Community invited to Senior Games 2023 opening ceremony

All community members are invited to celebrate older athletes and artists during the opening ceremony for this year’s Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and SilverArts (ABSGSA) on Thursday, March 30, from 2-5 p.m. at Carrier Park. There will be music, refreshments, brief remarks, and giveaways throughout the day.

senior lady wearing blue playing pickleballThe ceremony is free and allows people of all ages to play cornhole, lawn bowling, croquet, disc golf, and other sports while mingling and igniting a flame of friendship that blazes throughout the community during the weeks-long festival. It is truly a celebration of the principles of ABSGSA to foster mountain spirit, health, and active living.

Locals ages 50 and better can also register in-person during the event or online at through March 31 for a variety of sports and arts categories. This year’s schedule includes competitions and demonstrations to exercise the mind and body during April and May at a variety of locations. Interested community members can print a schedule or pick one up at any APR community center. All events are free for spectators.

ABSGSA is one of 53 local games officially-sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, the state affiliate for the largest senior Olympic program in the nation. Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) hosts ABSGSA with Black Mountain Parks & Recreation, Buncombe County Parks & Recreation, and Henderson County Parks & Recreation.

To search APR’s ongoing activities and opportunities for older adults, check out the current program guide.


ABSGSA Sports and Arts

Sports include bowling, croquet, golf, mini golf, track and field (including race walk and power walking), cycling, archery, swimming, billiards, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, basketball shooting, shuffleboard, and tennis. Age categories start at 50 and increase at five year intervals.

SilverArts categories are classified as Heritage (quilting, woodwork, crochet, basket weaving, jewelry, needlework, tole/decorative painting, weaving, knitting, pottery, stained glass, woodcarving, woodworking, and woodturning), Visual (acrylics, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastels, film photography, digital photography, sculpture, and watercolor), Performing (comedy/drama, dance, vocal, instrumental, and line dance), Literary (poetry, short story, essay, and life experiences), and Cheerleading. Art pieces will be displayed at Pack Memorial Library.


Schedule at a Glance

For questions or more information, please contact Colt Miller at (828) 707-2376 or