Free pumpkin painting and live music will be featured Friday night in Huntington Station.

From 5 to 8 p.m., Gateway Nights will debut at Gateway Plaza at New York Avenue and Olive Street.

"The event will show what the future of the plaza can be on a more permanent basis when new mixed-use buildings are built behind it and vibrancy is brought back to the area," said Ryan Porter, Renaissance Downtowns' vice president of planning and development, one of the event's sponsors and master developer for the hamlet. "The goal is for this to be the first of a series of outdoor events that will resume in the spring."

Besides the pumpkin painting and music, there will be activities for children and food and drink for purchase.

Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns plans to build a mixed-use building with apartments and retail businesses behind Gateway Plaza. The developer is proposing a hotel and office building, a mixed-use building, and artist lofts and gallery space in other areas along New York Avenue.

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In addition to Renaissance Downtowns, the event is being hosted in partnership with the Town of Huntington, the Huntington Station Business Improvement District, and Source the Station. Free parking is available at the New York Avenue and Church Street lot.

"It's a nice event for people to come to the plaza and enjoy it and to look at one of the areas that Renaissance has identified as one of their projects for revitalization," town spokesman A.J. Carter said. "And we hope people have fun."

For more information, visit sourcethestation.com or call 631-629-4660.