May 16th -
Downtown After Five provides free live music concerts in downtown Asheville every third Friday, May through September. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass, 5-9 PM for the free event, celebrating its 25th year!
Thirsty concert-goers find local brews from Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company and French Broad Brewing Company. Plus, regional favorites Sierra Nevada and SweetWater Brewing as well as national brands from Budweiser of Asheville and Empire Distributing will be on tap. Wine and water will also be available for purchase. To purchase alcohol, show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband. Proceeds from wristband sales benefits local non-profits.
From sandwiches to pizza and ice cream to tacos, food vendors offer a something for everyone’s taste.
Downtown After 5 is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and features a solar-powered stage, complimentary bike corral, compostable food and beverage containers, and staffed recycling and compost bins.
The headliner for this month's Downtown After Five...
St. Paul And The Broken Bones is gaining national exposure with a recent feature on NPR’s Morning Edition and a shout out from Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s Southern soul sound is described as gritty, elemental and tight, and that sound translates to their high-voltage live show sure to enrapture the crowd.
The Broadcast was also recently featured on NPR (All Things Considered), opening band, The Broadcast is making regional waves. Drawing much of their ambiance from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section.
Nonprofit Wristband Partner: Homeward Bound