Riverhead’s new summer street festival will kick off this Thursday evening with outdoor street dining at downtown restaurants, pop-up musical festival performances, artist exhibitions and plenty of family friendly activities.
Alive on 25, a free festival based on Patchogue’s popular Alive After 5 event, will take place on alternating Thursday evenings from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Riverhead. Main Street will be closed to traffic for the event.
Live bands will perform at six pop-up stages along Main Street, starting from Salvation Army at the eastern end of Main Street down to Crooked Ladder Brewing Company, and on Peconic Avenue.
Downtown restaurants will serve dinner at tables set up in the street. Local craft breweries and vineyards will also be serving up beverages at the festival. Alcohol will only be permitted inside roped-off dining and performance areas.
Riverhead BID has been working closely with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce to plan the street fairs. Alive After Five has been a major force in Patchogue’s revitalization since the street fair was started 15 years ago, drawing tens of thousands of people to Patchogue every summer.
Riverhead’s street festival will take place every other Thursday evening on alternating weeks with Patchogue’s event: July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25, with a rain date of September 1.
The weekly classic car show will also take place in the downtown riverfront parking lot during the event.
Parking with complimentary shuttle service will be available in the public parking lot along Railroad Avenue and Osborn Avenue, as well as the public parking lots flanking Ostrander Avenue along Corwin Street. Though these parking lots are within walking distance of Main Street, free shuttle buses will be available to transport passengers to locations on West and East Main Street.
Here are the bands scheduled to play this Thursday:
Boomshot: Sponsored by Long Ireland Beer Company
Steve Strecker: Sponsored by PeraBell Food Bar
Blue Moon Rising: Sponsored by Vines & Hops
Oogee Wawa: Sponsored by Sonoma Grill East, Seaside Grill, Cliff’s Rendezvous and Jerry and The Mermaid (EAST END STAGE)
DJ Yankee & Joe Vicino Band: Sponsored by Joe’s Garage & Grill
Who Are Those Guys: Sponsored by Digger’s Ales N’ Eats, Crooked Ladder Brewing Co.