Downtown After 5 started in 1988 as a small event to bring people to Downtown Asheville and has since grown to the event as it is today on North Lexington Avenue. It is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district.
Beer and wine is available for purchase, with 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 received a grant of $2000. The ADA has given more than $100,000 to area nonprofits through this program. 2017 partners include: Riverlink (May), Hope Chest for Women (June), Asheville Music Professionals (July) and My Daddy Taught Me That (August) and Sleep Tight Kids (September).
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.
More information about Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found online at www.ashevilledowntown.org. or by following through social media including Facebook (www.facebook.com/AshevilleDowntownAssociation) and Twitter (@AVLDowntown).
- May 19
- June 16
- July 21
- August 18
- September 15
We recommend using City of Asheville or Buncombe County parking decks. They’re safe, reliable and cheaper than on-street parking. The first hour is free and each additional hour is $1 with a daily maximum in each garage.
Civic 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 Lexington Avenue
Buncombe County Garage - enter from College Street
On-street metered parking is free after 6pm.
Typically, the opening act hits the stage just after 5pm, and the headliner starts at 7pm.
ITEMS "NOT" ALLOWED
- No pets are allowed in the Downtown After 5 festival boundaries.
- Weapons of any kind
- Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia
- Outside alcoholic beverages
- Fireworks and explosives
- Bicycles (we provide a complimentary bike corral with Asheville on Bikes)
- Unauthorized or illegal vendors
- Moshing, crowd surfing, and/or stage diving
- Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for the many events produced by the Asheville Downtown Association. Find out more about volunteer opportunities here.