The Downtown After 5 festival featuring a local band and thousands of visitors.

For 2022, Downtown After 5 will take place the 3rd Friday of the month from April through September. Events are free and open to the public!

2022 Downtown After 5 Lineup

April 15 – The Fritz, Abby Bryant & The Echoes

The Fritz is a soul-driven psychedelic funk band hailing from right here in Asheville. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. Their high-energy, danceable songs provide a platform for each member to shine. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere.

Built around a powerful voice and hard-driving rock ‘n’ soul rhythm section, Asheville, NC’s Abby Bryant & The Echoes has secured a fast-growing foothold in the Southeast music scene. Listeners will find it hard not to hear similarities to some of the artists that inspire the two including currently touring acts Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

May 20 – Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience, Sanctum Sully

June 17 – ¡Tumbao!

July 15 – Asheville All Stars

August 19 – Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Sister Ivy

September 16 – Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

Downtown After 5 Supports Local Nonprofits and Businesses

Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event. The ADA has given more than $225,000 to area nonprofits through this program.

Attendees will find local beers on tap including Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Green Man Brewery and Bold Rock Cider, as well as beers from Western North Carolina and regional and national brands. Wine, soda, water and locally crafted Devil’s Foot beverages are also available for purchase.

Organizers are also serving up plenty of local yumminess with several food vendors that will be announced soon.

More information on Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found at

Downtown After 5 is sponsored by Prestige Subaru, Budweiser of Asheville, Empire Distributors, Skyland Distributing Company, Go Minis, Ingles Markets, Gillespie Dental Associates, Explore Asheville, 97.7 The Brew, Star 104.3, Crooked Tree Creative, Central United Methodist Church, Mellow Mushroom, The City of Asheville, Hemingways Cuba, Cambria Suites, Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville Color & Imaging and Strada Italiano.

Prepared by Asheville Downtown Association.

Page last updated April 7, 2022.