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.

Watch an LI Ducks game

The Long Island Ducks will try to throw
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The Long Island Ducks will try to throw a net over the Sugar Land Skeeters on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-June 1, at Bethpage Ball Park in Central Islip. Games start at 6:35 p.m. ADMISSION $12-$15 INFO 631-940-3825, liducks.com

Eat up at strawberry festival

You'll find hundreds of red, ripe summer strawberries,
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You'll find hundreds of red, ripe summer strawberries, straight up or prepared just the way you like them -- shortcake, chocolate dipped, in cream and as the base of a daiquiri at the Nassau County Strawberry Festival . Hosted by the Lions and Kiwanis clubs of the Bellmores, the annual fair also features rides, and on the weekend -- live entertainment and a craft show. WHEN | WHERE 6-10 p.m. Thursday, June 1; 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 2; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 3; noon-6 p.m. next Sunday, June 4; rain or shine, Nassau BOCES, 2351 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore INFO nassaucountystrawberryfest.com ADMISSION Free Thursday, June 1; $2 donation Friday-Sunday, June 2-4

Go Greek at cultural fest

All things Greek -- beer, wine, homemade food,
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All things Greek -- beer, wine, homemade food, pastries, live music and dancing -- will be celebrated at the Greek Cultural Festival this weekend at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon. Additional activities include church tours, a mega raffle, and arts and crafts vendors. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 3; and noon-10 p.m. Sunday, June 4. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-587-1150, stnicholasbabylon.com

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Browse an orchid show

The Long Island Orchid Society hosts a weekend-long
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The Long Island Orchid Society hosts a weekend-long show with the spotlight on species and the latest hybrid orchids from around the world. Orchid lectures on basic growing gets you started, or you can sit in on an orchid painting demonstration (10 a.m. next Sunday) with a raffle chance to win the painting. Of course, you'll find thousands of colorful orchids on display and for sale. WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, June 2, through next Sunday, June 4, Planting Fields Arboretum, Conference Center, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay INFO 516-780-5107, longislandorchidsociety.org ADMISSION $8 parking

Go to the Boater's Maritime Festival

The Port Jefferson Boater's Maritime Festival is a
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The Port Jefferson Boater's Maritime Festival is a two-day combination boat show (50 or more on display) and maritime fun-and-games festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. Activities include fishing vendors, sailing demonstrations, live music, treasure hunts, art and photo exhibits, demos of kayaks and paddleboards, plus a food court. A clam-eating contest will be held 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Harborfront Park. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-473-4724, portjeff.com

See The Weeknd in concert

Look what he's got -- continuing on his
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Look what he's got -- continuing on his first world tour, Grammy Award-winner The Weeknd brings "Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017" tour to the NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale INFO 800-745-3000, nycblive.com ADMISSION From $67.50, $30 parking ($20 advance)

Have fun at a country fair

If you're a pushover for Norman Rockwell settings,
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If you're a pushover for Norman Rockwell settings, consider attending the Setauket Country Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, where guests can expect children's games, craft vendors, pony rides, a barbecue lunch, bake sale, raffles, barn sale, live music and more. This year the fair is co-hosted by the Setauket Presbyterian and Caroline Episcopal churches and is held at 1 Dyke Rd. in Setauket. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-941-4245, carolinechurch.org

Browse an arts and crafts fair

Two popular North Fork organizations -- the Old
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Two popular North Fork organizations -- the Old Town Arts Guild and the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society -- have combined their respective talents and will co-sponsor an antiques, fine art and crafts fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3 (rain date June 4), on the grounds of the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society. Browse the wares of 40 vendors selling antiques, fine art, crafts, photography, jewelry, food and more, plus live music. ADMISSION $2 INFO 631-734-6382, oldtownartsguild.org

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Go to a Greek festival

All the Greek specialties will be available during
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All the Greek specialties will be available during this annual festival-- Greek salad, gyros, souvlakia and more, along with pastries and a wine and cheese and beer tent. Try your luck on a raffle ticket, where you might win a car or a trip. You'll also find carnival rides and games along with bouzouki music and traditional dancing, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 1-9 p.m. Sunday, June 4, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul, Hempstead; also 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 2. ADMISSION Free PHONE 516-483-5700 WEB stpaulhempstead.org 

See a Temptations revue

Motown soul and R&B devotees may want to
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Motown soul and R&B devotees may want to catch The Temptations Revue featuring Nate Evans at Riverhead's Suffolk Theater, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Look forward to hits like "My Girl," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Just My Imagination" from the wildly successful Motown group. Doors, restaurant and bar open at 6:30 p.m., performance starts at 8 p.m. ADMISSION $49-$55 INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com

See a ‘Young Frankenstein’ screening

"Young Frankenstein," the musical adaptation based on Mel

"Young Frankenstein," the musical adaptation based on Mel Brooks' legendary film, might inspire you to do the monster mash. The BroadHollow Theatre Company are responsible with the American grandson of the famed scientist, Dr. Frankenstein, returning to Transylvania and has everyone thinking it's alive. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2:30 p.m. next Sunday, June 4, continues through June 18 INFO 631-581-2700, broadhollow.org ADMISSION $29 ($24 advance), $15 ages 12 and younger

