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.
Irish American Night(Credit: Rosemarie Byrne)
Irish American Night, beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater at Eisenhower Park (fields 6 and 6a) will be jam-packed with all things Irish. Look for the Inis Fada Gaelic Pipe Band, the Irish and American national anthems sung by Teresa Cunningham, the CCE Mulligan Quinn Ceili Band featuring Sean Quinn and the New York Showband and Tommy Flynn. 45 Irish step dancers will also be nimbly performing. Price: Free. More info: 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
FOLD Festival(Credit: TNS / Los Angeles Times / Jay L. Clendenin)
It's big -- and certainly unexpected. Pharell Williams, Keith Urban, Beck, Chaka Khan and Duran Duran are the headliners at this two-day music event on the North Fork. Produced by Nile Rodgers, the event promises to turn Martha Clara Vineyards ( 660 Herricks Lane, Riverhead) into its own slice of Bonnaroo (sorry, no camping). The show runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 5. Price: $137. More info: foldfestival.com.
Billy Joel's Nassau Coliseum finale(Credit: AP / Robert Altman)
It's an epic -- and fitting -- farewell for the Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale). The Piano Man gives the last concert at the iconic venue on Tuesday, Aug. 4 before it shuts down for an extensive overhaul. Tickets for the show sold out in five minutes in May. This is to be Joel's 32nd headlining appearance at the arena, with the previous one in 2002. Given the venue's deep history as a sports-and-entertainment complex the past 42 years, fans should expect a big, rollicking affair. Show begins at 8 p.m. Price: $49.50-$119.50. More info: 516-794-9300, nassaucoliseum.com.
'Miss and the Doctors' screening(Credit: Les Films Pelleas)
In this dramatic comedy, "Miss and the Doctors," a pair of bachelor physicians devoted to only their medical practice, suddenly and simultaneously fall for the single mother of a young patient. This French film with English subtitles screens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Price: $12. More info: 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org.
'Grey Gardens' The Musical(Credit: Barry Gordin)
Betty Buckley and Rachel York portray Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric, reclusive relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The play, based on a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles, is making its premiere at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. It captures the relationship between the once-socially prominent mother and daughter who were living in a deteriorating estate home in East Hampton. Show begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Price: $62.55-$85. More info: 631-725-9500, baystreet.org.
'Grease' outdoor screening(Credit: PARAMOUNT PICTURES)
Don't let summer pass without the family enjoying an outdoor screening of the movie "Grease." Head to the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and bring your own seating to enjoy this 1978 musical on a big screen. Rain date is Friday, Aug. 7. Price: Free. More info: 516-677-5990, oysterbaytown.com.
The Hamptons Trunk Show(Credit: Ariel Ramerez)
The Hamptons Trunk Show is a fount of designer clothing, jewelry, accessories and home decor. Head to the Bridgehampton Historical Society from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, and browse the tented outdoor space while enjoying refreshments and relaxing music. Rain or shine. Price: $50. More info: 212-836-1289, ujafedny.org.
Sayville Summerfest(Credit: Amy Onorato)
Sayville Summerfest is one of the bigger street fairs on Long Island. There's a full carnival, multiple stages of live entertainment, an art exhibit, craft and retail vendors, a 100-plus car show, an international food fair -- and a new beer and wine tasting tent. It runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7; and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9. Price: Free. More info: 631-567-5257, greatersayvillechamber.com.
Square dancing at Wildwood State Park(Credit: Newsday / Johnny Milano)
Friday, Aug. 7 is the last night of square dancing for this year at Wildwood State Park in Wading River. As always, the family friendly event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., requires no experience and is free. Bring your own seating. Free parking. More info: 631-321-3510, nysparks.com.
Shorts on the Beach(Credit: Let Media / Sarah Menzies)
Watch the Long Beach International Film Festival's screenings of more than a dozen of the world's best short films right on the sand on Friday, Aug. 7 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. Entrance at National Boulevard in Long Beach. Price: Free (must have ticket, which is available online). More info: longbeachfilm.com.
A musical portrait of James D'Aquisto guitars(Credit: The Heckscher Museum of Art)
Five Towns College professor and muscian Peter Rogine discusses the life of renowned Long Island guitar maker James D'Aquisto at The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.
