50 things you must do on Long Island in 2016

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Here are 50 Long Island events and happenings you shouldn't miss this year.

Run in the Long Island Marathon

The Long Island Marathon will be held on
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The Long Island Marathon will be held on May 1 in 2016, with marathon, half marathon and 10K participants starting together behind Nassau Coliseum and finishing inside Eisenhower Park. The Finish Line Festival will feature live music and refreshments.

Ride Turbulence at Adventureland

Check out Turbulence, the new roller coaster at
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Check out Turbulence, the new roller coaster at Adventureland. The ride features cars that spin as the coaster works its way up and around the steep bends and climbs of the track.

Catch the Bethpage Air Show

This classic Memorial Day Weekend event will be
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This classic Memorial Day Weekend event will be held this year on May 28 and 29. In addition to the air show, visitors can enjoy the Jones Beach boardwalk for mini-golf, playgrounds, outdoor concerts and more.

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Find Greenport's 'hidden' bar

While it may look like a shuttered storefront
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While it may look like a shuttered storefront with no sign outside, it's actually a hidden bar. The hipster speakeasy is located in the building's basement and features craft cocktails. You can order in from neighboring 1943 Pizza Bar.

Attend the Strawberry Festival

Now in its 62nd year, this festival, held
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Now in its 62nd year, this festival, held in Mattituck, will be held in 2016 on June 16-19. Come for the strawberries and stay for the rides and entertainment.

Hop on the North Fork Wine Wagon

Here, you need to put in a little
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Here, you need to put in a little footwork to earn your vino. The North Fork Wine Wagon is a 15-passenger, pedal-powered cart that makes stops at up to four North Fork vineyards. All you need is a group of eight to 14 people, and you're good to go!

Check out the fireworks at Jones Beach

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks
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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show at Jones Beach State Park. Grab a few friends or the whole family for this annual event.

See big names perform at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

A few acts have already been announced for
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A few acts have already been announced for the upcoming summer season at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. You can catch Journey and the Doobie Brothers on June 27 and Josh Groban (pictured) and Sarah McLachlan on July 22. Black Sabbath plays its "The End" show on Aug. 17.

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Rock out at Great South Bay Music Festival

What better way to start the summer than
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What better way to start the summer than listening to live music in the great outdoors? This fest features more than 55 musical artists on four stages. Catch it in Shorefront Park, Patchogue, from July 14-17.

Dine with an author

Enjoy a meal with an author, such as
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Enjoy a meal with an author, such as Dick Cavett, at East Hampton Library's Authors Night. For as little as $250 (or as much as $2,500), enjoy a cocktail party, where authors will sign copies of their books, then head to dinner at a private Hamptons home to mingle in small groups with your favorite authors.

Guild Hall's Clothesline Art Sale

Guild Hall's Clothesline Art Sale is the bargain
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Guild Hall's Clothesline Art Sale is the bargain lover's answer to the luxe ArtHamptons/ArtMRKT shows. Hundreds of works by East End artists are propped on fences, lawn chairs and strung on wires. For the 69th time since 1946, the Clothesline Art Sale strings up a range of original works at affordable prices at Guild Hall at 158 Main St. in East Hampton. Nearly 400 artists, mostly from Long Island, have entered their works for sale, which may near 800 pieces this year. Prices range from $50 to $2,000. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Price: Free admission to buyers; $10 contribution fee for artists submitting work (submission accepted through July 31). More information: 631-324-0806, guildhall.org.

Go berry-picking on the East End

Choose from about a dozen U-pick farms on
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Choose from about a dozen U-pick farms on the East End that allow the public to select their own raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.

Watch the Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductions

This event moves to Nassau County for the
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This event moves to Nassau County for the first time this fall, but the organization's museum is poised to open in Wyandanch in 2017. Here, Richie Cannata of the Billy Joel Band performs at the 2014 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala at The Paramount in Huntington.

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Compete in the 10th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

If you're up for a challenge this year,
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If you're up for a challenge this year, why not try to grow the biggest and best tomatoes you can? Bring down your heaviest tomato for a weigh-in at Newsday in August. If your plants aren't making the cut, weight-wise, the challenge will also award prizes to the smallest and ugliest of the bunch, as well as award prizes in three youth categories. Here, Vera DiCocco of North Bellmore wears a crocheted tomato hat as she celebrates her win at the 2015 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.

Catch Tracy Morgan's comeback gig

After surviving a near-fatal car crash in 2014,
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After surviving a near-fatal car crash in 2014, Tracy Morgan is bringing his "Picking Up the Pieces" tour to The Paramount in Huntington on March 12 and Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on May 28.

Discover new music

Get acquainted with new musical artists each month
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Get acquainted with new musical artists each month with concerts at the Deepwell Mansion in St. James. Each concert is recorded and released as a monthly podcast, which is available for free download on iTunes.

Catch a Bollywood movie

Most weeks, the Farmingdale Multiplex screens one or
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Most weeks, the Farmingdale Multiplex screens one or two Bollywood films that are currently new releases in India. English subtitles ensure that everyone can follow along.

Visit the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Catch a football game on the U.S. Merchant
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Catch a football game on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's home turf, where parking and admission are free. While there, visit the museum or enter the Mariners' Memorial Chapel.

Shop at Stew Leonard's

This grocery chain opens its first Long Island
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This grocery chain opens its first Long Island store in Farmingdale in mid-to-late January. Come check out what the buzz is all about!

Check out Billy Joel's bikes

The Piano Man's personal collection of motorcycles is
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The Piano Man's personal collection of motorcycles is housed at his shop, 20th Century Cycles. Motorcycle enthusiasts can stop by on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and check out the more than 75 motorcycles on display, with no admission charged.

Participate in New York State Parks' Summer Run Series

Long Island state parks give way to the
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Long Island state parks give way to the runners on Monday nights. Get your move on and join the crowd!

Get your grill on at the Battle of the BBQ Brethren

More than 40 teams compete at this event,
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More than 40 teams compete at this event, held in Manorville, for the chance to win $10,000 in prizes and an invitation to the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, Mo. Do you have what it takes to be a BBQ champion?

Take a stroll down Love Lane

Love Lane in Mattituck offers quaint stores, delicious
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Love Lane in Mattituck offers quaint stores, delicious eateries and plenty to see and do. Try a meal at Love Lane Kitchen or a plate of artisanal cheeses at the Village Cheese Shop.

Hit the Oyster Festival

People -- more than 150,000, actually -- come
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People -- more than 150,000, actually -- come from far and wide for this annual event, which will be held Oct. 15-16 in 2016. Enjoy oysters freshly plucked from Oyster Bay Harbor, as well as rides, entertainment and more.

Catch the Newsday Marching Band Festival

Featuring bands from across Nassau and Suffolk counties,
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Featuring bands from across Nassau and Suffolk counties, this festival promises to entertain the crowds and raise money for each participating school band and funds a donation to Newsday Charities. The fun begins Oct. 18 and lasts through the 20th.

Have a Sunday Soul Brunch

Pretty Toni's Cafe in Valley Stream serves a
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Pretty Toni's Cafe in Valley Stream serves a Sunday Soul Brunch menu. Her somewhat nontraditional menu avoids pork and large quantities of fat and sugar, yet still has a high comfort food factor.

Crack the code to escape a locked room

Get locked in a room with your friends
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Get locked in a room with your friends and uncover clues to figure out your escape. This interactive gaming concept is available at CryptIQ in Northport and Can You Escape the Room Long Island in Mineola.

Golf at night

Heartland Golf Park in Edgewood is the Island's
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Heartland Golf Park in Edgewood is the Island's only place to tee off after dark. After a long day, you can play to your heart's content -- until midnight.

Surf at Ditch Plains Beach

This beach at the very end of Long
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This beach at the very end of Long Island is a destination for surfers everywhere. Non-surfers can enjoy a designated swimming area with lifeguards.

Prepare for 'war' at the Museum of American Armor

History buffs, rejoice! You can ride along in
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History buffs, rejoice! You can ride along in a World War II infantry re-enactment at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage. Climb into a military vehicle and head into battle through the woods at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Go for a sunset sail aboard the Christeen

Enjoy an evening on the oyster sloop Christeen
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Enjoy an evening on the oyster sloop Christeen at the Waterfront Center in Theodore Roosevelt Park for a two-hour sunset cruise in Oyster Bay Harbor on weekdays during the summer. You could help the crew rig the sails -- or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Shucking your own oysters at Little Creek Oyster Farm

Patrons are supplied with a kit containing a
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Patrons are supplied with a kit containing a few oyster knives, a sturdy glove and a bucket of whatever has just been plucked from the bay. You can go at it on your own or take the staff up on some pointers.

