Truck City AVL returns for free family fun on April 13

Kids and families have an excellent opportunity to “pull back the curtain” and learn about the equipment and skills required to maintain our cities and towns, foodways, and public safety systems when Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) brings Truck City AVL to Tanger Outlets Asheville from 1-4pm on Saturday, April 13. This community event is open to the public and free to attend.

Kids and adults can sit in, explore, touch, and ask questions about their favorite trucks and cars – from rescue vehicles and public works equipment to utility tractors and construction machines and more! A quiet hour (no horn honking) is scheduled from 1-2pm to provide a positive experience for those with autism, dementia, PTSD, hyposensitivity, and other sensory considerations.

The City of Asheville’s Fire, Parks & Recreation, Police, and Public Works departments plan to showcase several vehicles including a knuckle boom, sweeper, excavator, bucket truck, and bearcat. Other unique vehicles scheduled to be on site include Mountaineer Motor Tours’ 1923 Ford Model T and 1931 Ford Model A, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s fish stocking truck, Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Vactor 2100, a banana car, and a crane from Crane & Rigging Company, among others. 

With over 30 vehicles, community members should plan plenty of time to explore trucks of all shapes and sizes. APR’s play experts have created multiple truck- and transportation-themed activities in the Rec n Roll Mobile Play Zone featuring games, a kids’ driving course, a roaming railroad trackless train for riding, giveaways, and more.

Tanger Outlets Asheville is located on 800 Brevard Road in Asheville. Truck City AVL takes place rain or shine in the back parking lot near the food court entrance.


Tanger Outlets Asheville

Asheville Outlets is an open-air lifestyle destination developed by New England Development. Located at the intersection of I-40 & I-26 at Brevard Road, Asheville Outlets includes over 70 retailers and restaurants, featuring some of the most popular brand names.


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