The 15th annual Alive After Five, hosted by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, is Long Island’s biggest and best street fair. The event is always held on Thursdays (starting after five, as the name suggests, and runs until 9:30pm). The festival combines music, food, drink, the arts, and plenty of craft vendors for a truly memorable experience. Where else on Long Island can you attend a street fair of this magnitude? Alive After Five should definitely be your next weekday excursion.
Alive After Five
Walk down Patchogue’s Main Street during one of these fairs and you’ll be flanked by all sorts of vendors, whether its food, drink, or any other merchandise. It’s completely free to attend but, of course, all the amenities will cost you.
The event on July 21st drew a record-breaking 25,000 attendees. That being said, parking can be extremely tricky with Main Street and North Ocean Avenue shut down.
Unfortunately, skateboards, bikes, roller skates, and scooters aren’t allowed. Also keep in mind that pets are not permitted and all backpacks are subject to search.
Music and the Arts
The fair has seven live stages for concerts and many acoustic performances. One of the goals of the event is to showcase local music, and they do a great job with it. The lineup changes weekly, but there’s guaranteed to always be a band or performance that will suit your musical interests.
Alive After Five is also a coordinated effort to promote the arts on Long Island. Curated by Dorene Romero and hosted by Mick Hargreaves, the Arts Stage on 150 West Main Street is a great place to check out up-and-coming artists who perform music, spoken word, and even poetry.
It is also a prime destination for creative members of the community to showcase their art and goods for either sale or display at the many craft vendor booths.
Food and Drink
This is the real spectacle of the festival. This is the part of the fair that gets people coming. Along with all the food trucks, there are amazing restaurants and bars for every taste.
Over the years, Patchogue has developed a popular nightlife scene filled with many diverse restaurants and bars. At Alive After Five, all of these establishments are open to the public and just about every one of them draws a crowd. Perhaps the German beer garden, Bierhaus, is where you’d prefer to grab some brats and brew. Or maybe That Meetball Place for a draught and meatballs, any style you’d like.
One of the event’s biggest sponsors is Blue Point Brewing Company, so there’s plenty of those. But just about every place will have an extensive craft beer selection and menu.
For all the families and children in attendance, there are countless activities for them as well, including face painting, art contests, tons of giveaways, carnival games and so much more. Some of the music stages also host variety shows, concerts, and poetry readings oriented towards children. This event truly is fun for the whole family.
Be sure to check out Alive After Five on Thursday August 4th and 11th.