Saturday, January 14, 2023

City Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

City of Austin administrative offices and other municipal facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The Annual MLK Community March and Festival will take place Monday, Jan. 16, starting at 9 a.m. at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus and ending at Huston-Tillotson University. The march is free and open to the public. For information about the event, transportation options, and a map of the march route and affected roadways visit

Parks and Recreation Facilities
Most Austin Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. However, City parks, golf courses, cemeteries, and some pools will be open. Facility hours vary by location so please call ahead or visit for details. Information on closures is available at

City of Austin Utilities Schedule 
The City of Austin Utilities Customer Care Call Center and City of Austin Utility Customer Service Centers will be closed Monday, Jan. 16. Customers can make utility payments at or by calling 1-833-375-4919 for a Quick Payment. 

Additional payment options include: 

  • Paying at authorized locations, including most Austin H-E-B, Fiesta Mart, Randall’s, and Walmart stores 
  • Mailing money order or check to P.O. BOX 2267, Austin, TX 78783-2267 or using a drop box location  
  • Payment drop boxes are located at the North and South Utility Customer Service Centers, 625 East 10th Street and 505 Barton Springs Rd. Expect 3-5 business days for drop-off payments to process.  

Power outages can be reported at or by calling 512-322-9100.

Austin Resource Recovery Trash, Recycling, Composting, and Facilities Schedules
Austin Resource Recovery curbside collections will follow the regular schedule and will not be affected by the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center will be open by appointment only. Customers can check their schedule any time in the Austin Recycles app or at 

Austin Public Health
Environmental Health Services at the Rutherford Lane Campus, Office of Vital Records, all WIC and Shots for Tots clinics, and Neighbor Centers will be Monday, Jan. 16.

COVID-19 tests are available at private and non-profit sites throughout Austin, including pharmacies, hospitals and urgent care centers. Those who have private insurance can contact their doctor’s office or insurer for assessment and testing options. Additional resources:  

Visit ( in Spanish) to find flu and COVID-19 vaccine providers near you.
Austin Public Library Schedule
Austin Public Library, Recycled Reads Bookstore, and the Austin History Center branches will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 16. Library resources available remotely can be accessed at the Austin Public Library Website,
Austin Animal Center Schedule
The Austin Animal Center will be closed to the public on Jan. 16, and will resume regular hours (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) the following day. 

Downtown Austin Community Court
The Downtown Austin Community Court's Violet KeepSafe Storage program (VKS), Homeless Services, Court Services, and Community Services will be closed on Monday, January 16. The following day, VKS will resume regular hours of 7:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. and all other services will reopen at 8:00 a.m. 

For questions about city services or information call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000. You can also submit service requests from the Austin 3-1-1 mobile app.

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