Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

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Looking for things to do on Long Island? We’ve rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Live theater in Smithtown

The Man of La Mancha rides into Smithtown
(Credit: Courtney Braun)

The Man of La Mancha rides into Smithtown through performances at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. The classic musical of a dying old man's quest for the impossible dream will be presented through Oct. 22. Shows this week are 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 23 and 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 24. See website for full schedule. ADMISSION $20-$35 INFO 631-724-3700, smithtownpac.org

Learn about the tea ceremony

The Charles B. Wang Center hosts a 30-minute
(Credit: Charles B. Wang Center)

The Charles B. Wang Center hosts a 30-minute Japanese tea ceremony, where you'll learn about the history and culture of tea. A tea master presides in a bamboo tea room to give an up-close look -- and taste. Reservations required.  WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 1:45 p.m. next Sunday, Sept. 24 (as well as Oct. 1, 15, 29 and Nov. 5, 12, 19 and Dec. 3, 10), Skylight Gallery, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook INFO 631-632-4400, thewangcenter.org  ADMISSION $20

Hear Paul McCartney at the Coliseum

Continuing on his
(Credit: MPL Communications/MJ KIM)

Continuing on his "One on One" tour, the Beatles great plays Long Island for a two-night concert stop. Will he open the show with a "A Hard Day's Night," like he did at the tour's debut in Fresno, Calif.? The show comes complete with almost 3 hours of nonstop hits from the last six decades of his music as a solo artist, a Wings band member and as a Beatle.
WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, and Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale
INFO 516-231-4848, nycblive.com
ADMISSION Tickets from $179; $40 parking ($20 advance)

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Ballet Long Island's "Cinderella"

Wondering if a youngster in your life might
(Credit: Ballet Long Island)

Wondering if a youngster in your life might like to dip his or her toe into ballet? Consider taking them to see a performance of "Cinderella" by professional dancers at Ballet Long Island (1863 Pond Rd.) in Ronkonkoma.  Performances are 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
ADMISSION $9-$18
INFO 631-737-1964, balletlongisland.com

Hear Sixto Rodriguez in concert

Bob Dylan-esque performer Sixto Rodriguez comes to The
(Credit: David Wolff)

Bob Dylan-esque performer Sixto Rodriguez comes to The Space at Westbury Theater 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.  Enjoy a live performance by the man who had a 21-year pause in his career and about whom the award-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" was made.
ADMISSION $55 - $100
INFO 516-283-5566, thespaceatwestbury.com

See the documentary "Steve McQueen: American Icon"

"Steve McQueen: American Icon" is a documentary that
(Credit: Barbara Minty McQueen)

"Steve McQueen: American Icon" is a documentary that explores a part of the Hollywood heartthrob's life not known by many. The film follows Greg Laurie, a pastor who drives across country (in a mint replica Bullitt Mustang) looking for details about the last chapter of McQueen's life, when he left Hollywood and found Christianity. The primary interview is with McQueen's wife Barbra Minty McQueen.  Screenings are 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at theaters in Farmingdale, Westbury and Ronkonkoma. See website for locations. 
ADMISSION $12.50, $13.50
INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com

See the movie "Year by the Sea"

Alexander Janko's film "Year by the Sea," starring
(Credit: Year By the Sea/Dana Starbard)

Alexander Janko's film "Year by the Sea," starring Karen Allen and S. Epatha Merkerson, takes place in Cape Cod and chronicles a woman trying to recapture her pre-marriage self.  This award-winning film will be screened at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
ADMISSION $11-$17
INFO 631-288-1500, whbpac.org

All aboard the in-water boat show

See the latest in water craft along with
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

See the latest in water craft along with some used boats -- more than 300 in all -- at the Tobay Beach Marina. Boating safety for kids is Saturday's focus. The U.S. Power Squadron visits Sunday (free life vests for the first 100 children on both days). You'll also find an animal show, fishing and marine education displays. 
WHEN|WHERE Noon-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Ocean Parkway, Massapequa, 
INFO 631-691-7050, nyboatshows.com
ADMISSION $15, $5 ages 6-15, free ages 5 and younger

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Buy an antique (and a baked treat)

It's all about the pleasure of the search,
(Credit: Morgue File)

