Bay Shore Comes Alive at Alive by the Bay

On Tuesday, June 27, Bay Shore’s Main Street was transformed into a vibrant community celebration as the first Alive by the Bay of the 2023 summer season kicked off. Pop-up tents featuring the products of local businesses, carnival games, live bands, and food trucks lined the streets alongside Bay Shore’s beloved restaurants and shops.

Hosted by Bay Shore’s Restaurant Committee, the block party-style street fair has become a staple for locals and visitors alike. “I come all the time, probably at least two to three times every summer,” said attendee Mariana Wagner. “It’s laid-back, it’s fun, you really get to try a little bit of everything.”

There was a plethora of food options available, including an oyster truck, Dang BBQ, Island Empanada, a pudding truck, a tres leches cake stand, and several other locally sourced foods. In addition to the food, four local bands performed all night on the crossroads of Main Street, bringing good music to the crowds who danced along or enjoyed the tunes as they passed by. This past event featured No Request Band, Fiesta Tropical, Three’s Accompany, and Rich Mahogany, whose fans were especially excited.

“I’m always excited to see the bands perform, especially Rich Mahogany,” said Tavish McNulty, as he and his friends were looking for a bar to set up shop for the night.

There was something for everyone at Alive by the Bay, with face painting, inflatables, and carnival games for the kids; and bars, drinks, and shopping for the adults. The vendors were selling jewelry, custom belts, art, clothes, and anything else you could possibly want.

Bay Shore local and former Fire Island News correspondent Lauren ten Hoopen has been to plenty of Alive by the Bay events in the past, but this was her first time there as a vendor. Owner of Tenny Seas, Lauren creates fine beach art with shells, sand, and other beach jewels that she finds along the South Shore and Fire Island.

“Everyone that came to my tent was very friendly, and it was just nice to meet a lot of new people and get to know people with similar interests,” said Lauren. “It was a really good first experience, and it was even more special for me when someone would stop at my booth.”

If you’re looking for a fun-filled night of community and high spirits, be sure to head to downtown Bay Shore on Tuesday, July 11, July 25, or Aug. 8 for Alive by the Bay!

Ms. Lauren Ten Hoopen displays her artwork.