Downtown After 5

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently hosting any in-person events or festivals. We will update our event pages as new information becomes available. Stay healthy and well.  

Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru, started in 1988 as a small event to bring people to Downtown Asheville and has since grown significantly bringing an average of 5,000 per event to Downtown Asheville. Downtown After 5 is held the 3rd Friday of the month from May to September, and is free and open to the public.

Just a few acts who have appeared on the DTA5 stage include: The Pharcyde, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Billy Strings, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Bela Fleck. Downtown After 5 also features local Asheville openers and helped boost the careers of area favorites like Empire Strikes Brass, The Broadcast, Natural Born Leaders and April B. & The Cool. 

Beer and wine are available for purchase including a variety of local and regional options. To purchase alcohol, attendees will need to show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband. Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event. Each group receives a grant of $2000. The ADA has given more than $250,000 to area nonprofits through this program. 

Local food vendors offer something for everyone from BBQ to pizza, ice cream to kettle corn, and Asheville Plays provides a kid’s area to keep little ones busy.

Downtown After 5 is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and features compostable food and beverage containers and staffed recycling and compost bins. Since implementing its greening initiative, the event has reduced the number of bags headed to the landfill to just a handful.  

Parking

• Harrah’s Cherokee Center Garage - enter from Haywood Street or Rankin Avenue

• Rankin Avenue Garage - enter from Rankin Avenue or Walnut Street

• Wall Street Garage - enter from Otis Street near Patton Avenue

• Biltmore Avenue Garage - enter from Biltmore Avenue or S. Lexington Avenue

• Buncombe County Garage - enter from College Street
• Coxe Avenue Garage - enter from Sears Alley
• On-street metered parking is free after 6pm Monday - Saturday, free on Sundays
• Private lots - if you park in a private lot, be sure to read any signage and pay fees to avoid fines or towing  
We also encourage you to check out our transit service, Asheville Rides Transit or use multi-model transportation.

And if you enjoy adult beverages at our events, please use AVL Ride or another ride-share service. 

Prohibited items

• Pets are not allowed in permitted special event boundaries (this is a City of Asheville ordinance), certified service dogs are excepted
• Weapons of any kind
• Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia
• Outside alcoholic beverages
• Fireworks and explosives
• Coolers
• Tents
• Unauthorized vendors
• Moshing, crowd surfing, and/or stage diving
• Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.  

VOLUNTEERING

Interested in volunteering at our events? Just click here to learn more.

Accessibility

We strive to make our events accessible to persons with disabilities. Accessible portajohn/s are located near other portable restrooms. Regarding wheelchair accessibility, sidewalks run throughout the event. These sidewalks will remain open for the duration of the event and provide the best route for ingress, egress and concert viewing. Some event areas are grassy or paved and may present bumps or inclines. Food vendors are required to be prepared to serve people with disabilities. If you have suggestions as to how we can better serve our neighbors with disabilities, please let us know by emailing info@ashevilledowntown.org.