Asheville Parks & Recreation previews summer fun with special events in May

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As community members trade hoodies for short sleeves, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) has a May full of opportunities to prepare Asheville for summer days and nights on the horizon. From outdoor thrills and sports leagues to festivals and weekly meetups, Asheville’s recreation experts have something for everyone.

Find highlights below and check out these resources for even more programs and activities including free games and clubs, exercise and sports, and arts and crafts throughout the month:


Explore the Outdoors and Asheville Sports Leagues


Connect with Friends and Neighbors at Free Special Events

  • two young hispanic boy wearing white shirt and denim jacketExperience beautiful music and delicious food of México at Burton Street Community Center’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 5 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Celebrate all mothers and mother figures on May 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Burton Street Community Center’s Mother’s Day Lunch and from 2-4 p.m. at Grove Street Community Center’s Breakfast in Bed Mother’s Day Brunch.
  • Watch DC League of Super-Pets under the stars at Movies in the Park in Pack Square Park from 7-10 p.m. on May 12. Other dates include June 9, July 14, and August 11. Food and snacks available for purchase.
  • Bounce, rock, skate, roll as Roller Skate Night returns to Asheville’s free outdoor skating rink in Carrier Park on May 19 from 6-10 p.m. Other dates include June 2, July 7, August 4, September 15, and October 20. Bring cash for old school candy and refreshments.
  • Give gently-used treasured new life while browsing Stephens-Lee Community Center’s Community Yard Sale on May 20 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. You can even sell some of your own treasures for $5 per table (limited space, advance registration required to sell).


Discover Something New or Win a Friendly Competition

  • up close view of cribbage game boardBurton Street Community Center’s Cribbage Club welcomes both beginners and seasoned players on May 9 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Anyone can win at everyone’s favorite game of chance. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center hosts Drive In Bingo on May 18 from 2-4 p.m., Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center brings a delicious twist with Bingo & Spaghetti Dinner on May 19 from 6-7:30 p.m., and Stephens-Lee Community Center keeps it traditional with Community Bingo on May 20 from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • ARP’s art instructors provide supplies and nature provides inspiration for painting in the park at Art Park in Carrier Park on May 19 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Race against other duos to determine the ultimate Asheville puzzle masters at Harvest House Community Center’s Team Jigsaw Puzzle Competition. Free to watch, $15 to participate (advance registration required).


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