1. Long Island Restaurant Week
WHEN | WHERE Today through Nov. 11 (only offered until 7 p.m. Saturday) at more than 200 participating restaurants.
INFO 631-329-2111, longislandrestaurantweek.com
Book your reservations early -- restaurants from Great Neck to Greenport are offering affordable $24.95 three-course dinners all week. Each establishment has a special menu for the occasion (you can preview many on longislandrestaurant week.com), many giving diners a choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert.
You'll find cuisine ranging from Pan-Asian and Indian to French, Mexican and classic Italian. Heart set on trying a particular spot? Best to call ahead and make a reservation.
2. Grand opening of Parrish Art Museum
INFO 631-283-2118, parrishart.org
ADMISSION Free ($10 after Nov. 12)
Long Island's fine art scene gets a serious upgrade next weekend, when the new $26.2 million Parrish Art Museum opens in Water Mill. With more than three times the exhibition space as its former location in Southampton, patrons can expect to see a host of historic and contemporary works, including art by William Merritt Chase, Fairfield Porter and a host of other artists with East End ties.
3. Disney on Ice
Fairy-tale characters return to Nassau Coliseum for six days of performances -- Disney on Ice's latest production, "Rockin' Ever After," features Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle, plus the adventurous heroine Merida from "Brave" making her debut.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 11, Nassau Coliseum
ADMISSION $15-$165 ($7 parking)
4. Meet Don Mattingly
Fans know the current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers is originally a New Yorker -- as far as baseball goes. The former Yankees captain and first baseman -- aka "The Hit Man" -- is scheduled to sign autographs Saturday at Steiner Sports Store in Roosevelt Field.
WHEN | WHERE Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City
INFO 800-242-7139, steinersports.com
COST $100-$200 per item
5. Veterans eat free
Many Applebee's and Chili's Grill & Bar restaurant locations on Long Island are offering a sweet thank-you to military veterans and those on active duty on Nov. 11, Veterans Day: a meal on the house. Each has a special dine-in menu that will be offered to those who bring proof of their service (beverages and gratuity not included).
WHEN | WHERE Regular business hours Nov. 11 at participating locations.
INFO applebees.com and chilis.com
6. Carla Hall
She cooks straight from the heart -- and proves it in her new cookbook, "Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You." Meet the chef and co-host of ABC's daytime talk/cooking show, "The Chew" at a book signing in Huntington -- and find out why she was voted "Fan Favorite" on Bravo TV's "Top Chef All-Stars."
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Wednesday, 313 New York Ave., Huntington
INFO 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com
7. Beer Expo
Local craft breweries and global specialty beermakers appear at the International Great Beer Expo at Belmont Park in Elmont. It's a chance for beer lovers to taste the latest seasonal brews -- both from Long Island and from makers based in Belgium, Germany and China. Naturally, patrons must be at least 21 years old -- admission includes a souvenir tasting glass.
WHEN | WHERE 12:30-4 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
INFO 631-940-7290, libeerevents.com
ADMISSION $45 advance, $55 day of ($12 designated driver)
Former "Sesame Street" team member and puppeteer John Tartaglia presents a glow-in-the-dark family adventure at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. The musical black-light puppet show turns the stage into an underwater sea, with the story line showing how three best friends -- who just happen to be fish -- discover the true meaning of friendship.
WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m. Nov. 11, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury
INFO 516-334-0800, livenation.com
ADMISSION $29.50- $39.50
9. 'Cirque Chinois'
The award-winning National Circus of the People's Republic of China comes to Tilles Center performing its signature program of "non-animal" circus feats. East meets West with a show that includes balancing, contortion and -- of course -- flying trapeze.
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Tilles Center, LIU-Post, Route 25A, Brookville
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
10. Running a farm
Ever wonder what it would be like to own a farm? Learn what it takes to become a successful farmer -- from planting to harvesting to selling -- at a hands-on program at the Sherwood-Jayne Farm in East Setauket. You'll find out what it costs in time and money at this program, which includes a tour of the historical farm, plus activities such as sorting crops and meeting farm animals. Reservations required.
WHEN | WHERE Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket
INFO 631-581-6908, seatuck.org