Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island
Looking for things to do on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs and festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.
'Equestrian Life on Long Island's North Shore'(Credit: Oyster Bay Historical Society)
Tally ho! Join the Oyster Bay Historical Society at an opening reception for its latest exhibit, “Equestrian Life on Long Island’s North Shore.” The exhibit focuses on equine sports and recreational activities such as fox hunting, horse shows, racing and polo. You’ll find maps, mallets, saddles, photographs and fashions on display. WHEN | WHERE Reception 6-8 p.m. Friday. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, through April 10 at 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay INFO 516-922-5032, oysterbayhistorical.org ADMISSION Free Oyster Bay Historical Society
'Afternoon T. E. A.'(Credit: RKO Radio Pictures )
Face the music and watch them dance, dance, dance -- during "Afternoon T. E. A." (Theater, Entertainment and Arts) at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. The four-part series focuses on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -- it starts Wednesday with a screening of "Swing Time," the 1936 musical comedy starring the dancing duo, then continues Feb. 3 with another movie, "The Barkleys of Broadway." On Feb. 10, the series continues with a multimedia lecture, "Let's Face the Music and Dance" before wrapping Feb. 24 with a professional dancing demonstration and group lesson by the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Manhasset. WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 232 Main St., Port Washington INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org ADMISSION Free
The Story Structure of Motion Pictures(Credit: Stockxchng)
The Story Structure of Motion Pictures is an eight-week workshop at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington exploring the three-action motion picture structure from a writer's perspective. The workshop starts Jan. 16 (10 a.m.-noon), and runs through March 5. INFO Call 631-423-7611 to reserve. cinemaartscentre.org ADMISSION $195.
'God of Carnage'(Credit: Michael DeCristofaro)
It's never a good idea to get between two sets of parents discussing a dispute between their kids. But in the case of "God of Carnage," the play at John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, the results can be hilarious. Pictured are Chris Kipiniak, Alet Taylor and Mickey Solis. Performances are Thursday through Sunday through March 6, $59-$64, 631-261-2900, engemantheater.com.
Book signing(Credit: Crown Publishing)
Long Island native and "Howard Stern Show" regular Jon Hein is an expert on fast food. He speaks and signs copies of his book, "Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food" that includes drive-thru strategies, secret menu items and a host of nostalgia surrounding classic slogans. WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington INFO 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com ADMISSION Free
Black History Month art exhibit(Credit: Maxine Townsend-Broderick)
Take a break from shopping at Roosevelt Field Mall and head to the Bloomingdale's Furniture Gallery and browse the Black History Month exhibit that features the work of 13 local African American artists. Pictured is "Queen Moremi," stained glass art by Maxine Townsend-Broderick. The furniture gallery is on the north side of the mall, separate from the main Bloomingdale's store. The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 29. 516-620-6400, bloomingdales.com.
The Beach Boys(Credit: Udo Spreitzenbarth)
Let a wave of summer songs take over as you pick up some good vibrations from The Beach Boys, captained by Mike Love for a show Friday at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. You might hear new songs from their latest release, "Sounds of Summer" and the companion album, "The Warmth of the Sun," plus renditions of their classics. WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. INFO 516-247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com ADMISSION $49.50-$99.50
'Sinatra Love Songs - A Big Band Valentine'(Credit: William P. Gottlieb Collection)
Dancing to Frank Sinatra love songs is a classy way to celebrate Valentine's Day Weekend. The New Millennium Big Band performs the crooner's most notable love songs 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. The bar and restaurant open at 6:30 p.m., music and dancing begin at 8. $35-$39. 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com
Chippendales 'Break The Rules Tour 2016'(Credit: Dreamstime)
The all-male dance troupe makes an unusual stop for a staged show at The Paramount in Huntington, where they'll put on a choreographed production for the crowd. WHEN|WHERE 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 370 New York Ave. INFO 631-673-7300, theparamountny.com ADMISSION $25-$75
'A Moon for the Misbegotten'(Credit: Mark Garvin)
A single performance of "A Moon for the Misbegotten," Eugene O'Neill's last play, will be presented by Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre at Stony Brook University's Staller Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The play draws from Eugene O'Neill's own life story. Pictured are Anthony Lawton and Angela Smith. ADMISSION Tickets are $36, 631-632-2787 INFO stallercenter.com.
