‘Fridays After Five’ Returns to Charlottesville Downtown Mall

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An annual Charlottesville tradition is back. Fridays After Five officially kicked off for the season April 18 on the downtown mall.

From late April to early September, Fridays After Five attracts those who want to see live music at the end of the week, alongside an abundant offering of food and drinks.

"It's great - the kids come out. We've got good weather, hopefully it stays, good music and it's great,” said Price Thomas, who lives in Charlottesville.

Crews spent Friday afternoon setting up for the thousands of people who funneled into the space around the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Fridays After Five is celebrating its 27th year.

"We couldn't do it without the volunteers here to work on behalf of various nonprofits," said Kirby Hutto, the pavilion’s general manager.

Combined, those volunteers raise more than $50,000 each year working concession stands and working the gate. A part of the proceeds is divided among the groups working that Friday.

Organizers say Fridays After Five provides a sense of community and there's something for everyone.

"Just like to come on Fridays, grab a couple of beers with friends and just relax and hang out,” said Ashley Viars.

"We're always running into friends or people that we see around town but don't always get to hang out with,” Kayla Reynolds said.

Fridays After Five starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m. every Friday through September 9. It's free to get in and open to people of all ages.

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