A Full Day of Family Fun at the Festival in Motion Sept. 27


The Festival in Motion along the Walnut Creek Greenway was launched to build awareness and stewardship for Walnut Creek from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. Its waters, contributing streams, wetlands and adjacent neighborhoods and institutions ground a rich part of Raleigh's history. Tied together by Raleigh's Capital Area Greenway System, they promise access to nature for all.

Folks from all over come for the live music, art-in-the-making, nature games and fitness challenges. It's designed to get people out,  moving  in nature.

This year's Fourth Annual event takes place at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center on Saturday, September 27, from 10A to 2P.

Information: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (919) 996-3285

The Festival invites you to enjoy all of Raleigh's greenways and parks every day of the year, especially those along Walnut Creek.

The Walnut Creek Greenway, with its more than seven miles of trails, invites people of all ages to walk, bike, run or just relax to enjoy the natural beauty. It runs from Lake Johnson through Centennial Campus, and near Downtown Raleigh through historic neighborhoods, all the way to where it joins the Neuse River. 

The Festival is organized by founding partners: the Triangle Greenways Council, Partners for Environmental Justice, Friends of Lake Johnson and the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation. It is supported by generous individuals and corporate sponsors.

Walnut Creek Wetland Center

The Walnut Creek Wetland Center opened in 2009 to foster awareness of the importance of wetlands, wildlife habitat, hydrology, and human interaction with nature. This certified green facility is located within a 59-acre park near downtown Raleigh. The unique location is part of the Walnut Creek floodplain and provides unique habitat for many plants and animals.

With an expansive deck and greenway trails in each direction, the Center is great for wildlife viewing. A bird feeding station invites songbirds and hummingbirds, while everything from red-shouldered hawks to barred owls, and even a bald eagle can be sighted in the surrounding woods. Waterfowl such as blue herons, wood ducks and geese are regularly sighted. Mammal visitors include deer, foxes, groundhogs, beaver and more. A rich variety of reptiles and amphibians make their homes here as well.


The 7,500 square foot Center invites visitors to enjoy in the City’s transformation of more than 50 acres of formerly polluted wetlands. A reclaimed urban wetland near downtown, designed to protect its beauty, promote understanding, and encourage community pride as it spurs economic development in Southeast Raleigh. Accessible and quiet, the Center is a great place to commune with nature and sure to lift your spirits.

September 27, 2014

10A to 2P


All activities take place around the Walnut Creek Wetland Center.

Bring your energy and imagination. Don't forget your camera!