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It's Long Island Marathon Weekend, with events kicking (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

It's Long Island Marathon Weekend, with events kicking off as early as Friday, culminating in Sunday's 10k, half-marathon and full 26.2-mile affair.

Best bets this weekend on Long Island

Looking for things to do this weekend on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs and festivals, parties and cultural events going on around Nassau and Suffolk this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We've got you covered: Be sure to check back every Monday afternoon for an early jump on planning your next weekend.

Book Sale

Why: Browse through hundreds of donated and discarded
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Why: Browse through hundreds of donated and discarded books. Proceeds benefit the library.

When: Fri. 5/1, 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 5/2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills Branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills

How much: Free

Ducks' home opener

Why: The Long Island Ducks take on the
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Why: The Long Island Ducks take on the Sugar Land Skeeters on Friday. The play continues Saturday with a postgame fireworks show. Then Sunday, fans can come early for an autograph session.

When: Fri. 5/1, 6:35; Sat. 5/2, 6:35 p.m.; Sun. 5/3, 1:35 p.m.

Where: Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip

How much: $12-$15

RXR Marathon Weekend

Why: It's Long Island Marathon Weekend, with events
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Why: It's Long Island Marathon Weekend, with events kicking off as early as Friday, culminating in Sunday's 10k, half-marathon and full 26.2-mile affair.

When: Fri. 5/1; Sat. 5/2; Sun. 5/3

Where: Athletic Complex, Uniondale

How much: $20-$85 per race

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LI Restaurant Week

Why: Enjoy a three-course meal for $27.95 at
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Why: Enjoy a three-course meal for $27.95 at participating Long Island restaurants. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit longislandrestaurantweek.com. Reservations suggested.

When: Sun. 4/26 through Sun. 5/3, might not be offered past 7 p.m. at some restaurants. See website for more details.

Where: Participating restaurants.

How much: $27.95

Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller

Why: Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and comedian Dennis
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Why: Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and comedian Dennis Miller will perform at NYCB Theatre at Wesbury with a flurry of political commentary and humor.

When: Sat. 5/2, 8 p.m.

Where: 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

How much: $53-$133

Garden of Eve

Why: Pick your own fresh tulips daily until
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Why: Pick your own fresh tulips daily until May 24. Special events and workshops will also take place on weekends.

When: Mon. 5/4-Thu. 5/7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead

How much: $4 entry, plus $1 per stem for U-pick

Tom Arnold

Why: Landmark on Main Street's "Landmark Laughs"
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Why: Landmark on Main Street's "Landmark Laughs" series brings actor Tom Arnold back to his roots as a stand-up comedian.

When: Sat. 5/2, 8 p.m.

Where: 232 Main St., Port Washington

How much: $52-$57

Test drive a kayak

Why: Test drive a kayak for no charge
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Why: Test drive a kayak for no charge in the Great South Bay. The weekend includes free demos, tryouts and basic instruction to help beginners.

When: Sat. 5/2; Sun. 5/3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 334 S. Bayview Ave., Amityville

How much: Free

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LI Geek Convention

Why: Graham McTavish will be appearing at the
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Why: Graham McTavish will be appearing at the Long Island Geek Convention. The convention features guest speakers, tabletop gaming, discussion panels and a costume pageant.

When: Sat. 5/2, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 5/3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Long Island MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma

How much: $30-$55

Spandau Ballet

Why: Spandau Ballet will perform live at the
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Why: Spandau Ballet will perform live at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

When: Sun. 5/3, 8 p.m.

Where: NYCB Theatre Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

How much: $49.50-$69.50

Cherry blossom fest

Why: Immerse yourself in demonstrations on origami, Taiko
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Why: Immerse yourself in demonstrations on origami, Taiko drumming and Japanese flower arranging during the cherry blossom festival.

When: Sun. 5/3, noon-5 p.m.

Where: Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook

How much: Free

LI Youth Orchestra concert

Why: More than 100 talented teenagers representing more
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Why: More than 100 talented teenagers representing more than 40 Long Island communities come together as the Long Island Youth Orchestra under the direction of music director and conductor Scott J. Dunn.

When: Sun. 5/3, 7 p.m.

Where: Tilles Center, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville

How much: $15

Patricia Shih

Why: Patricia Shih will perform live at the
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Why: Patricia Shih will perform live at the Cinema Arts Centre.

When: Sun. 5/3, 6 p.m.

Where: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington

How much: $20

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Ms. New York Senior America

Why: Jane Rubenstein the reigning Ms New York
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Why: Jane Rubenstein the reigning Ms New York Senior America will crown this year's winner at Hofstra Univeristy.

When: Sun. 5/3, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hempstead

How much: $25

Huntington Tulip Festival

Why: The Huntington Tulip Festival, now in its
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Why: The Huntington Tulip Festival, now in its 15th year, has more activities than ever, including theatrical performances by the circus-themed "The Gizmo Guys" (noon-12:45 p.m.) and bluegrass-folk singer Paul Helou (3-3:45 p.m.).

When: Sun. 5/3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Heckscher Park, 2 Prime Ave. at Route 25A, Huntington

How much: Free

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