07/28/17 6:31am

Rain couldn’t stop Riverhead’s Alive on 25 this time around. After a two-week delay, the popular Riverhead Business Improvement District event returned Thursday evening.

“The streets are full, it’s really exciting,” said BID executive director Diane Tucci.

The street fair, now in its second season, featured eight bands, bar and restaurant specials, food trucks, artisan vendors and plenty of kids activities.

Ms. Tucci said Alive on 25 differs from other street fairs because it has a heavy focus on the arts. In addition to the scheduled vendors, the East End Fringe Festival hosted theatrical performances outside the East End Arts building.

Jerry Dicecco who has owned Jerry and the Mermaid on East Main Streetfor 25 years, said the event’s a great way to showcase improvements in downtown Riverhead.

“It gives everybody a different view of Riverhead for them to come back and visit us and see how we are now,” he said. “It’s all great, everybody has a great time.”

Alive on 25 returns for three more dates: August 10, 24 and 31.

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

Caylin Luciano, 10, of Manorville climbing the rock climbing wall at Thursday’s Alive on 25 event. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

The bubble palooza station. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

10/21/16 2:43pm
A scary skeleton.

A scary skeleton.

Headless horseman? Hearse driver? Dracula?

Come on down!

The Riverhead Business Improvement District’s first Halloween Fest is still looking for participants in its parade, which begins Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. on Griffing Avenue before it proceeds down Main Street in downtown Riverhead.  (more…)

07/08/16 9:59am

Alive After Five 2016 from Benny Migs Photo on Vimeo.

Modeled after the great Alive After Five in Patchogue, the four-date Alive on 25 series, launched by the Riverhead Downtown Business Improvement District, begins next Thursday, July 14.

The street fair will continue with food, drinks, music and more in downtown Riverhead every other Thursday through August, alternating with Alive After Five, which kicked off in Patchogue last night.

Our friends at greaterpatchogue.com and bennymigsphoto.com covered the first Alive After Five of the season Thursday and shared with us their photos and a time-lapse video to give readers on the North Fork who have never ventured out to the Patchogue event a bit of the flavor.  (more…)

03/18/16 10:48am
A band performs during an Alive Afrer Five event in Patchogue. (Credit: Michael White, greaterpatchogue.com)

A band performs during an Alive Afrer Five event in Patchogue. (Credit: Michael White, greaterpatchogue.com)

When we first heard Riverhead was about to launch its own version of Patchogue’s Alive After 5 we nearly jumped through the ceiling with excitement. Among the coolest events in any Long Island village, the Patchogue summer street festival series has long been a northforker favorite.

Now the awesomeness is definitely headed our way and details have emerged. Here are five things you should know about the summer series: (more…)