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.

Dig in to a sand castle contest

For families interested in sun, fun and creativity,
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For families interested in sun, fun and creativity, there's a sand castle contest held Thursdays through Aug. 31 at Montauk's Hither Hills State Park. Sculptors can use sand, water and any other natural materials native to the beach. Register at 9:30 a.m., then dig in! Prizes awarded in several categories. ADMISSION Free to campers, $10 non-campers INFO 631-668-2554, nysparks.com

Boogie at Mid-Summer Night Dances

Couples, singles and groups are invited to dance
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Couples, singles and groups are invited to dance outdoors at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport. You'll get a dance lesson before music that beckons all to try their moves. Opening night features instructor Alfred Pena leading the bachata. WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. most Thursdays, June 29 through Aug. 31, 181 Little Neck Rd., Centerport INFO vanderbiltmuseum.org ADMISSION $30 ($22 advance)

See John Mayer in concert

John Mayer has been a busy rocker --
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John Mayer has been a busy rocker -- he makes a stop at the beach on his "The Search for Everything" tour, promoting his recent album of the same name. Keep an eye out -- previous years at the amphitheater have found Mayer doling out ice cream at a food truck and pulling audience members onstage to be part of the show. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh INFO 516-221-1000, livenation.com ADMISSION Tickets from $36

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Greek out at a Greek festival

The food is authentic, and while you're feasting
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The food is authentic, and while you're feasting on Greek specialties -- gyro, souvlakia, moussaka and pastries, including baklava -- the sound of live bouzouki music and Greek dancers on the weekend will have you dreaming of the Greek Isles. You'll also find a fireworks show on Friday and Saturday night, rides and games throughout, and don't forget to try your luck on a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of five cars among many other prizes. WHEN | WHERE 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24; 5-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25; 1-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; 1-10 p.m. next Sunday, Aug. 27, 430 Sheep Pasture Rd., Port Jefferson INFO 631-473-0829, portjeffgreekfest.com ADMISSION $2 (free younger than 12)

Hear a talk on bald eagles on LI

Wildlife conservationist William Konstant talks about the state
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Wildlife conservationist William Konstant talks about the state of bald eagles on Long Island at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at Riverhead's Suffolk County Historical Society's Book & Bottle reception. Call to reserve a spot. ADMISSION $5 INFO 631-727-2881 ext. 100, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org

Crack some claws at a crab festival

Get crackin' and head over to the waterfront
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Get crackin' and head over to the waterfront for some fresh crab cuisine at the Blue Claw Crab Festival . In the spotlight are blue claws -- steamed and also in crabcake form. Still want more seafood? You'll also find clams on the half shell and shrimp. A show mobile provides entertainment, vendors display arts and crafts, and children's activities round things out. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, Marina 1, 96 E. Riviera Dr., Mastic Beach; free shuttle and parking available at 31 Neighborhood Rd., Mastic Beach INFO 631-399-6111, masticbeachpropertyownersassociation.org ADMISSION Free

Rock out with Aerosmith tribute band Pump

The Aerosmith tribute band Pump performs a free
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The Aerosmith tribute band Pump performs a free show at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Long Island rocker and restaurateur Tom Schaudel kicks off the evening with a performance. Bring your own seating. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-785-1600, jonesbeachbandshell.com

Go to a nature program in Greenport

John Holzapfel's ongoing nature program at Greenport's Peconic
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John Holzapfel's ongoing nature program at Greenport's Peconic Landing Community Center is described as "a little science, a lot of pictures and a timely discussion" of nature's activities (think birds, bees, flowers and trees) on the North Fork. His next lecture is 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Reservations are not required for this indoor event. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-473-3800, peconiclanding.com

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See Darlene Love in concert

In addition to her own hits like
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In addition to her own hits like "He's a Rebel," Darlene Love also sang backup for artists such as Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin. See her perform live 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at Riverhead's Suffolk Theater. ADMISSION $49-$65 INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com

Rock on at the Elvis Tribute Artists Spectacular

Elvis Tribute Artists Spectacular features a lineup of
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Elvis Tribute Artists Spectacular features a lineup of performers saluting "The King" on the 40th anniversary of his passing. Acts include Shawn Klush (BBC's "The World's Greatest Elvis"), Cody Ray Slaughter (pictured), Elvis' backup singers the Sweet Inspirations and Long Island's own Steve Mitchell, performing songs from the rockabilly years to the Las Vegas concert era. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury INFO 800-745-3000, livenation.com ADMISSION $19.77-$65

See stage show 'Celebrity Autobiography'

See celebrities act out other famous folks'
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See celebrities act out other famous folks' "shocking" memoirs during staged readings at "Celebrity Autobiography." This year's lineup includes Susan Lucci (pictured), Christie Brinkley and Brooke Shields. WHEN | WHERE 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton INFO 631-324-4050, guildhall.org ADMISSION $40-$75 
 

Eat and play at the Mother Cabrini Italian Feast

The Mother Cabrini Italian Feast is the event
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The Mother Cabrini Italian Feast is the event that has the famous quarter-mile food court. But you'll also find a multitude of rides, live entertainment and fireworks some nights. Don't miss the annual zeppoli-eating contest Sept. 2. WHEN | WHERE 6-11 Friday, Aug. 25; 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; 4-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27; continues Wednesday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 4, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood INFO 516-455-3179, mothercabrinifeast.org ADMISSION Free

