It’s summer in Bay Shore, and that means the Alive by the Bay festival series will be in full swing.
The last event happens Tuesday, Aug. 20, downtown.
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Below is everything you need to know before heading down.
• The Alive by the Bay festival series in made possible in large part because of the generous sponsorship of Southside Hospital Northwell Health of Bay Shore, the chief sponsor.
• Each festival runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The streets close around 5 p.m. The serving of alcohol in the outdoor corrals cuts off at 8:45 p.m., but many of the bars and restaurants host live music and offer drink specials through the night
• It was recently announced that the downtown parking meters will be suspended for each Alive by the Bay festival.
• 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.
• For each family friendly 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 children’s area at Alive by the Bay will be located in the park at the bandshell, in the center of Main Street. There you’ll find bounce houses, face-painting, ice cream trucks and other activities for the kids.
• The new owners of Pixie Dust on Main Street will also be setting up children’s entertainment in the bandshell.
• The western end of the festival is where you’ll find the Local to Locals-sponsored area, where local breweries, local food trucks and local vendors will all be set up. Local bands will be playing, too, on the stage. (Click here for our Local to Locals podcast.)
• There will be four stages of music, all brought to you from Blue Point Brewing Company. The WKND Outpost-sponsored stage is at the foot of Third Avenue, next to T.J. Finley’s. The Fire Island Ferries stage is next to Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar at East Main Street and Third Avenue. The YMCA Boulton Center stage is outside the Boulton Center. Then there’s the aforementioned Local to Locals stage.
• 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.
• While the festival ends at 9 p.m., the parties always continue inside the bars and restaurants though the night, namely Local Burger Co., Salt & Barrel, Napper Tandy’s, Changing Times, T.J. Finley’s, Pico, Coastal Kitchen and the Penny Pub.
• The festival is run by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore’s restaurant committee. Click here to follow the group and festival activities on Facebook.
photos from July 2 & 16: