About Friday After 5

Virus Cancels 2020 season!

Our 2020 season has been cancelled due to the virus. There will be many special events downtown during the summer.  For updates, CLICK HERE.  Friday After 5 returns for our 25th anniversary season on May 21, 2021.

We Have a History for Fun!

Friday After 5 began in 1997 with four concerts and grew into a 16-week signature riverfront festival for the entire tri-state area hosting more than 70,000 visitors each season.  Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins!  

Fun. Friends. Free.

Featuring seven venues of entertainment, food trucks and a kid-friendly Street Fair, Friday After 5 has become THE place to be every Friday during the summer.  No tickets. No fees. No kidding.  All events are free!

And the award for “Best Community Event” goes to….

We’d like to thank the academy, but they didn’t have anything to do with it.  YOU are the reason Friday After 5 was named a “Top Ten Summer Festival” in Kentucky and has won the prestigious Messenger-Inquirer Reader’s Choice Platinum Award for “Best Community Event” for six consecutive years and, new for 2019, “After Work Gathering Spot”, making our event a double-platinum winner for 2019!


The Owensboro Riverfront, from RiverPark Center through Smothers Park to the Owensboro Convention Center in downtown Owensboro, KY, an All-America City!

Policy for Venues

RiverPark Center and the Owensboro Convention Center hosts guests of all ages, however; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 21.

For entertainment district information please visit https://thedistrict.owensboro.org/


Friday After 5 provides entertainment on five stages; Jagoe Patio Stage on the BB&T Plaza, Atmos Energy Courtyard and Cannon Hall all at the RiverPark Center; Smothers Park Romain-Subaru Overlook and Ruoff Party Pier Stage at the Owensboro Convention Center.  It’s a mile of music with the world-famous Smothers Park right in the middle along with the Shelton POW Memorial and International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum within walking distance. 


5pm until midnight each Friday from mid-May through Labor Day weekend.


Parking Downtown is free!  Our two downtown public parking garages do charge a small fee.                                                



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