Cookie decorating workshop(Credit: Dreamstime)
Kids can learn how to decorate cookies from professional bakers at Guild Hall in East Hampton, just in time for Valentine's Day. A family cookie decorating workshop for ages 3-12 teaches first-time bakers the basics. All materials provided, 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Registration required. ADMISSION $8 INFO 631-324-0806, guildhall.org
Valentine's Day date night(Credit: Long Island Aquarium)
Among the many Valentine's Day date night options: a chocolate-everything five-course dinner for two, paired with wines. You'll find chocolate-dusted nuts in the salad, white chocolate dipping sauce on shrimp and chocolate demi glacé on crispy pork belly along with chocolate beurre blanc on a lobster filled filet mignon. And of course -- a chocolate trio is the highlighted dessert. WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. Reservations required. INFO 631-208-9200, ext. 426, longislandaquarium.com ADMISSION $190 a couple
Chili tasting and judging(Credit: Fotolia)
You never know what kind of chili you'll find -- vegetarian, traditional, hot and spicy. Local cooks (more than 20) present their finest for you to taste and judge 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Huntington Elks Lodge. ADMISSION $20 INFO 516-983-5109, troop106huntington.com
Seed swap(Credit: Stephanie "Steph" Gaylor)
It's never too early to think spring. Join like minds for a seed swap that will get you cultivating new and heirloom plants and vegetables in your own garden. The swap includes talks on how to save seeds. Beginners are welcome to participate even if they don't have seeds to share. WHEN|WHERE 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus, Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead INFO 631-664-1945, lirsc.org
Fire Island Lighthouse Valentine's Day(Credit: Patti Stanton)
Here's an unusual, yet highly romantic, way to celebrate Valentine's Day weekend. Consider climbing the Fire Island Lighthouse to view the sunset and enjoy floral and chocolate gifts. Reservations are being accepted for the Saturday, Feb. 13 climb. The two-hour event starts promptly at 4 p.m. Meet at the Keepers Quarters. ADMISSION $50 per couple. INFO Call 631-661-4876 to make reservations.
Valentine's cabaret(Credit: Sands Point Preserve)
Enjoy Broadway entertainment at the Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 13 when stars from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" present a special Valentine's cabaret evening. Composer Steve Lutvak and stars Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O'Hare and Catherine Walker perform the engaging songs in the ballroom of the history-rich and grand Hempstead House. Cocktails and dinner at 7 p.m. are followed by the performance and then dessert. $125. $250 VIP tickets. 516-304-5076, thesandspointpreserve.com.
Chinese New Year(Credit: Long Island Chinese American Ass)
The cultural celebration celebrates the Lunar New Year of the Monkey with a two-day homage to the holiday at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. You'll find a traditional lion dance, Chinese opera stunt performances, a fan dance and Chinese music. For kids, a hand puppet show, paper cutting demonstration and crafts including fan painting. Other highlights: an exhibit of Kumquat trees and peonies along with a jade collection that features rare pieces from the 18th century. WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay (inclement weather dates Feb. 20-21) INFO 516-922-8678, plantingfields.org ADMISSION $10 (free younger than 12)
Sparkling wine and cupcake pairing(Credit: Sparking Pointe)
Get ready for some fizz -- three sparkling wines will be paired with three miniature cupcakes 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at Sparkling Point Vineyards and Winery in Southold. The weekend event features tastings of the vineyard's NV Topaz Imperial and the NV Cuvee Carnaval Rouge, usually exclusive to wine club members only. ADMISSION $20 INFO 631-765-0200, sparklingpointe.com
Winter bird stroll(Credit: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society / Sally Newbert)
Help contribute to a worldwide citizen effort to document the location of winter birds on a specific day. Meet a park ranger for a stroll at two locations: the Fire Island Lighthouse or the Fire Island Wilderness Center. You'll want to bring binoculars for the best chance at spotting song birds, shore birds and waterfowl. You'll keep a record and then go online to register your finds. WHEN|WHERE 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, from the Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses State Park or the Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center, end of William Floyd Parkway. INFO 631-687-4780 (631-281-3010 weekends), nps.gov/fiis ADMISSION Free
President's Day re-enactment(Credit: AP/ Alexander Gardner)
The Valley Stream Historical Society celebrates President's Day with an homage to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln that involves costumed re-enactors, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration. ADMISSION Free PHONE 516-825-7157
Museum tour for kids(Credit: sofo.org)
Kids ages 9-12 can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center in Bridgehampton at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 (the program repeats for younger children Feb. 20). Kids can watch the turtles, fish, salamanders, frogs and toads get fed and then learn the differences between carnivores, omnivores and herbivores and more gems about the facility's residents. Pictured is a diamond-backed terrapin turtle. Call 631-537-9735 to register. $10 ($7.50 ages 9-12) includes museum admission, sofo.org
'Pretty in Pink' 30th anniversary(Credit: Paramount Pictures)
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1986 film, "Pretty in Pink," starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The teen flick, about a girl from the wrong side of town and the wealthy heartthrob who asks her to the prom, plays on the big screen along with a behind-the-scenes look at an alternate ending that would have changed everything. WHEN|WHERE 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale; Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook INFO 800-315-4000, fathomevents.com ADMISSION $13.50-$15