About Friday After 5

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 TEN consecutive years.  

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.  


Music fills the air on the Owensboro Riverfront, along Veterans Blvd from the RiverPark Center, through the Park, the Overlook, and McConnell Plaza, up St Elizabeth and Locust, past the Owensboro Convention Center, to 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 numerous stages along the riverfront; the Jagoe Homes Patio Stage at the RiverPark Center, Hallelujah Fridays at downtown churches, the McConnell Plaza Amphitheater stage; Romain-Subaru Overlook, Lure Seafood & Grille and the Party Pier Stage at the Owensboro Convention Center with special events at the Bluegrass Museum Backyard. It’s “Back to Our Roots” for the 28th season, you can enjoy dinner, drinks and music at Lure Seafood & Grille, 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 the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with wonderful family-friendly entertainment and our famous street fair with vendors and food trucks.


5:00 pm ‘til 11:30 pm each Friday! This year, from May 17th through August 2nd.


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



Contact Us:

Friday After 5, Inc
2215 North Stratford
Owensboro, KY 42303

Follow Us:

Facebook: Facebook.com/FridayAfter5
Twitter: @Friday_After_5
Instagram: @fridayafterfivenew 


Our mission is to promote community, goodwill and economic development by creating and producing weekly family-friendly, free entertainment events during the summer along the Owensboro riverfront and downtown.