Alive After 5
August 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm$4
Live Music & Fun with 1500 of Your Closest Friends!
Music – Food – Drinks – Dancing – Community
It’s the 20th Anniversary of Alive After 5, Downtown’s most anticipated summer concert series. This year’s series runs June 8 to August 3, 2023. Each weekly concert takes place 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, August 3
Location: Outside on N. 24th St. between Craft local and McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Ave.
Band: Lost Canyons
Lost Canyons are an indie rock band from Bozeman, Montana. The duo consists of Kennan Krause (vocals and guitar) and Mitch Lauenstein (acoustic, banjo, vocals). The group was voted as the #1 New Local Band and #2 Local Rock Band for 2023 Bozeman’s Choice!
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 that includes chairs, tables, free ice cold bottled water, a view of the stage and easy access to one of the event bar locations. Only Twenty $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.
All 2023 AA5 Events
June 8– Desperate Electric & Gilda House @ The Pub Station
June 15 – Counting Coup @ Uberbrew
June 22 – Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk @ The Monte
June 29 – El Wencho @ Montana Brewing Co. (Skypoint)
July 6 – The Soul Funk Collective @ Thirsty Street Brewing Co.
July 13 – Repeat Offenders @ Hooligans Sports Bar (Skypoint)
July 20 – Honyocker featuring Josie Dunne, Guthrie Brown, and Luke Enyeart @ Walkers
July 27 – Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts @ Tiny’s Tavern
August 3 – Lost Canyons @ McCormick Cafe / Craft Local
View the full downtown event calendar HERE
This event line up is made possible by the host locations and our event sponsors.
Series Producer ($8,000):
Valley Credit Union
Cup Sponsor ($2,750):
Alpha Overhead Door
B-Town Vapes & Glass
Stella’s Kitchen & Bakery
Best Western Plus – ClockTower Inn
Desert Mountain Broadcasting
Earth First Aid
Interested in sponsoring this event or other events: email LRichardson@downtownbillings.com
We’re always looking for good volunteers to help with setup, wrist banding, and IDing from 4:30-8pm. Volunteers receive a free beverage & food voucher to use within the event and a free $2 wristband so they can enjoy a drink should they wish to.
The volunteer opportunities are 2 hours each (start at 4:30pm or 6:00pm) and include:
- Entry/Wristband Team
- V.I.P. Greeter
Click here to sign up to volunteer at this event on 8/3/2023
Or contact, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 10,500 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.
AA5 not only brings people downtown it is also one of the few revenue generating events thrown by the DBA. 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, but are coordinated in efforts to bring people to downtown boosting the vitality of the downtown businesses. The Alive After 5 event sponsorships cover the cost of the series entertainment line-up, each host locations pays the DBA a fee that cover the production costs of each event, and the revenue generated through the 21 and older wristband sales at at each AA5 helps sustain the coordination and facilitation of downtown beautification and public art projects and 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.
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