Saturday August 19 3–9pm
at a NEW LOCATION (map)!!!
Richardson Drive Loop at Tate Dr, Dorothea Dix Park
Celebrate YOUR favorite holidays, known or obscure though they might be.
Join us for the quirkiest event of the season, with a soap box derby race, a parade, pinecar min-racers and a fun afternoon!
Bring your handheld mini Pinecar and race it on the official track. Open to “kids” of all ages. Pinecars have specific size and weight requirements and start from a block of wood. You can buy a kit to get started at most craft shops and on amazon. There are quite a few options of pre-shaped wood block kits too.
Mini Pinecars Info
What’s a holiday without a parade?? Get your friends, or your neighborhood (!) involved to make a moving (as in in-motion) artistic statement! Bring your interpretation of Holidazed & Confused to this non-motorized procession.
THE Soapbox Derby Race of Raleigh! Build a car and race down the track against another competitor. Multiple heats whittle down to the winners for fastest, most creative, and people’s choice! Limited spots available. Registration is essential.
Kirby Derby is an annual day of awesomeness – a time-honored tradition in Raleigh since 2002. There is a theme each year, and people create costumes, parade entries and soapbox derby cars to participate in a quirky day of friendly competition and silliness.
REGISTER FOR AN EVENT
Every year since 2002, residents, friends and curious Raleighites don costumes and line the street to watch the annual event. Handbuilt, gravity-powered cars disguised as everything from sharks to cake slices barrel downhill to the tune of cheering neighbors, all racing for the Kirby Cup. Some cars wipe out early on; others are surprisingly fast.
Many creations are there less to race than to be seen, eye-catching spectacles that draw oohs and ahhs from fans as they amble past. …the Kirby Derby is a huge showcase of creativity; it’s a celebration of community. “All aspects of it are good-spirited,” says Pullen Park resident Danielle Teed. “It’s just an event full of family and fun, run by people who are very passionate about it.”WALTER Magazine
(neighborhood that creates Kirby Derby)