1. BBQ competition
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.
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
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
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
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
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