Asheville City offices to close for MLK Jr. Day, ART buses will run on a holiday schedule

photo of Asheville City Hall
Asheville City Hall



Asheville City government offices will be closed Jan. 20
in observance of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Here is a look at City services affected and a special event downtown that day.


Trash and recycling

Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation Services will run on schedule. Residential trash and recycling will be collected as normal on Jan. 20, though brush will not be collected. Brush collection will resume Jan. 21. The City’s Sanitation Services office will be closed Jan. 20 but residents that may need assistance can call the City’s customer service line at 828-251-1122.


ART bus service

The City of Asheville ART service routes and facilities will operate on a reduced holiday schedule, which is the same as the Sunday schedule (see schedule posted below). Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of six days ART runs on a reduced holiday schedule. For more route information or service alerts, visit


Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

The recently renamed Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The USCC box office will reopen at 10 a.m. Jan. 21. Ticket purchases can still be made through TicketMaster.


Parks & Recreation

City parks will be open regular hours as will the Asheville Golf Course, Asheville Skate Park and the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

Senior Opportunity, Linwood Crump Shiloh, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside, and Harvest House Community centers will be closed Jan. 20.

The Stephens-Lee Community Center will be open regular hours. Tempe Avery Montford Center will host Fun Day Out for school-aged youth and will hold table tennis and ukulele programs in the evening.


Burton Street Community Center will host a community clean-up from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by the Burton Street Neighborhood Association’s unveiling of a new historic marker.


Riverside Cemetery gates will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cemetery office will be closed.


Peace March downtown

Peace march file photo
The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County organizes the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20, there will be a street procession for the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March from Berry Temple United Methodist Church, 34 College Place, to Pack Square Park.

Motorists and bicyclists should be aware of rolling street closures to accommodate the marchers. The church is near the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and College Street intersection.

Find more information at




Emergency response and water-related issues

Water Resources staff will be available for water-related emergencies 24 hours a day over the holiday weekend. Customers can call the customer service line at 828-251-1122 to report water related emergencies, leaks, breaks, and no water calls.

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.