Get your Scottish on at Highland Games

The grounds at the Gold Coast estate are
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The grounds at the Gold Coast estate are transformed into a Scottish countryside as the Long Island Scottish Clan Macduff gathers at Old Westbury Gardens for the Scottish Festival and Highland Games. The sounds of bagpipe bands will beckon along with step dancing in a show of tartan. You'll also find Celtic vendors and Scottish food including fish and chips, haggis and meat pies. For the games -- plenty of brawny competition in caber tossing, putting the stone and, of course, tossing the sheaf. WHEN | WHERE 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Rain or shine. INFO 516-333-0048, liscots.org ADMISSION $20 ($8 ages 7-17)
 

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See Beatles tribute band The Liverpool Shuffle

It's classic rock-and-roll tribute night at the Jones

It's classic rock-and-roll tribute night at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, when The Liverpool Shuffle plays Beatles songs and Streetfighter does its finest Rolling Stones imitation. Bring your own seating. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-785-1600, jonesbeachbandshell.com

See doping documentary 'Icarus'

Catch the last film of the Hamptons International
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Catch the last film of the Hamptons International Film Festival when the documentary-thriller "Icarus" screens 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton. The film documents the accidental uncovering of the Russian doping scandal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. ADMISSION $25 INFO 631-324-0806, hamptonsfilmfest.org

Hit the water at family fishing day

The family-friendly Saturday nature program at Mount Sinai's
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The family-friendly Saturday nature program at Mount Sinai's Cedar Beach wraps up for the summer at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Groups will be set up with seining nets to haul up fish, hermit crabs, pipe fish and more. Wear water shoes and be prepare to get wet. This program is intended for Brookhaven Town residents. Call or email to register. ADMISSION Free ($5 parking) INFO 631-451-6639, brookhavenny.gov, npocchiare@brookhavenny.gov

See a Lumiere Ballet Company outdoor performance

Tanner Park hosts two nights of al fresco
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Tanner Park hosts two nights of al fresco ballet. Performances include the classical "Les Sylphides" along with two contemporary pieces -- "Holy Cow!" and "8:20." The dancers are Long Island ballet students from summer intensive and year-round ballet programs at the Lumiere Ballet Company. WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27, Tanner Park, Copiague INFO 631-586-2921, lumiereballet.com ADMISSION Free

Scoot over to the Riverhead Railroad Festival

For
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For "Dashing Dans" and train hobbyists alike, the Riverhead Railroad Festival comes right on time. The traditional end-of-summer event focuses on railroading history on Long Island with a lineup of vintage railcars and locomotives. Look for Diesel 1556, Engine 39 and Engine 399, all being restored, along with toy train layouts, railroad-related vendors and the LIRR Pavilion World's Fair Train, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27, Griffing Avenue, Riverhead. At 11:20 both days, ride the LIRR "Scoot" to the Railroad Museum in Greenport, then return to Rivherhead by 2 p.m. -- fee for tickets sold on the train. ADMISSION $10 ($5 ages 5-12) PHONE 631-727-7920 WEB rmli.org

Freak out at a horror movie marathon

Do you dare to leave? Once the screenings
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Do you dare to leave? Once the screenings start, you're expected to stay till morning. The Retro Picture Show's pay-to-get-out marathon brings a 12-hour lineup of horror films including "Pet Sematary," "Child's Play 2" and "Prince of Darkness," along with giveaways and raffles. Survive the night and get $10 and free breakfast after the final feature. WHEN | WHERE 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington INFO 631-423-7610, cinemaartscentre.org ADMISSION $45 ($40 online)

Browse an antiques fair in Aquebogue

More than 50 dealers gather for the
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More than 50 dealers gather for the "Antiques in the Churchyard" outdoor sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Hunt for 19th and 20th century furniture, along with silver and ephemera, Depression glass, costume and estate jewelry, and more at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue. Rain date Sept. 2. ADMISSION $8 (free younger than 12) PHONE 516-868-2751 WEB pekaleshows.com

Eat up at the Sumaq Peruvian Food Festival

Peruvian chefs serve up barbecued meats, seafood, tamales,
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Peruvian chefs serve up barbecued meats, seafood, tamales, desserts and more at the Sumaq Peruvian Food Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. You'll also find folk dancing, music and children's events. Reserve your place for a 2:30-4:30 p.m. cooking demonstration. ADMISSION $15, $7 ages 2-12 also includes admission to the museum PHONE 516-665-4541 WEB sumaqpff.com

Chow down at LI Maritime Museum's seafood fest

The Long Island Maritime Museum features oysters, lobsters
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The Long Island Maritime Museum features oysters, lobsters and clams for sale, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27, in West Sayville. Its annual festival also includes a craft market and live music from more than 10 bands. ADMISSION $10 (free ages 12 and younger) PHONE 631-447-8679 WEB limaritime.org

See Sal Valentinetti in concert

Sal Valentinetti --  the classic crooner and
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Sal Valentinetti --  the classic crooner and "America's Got Talent" finalist -- sings it his way as he delivers a nostalgic spin back to the musical style of the "Rat Pack" days when Sinatra ruled the roost, 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. ADMISSION $71-$101 PHONE 631-288-1500 WEB whbpac.org

Attend Olde Time Music Weekend

Turn back the calendar 150 years with a
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Turn back the calendar 150 years with a trip to Old Bethpage Village Restoration for its Olde Time Music Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy banjo playing, brass bands, fiddlers, contra dancing and more. ADMISSION $12 ($10 ages 5-11 and older than 60) INFO 516-572-8400, obvrnassau.com

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