Northport Family Nights: Food and Fun

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Tuesday, August 3 kicked off the first week of Northport’s annual Tuesday family nights. For the next four Tuesdays, Main Street Northport, will be shut down to street traffic from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to allow pedestrians enjoy an evening of food, family and fun. Historic buildings, an old fashioned ice cream parlor and trolley tracks line the streets of this summer town, which is also home to some wonderful restaurants with fantastic food.

Colorful umbrella tables are set up on the sidewalks and in the street. Skipper’s Pub, Bistro 44, the Shipwreck Diner, Northport Feed and Grain and Rockin Fish all offer outdoor seating under the stars. If snacks and sweets are what you’re craving, stop in at the Northport Sweet Shop for homemade ice cream, or get some fresh popped popcorn and hand-spun cotton candy outside Harbor Trading novelty store. Grab a slice of pizza at LaPorta Pizza, or try a deep fried Oreo or pickle made to order right outside Rob’s Deli.

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When you are not feasting, there are at least 30 or more classic cars to look at, or treat yourself to an airbrush tattoo. What really brings the night together is the entertainment. A live band is set up each week at the intersection of Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Small jazz bands are featured further down the street near  the popular Heartichoke shop, and for the younger crowd, a DJ with dancers is also a hit.

For smaller children, a kiddie section has a bounce house and an inflatable slide. Dogs are welcome everywhere, including the outdoor dining spots. Several stores stay open late.

So before the summer ends, head to Northport for some good old-fashioned fun.

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