Alive After Five is back! Here’s what to know before you go


The Alive After Five festival series is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

The dates for summer 2022 are July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11 and 25, all Thursdays, in Patchogue.

[Tap here for photos from the first AA5 of the summer.]

But things look different, especially with the band stages and the pens for people to purchase and consume beer, wine and malt beverages such as spiked seltzers.

There are also be outdoor dining outside most of the downtown restaurants.

David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, spoke to about what attendees can expect this year with regard to both family-friendly and adult activities.

“We’ve really made some changes to it to really make sure we give everybody what they know and love about Alive After Five,” Kennedy said. Notably, instead of smaller drinking pens across the downtown area, there will be four, much larger outdoor drinking areas with band stages.

Those are be stationed at the western and eastern ends of Main Street with a third on South Ocean Avenue. There will also be 21-and-over penned-off area on Railroad Avenue, which will be deemed “The Midway.”

Blue Point Brewery is also sponsoring a stage at “The Midway” where people can watch not only bands, but contortionists, sword-swallowers, and other Coney Island-style sideshow performers.

The drinking areas also double as smoking areas, Kennedy added, which serve to separate smokers from those dining in the streets.

As far as kid-friendly activities go, there is a variety of entertainment, such as crafts in front of The Patchogue-Medford Public Library, magicians and other characters to interact with.

Those who want to save time trying to find parking can get a spot at St. Joseph’s University and hop on a trolley for a free shuttle ride down to Main Street.

“It’s the best for everybody,” Kennedy said. “Those looking for the family stuff will have their areas and those looking for their normal Alive After Five, have a couple of beers and enjoy some great music.”

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