Asheville Parks & Recreation fall programs and events are better than pumpkin spice

Press release from the City of Asheville:

Summer’s high temperatures offer a great opportunity to spend some time indoors with Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR)’s fall guide and register for upcoming programs before they fill up. With hundreds of activities, special events, and classes, people of all ages have opportunities to try new things and explore, connect, discover. The free guide is available online at in English and Spanish. Community members may also search programs in 133 languages via Google Translate’s Website Translator on

“It’s the time of year when everyone returns home from vacations and summer trips,” according to D. Tyrell McGirt, APR Director. “People settle into familiar routines for the next several months. For many in our community, that means adult sports leagues, weekly line dancing classes, family game nights, youth enrichment activities, and annual events like Haunted Castle on the Hill. Whether your autumn routine includes organized programs like these or just clearing your mind with a walk on a greenway, Asheville Parks & Recreation is here to help develop a healthy routine of moving, exploring new things, and developing relationships with neighbors.”

Asheville Parks & Recreation Fall 2023 Program Highlights
This is just a sample! Visit or stop by an APR community center for a program guide with more opportunities. Advance registration may be required, even for free events.


  • Choose from plenty of adult sports and athletics including tennis clinics, flag football, pickleball nights, the inaugural Pumpkin Ball Softball Bash, and a doubles grass volleyball tournament.
  • Young adults ages 18-30 can try stand up paddleboarding, fly fishing, hiking, and biking with the Outdoor Sampler Series or join West Asheville’s running club.
  • Get crafty for less at Dollar Decor DIY Days.
  • In addition to weekly tap and line dance classes, zumba and yoga, pinochle and billiards clubs (to name a few), active adults over 50 have a lot to choose from including Birding by Ear, restaurant meetups and road trips, hikes, and Intro to Senior Games Sports.


  • Fling the Fletch Junior Disc Golf Open rolls out on September 17 with a beginners’ clinic and competitive 18-hole round for advanced players.
  • Teen sports leagues include flag football and basketball, as well as a four-week softball clinic.
  • Grant Southside Center’s new Lifestyle Choices group meets twice a month for men ages 14-19 to engage in discussions regarding behaviors, community service, current and future goals, aspirations, and decision making to grow and develop leaders.
  • Gamers press start on a four-week 3 vs 3 NBA 2K Pro-Am Tournament and gaming nights at Avery Montford Center and Burton Street Center.
  • Burton Street Center hosts a Three Point Shootout competition with prizes on October 7.

Kids and Families

  • Spend time outdoors with intro courses for fly fishing, river snorkeling, and archery.
  • Exercise your brain at Family Paint Night and Puzzle Palooza.
  • Discovery Time at Stephens-Lee Center and Craftin’ Through the Season at Avery Montford Center feature toddler-friendly activities with seasonal themes.
  • Music, refreshments, and crowning of a king and queen are on the schedule at Crump Shiloh Center’s Toddler Prom.
  • An exciting day of miniature golf and crafts await at Turkey Tee Offs.
  • Learn sportsmanship and fair play with youth flag football and basketball leagues, as well as a four-week softball clinic.

Therapeutic Recreation

  • For community members with developmental and/or physical disabilities who may thrive with extra support, the Therapeutic Recreation program offers tennis and bowling, crafting and cooking, hiking, morning movement classes, and more.

Asheville Parks & Recreation
With its oldest parks dating to the 1890s, Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 65 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer a variety of wellness-, education-, and culture-related programs for Ashevillians of all ages. With 10 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its complete portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant hub for the people of Asheville to connect with their neighbors and explore the natural beauty of a livable and walkable city.

Driven by the promise that Asheville is a better and safer place when everyone from infants to retirees has the opportunity to be supported, healthy, and successful, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first nationally-accredited municipal recreation department in the United States. For latest updates, sign up for Asheville Parks & Recreation’s monthly newsletter, follow the department on Facebook @aprca and Instagram @ashevilleparksandrecreation, or visit

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