Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island
Looking for things to do this weeke on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs and festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.
'Gueros' screening(Credit: Kino Lorber Films)
"Gueros," an award-winning Mexican comedy, screens at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (July 28-30), at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center as part of its World Cinema series. Price: $15 for adults, $9 for seniors (65 and older). More info: 631-288-1500, whbpac.org.
Feast of St. Rocco(Credit: Peter M. Budraitis)
Some families reportedly rearrange their vacation plans to attend the annual multiday St. Rocco festival in Glen Cove. For 60 years, the Feast of St. Rocco has been serving up homemade classic Italian foods and desserts for loyal feast patrons. Live music, carnival rides, children's shows and fireworks (at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1) complete this food festival. The St. Rocco statue procession from the church through the streets of Glen Cove starts around 11:30 on Sunday, Aug. 2. The festival runs from 6 to 11 p.m. from Tuesday, July 28 through Friday, July 31; from 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1; and from 3 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. at Church of St. Rocco (18 Third St., Glen Cove). Price: Free, fee for rides and food. More info: 516-676-2482, stroccoglencove.com.
Marcum Workplace Challenge(Credit: The Greater Long Island Running)
More than 9,000 pairs of feet will hit the pavement at the Marcum Workplace Challenge at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at Jones Beach. Proceeds from the 3-mile run or walk for teams of corporate, nonprofit or government employees benefit the Long Island Children's Museum, Long Island Cares, Children Medical Fund of New York and the Nassau County SPCA. Spectators and supporters are welcome.
The Five Towns College Concert Band(Credit: Jerry Cohen)
The Five Towns College Concert Band performs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson before a free outdoor screening of "Gigi," the 1958 musical romantic comedy. Bring seating. More info: 516-869-6311, northhempsteadny.gov.
Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick(Credit: Newsday / Randee Daddona)
Two of the more popular music performers from the mid- to late 1970s -- Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick -- take the stage at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at The Paramount in Huntington. Price: $59.50 to $150. More info: 631-673-7300, paramountny.com.
'Billy Joel: Live from Long Island' screening(Credit: MSG)
Does it get more Long Island than this? See an outdoor screening of the film "Billy Joel: Live from Long Island" -- an audio and visual recording of Joel's Dec. 29, 1982, concert at the Nassau Coliseum -- at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park (West End Avenue) in Oyster Bay on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 p.m. The film, which was shown on HBO in 1983, has never been released on DVD in the United States. Bring your own seating. Rain date is Thursday, July 30. Price: Free. More info: 516-797-7900, oysterbaytown.com.
Huntington Lighthouse tour(Credit: Pamela Setchell)
One of only two opportunities this summer to take an evening tour of the Huntington Lighthouse is on Thursday, July 30. Tours leave Gold Star Battalion Beach (West Shore Road) in Huntington by boat and a catered dinner is included (bring your own wine/beer). Good to know: You'll want to wear flat, rubber-soled shoes -- no flip-flops, wedges or sandals -- and tickets must be purchased in advance from huntingtonlighthouse.org. Tours begin at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Price: $66.63. More info: Call Monica at 516-768-2575, huntingtonlighthouse.org. Next date: Thursday, Aug. 20.
Garvies Point Day(Credit: Garvies Point Museum)
There will be plenty of activities throughout the day at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove) on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for live animals (snakes, a screech owl and a box turtle have all accepted invitations), nature walks, ongoing nature crafts, an insect study, butterfly garden tours, and face-painting. No food available for sale, but you can bring your own snacks and drinks. Price: $5 for ages 5 and older. More info: 516-571-8010, garviespointmuseum.com.
Military Appreciation Night fireworks(Credit: Long Island Ducks)
If you missed fireworks during the July Fourth weekend, head to Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip by 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, for Military Appreciation Night, and catch a fireworks show after the Long Island Ducks play the Bridgeport Bluefish. Price: Tickets are $12 to $15. More info: 631-940-3825, liducks.com.
Southold Pride(Credit: Newsday / Daniel Goodrich)
The Southold 375th Anniversary Parade marches down Route 25 to Boisseau Avenue in Southold Village at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, with participants from communities throughout the Town of Southold celebrating its founding. Price: Free. More info: southold375.com
Weird Al Yankovic(Credit: Robert Trachtenberg)
Weird Al Yankovic is nearly halfway through his 100-city world tour. The "Mandatory" tour follows the success of his 2014 album "Mandatory Fun," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. The Grammy-nominated comedian appears at The Paramount in Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Price: Tickets are $39 to $99. More info: 631-673-7300, paramountny.com.
Nature walk(Credit: Newsday / Michael E. Ach)
Join a naturalist for a 5-mile, hourlong tour through the Hoffman Center Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in Muttontown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. You'll learn about the plants, animals and birds in residence. Meet the guide at 12:50 p.m. -- walkers must be 10 or older; pets are not permitted on the walk. Price: $5. More info: 516-922-3290, hoffmancenter.org.
