About Friday After 5

We Have a History of 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 several 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 eight consecutive years.  



The Owensboro Riverfront, on Veterans Blvd from Frederica, through McConnell Plaza, up St Elizabeth and Locust, past the Owensboro Convention Center, to the main stage at the Holiday Inn, with special events at the Bluegrass Museum backyard in downtown Owensboro, KY, an All-America City!

Policy for Venues

We do host 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 several stages along the riverfront; the Holiday Inn Jagoe Homes Riverfront MAIN Stage, Atmos Energy Amphitheater stage; VFW Post 696, Smothers Park Romain-Subaru Overlook, Lure Seafood & Grille stage and the Ruoff Party Pier Stage at the Owensboro Convention Center with special events at the Bluegrass Museum Backyard. For our “The Art of Music” 27th season, you can enjoy dinner, drinks and music at Lure Seafood & Grille and our main location, Burger Theory at the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront. Included downtown for Friday After 5 is the world-famous Smothers Park, the Shelton POW Memorial and International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum with wonderful family friendly entertainment and our famous street fair with vendors and food trucks.


6pm until midnight each Friday! This year, from May 20th through Sept. 2nd, Labor Day weekend.


Parking Downtown is free!  Our two downtown public parking garages do charge a small fee. And don’t forget to use the Trolly to get around.                                            



Contact Us:

Friday After 5, Inc
117 East 18th Street #131
Owensboro, KY 42303

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