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.

See ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ on stage

The Peanuts gang is coming to town with
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The Peanuts gang is coming to town with "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." The characters, created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and loved by many, star in a musical production that's a day in the life of Charlie Brown. WHEN | WHERE 11. a.m. Tuesday, July 25, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury INFO 516-247-5200, venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com ADMISSION $19.50

Work out at the Marcum LI Workplace Challenge

More than 12,000 people will take on the
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More than 12,000 people will take on the 3.5 mile run or walk at Jones Beach State Park, participating on teams formed by local companies and businesses at the Marcum Long Island Workplace Challenge . Sal Valentinetti kicks things off by singing the national anthem, the "largest" office picnic gatherings happen under the tents after the race in Field 5. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25; rain or shine, Field 5, Wantagh. Nonperishable food items will be collected. INFO 516-349-7649, marcumworkplacechallenge.com ADMISSION $35

Chow down at the Feast of St. Rocco

Of course, you should come hungry. Glen Cove's
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Of course, you should come hungry. Glen Cove's annual Feast of St. Rocco  features serious Italian food made by St. Rocco's "nonnas." The menu reads like a first-rate Italian eatery with parmigiana everything along with specialty items homemade from guarded family recipes. WHEN | WHERE 6-11 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, through Friday, July 28; 3-11 p.m. Saturday, July 29; and 3-10 p.m. next Sunday, July 30, 18 Third St., Glen Cove INFO 516-676-2482 ADMISSION Free

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Sleep with the fishes, and the fam, at LI Aquarium

You might be dreaming about penguins, or at

You might be dreaming about penguins, or at least a fish or two, during a family sleepover at the Long Island Aquarium. During the overnight stay, you'll learn about penguins with hands-on activities along with a movie, crafts and snacks before slumbering right next to shark tanks. WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m.-7 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead INFO 631-208-9200, longislandaquarium.com ADMISSION $64.95 (free ages 2 and younger)

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

See what's sizzlin' at Baconfest

It's bacon and beer time at the outdoor
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It's bacon and beer time at the outdoor biergarten at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant at Baconfest . Celebrate bacon with a fest that features a full menu with bacon-infused recipes -- you'll even find it in the desserts and some of the drinks served from the Brathaus. Expect doughnuts topped with bacon or a bacon Bloody Mary. Live music starts both nights at 6:30 p.m. WHEN | WHERE 5 p.m. Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square INFO 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com ADMISSION Free (a la carte menu)

Swing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

New Orleans pays a visit to Westbury in
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New Orleans pays a visit to Westbury in the form of the nationally-known Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The seven-piece band performs 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, at The Space at Westbury. ADMISSION $25, $35 INFO 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Catch the last weekend of the Empire State Fair

It's last call for the Empire State Fair
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It's last call for the Empire State Fair at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum, where there are games, entertainment and rides including the largest portable Ferris wheel on the East Coast. It runs 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, July 28, and 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30. ADMISSION $12 ($5 parking) PHONE 516-408-1500 WEB nycblive.com

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See Chicago and The Doobie Brothers at Jones Beach Theater

Summer shows at the outdoor amphitheater continue with
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Summer shows at the outdoor amphitheater continue with a performance by Chicago and The Doobie Brothers at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. The two classic rock and pop bands perform Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. ADMISSION $30-$256 INFO 866-558-8468, ticketmaster.com

Enjoy the Bellport Day Festival

The Bellport Day Festival has live music, trolley
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The Bellport Day Festival has live music, trolley tours, dance performances, a craft fair, art show, petting zoo, plenty of food and more 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, along South Country Road between Station Road and New Jersey Avenue. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-438-1713, bellportchamber.com

Hit the water for Paddle Battle LI

Try to win a race up the Peconic
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Try to win a race up the Peconic River on a paddleboard, canoe or kayak, Saturday, July 29, in Riverhead at Paddle Battle LI. Choose among a 2.5-, 5- or 12-mile paddle for races that start at 9:15 a.m. ADMISSION $65 ($40 watercraft rentals) PHONE 631-208-9200, ext. 102 WEB paddlebattleli.com

