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Alive on 25 summer street festival takes place tonight in downtown Riverhead

Alive on 25 drew thousands downtown July 5. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Downtown Riverhead’s Alive on 25 summer street festival — the second in the 2018 season — takes place this evening beginning at 5 o’clock.

The event offers live music and dancing in the street, food served up by Main Street restaurants and a variety of food trucks and vendors, craft beers and Long Island wines, a classic car show and plenty of activities for kids.

There is no admission fee for the popular Main Street festival, which has drawn thousands of visitors to downtown Riverhead in its first two summer seasons.

The musical lineup for tonight’s event includes:

YogaPants @ Cliff’s Rendevous
Modern Justice @ Digger’s Ales n’ Eats
Ninjas Need Money @ One For The Road Event Services/Seaside Grill
Gallagher Brothers @ Long Ireland Brewery
Mike Ryan & Friends @ Tweeds
Mean Machine @ PeraBell Food Bar
Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks @ Jamesport Farm Brewery

The Alive on 25 Arts Stage features area singer-songwriters and poets in an intimate setting on the East End Arts grounds, surrounded by local visual artists creating their work live, displaying both finished art, and work in progress.

Arts stage lineup:

5:30 Mick Hargreaves
5:45 Ed Luhrs
6:00 Cosmic Pioneers
6:45 Robert Hayes
7:00 He Bird She Bird
7:45 Melissa Sgambati
8:00 Crushing Violets

Kids activities can be found on the east end of Main Street.

Downtown restaurants will be open late for the event, including: Blue Duck Bakery Cafe, Cliff’s Rendezvous, Cucina 25 Pizza, Dark Horse Restaurant, Jerry & The Mermaid, Mazi, PeraBell Food Bar, Shadees Jamaican Restaurant, Sunny’s Riverhead Grill, and Tweeds.

Food vendors on the street will include Hines Catering, Farm to Table, Anewyoricanthing, Chiddys Cheesesteaks, Emilys Apple Puffs, Frank & Liz Sausage and Braciole, G&L Gyro, Knot Of This World Pretzels, Shuckers, Fry Daddy, Whole LeCrepe and Mr Softee ice cream.

Main Street will be closed to traffic from Griffing Avenue to Union Avenue from 3:30 p.m. to approximately 10:30 p.m. There will be no parking on Main Street beginning at 2 p.m.

Visitors should use the municipal parking lots north of Main Street, including the lot on Griffing Avenue at Railroad Avenue and on Court Street and Osborn Avenue.

Today’s forecast calls for perfect street festival weather: clear skies with temperatures in the low- to mid-70s.

Alive on 25 will continue on July 26.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter and editor, an attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a “writer of the year” award from the N.Y. Press Association in 2015. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website. Email Denise.