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Alive After 5

July 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Live Music & Fun with 1500 of Your Closest Friends!

Music – Food – Drinks – Dancing – Community

Alive After 5 is Downtown’s most anticipated summer concert series that runs June 16 to August 4, 2022. Each concert takes place weekly, Thursday evenings, from 5:00pm -8:00pm at a different outdoor venue in downtown Billings.

The series’ entertainment line-up changes annually and ranges from local and regional favorites to nationally touring bands.

thursday, july 21

Location: the Walker’s Grill parking lot, 2700 1st Ave N.

Band: Favorite Sons

Favorite Sons is a collection of performing artists based out of Nashville, TN, curated by the father-son duo, Bill and Will Honaker. Will Honaker, a talented musician raised in Billings, is currently based in Nashville, TN. Will directs, produces, and records for numerous artists in Nashville and beyond. Will’s father, Bill Honaker, is not only the proprietor of Walkers, he too, is a musician. Bill has played drums with numerous bands and artists locally over the years.


Admission for Alive After 5 remains free for the public, however, 21 and older individuals wishing to consume alcohol must purchase a $2 wristband at one of the Purple tents.

The $10 V.I.P Experience:

Each concert includes a special shaded V.I.P area with chairs, tables, ice cold bottled water, and easy access to one of the event bar locations. Only Twenty-six $10 V.I.P wristbands are available each week on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your spot in the V.I.P area either visit the DBA office located at 116 N. 29th Street suite A or call (406) 294-5060, Monday – Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm to pre-pay and reserve your V.I.P spots.

Event Resources


This event is made possible by the host locations and our event sponsors.
Series Producer:Valley Credit Union
Composer:TDS Fiber
Orchestra:Desert Mountain Broadcasting
Chorus:First Interstate Bank 

Interested in sponsoring this event or other events: email LRichardson@staging.downtownbillings.flywheelsites.com


We’re always looking for good volunteers to help with setup, wrist banding, and IDing from 4:45-8pm. All volunteers get a free wristband, food/beverage voucher, and bottled water.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., June 16. 

Click to volunteer for Thurs., June 23.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., June 30.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., July 7. 

Click to volunteer for Thurs., July 14.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., July 21.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., July 28.

Click to volunteer for Thursday, August 4.

Or contact, info@staging.downtownbillings.flywheelsites.com for a list of volunteer opportunities.

No dogs allowed 🙁

We know!!! We’re bummed too but BUT dogs, cats, and other small animals are not allowed at Alive After 5 or any other large downtown public event. The city ordinance is for the safety of all including your dogs! AND while we don’t make the rules, we totally understand the city’s ordinance. Events like AA5 are loud and crowded and can be stressful  for a dog. Not to mention the heat of the hot pavement being harmful.

Behind the scenes

The Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA) coordinates each of the Alive After 5 concerts from set-up to tear-down and beyond. Each concert date takes place at a “Host” location within the Business Improvement District (BID). The concert series brings over 10,000 people to downtown Billings each summer.

The Alive After 5 downtown concert series was started in 2003 by a group of downtown restaurant & property owners led by the Publisher of the Gazette. The anchoring hosts included Walkers, McCormick’s, Pug Mahons, The Rex, and Montana Brewing Co and began with just 5 summer concerts around downtown. Tiny’s Tavern added in as an anchoring host in 2004. Over the years, the idea grew from the initial 5 concerts a summer to, at its biggest 14 concerts, to its current state.

Most of the DBA signature events such as St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Strawberry Festival, Harvest Fest, Holiday parade, Christmas Stroll, First Friday efforts, and more, are not revenue generators for the DBA, but are coordinated in efforts to bring people to downtown boosting the vitality of the downtown businesses. AA5 not only brings people downtown it is also one of the few revenue generating events thrown by the DBA. The revenue generated by the AA5 series helps sustain the coordination and facilitation of the other DBA community-centric events throughout the year.

If you would be interested in more information on hosting an Alive After 5 in the future please, contact our Event Director.

Our 2022 Season Sponsors

Series Producer
Composer Sponsors
Orchestra Sponsors
Chorus Sponsors


July 21
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Downtown Billings Alliance
(406) 294-5060
View Organizer Website


Walkers Grill
2700 1st Ave N
Billings, MT 59101 United States
(406) 245-9291
View Venue Website

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