Visit the LI Game Farm at 1970 admission prices

Though tie-dyed shirts are not required, the public
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Though tie-dyed shirts are not required, the public is welcome to join Manorville's Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park and Children's Zoo to celebrate 1970, the year it opened. For one day only -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 29 -- admission to the park will be the authentic 1970 price structure. That price includes most shows and attractions. Additional fees for carousel and other rides. ADMISSION $3.90 ($1.95 ages 3-12) INFO 631-878-6644, longislandgamefarm.com

Bike along with the Culper Spy Ring tour

Bring your bike and take a 3-hour tour
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Bring your bike and take a 3-hour tour of Setauket and Strongs Neck to learn about the Culper Spy Ring and its effect on Long Island during the Revolutionary War. The Tri-Spy Biking Tour is guided by an expert from the Three Village Historical Society; meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at 93 N. Country Rd., Setauket. ADMISSION $25 PHONE 631-751-3730 WEB tvhs.org

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Listen to tenor Christopher Macchio perform live

Classically trained tenor Christopher Macchio performs the music
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Classically trained tenor Christopher Macchio performs the music of Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli under the stars, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Eisenhower Park's Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater. Head to parking fields 6 and 6a, and bring your own seating. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-572-0355, nassaucountyny.gov

Kick up your heels at Country Fest LI

Grab your spurs and head over to Country
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Grab your spurs and head over to Country Fest Long Island, the outdoor event that brings a little bit of country to Riverhead. The genre is Western and the music proves it -- bands including Whiskey Road, Six Gun, Yankee Rebel, Southbound and others perform. You'll also find more than 100 arts and craft vendors and a carnival with rides. There's a mechanical bull, or you can ride in a monster truck. While the music is cranking, take a lesson in line dancing, and for the kids you'll find pony rides and face painting. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, July 30, Dorothy P. Flint Camp, 3186 Sound Ave., Riverhead INFO 631-482-5657, countryfestli.com ADMISSION $15 (free ages 10 and younger), fees for some activities

Meet author Tom Clavin

As part of Quogue Library's
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As part of Quogue Library's "Conversation With the Authors" series, Tom Clavin will talk about, read from and sign copies of his book "Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West," 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Reservations are encouraged; if available, tickets will be sold at the door. ADMISSION $20 INFO 631-653-4224, ext. 101

Creole American Night International Nights continue at Eisenhower
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Creole American Night International Nights continue at Eisenhower Park, and the bayou is front and center for Creole American Night. Musicians perform outdoors on the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater stage -- bring seating and a picnic dinner to make the night complete. The themed music series continues through Sept. 10. WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. next Sunday, July 30, park in fields 6 and 6a, East Meadow INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov ADMISSION Free

Nosh on a six-course farm-to-table meal

A six-course farm-to-table dinner will be prepared by
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A six-course farm-to-table dinner will be prepared by chefs who hail from Patchogue eateries including Toast, Rhum, Toro, Tapas and Tequila. The menu consists of Long Island-sourced meat, poultry, produce, fish and shellfish served with craft brews and local wine, 5-9 p.m. Sunday, July 30, in front of Patchogue's Artspace building. ADMISSION $150 PHONE Reservations recommended, 631-207-1000 WEB patchogue.com

Sample a local food chat with author Sarah Lohman

Author and historic gastronome Sarah Lohman discusses her
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Author and historic gastronome Sarah Lohman discusses her latest book, "Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisines," at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, which is exhibiting a food-centric exhibit, "Edible Eden." WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org ADMISSION $10 ($5 ages 6-17) 

See 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' in theaters

Select Long Island theaters are celebrating the 35th
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Select Long Island theaters are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1982 coming-of-age movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," starring Sean Penn, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 30 (with an encore screening Wednesday, Aug. 2). The movie, which features many actors in supporting roles who went on to fame and fortune, is a comical portrait of 1980s American teen life. At select theaters in Stony Brook, Holtsville, Farmingdale, Hampton Bays and Westbury. Some theaters also are offering a 2 p.m. screening. ADMISSION $12.50, $13.50 INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com

See a dog competition

This is an introductory competition for dog owners
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This is an introductory competition for dog owners who want to enter their pets in conformation, rally, agility and Canine Good Citizen testing, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 30, St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park. ADMISSION Free PHONE 631-277-2201 WEB suffolkdogclub.com

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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