For 20 years, downtown Owensboro has been helping residents wind down after a long work-work with their summer-long FREE Friday After 5 festival and concert series. If you've never been, plan on going because moreso now than ever, it's a GREAT time!

According to their website:

Friday After 5 is a summer-long series of free outdoor concerts held every Friday on the eight block, stunningly beautiful Owensboro, Kentucky riverfront.

Friday After 5 began in 1996 with four concerts and grew into a 16-week signature festival for the entire tri-state area hosting more than 50,000 visitors each season on the riverfront every Friday After 5. It’s Where the Weekend Begins!

Friday After 5 was again named one of the “Top Ten Summer Festivals” in Kentucky and just won the prestigious Reader’s Choice Platinum Award for “Best Community Event” of the year.  The festival includes live bands, family events, food and entertainment and our “Toast to the Sunset” at each Friday After 5.

Location:  From RiverPark Center through Smothers Park  to the Owensboro Convention Center downtown on the Owensboro Riverfront on the Ohio River.

Hours: 5pm until 10pm each Friday.  Party Pier is open from 5pm until 11pm.

Dress: Please.

Cost: FREE but bring cash for food and drinks!

Rain: Events are moved indoors.

2016 Schedule of Events

May 20, 2016

Summer of Fun begins at 6:30pm

“Pink Cadillac” presented by City of Owensboro

The All-America City of Owensboro presents Pink Cadillac, Andy Brasher in the Atmos Courtyard, Maradeen on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, The Sensations on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook and non-profit block party at the Kroger Street Fair. For the evening’s complete line-up, click on the event above.

“Classic Rock Experience” sponsored by Champion Ford

Champion Ford drives tonight’s 70’s band “After Midnight: Classic Rock Experience”, Greg Scott in the Atmos Courtyard, Osiella on the Don Moore Party Pier, Glenn’s Gospel on the River in Cannon Hall and Joy Johnson Dancers on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook. For details on the entire night click on the event.

June 3, 2016

Party starts at 6:30pm

“Old School Band” sponsored by First Security Bank

First Security Bank presents “Old School”, Allen Nelson in the Atmos Courtyard, The Fritz on the Don Moore Party Pier, “Beyond Blue” on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Stage and Moonlight Bike Ride at the Kroger Street Fair. For the night’s complete line-up, click on event!

June 10, 2016

Motown Downtown! Tunes begin at 6:30pm

“Black Widow” brought to life by Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health presents “Black Widow”, Jed’s Acoustics in the Atmos Courtyard, Finalists from “Owensboro’s Got Talent” on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook, Insulated on the Don Moore Party on the Pier and Health Fair at the Kroger Street Fair. Click on event for details.

June 17, 2016

Party dancing begins at 6:30pm

“Caribou” sponsored by Republic Bank

Republic Bank presents “Caribou”,LaFever on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, Matt Clark in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Glenn’s Gospel on the River in Cannon Hall, Blackford Creek on the Overlook and a salute to the City of Owensboro at the Kroger Street Fair. For the entire night’s line-up, click on the event.

June 24, 2016

Rock rolls at 6:30pm

“Jack Michael” sponsored by Bud Light

It’s an official Bud Light Party Site! Tonight CMA star Jack Michael rocks Friday After 5, Hart Strings in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Factor Primo on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, Dashing Skull on the Cromwell New Sound Overlook and the Sunset Cruisers roll into the Kroger Street Fair. For the entire night’s line-up, click on the event.

July 1, 2016

Rock begins rolling at 6:30pm

“Electric Time Machine” sponsored by ServPro!

ServPro of Daviess County presents “Electric Time Machine”, Heath & Molly on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, Nick Cheek in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Fallout on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook, and a salute to 1st Responders at the Kroger Street Fair. For the evening’s complete line-up click on the event.

July 8, 2016

Motown Downtown begins at 6:30pm

“Jimmy Church Band” sponsored by US Bank Home Mortgage

US Bank Home Mortgage presents the Jimmy Church Band, John Wayne & the Pain on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, Josh Roberts in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Deuces Wild on the Overlook and Glenn’s Gospel on the River in Cannon Hall and salute to Senior Citizens at the Kroger Street Fair. Click on the event for details.

July 15, 2016

Fun begins at 6:30pm. 

“Velvet Bombers” Reunion plus “Infatuation” sponsored by Big Rivers Electric

Big Rivers Electric powers up “Velvet Bombers Reunion” followed by “Infatuation”, Michael Jacobs in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Fat Box on the Don Moore Party Pier, LeAnne Musick Dancers on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook and it’s Family Night at the Kroger Street Fair. For details on the entire evening, click on the event!

July 22, 2016

Fun begins at 6:30pm

“V-Groove” powered by Owensboro Riverport

Owensboro Riverport presents “V-Groove”, Blue Diamond in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Roxy Roca on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, LeAnne Musick Dancers on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook, Glenn’s Gospel on the River in Cannon Hall and Ahoy on the Ohio Boat Parade at the Kroger Street Fair. Click on the event for details.

July 29, 2016

Party begins at 6:30pm

“Wulfe Bros” and “Louisville Crashers” presented by R and B Foods

R & B Foods of Owensboro presents the “Wulfe Brothers”, “Louisville Crashers” on the Don Moore Party on the Pier, Alyssa & Chuck in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, “Fight to Remain” on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook and it’s Harley Bike Night at the Kroger Street Fair. For details on the entire evening, click on the event!

August 5, 2016

Band powers up at 6:30pm

“Familiar Faces” powered by Kenergy

“Familiar Faces” powered by Kenergy, Jerry on the Moon on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, Old Ventures in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Lightstruck on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook and it’s Kentucky Maverick’s Night at the Kroger Street Fair. For the entire line up for tonight, click on the event title above!

“Andy Brasher Band” sponsored by Jagoe Homes

Jagoe Homes presents “Andy Brasher Band”, The Giving Tree and Old Salt Union on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, Shawn Brashear in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Owensboro Dance Theatre on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Stage, Glenn’s Gospel on the River in Cannon Hall and it’s the KWC Friday After 5k race, the Wesleyan Way at the Kroger Street Fair. Click on the event for details.

“The Springs” Sponsored by Owensboro Grain

Owensboro Grain presents the “The Springs”, Chris Joslin in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Josh Merritt Band on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, “Badd Dogg” on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook and a Salute to Agriculture at the Kroger Street Fair! For the line-up of all of tonight’s entertainment, click on the event.

August 26, 2016

Party begins at 6:30pm

“7 Bridges” sponsored by Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College presents “7 Bridges, the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band”, Calabash on the Don Moore Party on the Pier, King’s Highway in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Rock a Teens on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook, Glenn’s Gospel on the River in Cannon Hall and “Over the Edge for MentorKids of Kentucky” at the Kroger Street Fair. For details click on the event name above!

September 2, 2016

Season Finale beings at 6:30PM

“Naked Karate Girls” sponsored by Brescia University

Brescia University presents “Naked Karate Girls”, Parrots of the Caribbean on the Don Moore Party at the Pier, Drew Aud in the Atmos Energy Courtyard, Retro Shock on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook and it’s the kick off of the East Bridge Arts Festival at the Kroger Street Fair. For details on all of tonight’s events, click on the event.