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Alive on 25 street festival poised for season kickoff tomorrow night

Bird's eye view of the Alive on 25 event early in the evening on July 28, 2016.
File photo: Joseph Oliver

There’s a big party planned in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening as the second season of the popular Alive on 25 street festival kicks off with food, music, art and family fun.

The event, scheduled for four nights this summer, features live music on eight stages, a classic car show, al fresco dining at downtown restaurants, an assortment of food trucks, street vendors and games for kids of all ages — even a rock-climbing wall and paint ball.

Modeled after Patchogue’s Alive After Five street festival and produced in cooperation with its Patchogue counterpart, Alive on 25 debuted last summer and was an instant hit, drawing thousands of people to Main Street. See photos and video from 2016

Alive on 25, presented by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and the Town of Riverhead, is sponsored by Bridgehampton National Bank, RiverheadLOCAL and more than a dozen other local businesses.

The event’s musical offerings this week include something for every taste: Buttered Soul (Cliff’s Rendezvous), Ninjas Need Money (Crooked Ladder/Diggers), Brainiac (One for the Road/Seaside Grill), Gnarly Headz (Long Ireland Brewery), Gail Storm (Tweeds), and Steve Strecker Band, (PeraBell Food Bar).

File photo: Peter Blasl.

There’s more music on the art stage at East End Arts, where Mark Mancini, Julia King, Robert Bruey and Dan Horton will entertain, sharing the state with spoken-word artists Nina Yavel, Melissa Longo and Courtney Lee.

Classic cars will line up for admirers on Peconic Avenue.

Downtown restaurants will be open late with specials for the Alive on 25, with many even serving at outdoor tables.

The events each week include lots of family-friendly activities: life-size games of tic-tac-toe, bowling, Connect Four and checkers at East End Arts (presented by Riverhead Free Library); a rock-climbing wall by the YMCA Easthampton, “bubble palooza” and paint ball all on the eastern end of East Main Street.

Event organizers are keeping a close eye on tomorrow’s weather forecast. The National Weather Service is currently calling for scattered showers to develop across the region tomorrow afternoon. 

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association president Steve Shauger said this morning. Any changes or cancellations will be posted on the event website and on social media, he said.

Alive on 25 continues July 27, Aug 10 and Aug. 24, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Main Street will be closed to traffic between Griffing and Ostrander avenues from 2 to 11 p.m. Peconic Avenue will be closed to traffic during the same time period.

Free shuttle service will be provided from the municipal parking lot on Court Street. The pickup location will be on the south side of the lot. The shuttle will drop visitors off on Griffing Avenue and Main Street.

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Denise Civiletti
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