May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 21, 2018
Downtown After Five provides free live outdoor music concerts in downtown Asheville every third Friday 5-9 PM from May through September. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass to enjoy local and national beers and a variety of food vendors. To purchase alcohol, show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband.
Beer & Food
Find plenty of local ciders and beers including Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Bold Rock Cider, Appalachian Mountain Brewing, Boojum Brewing, Lo-Fi Brewing, Nantahala Brewing Company and Natty Greene’s Brewing. Local food vendors and trucks will include D.O.G.S., Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Kernel Mike's Kettle Corn, Moe's Original BBQ, The Grubbery Food Truck and others.
Each summer the Asheville Downtown Association partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event, giving each a $2,000 grant.