with no delays for the third version, and Cole has a superstar lineup set to wow people.

Let’s take a look at all things Dreamville Festival 2023, including where to park, who’s playing, what to expect, and more.

  • The Music

    You can’t have a music festival without music. So here’s a look at who is playing both days of the festival.

  • Saturday, April 1

    Gates open at noon on Saturday, here’s the artists scheduled to perform:

    • Marqus Clae – 1 p.m. Shine
    • Victony – 1:20 p.m. Rise
    • Omen – 1:40 p.m. Shine
    • Lute – 2:10 p.m. Rise
    • SiR – 2:45 p.m. Shine
    • Jessie Reyez – 3:30 p.m. Rise
    • Key Glock – 4:15 p.m. Shine
    • Earthgang – 5 p.m. Rise
    • Sean Paul – 5:45 p.m. Shine
    • City Girls – 6:30 p.m. Rise
    • Ari Lennox – 7:30 p.m. Shine
    • Lil Durk – 8:30 p.m. Rise
    • Usher – 9:30 p.m. Shine
  • Sunday, April 2

    Gates open at noon on Sunday, here’s the artists scheduled to perform:

    • Reuben Vincent – 1 p.m. Shine
    • Jordan Ward – 1:20 p.m. Rise
    • Cozz – 1:40 p.m. Shine
    • Baby Tate – 2:05 p.m. Rise
    • Ayra Starr – 2:30 p.m. Shine
    • Mario – 3 p.m. Rise
    • Waka Flocka Flame – 3:40 p.m. Shine
    • Bas – 4:20 p.m. Rise
    • GloRilla – 5 p.m. Shine
    • J.I.D – 5:45 p.m. Rise
    • Summer Walker – 6:45 p.m. Shine
    • Burna Boy – 7:45 p.m. Rise
    • J. Cole and Drake – 9:15 p.m. Shine
  • Ticket Info

    Dreamville Festival is SOLD OUT of General Admission (there are other options below). There are some tickets available on reseller sites, but be careful with these. Dreamville’s official Ticket Exchange is now open! There are official tickets available for resale. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS.

  • GA+ and VIP JV Tickets

    UPDATE: These are all sold out. See the Ticket Exchange above for available tickets.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, there were some GA+ and VIP JV tickets available on the official site – click here – but these are limited, and start from $549.99 and $749.99 respectively.

  • Children's Tickets

    Children (6 and under) receive free entry with a ticketed adult. A ticketed adult can bring up to 2 children that are 6 and under for free. All guests 7 and over must have a ticket/wristband. All patrons, including children 6 and under, will be required to wear a wristband. 

  • Watching Dreamville

    If you can’t make it to the Festival, Dreamville is offering a Live Stream on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel and Prime Video, starting at 2 p.m. each day.

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  • Location and Parking

    Dreamville Festival is being held once again at Dorothea Dix Park in Downtown Raleigh. Traffic and parking won’t be easy. Here’s the overall map for the festival.

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  • How to Get to the Festival

    According to Dreamville: We encourage all attendees to reduce our carbon footprint by riding our shuttles, walking, biking, catching the train to Raleigh or by carpooling to the fest! You have a wide range of travel options available to you below!

  • Official Event Parking

    Dreamville OFFICIAL EVENT PARKING will be available for purchase at NC STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTENNIAL CAMPUS, right across the street from Dorothea Dix Park.

    These parking spaces will be limited and will fill up quick — FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!

    PLEASE NOTE: Overnight parking is not permitted. All Parking passes are for daily entry into the Parking decks and lots only. Vehicles left overnight in these Parking decks and lots will be towed at the owner’s expense. Please plan accordingly.

  • Ride the Official Downtown Shuttle

    Dreamville Festival also recommends taking the shuttle. Here’s the scoop:

    Whether you’re booking a hotel room in Downtown Raleigh for the weekend or just planning to take advantage of the cheap parking in one of the Downtown Parking decks, the OFFICIAL DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE is 110% the best move for you to get back and forth from the festival.

    The OFFICIAL DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE will be picking up from MOORE SQUARE in the heart of Downtown, AND will drop you off RIGHT next to the West Entrance into Dreamville Fest (closer than walking from OFFICIAL PARKING AT NC STATE).

    Your DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE pass is good for the entire weekend and covers you for trips to/from the Fest each day (you only need to purchase one pass!)

    The DOWNTOWN SHUTTLES will run non-stop continuous service from 10:00am (2 hours before gates officially open each day) until 1:00am (2+ hours after the end of the Festival each night).

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  • Other Travel Options

    Get dropped off at designated drop off / pick up zones, located on either side of Dorothea Dix Park, within very short walking distance of the Dreamville venue entrances! You’ll be able to get picked up from the same locations after the event.

    Whether it’s a taxi, your friends, roommates or parents dropping you off – we’ve got you covered!

    Get dropped off at designated drop off / pick up zones, located on either side of Dorothea Dix Park, within a very short walking distance of the Dreamville venue entrances! You’ll be able to get picked up from the same locations after the event.

    Take a stroll in the park! Dorothea Dix Park is gorgeous this time of year!

     Enjoy the views + save the environment… but please do so safely! PLEASE stick to designated sidewalks, footpaths, and crosswalks at all times!

