Alive by the Bay is back for 2018 in downtown Bay Shore — and GreaterBayShore has got you covered.

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

In the meantime, here are some things to know before you go:

• Alive by the Bay runs every other Tuesday this summer starting July 10. The other festival dates are: July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21

• Each festival runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The streets close starting at 5 p.m. The serving of alcohol in the outdoor corrals cuts off at 8:45 p.m., though many of the bars and restaurants host live music and offering drink specials continuing through the night, such as “Alive After Dark” at T.J. Finley’s.

• 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.

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• For each event, Main Street is closed to vehicles from Bay Shore Avenue/Shore Lane west to Ocean Avenue, though Maple Avenue remains open for north-south travel to the Fire Island Ferries and waterfront restaurants. Crossing guards are posted at the Maple Avenue and Main Street intersection for festival-goers to cross safely.

• The town’s parking meters are in effect during all Alive by the Bay festivals. The Town of Islip has released a FAQ guide to help navigate the metered parking. There’s also now a parking meter app you could use to feed the meters remotely.

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• Alive by the Bay is modeled after Patchogue’s Alive After Five and is billed as a very family-friendly event. There are vendors up and down Main Street and opportunities for kids to get involved in the arts courtesy of Pinot’s Palette at the bandshell, and other arts and crafts vendors. There are also bounce houses, face painting and ice cream trucks, all centered around the bandshell.

• The festival’s chief sponsor is Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital, and the chief beer sponsor is Constellation Brands, brewers of Corona, Modelo and Ballast Point, to name a few. Bay Shore’s four craft breweries, Great South Bay, The Brewers Collective, Destination Unknown and Fire Island Beer Co., are also represented, offering beer from their own beer gardens.

•  Just west of the bandshell is the health and wellness section, with demonstrations and information from representatives from Drew Patrick Day Spa, The Float Place, Northwell Health and more.

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• The festival is run by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore’s restaurant committee.

• There are three stages for live music, one at Main Street and 3rd Avenue, another at 4th Avenue and a third stage outside the Boulton Center. See the band lineup below.

entertainment lineup

July 10

  • Drop Dead Sexy- 3rd Avenue stage
  • J Haus Band- 4th Avenue stage
  • Uppercut- Boulton Center stage

July 24

  • Tradewinds- 3rd Avenue stage
  • Jimmy Kenny & the Pirate Beach Band- 4th Avenue stage
  • Touch the 80’s- Boulton Center stage

August 7

  • Peat Moss Reunion Show- 3rd Avenue stage
  • No Request Band- 4th Avenue stage
  • One Step Ahead- Boulton Center stage

August 21

  • The Nerds- 3rd Avenue stage
  • Rich Mahogany- 4th Avenue stage
  • 45 RPM- Boulton Center stage

Photo from the July 10 Alive by the Bay by Nicholas Esposito


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