If you’re game-planning for any of Patchogue’s popular Alive After Five street festivals this summer, we’re here to help. Scroll down for everything you need to know before hitting the streets.
• Alive After Five, which is run by the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, will host four events this summer, all on Thursday evenings.
• Those dates are June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, with an Aug. 22 rain date should one festival get canceled due to weather, which happened last summer.
• Each festival will have its own theme:
- June 27: celebrating Pride month
- July 11: celebrating the U.S. Armed Forces
- July 25: celebrating women in the arts
- Aug. 8: celebrating cultural diversity
• Each festival runs from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., though live music and the serving of alcohol in the outdoor corrals will be cut off at 9 p.m.
• Arrive early and you will have no trouble parking. We’re talking like 4:30-5 p.m. Things start to get bogged down as you get closer to 6 p.m.
• If you can’t get to Alive After Five early, the shuttles are the best option to avoid traffic and parking issues. They run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. from St. Joseph’s College and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church in North Patchogue.
• Organizers tell us Mt. Carmel is the move, with shorter lines and shorter travel times back and forth. The church property is located at 495 North Ocean Avenue.
• A fleet of Qwik Ride carts will be on hand to drive revelers to and from their vehicles for free, as long as they’re parked somewhere near the downtown. (The company only asks that you tip the drivers.) Click here for the iPhone app.
• All four festivals are held along Main Street just west of The Tap Room to near Rider Avenue, as well as portions of South Ocean and Railroad avenues.
• The streets are lined with food vendors, merchants, as well as live music and entertainment.
• The family section, which is sponsored by the Patchogue-Medford Library, has moved to New Village Green on Havens Avenue, after being outside the Carnegie Library last year.
• Capital One Plaza will be the designated art area which will feature a stage.
• There will be several other stages used for musical performances across the downtown. The Blue Point Brewing Company-sponsored stage will by on Railroad Avenue by Record Stop; PeraBell FoodBar and Public House 49 will be co-sponsoring one by its establishments; and there will be a stage by the Bank of America on Main Street (sponsored by Bobbique, BrickHouse Brewery, and That Meetball Place). The Tap Room will also be playing live music out from its second-floor balcony that overlooks the street.
Make sure to check back at GreaterPatchogue for photo coverage from each event.