Movies in the Park: A Summer Tradition Returns to Pack Square Park - TribPapers

Movies in the Park: A Summer Tradition Returns to Pack Square Park

A list of this year's movies to be screened at Pack Square. Photo submitted.

Asheville – Asheville Parks & Recreation is thrilled to announce the return of their highly anticipated Movies in the Park series, set to kick off on Friday, May 10 at Pack Square Park with a screening of the beloved classic, Wonka. This summer tradition is a collaboration between Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) and Au Pair in America, offering locals and visitors an opportunity to enjoy family-friendly films on a massive outdoor screen right in the heart of downtown Asheville – all free of charge.

Families from the mountains and beyond are encouraged to mark their calendars for the second Friday of each month, where they can bring blankets and lawn chairs to settle in for an evening under the stars. Prior to the screenings, the APR Rec n Roll Play Zone will open its doors, providing kids and teens with games, music, and other fun activities, as well as themed giveaways while supplies last.

Recreation Play Zone. Photo submitted.
Recreation Play Zone. Photo submitted.

D. Tyrell McGirt, Director of APR, shares, “Movies in the Park is just one of the many ways Asheville Parks & Recreation aims to bring the community together through shared experiences. This inclusive program allows neighbors to come together and enjoy recent and classic blockbusters against the breathtaking backdrop of Asheville City Hall and the majestic mountains in the distance. Pack Square Park’s central location makes it easily accessible by foot, bike, or any other means of transportation, providing an ideal setting for an outdoor movie experience.”

Before making your way to Pack Square Park, here are some tips to enhance your movie night:

All screenings begin after dusk at Pack Square Park on 80 Court Plaza in downtown Asheville. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure your spot.

Bring along blankets and folding chairs for added comfort during the film.

The APR Rec n Roll Play Zone offers pre-movie entertainment approximately one hour before showtime.

Don’t forget to bring some cash for tasty treats from local vendors like Kona Ice of Asheville and Kernel Mike’s World Famous Kettle Corn.

For vendors interested in selling heartier fare like pizza or sandwiches, space is available for food trucks and food tents. Contact Calvin Owens at or (828) 747-1347 for more details.

Parking is free in designated city spaces and lots on Marjorie and Valley streets after 6pm, so there’s no need to worry about feeding the meter.

While pets, smoking, and alcohol are not permitted in the park, guests are encouraged to get into the spirit of the films by dressing up as their favorite characters, inviting friends, and celebrating the joy of summer nights. Be sure to tag APR on Instagram and Facebook to share your experience with others.

Please note that outdoor events are subject to weather conditions. Stay connected with Asheville Parks & Recreation on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or cancellations.

The Movies in the Park series will continue throughout the summer with a lineup that promises something for every movie lover:

– May 10: Wonka

– June 14: Barbie

– July 12: Guardians of the Galaxy

– August 9: Toy Story

Asheville Parks & Recreation boasts a rich history and a diverse range of public spaces, including over 65 parks, playgrounds, and open areas spread across the city. From full-complex recreation centers to swimming pools, sports fields, and community centers, the department offers a wide variety of programs and activities to ensure residents of all ages can lead healthy and fulfilling lives. By maintaining 10 miles of paved greenways and many natural trails, APR provides a foundation for Ashevillians to come together, explore the outdoors, and build a sense of community.

Brief History

Committed to the vision that Asheville thrives when its residents are supported and engaged, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first nationally accredited municipal recreation department in the United States. Stay informed about the latest news and events by signing up for their monthly newsletter, following them on Facebook (@aprca) and Instagram (@ashevilleparksandrecreation), or visiting their official website at

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the magic of Movies in the Park this summer, as Asheville Parks & Recreation invites you to create lasting memories under the stars with your loved ones.