The Village Music Makers(Credit: iStock)
The Village Music Makers will make big band music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at Floral Park's Memorial Park (Plainfield and Tulip avenues). The 18-piece band performs engaging renditions of American standards and big-band hits. Bring your own seating, dancing welcomed. In case of rain, head to the recreation center (124 Stewart St.). More info: 516-326-6300.
North Fork Craft Beer Festival(Credit: iStock)
The local craft beer movement gets its day at the North Fork Craft Beer Festival, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Calverton Links. Guests can sample their choices of 100 seasonal and year-round flagship beers. Admission is restricted to 21 and older. Price: $50 More info: 631-940-7290, northforkcraftbeerfestival.com.
David Cassidy in concert(Credit: David Cassidy)
The 1970s superstar heartthrob and former cast member of "The Partridge Family" plays a free show as part of the Town of Oyster Bay's Music Under the Stars series. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and be ready to sing along. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at John J. Burns Park (4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa). Price: Free. More info: 516-797-7900.
Antique motorcycle show(Credit: Big Sandbar Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America)
See vintage bikes dating back to the early 1900s in a special show in Riverhead. Entries are judged in two classes -- rides from 1900-42 and 1943-80 during this event, presented by the Riverhead Free Library and the Big Sandbar Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 330 Court St. Price: Free. More info: 631-727-3228; riverheadlibrary.org.
Air Supply(Credit: Denise Truscello)
Calling all 50-something soft rock fans! Air Supply, the Australian duo that had eight top 10 hits in the early 1980s, performs live at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Price: $49.50 More info: 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
One-man 'Star Wars' show(Credit: Charles Ross)
Performer and writer Charles Ross recreates all the characters, music, effects and scenes from the original trilogy based in a galaxy far, far away. Ross even fights both sides of the battles during this fast-paced, 75-minute solo performance that would make Han Solo proud. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton). Price: $22-$45. More info: 631-324-4050.
Long Island Potato Festival(Credit: Water Mill Museum)
Enjoy family friendly games and activities revolving around the versatile tuber, including mashed-potato sculpture contests, potato sack races and a best potato salad competition at the second annual Long Island Potato Festival. There's also live music, food trucks and spud-cooking seminars. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9 at Calverton Links (149 Edwards Ave., Calverton). Price: $25 ($20 advance); free 12 and younger. Register online for complimentary tickets. More info: 631-940-7290; lipotatofest.com.
Pakistani American Night(Credit: Azim Ahmad)
Top talent from Pakistan, some here for the first time, perform at Pakistani American Night at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater at Eisenhower Park. In the lineup: Raga Boyz, Rahim Shah and Farah Anwal. Bring seating and park in Fields 6 and 6a. Price: Free. More info: 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
Belmont Classic Car Show and Swap Meet(Credit: Morgue File)
The chrome will be polished and the paint lustrous on the 400-plus cars at the Belmont Classic Car Show and Swap Meet at Belmont Park Race Track from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Look for classics, street rods, muscle cars, antiques, imports and more, as well as at least 100 auto-related vendors. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 16. Price: $9 (free for those younger than 12), $2 parking. More info: 631-567-5898, longislandcars.com.
India Day Parade(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Celebrate the 68th anniversary of India's Independence with a parade in Hicksville. Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra is the grand marshal. Post-parade festivities feature traditional singing, dancing and food. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, followed by the festival from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The parade runs north along Broadway between Ludy and East Barclay streets. Price: Free. More info: 516-586-8024.
Sail the Great South Bay(Credit: Newsday / Kevin P. Coughlin)
Take a two-hour sail aboard the 1880 oyster sloop Priscilla on the Great South Bay. Sails take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from the Snapper Inn Restaurant in Oakdale, where you get a $15 food voucher (except on Tuesdays). Price: $45-$60 ($30-$45 12 and younger). More info: 631-854-4974, limaritime.org.
Tour the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
The curtain has been raised on the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse, and the public is welcome to tour the Bridgehampton home and fine work from 28 top interior designers and decorative artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Sept. 7. No children younger than 6, pets or strollers. Price: Tickets are $35 and available at the show house (233 Old Sag Harbor Rd., Bridgehampton) or at hamptondesignershowhouse.com.