Kick off concert season at Jones Beach theater

The summer concert season at Northwell Health at
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The summer concert season at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater kicks off Saturday with 103.5 KTUphoria 2017 featuring Miley Cyrus, the Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo. Next Sunday, June 4, see Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver. Summer continues with headliners ranging from James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt (July 7), Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper (July 18) and Brad Paisley with Dustin Lynch and Chase Bryant (Aug. 3). WHEN | WHERE Saturday, June 3, through Sept. 16 INFO 516-221-1000, livenation.com

See reptiles up close

The Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day at Cold
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The Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium features members of the Long Island Herpetological Society bringing exotic reptiles and amphibians so viewers can get up close and personal, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3. ADMISSION $6 ($4 ages 3-12) PHONE 516-692-6768 WEB cshfishhatchery.org

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Celebrate Walt Whitman's birthday

In honor of Walt Whitman's 198th birthday, his
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In honor of Walt Whitman's 198th birthday, his historic birthplace hosts a weekend that includes a master poetry class ($60) and a poetry reading ($15) on Saturday. A young poets awards ceremony, with the "Grand Champions" reading from their works, takes place noon-2 p.m. next Sunday, along with a Whitman interpreter and 19th century music. WHEN | WHERE Saturday, June 3, and next Sunday, June 4, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station INFO 631-427-5240, waltwhitman.org ADMISSION Free

Tour historic Southampton homes

Go behind the hedges of private homes in
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Go behind the hedges of private homes in Southampton, where a self-guided tour of oceanfront and centrally located dwellings awaits on Saturday. A Champagne reception is at 4:30 p.m. at Rogers Mansion on Meeting House Lane. WHEN | WHERE 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, tickets can be picked up as early as 10 a.m. at the Halsey Homestead, 249 South Main St., Southampton INFO 631-283-2494, southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org ADMISSION $110 ($95 advance)

See Mavis Staples in concert

Mavis Staples is considered by many to be
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Mavis Staples is considered by many to be a master of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock and hip-hop. The civil rights activist, who received a marriage proposal from Bob Dylan, will bring her talent to Port Washington's Landmark on Main Street for a single performance, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 4. ADMISSION $59-$79 INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org

Go to Harborfest Dock Day

Head to Port Jefferson's waterfront to celebrate nautical
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Head to Port Jefferson's waterfront to celebrate nautical heritage during Harborfest Dock Day, with festivities that includes a 90-vendor craft fair, live music and art exhibit besides fireboat demonstrations, a model boat regatta on Baxter's Pond and nautical exhibit at the Tugboat Museum. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 4, rain or shine, Town Dock and lower Main Street, Port Washington INFO 516-883-6566, pwcoc.org ADMISSION Free

Learn all about peonies

Take a private tour of Sagtikos Manor's walled

Take a private tour of Sagtikos Manor's walled garden, where you'll focus on the art and history of the peony. Sign up for the 1 p.m. Peony Path walk scheduled for Sunday, June 4 -- the 10:30 a.m. is sold out -- registration is required. Music, a plant sale and light refreshments conclude the event. ADMISSION $12 ($10 advance) PHONE 631-854-0939 WEB sagtikosmanor.org

Celebrate Gottschee culture at festival

At Gottscheer Volksfest, it's all about Gottschee culture
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At Gottscheer Volksfest, it's all about Gottschee culture -- the Germanic region is the highlight of an outdoor festival with live German-American music including polka, waltz and more; dancing is encouraged. What about the food? It's also traditional, with bratwurst, roast beef, potato salad and plenty of beer. WHEN | WHERE 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, June 4; rain or shine, Plattduetsche Park, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square INFO 718-366-3030, gottscheenewyork.org ADMISSION $10 (free younger than 12)

Race on the horse track at Belmont 5K

Check out this course -- the starting line
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Check out this course -- the starting line is the clubhouse parking lot, then you'll enter the grounds of Belmont Park in Elmont past the horse stables and wind your way around to enter the dirt track for the last quarter mile across the finish line. Registration for the Belmont Stakes 5K run starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4; race is off at 7:15 p.m. ADMISSION $30 ($25 advance) PHONE 516-349-7646 WEB glirc.org

Drive in at antique car show

Car hobbyists are invited to drive right up
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Car hobbyists are invited to drive right up to the historic grounds of Old Westbury Gardens and do some "showing off" at a judged car show. The Greater New York Region Antique Automobile Club of America hosts the outdoor show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, with hundreds of antique and collectible cars gracing the grounds and up for awards. ADMISSION $12 ($7 ages 7-17); show cars are $20 ($15 preregistration) PHONE 516-488-1880 WEB oldwestburygardens.org

Learn where famous writers drank in NYC

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"Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink" is the centerpiece of an evening at Karver's Grille in Holbrook, 8 p.m. Monday, June 5. Author Delia Cabe shares highlights from her book that features influential bars of New York City and the writerly clientele who frequented them. Reservations appreciated (by phone or website). ADMISSION Free INFO 631-588-5024, sachemlibrary.org  

See a food exhibit at the Long Island Museum

While you're visiting the

While you're visiting the "Edible Eden: The Art of Long Island's Forests, Fields and Water" exhibit at the Long Island Museum -- feel free to take in a free discussion with an expert from the Smithsonian Institution. The "Food and American Culture" lecture confirms how food was a way of connecting people by trading, harvesting and growing it -- audience participation is encouraged. Pictured is Harry Roseland's "Pea Pickers, Long Island," an 1888 oil on canvas that is part of the exhibit. The "Edible" exhibit runs through July 30. WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. next Sunday, April 23, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org ADMISSION Free with museum admission: $10, $5 ages 6-17, free younger than 6

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