It's all about the pleasure of the search, and there will be plenty to search through at Cutchogue's Fall Antique Fair and Country Bake Sale, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild (282625 Main Rd.) will again host this annual event (rain date is Oct. 1).
ADMISSION Free
INFO 631-734-6382, oldtownartsguild.org  

Run the Titan 5K

If you sign up for The Titan 5K
(Credit: Adrian Wright)

If you sign up for The Titan 5K Run, be prepared to run, jump crawl, and climb through obstacles and daunting physical challengers.  But be prepared to have fun at the same time. This rain-or-shine event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Dorothy P. Flint Nassau County 4H Camp (3186 Sound Ave.) in Riverhead. Register online or at gate.
ADMISSION $59, $15 ages 4-9
INFO 631-433-8286, thetitanrun.com

Enjoy fall fun at a Babylon festival

It's got all the earmarks of a seasonal
(Credit: Ed Betz)

It's got all the earmarks of a seasonal festival -- hay rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo and music. The Town of Babylon presents its annual outdoor Fall Festival, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Town Hall Park in Lindenhurst. 
ADMISSION Free
PHONE 631-893-2100
WEB townofbabylon.com

Get spooked at the “Experience Unknown” 5-D Horror Show

Get into the Halloween spirit early at the
(Credit: John Sheehan Photography)

Get into the Halloween spirit early at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where an interactive horror show promises to take the typical "haunted house" to another level. The show pays homage to '80s horror movies and features overhead projections, live actors and special effects that fill the Dome Theater. 
WHEN|WHERE 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 1 Davis Ave., Garden City 
INFO 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org
ADMISSION $20

See a dog competition

It's time for the pooches to take center
(Credit: Suffolk County Kennel Club/Cathy Iacopelli)

It's time for the pooches to take center stage at the Suffolk County Kennel Club's annual show. Dogs of all breeds compete in "Best in Show" for ribbons and bragging rights. You'll also find a free agility course for spectator dogs to try out -- experts will supervise, of course. Need a new bowl or leash? Vendors sell pet-related items, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Smithtown Historical Society, 239 East Main St; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, confirmation only. 
ADMISSION $10, $20 per car load
PHONE 631-277-2201
WEB suffolkdogclub.com

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Bug out at a VW show

Volkswagen models come together for an outdoor all-VW
(Credit: Maria Mucaria Stankowski)

Volkswagen models come together for an outdoor all-VW Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30; rain date: Oct. 7, The Black Forest Brew Haus, 2015 New Hwy., Farmingdale. Need some new or used parts for your Volkswagen -- check out the swap meet. There's also a auto-related raffle. It's all sponsored by the Long Island Volkswagen Club.
ADMISSION Free for spectators, $25 show cars
PHONE 516-780-5107 
WEB livc.net

Eat a zeppole at the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons

On the heels of the feast in
(Credit: Johnny Simon)

On the heels of the feast in "Little Italy" in Manhattan comes another homage to the patron saint of Naples -- this one is out east. Head to Good Ground Road where you'll find the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons, offering a weekend of food and wine, along with rides, artisan vendors and children's activities, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 in Hampton Bays. 
ADMISSION Free
PHONE 631-728-2211
WEB sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com

Drive over to a European car fest

Porsche aficionados, some from around the world, will
(Credit: Collector Car Showcase)

Porsche aficionados, some from around the world, will be attending Driven to America, an event 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 1 at Muttontown's Hoffman Center to honor Max Hoffman who was one of the early importers of Porsches, Mercedes Benzs, Jaguars and other high-end luxury European autos. More than 100 cars will be on display, with owners eager to talk about them. Festivities include exhibit discussions, food, coffee, a beer garden, a DJ and more. Tickets for this rain-or-shine event are available on the website and at the door.
ADMISSION $20, free ages 12 and under
INFO 516-802-5297, driventoamerica.com

See Shopkins Live!

The Shoppies make their theatrical debut and take
(Credit: Shopkins Live!)