Shelter Island Historical Society house tour(Credit: Morgue File)
Peek inside four historic homes during this year's Shelter Island Historical Society house tour from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. You'll get to see the former Artemas Ward estate and a Queen Anne-style cottage overlooking Shelter Island Sound. Tickets are available at shelterislandhistorical.org and the Havens House Museum (16 S. Ferry Rd./Route 114), until 4 p.m. the day of the tour. Price: $40. More info: 631-749-0025.
Clothesline Art Sale(Credit: TWENTY FIVE BERGER / Barbara Jo Howard)
For the 69th time since 1946, the Clothesline Art Sale strings up a range of original works at affordable prices at Guild Hall (158 Main St.) in East Hampton. Nearly 400 artists, mostly from Long Island, have entered their works for sale, which may near 800 pieces this year. Prices range from $50 to $2,000. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Price: Free admission to buyers; $10 contribution fee for artists submitting work (submission accepted through July 31). More info: 631-324-0806, guildhall.org.
Tony Orlando and the USO Liberty Bells(Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Winter)
Tony Orlando and the USO Liberty Bells put on a (free) show in honor of Vietnam War veterans. Activities start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. This year is the 40th anniversary of the end of the war. An awards ceremony presented by the Veterans Service Agency of Nassau County takes place at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Liberty Bells and Tony Orlando. Bring seating. Price: Free. More info: 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov.
Paumanauke Pow Wow(Credit: Yana Paskova)
The Paumanauke Pow Wow at Babylon Town Hall Park (200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst) features traditional Native American dancers, drumming, audience participation, native food, native and non-native vendors and dance competitions. The Pow Wow will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. The colorful grand entry ceremony will be held three times: Noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon Sunday. This is the Pow Wow's 35th anniversary. Price: $10 ($5 ages 12-16, 60 and older and the disabled). More info: 631-587-3696, paumanauke.org.
Vintage 'base ball' tournament(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)
See how America's favorite pastime was played following the 1864 rule book at the two-day vintage "Base Ball" tournament from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Price: $10 ($7 ages 5-12). More info: 516-572-8401 (516-572-8400 weekends), obvrnassau.com.
Haunt Faire(Credit: Jason "Jaypoc" Bauman)
The faint of heart should keep their distance. The scariness at Haunt Faire, "a convention for all things haunted," could be mind-numbing. Look for paranormal investigators, the latest on extreme haunting, zombie defense tips, the latest national scare ideas, advice on tuning into the spirit world and makeup tips to get effects of blood, guts and gore. Of note: the SPFX Makeup War competition (2 p.m. Saturday) pits eight artists against each other in a 90-minute contest to create the best post-apocalyptic creature. And, if you think you have the stuff, audition for one of the many haunts on Long Island. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Upsky Long Island Hotel (110 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge). Price: $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday or $25 weekend pass (free younger than 10). Fee for some workshops; no fee to audition, but admission applies. More info: 516-395-3049, haunt-faire.com.
Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)
Stroll through an open-air gallery at the Mary O. Fritchie Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show in Westhampton Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. The annual event brings together works by more than 140 artists in a variety of media at the village green on Main Street. Price: Free; artwork will be available for sale. More info: 631-288-3337, westhamptonchamber.com.
New York State Barbecue Championship(Credit: iStock)
Manorville heats up next weekend for the New York State Barbecue Championship. The grilling competition is on Saturday, Aug. 1 and barbecuing on Sunday, Aug. 2. Teams need to sign up in advance. The organizing group, The BBQ Brethren, enjoys a worldwide membership of 66,000 pitmasters. Sanctioned judges will be doing the tasting, but the award-winning Stubborn Bull BBQ will have food for sale to the expected 8,000 guests. Events begin at 11 a.m. at The Maples (10 Ryerson Ave., Manorville). Price: $2, food and drink a la carte. More info: 631-965-7068, libbqevents.com.
Super Swap Sunday(Credit: Newsday)
Cars, Cars and more cars -- Super Swap Sunday happens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2 at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Nearly the entire spectrum of cars will be on exhibit -- classic and collectibles, show cars from the 1950s through '70s plus street rods, antiques, exotics, muscle cars and imports. Event is rain or shine. Enter on Trade Zone Drive. Price: $8 (free younger than 12). More info: 631-567-5898, longislandcars.com
Celebrity softball game(Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz)
Watch former pro athletes and other celebrities play a softball game against one another at Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Dr., Central Islip) on Sunday, Aug. 2 to benefit the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, which supports and funds research for children and adults with vascular birthmarks. Expected to play: Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, NBA star Wally Szczerbiak, NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, MLB pitcher John Franco, MLB shortstop (and Ducks co-owner) Bud Harrelson, MLB player/manager Bobby Valentine and "American Idol's" Constantine Maroulis. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price: $10 to $11. More info: 631-940-3825.