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City of Asheville announces Fourth of July holiday schedule

    In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, which is on a Saturday this year, City of Asheville offices will be closed July 3. ART bus service will operate on a reduced holiday schedule July 4. The Fourth of July holiday is one of six holidays throughout the calendar year that ART offers bus service. For [...]

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City of Asheville government to close for Memorial Day, host virtual Memorial Day ceremony

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   City of Asheville government will be closed May 25 for Memorial Day. City facilities remain closed to the public at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though some parks have reopened. During this public health emergency, City employees have continued their work, some in the field, such as in [...]

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City of Asheville, Buncombe County to host virtual Memorial Day Ceremony and here’s how you can view it 

  This year’s Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony will be held as a virtual ceremony, because of the need for physical distance with the State of Emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote speaker will be Anne Adkins, a Gold Star Mother who lost her son Matthew during his active duty in Iraq.   The ceremony, planned in [...]

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SoCon hoops returns! Here’s your guide to matchups, special events, parking and more — including free trolleys

  The 2020 Ingles Southern Conference Men’s and Woman’s Basketball Tournament Presented by General Shale returns to the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville March 5 – 9.  Tickets are still available and there are lots of special events planned to coincide with the tournament, such as the

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Asheville Mardi Gras Parade returns to South Slope, bringing fun along with traffic/parking impacts

    This Sunday, Feb. 23, the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade  returns to the South Slope. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Lineup and float assembly will take place in surface parking lots along Asheland Avenue. The parade begins on Hilliard Avenue at Asheland Avenue, down south Coxe Avenue and wraps along the streets of [...]

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Asheville Special Events office launches monthly open houses

  Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 19, the City of Asheville will begin a series of monthly informal, open house/community meeting opportunities to meet with businesses and residents who are interested in producing special events within Asheville city limits. Whether the event is held on public or private property, indoors or outside, the objective is to help guide [...]

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Fourth of July: Change in sanitation schedule, holiday bus service, plus information about downtown fireworks

    Sanitation schedule shifts, ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   Trash and recycling collection Asheville Sanitation will be closed July 4, as the local landfill and transfer stations will be closed. Residents whose collection day is Thursday will have their trash and [...]

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Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony to be held in Pack Square Park

  The City of Asheville and Buncombe County will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 27 at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage, Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park.   The ceremony will feature short readings by Brothers Like These veterans that will recount their real-life experiences in service. Major General Rick Devereaux, US Air [...]

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Asheville’s SoCon hoops action returns! Here’s your guide to the tournament

A guide to special events, links to the matchups, parking information and more The Ingles Southern Conference Men’s and Woman’s Basketball Tournament returns to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena on March 7-11. Tickets are still available and there are lots of special events planned to coincide with the tournament, such as the Downtown Dribble, Hometown Heroes Night and Teddy Bear [...]

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Asheville Mardi Gras Parade returns, bringing fun along with traffic, parking impacts

  This Sunday, March 3, the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade  returns to the South Slope. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Lineup and float assembly will take place in surface parking lots along Federal Alley. The parade will assemble on Federal Alley, make a quick turnaround Hilliard Avenue and formally begin at the top of Coxe [...]

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Test Drive program for potential new businesses launches second year with open house

  A year after the launch of the Test Drive Program, it’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of new startups and invite more potential businesses into the fold. Mountain BizWorks and the City of Asheville invites everyone to a social mixer and information session for the 2019 Test Drive Program.   What is Test Drive? In an innovative partnership between Mountain BizWorks and the [...]

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Insider’s guide to traffic/parking for Asheville’s Fed Cup

The 2019 Fed Cup brings international professional tennis competition returns to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center on Feb. 9-10 for the USA vs. Australia World Group First Round. The U.S. Tennis Association and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi have announced that No. 17 Madison Keys, No. 23 [...]