    Whether you’re coming from NC STATE or DOWNTOWN, you can ride your bike to Dorothea Dix Park, however you’ll need to disembark from your bike and lock it up at one of the Bike Parking areas on the outskirts of Dorothea Dix Park, and walk to the Festival Entrances.

    There are two designated locations for bike parking:

      • On the corner of Centennial Pkwy and Blair Dr.
      • On the corner of Western Blvd and Hunt Dr.

    Electric Scooter operators LIME and SPIN will both have e-scooters available in the greater Raleigh area, during Dreamville Fest weekend.

      • Please refer to the City of Raleigh website for more information on e-Scooters, including hours of operation (6:00am to 11:00pm only, seven days a week) and important safety information to ensure you get where you’re going SAFELY.


     For more GoRaleigh information on fares and schedule CLICK HERE.

  • Re-Entry

    There is NO re-entry allowed on the same day. So if you leave the Festival on Saturday, you can’t come back without buying another ticket on Saturday. (You can come back Sunday, if you have the proper ticket.)

  • Allowed and Prohibited Items

    There are going to be a lot of people out there each day (50,000-plus!), so make sure you’re following these rules if you want the smoothest experience.

  • Allowed Items

    • ALL bags will be searched before entry.
    • Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 6 inches by 9 inches or smaller do not need to be clear but can have no more than one pocket.
    • All other bags larger than 6 inches by 9 inches must be smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and clear.
    • Hydration packs are allowed and do not need to be clear, but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.
    • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
    • (*See What is the bag policy)
    • Baby Strollers
    • Cameras (basic point-and-shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other attachments are not allowed)
    • Empty reusable water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles
    • Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less
    • Personal-sized hand sanitizer and baby wipes (sealed / unopened)
    • Personal Face Coverings (including surgical, cloth, N95, KN95)
    • Chapstick and Lip Balm (sealed/unopened)
    • Cigarettes and Lighters (sealed / unopened – 1 per guest)
    • E-Cigs and Vape Pens (sealed / unopened – 1 per guest)
    • Ear Plugs
    • Eye Drops (sealed / unopened)
    • Feminine Hygiene Products (sealed / unopened)
    • Makeup
    • Hats, Gloves, Scarfs, Bandanas
    • Ponchos and Rain Jackets
    • Medication (Over-the-counter (sealed/unopened), Rx must have label with matching ID and all same pills – no mixing. **See Full Prescription Medication Requirements below)
    • Cell Phones and chargers
    • Service Animals (Proper documentation required)
    • Sunblock (Non-aerosol only. Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less)
    • Sunglasses
    • Blankets or towels – larger blankets are prohibited in high-volume traffic areas and heavier occupied areas. If asked to move by staff, please be so kind as to accommodate.
  • Medication Rules

    • Anyone needing prescription medicine at the festival must present the pharmacy-labeled container, which states the prescription, dosage, and patient name to our medical staff at each entrance gate. Patrons are only allowed a sufficient supply of the prescribed medication for that day.
    • Medicines needing to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited unless in a prescribed inhaler.
    • Over-the-counter medications are allowed in a sufficient supply for the day. Bottle contents will be verified by medical personnel at the entry gates.
  • Prohibited Items

    • Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products. NOTESunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less
    • Coolers of any kind. (Exceptions may be made for medical use)
    • Any and all professional audio recording equipment
    • Professional cameras and professional recording (photo, video, audio) equipment (NO large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment.
    • Any and all professional video equipment. No video recording will be allowed
    • Drones or any other remote flying device
    • Hammocks
    • Glass containers of any kind
    • Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
    • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind
    • Umbrellas
    • Pets (except service animals)
    • Selfie sticks or tripods
    • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicles
    • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
    • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials, including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
    • Weapons or explosives of any kind
    • Fireworks
    • Large chains or spiked jewelry
    • Bicycles inside festival grounds (free bike parking is available near festival entrances)
    • Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)
    • Chairs of any kind
    • Air Horns, Noisemakers, Speakers or Musical Instruments of any kind
    • AVPs or MODs or liquid to refill e-cigarette cartridges
    • Flags or Totems
  • Water Stations

    Dreamville Festival will offer multiple free water refilling stations. Check your festival map for locations. We encourage you to bring reusable water bottles or camelbacks, just be sure to have them empty upon entry. There will also be water and other non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase at the bar.

  • Lost & Found

    Lost & Found

    Check out our cutting-edge digital Lost and Found system! Pre-register your phone to increase its chances of being returned to you. Search our inventory online or visit us in person. Set up alerts for daily updates on new finds. With our system, losing something doesn’t have to be a nightmare! More info here.

    Protect your stuff:
    Keep your stuff safe and sound! Register your phone and score yourself a phone wallpaper with a unique QR code. Plus, if you happen to misplace your item, ID, or wallet and it lands in our Lost & Found, we’ll use that info to get in touch with you ASAP. That’s right, you can say goodbye to the hassle of losing your belongings for good! But still try to hang onto them. More info here.
    dreamville festival raleigh 2023 lost and found
  • Lockers

    Don’t wanna carry all your items around at the fest? Store your things in our on-site lockers, available for rent now! CLICK HERE TO RENT!

    dreamville festival raleigh 2023 lost and found lockers

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