Where the Weekend Begins

About Friday After 5

Used with permission of Messenger-Inquirer 2011 webFriday 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!

Fun. Friends. Free.

Reader's Choice smallerFriday 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 11:30pm.

Dress: Please.

Six Venues of Free Entertainment

All_America_City crowd from stageFriday After 5 includes six venues of entertainment. 1) Our newest! We’ve turned the old Showroom Lounge platform into the “Party Pier” sponsored by Don Moore Automotive  2) Live bands on the BB&T Plaza Patio,  3) Live entertainers in the Atmos Energy Courtyard,  4) Kroger Street Fair that includes vendors, unique children’s events and special appearances by your favorite cartoon land stars in beautiful Smothers Park  5) Glenn Family Services sponsors  Gospel on the River, a series of free concerts featuring three different gospel groups in RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall which seats up to 1,500 people and 6) “Newest Talent” is on stage every Friday night on the beautiful new “Overlook Stage” near the signature fountains sponsored by Cromwell Radio.

Fun For Everyone: Each week’s theme is different for the Kroger street fair.  We host a kids’ Hula-Hoop Contest and invite the five contestants center stage to see who can “Twist Again Like We Did Last Summer” the longest while hula hooping!  Winner gets a “Welborn’s Kids’ Gift Basket!”  Then we choose five couples from the audience to enter the Water Balloon Toss Contest.  The winning couple gets a $30 Kroger Gift Card.  Losers get a towel. We all meet at sundown to “Toast the Sunset” as it dips into the Ohio.  Then the nightlife continues.

ReunionPreUnions:  Most high school reunions are on Saturday.  That’s why we host all of your classmates on Friday and call it a “PreUnion“.  We know the classes don’t have any money so we provide everything for free including a “pre-registration” table and chairs, a great band and a beautiful venue overlooking the river surrounded by great music on a warm summer night.  We’ll even help promote your “PreUnion“in our marketing.  It’s free. Contact us:  FA5@FridayAfter5.com

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Register Your Class for their Pre-Union today!


If you would like to sponsor, participate in our Street Fair or volunteer as a committee member, contact us.  Just click here: FA5@FridayAfter5.com

If you have a band that you would like our committee to consider or have a favorite band you would like to request for our new season, click here:  Submit a band!

Click to see Pictures and Video Highlights from past seasons.

Contact Us: fa5@fridayafter5.com

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