The Asheville Downtown Association (ADA), along with local sponsors, welcomes the 33rd season of Downtown After 5, starting Jul 16. The evening concert series will get underway from 5-9 p.m. on the Lexington Avenue stage.

Downtown After 5 will continue every third Friday of the month from July to September. Admission to the performances are free.

Each summer the ADA partners with five local nonprofits to sell wristbands at the event. Over the years, the ADA has provided more than $225,000 to area nonprofits through the program. This year’s partners include Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville Mardi Gras, Asheville Music School, Blue Ridge Pride, LEAF Global Arts and Open Hearts Art Center.

Lots of local beers, ciders and seltzers will be on tap this summer, as well as beverages from around Western North Carolina and regional and national brands. Wine, soda and water is also available for purchase.

Food vendors signed up to participate this year include Cecelia’s Kitchen, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Kernel Mike’s Kettle Corn, Sunshine Sammies and Tin Can Pizzeria.

The Asheville Downtown Association will be adding safety measures to the concert schedule. Visitors will be able to pay by credit card, and hand-sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the event. Per CDC and local guidelines, unvaccinated attendees should wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Disposable masks will be available for attendees. The ADA will monitor COVID-19 cases and trends in Buncombe County, and consultation with local officials will be ongoing throughout the season prior to each event.

For more information on Downtown After 5 or the Asheville Downtown Association, visit ashevilledowntown.org.

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