The highly-anticipated Alive After Five festival series that draws thousands to downtown Patchogue is back in 2023.
Greater Long Island put together a guide for everything you need to know.
Dates & times
- The dates are June 29, July 13, July 27, and Aug. 10, all Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. There is a rain date set for Aug. 17, if needed.
- Main Street will be closed from West Ave. to Maple Ave.; Ocean Avenue will be closed from Oak Street to Church Street.
- Starting at 3:30 p.m., the roads will close for each festival date. The streets will reopen when authorities are able to safely do so, which should be around 11 p.m.
Parking & free shuttle
- Because of the street closures, there will be limited on-street parking, so plan accordingly.
- Municipal parking lots will be open for each festival, but they do fill up quickly. Look at the map below for locations of the lots.
- Free shuttle: Those who want to save time trying to find parking can get a spot at St. Joseph’s University, located off Sunrise Highway in Patchogue, and hop on a trolley for a free shuttle ride down to Main Street.
- The shuttle runs continuously between St. Joseph’s and Carnegie Library on W. Main Street. The last ride back to the college will be at 11 p.m.
- Outdoor dining will be available outside most of the downtown restaurants.
- There will also be many vendors and food trucks that you can choose from to nosh on the go.
Family friendly activities
- There is a variety of entertainment, such as crafts in front of The Patchogue-Medford Public Library, magicians and other characters to interact with.
- There will be four staging areas for live musical performances, located at the following locations:
- Blue Point Brewery’s Midway Stage at Railroad Avenue. Here people can watch not only bands, but contortionists, sword-swallowers, and other Coney Island-style sideshow performers.
- Great South Bay Brewing Stage at South Ocean Ave.
- Clare Rose Stage near The Tap Room on West Main Street.
- Rocavaka Stage near WhiskeyNeat on East Main Street.
- These areas will also feature 21-and-over penned-off sections for outdoor drinking and smoking.
- For the full musical lineup, click here.
- In the alleyway between Toast Coffeehouse and Stanley’s Furniture, an arts-focused area is set to be established called “Arts Alley”. This designated space will showcase various arts vendors. The alleyway will lead up to Doreen’s Art Stage, located at Toast’s outdoor patio, where visitors can witness art demonstrations and musical performances.
- The fast-rising band Adam and the Metal Hawks, who is led by “American Idol” finalist and Wantagh native Adam Ezegelian, will be performing at Alive After Five on Aug. 10.
- Greater LI will be boots on the ground, snapping photos of each great day. If you see us, smile!
- Presenting sponsor of AA5 is the Long Island-based Tantillo Auto Group.
- Gold sponsors include Rocavaka, Clare Rose, Organically Connected, Law Office of Maria Scheuring, and Kaleidoscope Collective.
Words from the event organizers
Alive After Five is organized and ran annually by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. While the chamber hosts several events in the downtown over the year, this is certainly their biggest in terms of popularity.
“To me, summer is in full swing when Alive After Five has begun,” said David Kennedy, executive director of the chamber. “We’re expecting thousands of people to be coming on down to enjoy what Patchogue is famous for.
“We welcome everyone to come down, have a good time and enjoy Patchogue in a respectful manner.”
Make sure to check the chamber’s Alive After Five page for more information on the festivals.
Check out photos from last year’s festival below.