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Downtown Patchogue during an ‘Alive After Five’ event last summer (Credit: Michael White/

Imagine thousands of people filling the streets of downtown Riverhead, enjoying ice-cold beers and listening to music on a balmy summer’s evening.

It could happen if the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association’s plans to host evening street fairs on multiple Thursdays this summer come to fruition.

The events would be modeled after Patchogue’s super successful “Alive After Five” series, which officials say draws up to 20,000 people per night on alternating Thursdays in July and August, our Tim Gannon reported in the Riverhead News-Review this week.

Riverhead BIDMA president Ray Pickersgill and vice president Steve Shauger announced the news at a Riverhead Town Board meeting last week.

The Riverhead proposal wouldn’t be permitted to use the name “Alive After Five,” but Shauger said the BIDMA is working with the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the street fairs.

“We’re in the tentative stages but things are going very well with the discussions,”  Shauger told the Riverhead Town Board last Thursday.

Other events planned by the BIDMA this year include the Cruise Night car shows; the Cardboard Boat Races; the Fourth of July celebration; the Paddle Battle; East End Arts’ JumpstArt; the Edgar Allan Poe Festival in October; the Run for the Ridley race; the indoor farmers market; and the Holiday Bonfire in December.

We will report more details on the upcoming street festivals as they become available.