The Shoppies make their theatrical debut and take the stage with a touring production of "Shop it Up!" filled with pop music and video based on the Shopkins brand, the grocery store-themed mini-collectable toys.
WHEN|WHERE 12:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury
INFO 516-247-5200,  thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION $29.50-$99.50

Check out Vettes and Jets

Corvette owners display their models alongside the impressive
(Credit: Newsday/Lloyd Rosen)

Corvette owners display their models alongside the impressive lineup of jets at the American Airpower Museum. More than 50 versions of America's first sports car -- from first-generation models to more contemporary years -- are displayed alongside the museum's World War II, Vietnam and Korean conflict-era planes.
WHEN|WHERE 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1: rain date: Oct. 7, 1230 New Hwy., East Farmingdale
INFO 516-605-5147, licoa.org
ADMISSION $10 ($5 ages 4-12); $25 show car registration

Bring your biggest pumpkin

This year, it's not only about the pumpkins.
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

This year, it's not only about the pumpkins. Hicks Nurseries has expanded the weigh-off categories, including giant vegetables and flowers. Last year's winning pumpkin weighed 731 pounds. Contenders can bring their specimens by 10 a.m. -- a forklift will be on hand to do the heavy lifting. 
WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury
INFO 516-334-0066, hicksnurseries.com
ADMISSION Free

See Indian classical dancing

Shiva Natarja, a familiar figure in the Hindu
(Credit: Darpana Academy of Performing Arts)

Shiva Natarja, a familiar figure in the Hindu religion, is the focus of "Nataraja Vandanam: Love Songs to Shiva," a staged Indian classical dance production by the Darpana Performing Group, as directed by classical dance choreographer, Mallika Sarabhai. 
WHEN|WHERE 4-5:30 p.m. next Sunday, Oct. 1, Charles B. Wang Center Theatre, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook
INFO 631-632-4400, stonybrook.edu
ADMISSION $20 (free younger than 5)

See a South African dance festival

Two important South African dance traditions join forces
(Credit: Columbia Artists c/o Real Action)

Two important South African dance traditions join forces onstage for the Festival of South African Dance. The program will feature "Gumboot" dance -- a form of rhythm communication that was used in the gold mines -- along with a more modern and urban dance style called "Pantsula" that emerged during apartheid.
WHEN|WHERE 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Tilles Center, LIU-Post, Northern Boulevard, Brookville 
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
ADMISSION $44, $54

Ride with Dee Snider

Join the Twisted Sister frontman for a police-escorted,
(Credit: Lee S. Weissman)

Join the Twisted Sister frontman for a police-escorted, motorcycle ride from Lido Beach down the Loop and Ocean Parkways to the Robert Moses State Park and back. Music provided by Snider himself, along with food, prizes and raffles, await at the end of the road, where nonriders can join in the festivities by giving a donation to Melissa's Wish. This year, actor Lorenzo Lamas is the grand marshal. 
WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, rain or shine, Lido Beach Park, 630 Lido Blvd. 
INFO deesnidersride.com 
ADMISSION $35 ($25 passenger)

Run in the Diva 5K

Get your boa and crown and head to
(Credit: Katty Peraza Payne)

Get your boa and crown and head to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The Diva 5K race starts at 7:45 a.m. with the half marathon following at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
ADMISSION $65-$125
PHONE 516-572-0348
WEB runlikeadiva.com

Watch a polo game

Polo at the Park continues 3 p.m. Sundays
(Credit: Newsday/Nelson Ching)

Polo at the Park continues 3 p.m. Sundays at Bethpage State Park through Oct. 8, weather permitting. Grandstand seating available or bring your own (field side parking for tailgating is $10/vehicle). Food is available or you're free to bring your own picnic. ADMISSION $5-$75 (free younger than 12) INFO 516-500-7656, bethpagepolo.com

See the LEGO creations

See what contestants have created to win the
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See what contestants have created to win the LEGO Building Bricks Contest at Stony Brook Village. You'll find elaborate city scenes, personal inspirations and Stony Brook's historic buildings depicted -- all made out of hundreds of "bricks." The exhibit stays on display until Oct. 15 -- LEGO Celebration Day -- when prizes will be awarded to the winners. All entries are original creations. 
WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 15, 97 P Main St., Stony Brook 
INFO 631-689-5888, stonybrookvillage.com
ADMISSION $4 ($2 younger than 12)

Improve your artwork skills

Calling all pastel or colored pencil artists interested
(Credit: Marlene Bezich)

Calling all pastel or colored pencil artists interested in improving their skills. Babylon Citizen Council on the Arts offers an 8-week class 6-8 p.m. every Monday starting Sept. 11 at the Babylon Town Hall Annex in North Babylon. An instructor will provide individual attention in addition to demonstrations and lectures. Call to reserve. ADMISSION $120 INFO 631-587-3696, babylonarts.org 

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