July 29 weekly calendar: Top 10 LI events

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1. BBQ competition

 

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday at The Maples, 10 Ryerson Ave., Manorville

INFO bbqbrethrenbattle.com

ADMISSION $3 (free younger than 10)

It's the big event of Long Island's BBQ calendar: the sixth annual Battle of the BBQ Brethren, taking place on the verdant grounds of the Maples in Manorville.

More than 40 teams will compete for $10,000 in prize money and an invitation to the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City. Cooking and grilling demos take place throughout the weekend, plus live music, a vintage car show and a Zumba flash mob. Hungry? Barbecue vendors will be on hand.

Saturday is the grilling contest, with the winners advancing to an "Iron Chef" style faceoff against a "mystery chef," a TV food-show alum from one of New York's best BBQ restaurants. Sunday is the NY BBQ State championship, plus a peoples' choice vote, with awards at 4 p.m.

 

 

2. Marcum Workplace Challenge

 

Represent your company at the annual 3.5-mile run/walk open to employees, family members and friends. Participants must sign up under the auspices of the company they work for. Trophies will be awarded to top teams and runners. The course runs parallel to Ocean Parkway, cooled by ocean breezes and lined with water stops and music vans along the way. A corporate picnic at the finish with live music.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jones Beach State Park (field 5), Wantagh

INFO 516-349-7649, marcumworkplacechallenge.com

ADMISSION $25 ($23 advance)

 

 

3. Dragon Tales

 

DreamWorks' "How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" brings the highflying, fire-breathing dragons from the big screen to life. More than 20 dragons -- some with wingspans of more than 40 feet -- interact with Viking warriors in the staged production, based on the book by Cressida Cowell, about a teenager who doesn't fit in with his tribe's tradition of heroic dragon slayers.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Nassau Coliseum

INFO 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

ADMISSION $28-$128, $7 parking

 

 

4. Feast of St. Rocco

 

Nourish your appetite as well as your soul during this annual mega-festival, which marks its 75th anniversary in Glen Cove this year. Patrons can feast on Italian specialties -- pastas, tripe, sausage and pepper heroes, cannoli and other pastries -- hear live Italian music and wander the midway. Don't miss the traditional St. Rocco procession through the neighborhood after next Sunday's 10:15 a.m. mass.

WHEN | WHERE 6-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 3-11 p.m. Saturday and 3-10 p.m. next Sunday, Third Street and St. Rocco Place, Glen Cove

INFO 516-676-2482, stroccoglencove.com

ADMISSION Free

 

 

5. Golden Boys in concert

 

Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell come together once again to sing their chartbuster hits -- including Rydell's "Wild One," Avalon's "Venus" and Fabian's "Turn Me Loose" -- at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Originally billed as the "Golden Boys of Bandstand," the guys were frequent guests on the TV show "American Bandstand" with host Dick Clark.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Thursday, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

INFO 800-745-3000, livenation.com

ADMISSION $29.50-$69.50

 

 

6. Traveling Vietnam Memorial

 

Eisenhower Park hosts a "Salute to Veterans." It starts Thursday with the unveiling of the Traveling Wall, a scaled-down replica of Washington's Vietnam Memorial Wall, that tours the country. Visitors can access a computer to look up names and take wall rubbings. On Saturday, the park hosts a patriotic 6:45 p.m. concert with the USO Liberty Bells and Dean Karahalis.

WHEN | WHERE Wall is open Thursday at 1 p.m., Eisenhower Park (field 6), East Meadow.

INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov/parks

ADMISSION Free

 

 

7. Italian circus

 

The Zoppe family brings a traditional European-style circus to the Hamptons next weekend. The one-ring show will be put on the Westhampton Beach great lawb. It features trapeze acts, acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, dancing dogs and clown antics. Fair warning: audience participation is encouraged.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 6 p.m. next Sunday, Main Street at Potunk Lane, Westhampton

INFO 631-288-1500, whbpac.org

ADMISSION $50 ($25 ages 12 and younger)

 

 

8. Old-time baseball

 

One, two, three, four (that's right!) strikes --- and you're still out. The Old Time Base Ball Festival is a two-day affair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, where several teams carry on America's favorite pastime, playing by vintage rules in period-style uniforms.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage

INFO 516-572-8400

ADMISSION $10 ($7 ages 5-12)

 

 

9. Capt. Barrington Irving

 

The first African-American and youngest pilot to fly solo around the world, Capt. Barrington Irving will discuss his journey in a single-engine aircraft. Meet him at a Q&A session hosted by the Cradle of Aviation Museum, geared to encouraging others -- especially young people -- to explore career opportunities in the field of aviation.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. Wednesday, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City

INFO 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org

ADMISSION $14 ($12 ages 2-12)

 

 

10. Paddle and 'cue

 

It only comes but once this year -- the Group for the East End's popular Sagg Pond kayak paddle and beach barbecue. Patrons take a one-mile trip across the water to a strip of beach, where the group will set up for dinner and a bonfire. At the end of the night, everyone paddles back by moonlight. Reservations required.

WHEN | WHERE 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sagg Pond, Sagaponack. Rain date Thursday.

INFO 631-765-6450 ext. 208, groupfortheeastend.org

ADMISSION $40 ($20 younger than 12) plus $30-$50 for kayak rental

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