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

For 2024, Downtown After 5 will take place the 3rd Friday of the month from April through September. Events are free and open to the public!

2024 Downtown After 5 Lineup

April 19 | Psychedelic Funk
In partnership with the Mosaic Art Walk, an event supporting 15 nonprofit organizations through the United Way, the Asheville Downtown Association will kick off the series with a blast of color and sound. Empire Strikes Brass will headline the evening, supported by opener Magenta Sunshine. The event will be emceed by comedian Kim Richardson, setting the stage for a night of immersive funk and psychedelic grooves.

May 17 | Yacht Rock
Teaming up with Blue Ridge Pride, sail through the sounds of Yacht Rock Schooner, with Lazr Luvr opening the night. The emcee, DIVINE the Bearded Lady, will ensure a memorable evening for all.

June 21 | Juneteenth
In a special collaboration with the MLK Foundation, celebrate Juneteenth with the soulful Sierra Green & the Giants headlining and Lyric setting the mood.

July 19 | AVL Fest Kickoff
The official kick-off to AVL Fest, Asheville FM brings to the stage Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast as headliners, with The Greenliners opening.

August 16 | LEAF Downtown
In collaboration with LEAF Global Arts, we’re excited to bring back LEAF Downtown at Downtown After 5. Tito Puente Jr.will be headlining the event, with the LEAF Kono Band opening.

September 20 | Outdoor Rec Fest
Closing out the series is September’s Outdoor Rec Fest with Riverlink. Featuring headliner Oliver Hazard and opener Paul McDonald. Celebrate Asheville’s outdoor lifestyle by engaging with our outdoor recreation partners and vendors.

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

Downtown After 5 is sponsored by Prestige Subaru, Sweeten Creek Brewing, Sweet Water Brewing, Skyland Distributors, Skyla Credit Union, Explore Asheville, Small Axe Co., Central United Methodist Church, Go Mini’s Portable Storage, Mellow Mushroom, Star 104.3, 97.7 The Brew, 98.1 The River, 105.9 The Mountain, Strada Italiano, Isa’s Bistro, Hemingway’s, Crooked Tree Creative, A Look At Asheville, DSSOLVR, and Asheville Color and Imaging. 

Written in part by Asheville Downtown Association.

Page last updated June 20, 2024.