Huntington's annual outdoor festival is a four-day affair in and around Heckscher Park that's brimming with vendors, entertainment, rides and lots of things to eat. The festival's parade is 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 down Main Street. Here's what you need to know.
WHEN|WHERE 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, along Prime Avenue and Route 25A, Huntington
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The festival features two food courts serving traditional street fair goodies (think zeppoles and sausage heroes) but also French and Latin dishes. What's more, the festival has its own craft beer and wine tent with large-screen TVs. There's a coffeehouse-style cafe with java concoctions and live acoustic music situated next to another new element: a farmer's market.
There's a midway with carnival rides and games, plus a meatball-eating contest 3 p.m. Sunday -- sign up in advance online. Kids will find a petting zoo, pony rides and face-painting. Four stages around the park offer ongoing live music during festival hours. Highlights include:
Saturday: The country act Heartland (noon-1 p.m.) and the all-ages Kitdz Hitz (5:45 p.m.), followed by Wonderous Stories (6-7:30 p.m.) and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade (7:45-8:30 p.m.)
Sunday: The Electric Dudes (5-6:30 p.m.) followed by Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band (7-8:30 p.m.)
Ten municipal lots and metered spaces around the village offer parking during the festival. But consider parking for free at the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station and hopping the shuttle bus that runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ($1 round-trip).