It started about 13 or 14 years ago as a humble little Friday night street/music fair on Main Street in Patchogue. Back then Patchogue was just showing signs of its reemergence as pretty much the coolest town in Suffolk County (bite me any-Hampton). In the past decade-plus, the Village, especially along Main Street, first became a go-to destination for dining, then for music, then the craft beer explosion came around, followed by an artist colony coming to town as well as the erection of a ginormous luxury apartment building at the Village’s heralded Four Corners. Add in the Great South Bay Music Festival and don’t ever forget the good times to be had down by the river and we’ve become one hell of a town for fun.
Along with the BrickHouse Brewery and Restaurant, which has held forth on Main Street since long before anyone uttered the word “revitalization” and helped keep the village afloat before the current good times, Alive After 5 has been a main attraction through it all. It has now grown to one of the biggest recurring street fairs on the Island. Thousands from the Patchogue and surrounding communities come out in droves and all the restaurants, bars and retail stores bring their wares outside (while still serving inside as well) and are joined by vendors of all sorts and, of course, great music fills the air wherever you stroll.
This month, Patchogue’s Alive After Five is back (on Thursdays again) and promises to be even bigger and better. There will be six stages of live music, the usual close to 100 art, craft and retail vendors, a dozen or so food trucks, a Chinese Auction and plenty more including a slew of activities for the kids like face painting and a rock climbing wall. And perhaps just as important as all the music and fun and games, Blue Point Brewery will be back pouring beer after a short hiatus.
The fun starts back up again Thursdays July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20. A rain date of August 27 has been held in the case of a rainout. Visit aliveafterfive.com for more information or for food or craft vendor applications.
Photo: Courtesy of Patchogue Chamber of Commerce