Everything to know for the 2023 ‘Alive by the Bay’ street festivals


Alive by the Bay is back for 2023 in downtown Bay Shore — and GreaterBayShore has got you covered.

We’ll be covering the festivals, popping photos and videos on social media and, of course, greaterbayshore.com is the spot to find the most coverage anywhere.

Alive by the Bay is organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore’s restaurant committee.

“We try to keep our event unique,” said Mike McElwee, a Bay Shore restaurant owner. “We want you to come down with your family and stroll our downtown for a good time.”

Before heading down, here’s GreaterBayShore has put together a cheat sheet for the festival series below.

Dates & times

  • This year’s Alive by the Bay festival dates are June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, all Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m.

Street closure

  • Main Street is closed to vehicles from Bay Shore Avenue/Shore Lane west to Ocean Avenue. Ferrygoers can travel via Shore Lane and Clinton Avenue to the Fire Island Ferries and waterfront restaurants.

Free parking

  • All parking meters in downtown Bay Shore will be suspended for each Alive by the Bay event.


  • There will be over 55 vendors, most from the local area, ranging from food to arts and crafts businesses.

Outdoor dining

  • Bay Shore restaurants and bars will have outdoor corrals outside of their establishments on Main Street.
  • Any alcoholic beverages purchased within a penned area must remain in the penned area. Anyone found outside a penned area with an alcoholic beverage will be subject to an open container ticket.

Live music

  • There will be four stages with musical performances. The stage locations are by Third Avenue near the Bay Shore Bean; Fourth Avenue near Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar; Near Twins Veterinary Hospital by S. Park Avenue; and the west end of Main Street by the Penny Pub.
  • Click here for the full entertainment lineup.


  • Portable toilets will be located in the center of the festival by Fourth Avenue and Main Street.

Family friendly section

  • The festival is bringing back its popular family-fun section that will include bouncy houses at the Bay Shore Bandshell. It’s $20 per person for unlimited access to this area.

What’s new

  • Festival organizers told GreaterBayShore that they will be adding 50-feet of carnival games, which will be located on the west end of the festival.
  • New interactive vendors will be joining the lineup this year as well, which include axe throwing and virtual fishing.


  • This year’s sponsors include Northwell Health, South Shore University Hospital, Teachers Federal Credit Union, Tritec Real Estate (the developer of the new Shoregate Apartments) and Suffolk County Legislator Steve Flotteron, who helped secure a grant for this year’s event.
  • This year’s media sponsors are GreaterBayShore of greaterlongisland.com, radio stations WBAB and WBLI, Union Square Advertising and the Fire Island News newspaper.

Click below for photos from last year.

Top: Scene from last year’s Alive by the Bay street festival. (Credit: File/ Nicholas Grasso)