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Downtown After 5 Presented by Prestige Subaru


Downtown After 5 started in 1988 as a small event to bring people to Downtown Asheville. 28 years later it's a major festival in Downtown Asheville drawing 5000 or more people for each event. 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. Proceeds from wristband sales will support a nonprofit organization. There are also several food options available including BBQ, ice cream, kettle corn, hot dogs, vegetarian fare and more.

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 or by following through social media including Facebook ( and Twitter (@AVLDowntown).


2016 DATES

  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • August 19
  • September 16


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. 


  • 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
  • Coolers
  • Tents
  • 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.