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SMOKIN' AT THE MAPLES Meat, meat and more (Credit: Chris Ware)

SMOKIN' AT THE MAPLES

Meat, meat and more meat. If this is your idea of heaven, head out to The Maples in Manorville Aug. 4-5, which is hosting the sixth annual Battle of the BBQ Brethren, Long Island's pre-eminent barbecue competition. The public is welcome from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; there will be cooking demos and events throughout each day (bbqbrethrenbattle.com, $3 admission, free under 10). (2011)

10 best bets for summer music and entertainment

Annual festivals, weekend fairs, big-ticket concerts -- Long Island's summer calendar is absolutely loaded with shouldn't-miss events. Here's a rundown of 10 best bets for music and entertainment this season.

CATCH LMFAO AT THE COLISEUM It's a family
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CATCH LMFAO AT THE COLISEUM

It's a family dance-pop affair on June 26 when LMFAO -- Stefan (RedFoo) Gordy and Skyler (SkyBlu) Gordy, son and grandson, respectively, of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. -- plays the Nassau Coliseum. Get there early for this stop on the Sorry for Party Rocking Tour, because local guy-done-good Matthew Koma opens things ($34.50-$64.50, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com). (August 11, 2011)

SEE THE PROS The venerable Bethpage Black hosts
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SEE THE PROS

The venerable Bethpage Black hosts the Barclays Golf Tournament, Aug. 23-26 at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. Expect to see Phil Mickelson, who was a crowd favorite there in 2009 when he earned second place at the U.S. Open. Tickets are $40-$55 a day (barclaysgolf.com). (June 17, 2009)

THE BEACH BOYS -- AT THE BEACH Wouldn't
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THE BEACH BOYS -- AT THE BEACH

Wouldn't it be nice to celebrate the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary with a show at the beach? The group's June 24 date at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is part of a golden anniversary tour that brings original members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine together on stage and in harmony. They'll be joined by longtime members Bruce Johnston and David Marks for all the hits -- "Surfin' Safari," "Surfer Girl," "Help Me Rhonda," "Wouldn't It Be Nice" . . . the list goes on and on, just like an endless summer ($25-$150, 800-745-3000, livenation.com). (Apr. 27, 2012)

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TATTOO EXPO Art is where you find it,
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TATTOO EXPO

Art is where you find it, even if that's on the back, shoulder or arm. Nearly 500 tattoo artists from around the world will converge on the Nassau Coliseum July 27-29 for a serious ode to all things ink ($18.50 a day or $40 festival pass, 631-686-5921, newyorktattooshow.com). (2011)

GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its
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GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Now in its sixth year, the Great South Bay Music Festival returns to Shorefront Park in Patchogue July 13-15. The three-day affair will feature national acts from Dave Mason to Black 47 to Martin Sexton as well as Long Island bands such as Tauk, The Electrix and Breathing East. Besides live music, there will be a food court, vendors and a kid's area for the younger set ($29.99 a day or $75 for the weekend, 631-331-0808, greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com). (2009)

A TASTE OF SUMMER If you could put
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A TASTE OF SUMMER

If you could put summer in a bottle, it might taste like a fruity wine. Lucky for you, more than 100 newly released local wines will be the stars of A Taste of Summer, 5-7 p.m. tomorrow at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Nosh on treats from local chef Tom Schaudel or shop vendors such as Harbes Farm and Catapano Dairy Farm. Advance ticket purchase suggested ($75-$100, 631-722-2220, liwines.com).

SOUND & ART FESTIVAL The setting: The Vanderbilt's
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SOUND & ART FESTIVAL

The setting: The Vanderbilt's great lawn in Centerport. The scene: More than 50 artists painting as bands play jazz fusion, world beat and blues. That's what's in store at the new Sound & Art Festival, 1-8 p.m. June 24. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch (sorry, no alcohol) -- artwork will also be sold ($7 admission, 631-261-2941, lisoundfestival.com). (undated)

HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL Love outdoor music? The
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HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL

Love outdoor music? The 47th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival is for you. This free performance series starts June 22 with acclaimed Pakistani pop band noori and continues through Aug. 11 with the Long Island Philharmonic. Held every night except Mondays at Heckscher Park, performances include dance, pop rock, gospel and even R&B by Cuba Gooding (631-271-8423 ext. 5, huntingtonarts.org). (June 26, 2011)

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SMOKIN' AT THE MAPLES Meat, meat and more
(Credit: Chris Ware)

SMOKIN' AT THE MAPLES

Meat, meat and more meat. If this is your idea of heaven, head out to The Maples in Manorville Aug. 4-5, which is hosting the sixth annual Battle of the BBQ Brethren, Long Island's pre-eminent barbecue competition. The public is welcome from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; there will be cooking demos and events throughout each day (bbqbrethrenbattle.com, $3 admission, free under 10). (2011)

FLYING DISC DOG COMPETITION Who knew dogs could
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FLYING DISC DOG COMPETITION

Who knew dogs could fly? Head to Sayville's Gillette Park at 10 a.m. on July 7 to see for yourself -- dozens of dogs (some local, some from neighboring states) will pull off gravity-defying dashes, leaps and other maneuvers to catch flying discs tossed by their owners and handlers. Dogs of all kinds and skill levels compete (free admission, $10 registration for dogs, frisbeedog.org). (May 17, 2012)

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