ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Two Elmira summer events are returning next month, according to a post on Elmira Downtown Development’s Instagram.
Alive After 5, a summer block party hosted outside local bars and restaurants with live bands, will return on July 16 from 5-9 p.m. in Wisner Park with Roundin’ Third. The event will also kick off the 14th annual Street Painting Festival.
The goal of the family-friendly concert series is to attract hundreds of people to downtown Elmira.
Alive After 5 was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the street painting festival was scaled back with artists painting the sidewalks outside of their homes.
Jennifer Herrick-McGonigal, executive director for Elmira Downtown Development, is excited for the event’s return.
“Every time we have one, it is like a mini reunion,” said Herrick-McGonigal. “It has become a community favorite. Everybody has been asking about all of our events, but the one of the top of their mind is Alive After 5. We are lucky that the restrictions were lifted to the number of people that allows us to be able to do this event.”
Herrick-McGonigal said they are still working on finalizing the schedule for both the Street Painting Festival and Alive After Five. She said to follow the Elmira Downtown Development Facebook page to stay up-to-date.