Ride the rails with the Long Island Live Steamers

The Long Island Live Streamers is a live
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The Long Island Live Streamers is a live steam railroad club that provides public run days on the weekends from May through October in Southaven County Park in Brookhaven.

Take a ferry to Fire Island's Forest

Sunken Forest, a wild sight of nature more
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Sunken Forest, a wild sight of nature more than 300 years old at Sailors Haven, Fire Island, offers dry sandy dunes and wetland trees. Arrive at this oasis via the Sayville Ferry.

Eat on the Long Beach Boardwalk

There's no need to pack a lunch with
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There's no need to pack a lunch with the Shoregasboard, a pop-up food truck parked only steps from the sand. Stop by for a bite and continue on your merry way!

Take a live music cruise

All aboard The Moon Chaser, the only party
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All aboard The Moon Chaser, the only party boat where the music is the main reason to board! The Moon Chaser sets sail from Babylon several nights a week for three-hour cruises on the bay, featuring hard rock bands tributing Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and more.

Pick your own lavender

Lavender by the Bay in East Marion, Long
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Lavender by the Bay in East Marion, Long Island's only farm dedicated to growing the sweet-smelling plants, gives summertime visitors a wicker basket, a sickle and the opportunity to pick their own lavender.

Try Latin dancing at Jones Beach

On summer Sunday evenings, the Jones Beach State
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On summer Sunday evenings, the Jones Beach State Park boardwalk band shell features up-tempo Latin bands setting the pace for a crowd ready to hit the dance floor.

Go zip lining at The Adventure Park at Long Island

Located in Wheatley Heights, 10 aerial trails of
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Located in Wheatley Heights, 10 aerial trails of obstacles and a few zip lines give visitors the feeling of flying -- while harnessed, of course.

Attend an Oyster Bay car cruise

Tuesday nights in the summer come alive when
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Tuesday nights in the summer come alive when classics, Harleys and hot rods fill the streets of Oyster Bay. Billy Joel's motorcycle shop is here as well as a newly opened classic car museum on the way into town.

Fight off zombies

At NYZ Apocalypse in Deer Park, enter the
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At NYZ Apocalypse in Deer Park, enter the Apollo Prison System and spend 45 minutes battling the undead armed with a laser rifle. You can celebrate Halloween all year!

Check out the Huntington Fall Festival

Rides, games, vendors and a ton of food
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Rides, games, vendors and a ton of food -- what's not to love about the Huntington Fall Festival? Check out the fun this October!

Sample some hard cider

Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue has been churning its
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Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue has been churning its own hard cider since 2013. Check out what all the fuss is about with a tasting or take home a growler. Last season's batches were infused with ginger, cranberry or cinnamon.

Go pumpkin picking at night

Pumpkin picking's not just for the daytime! At
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Pumpkin picking's not just for the daytime! At Organics Today Farm in East Islip, you can bring a flashlight and take a nighttime stroll in search of the perfect pumpkin. Afterward, enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider and other treats around the firepit.

See the Christmas Holiday Boat Parade

Head to Patchogue during the holidays, where boats
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Head to Patchogue during the holidays, where boats decorated for the holidays cruise down the river. A panel of judges rate the boats in four categories.

Go back in time at the Charles Dickens Festival

This winter festival kicks off the Christmas season.
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This winter festival kicks off the Christmas season. Every year, Port Jefferson Village hosts a a weekend-long event featuring actors dressed in 19th-century garb. Enjoy the holiday-decorated streets, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and more.

Rock out at Winterfest: Live on the Vine

This year, the musical festival gets even bigger,
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This year, the musical festival gets even bigger, with more than 60 acts performing at 30 venues on the end end from Feb. 19 to March 20. Here, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks take the stage at the Winterfest Live on the Vine kickoff party in Riverhead.

See the 'world's shortest parade'

The Am O' Gansett St. Patrick's Day Parade
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The Am O' Gansett St. Patrick's Day Parade is referred to as the "World's Shortest Parade," so-called because its route is a mere 528 feet. It still features a rogue mix of marchers, a pipe band, vintage fire trucks and lots of dressed-up kids and animals.

Ride a carousel in winter

Nunley's Carousel at the Cradle of Aviation in
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Nunley's Carousel at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City offers carousel rides year-round. The carousel dates to 1912, operating first in Brooklyn and then for decades at an amusement park in Baldwin.

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