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The Potato Festival in Calverton and more fun (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)

The Potato Festival in Calverton and more fun this week on Long Island.

Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

Looking for things to do on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs and festivals, and parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Heritage Trust Family Festival

The Heritage Trust Family Festival returns to North
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The Heritage Trust Family Festival returns to North Shore Heritage Park in Mt. Sinai this weekend with rides, games and food 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. ADMISSION Free ($20 advance ride bracelet) INFO 516-455-3179, newtonshows.com

San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons

The patron saint of Naples, Italy, would be

The patron saint of Naples, Italy, would be proud of the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons, a two-day street fair in Hampton Bays that’s a feast of Italian specialties and carnival-style fun. You’ll find games, rides and raffles along with live entertainment. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, a light parade features floats and marching bands along Ponquogue Avenue. Once it gets dark on Saturday, Oct. 1, look to the skies for a fireworks show. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Good Ground Road, Hampton Bays INFO 631-728-0066, sangennarofestofthehamptons.com  ADMISSION Free

‘Sesame Street Live’

‘Sesame Street Live’: Who knew that rubber duckies,
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‘Sesame Street Live’: Who knew that rubber duckies, trash can lids and cookie jars could be used as musical instruments? Hear how Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and all their Sesame Street friends make it work, during a stage production of “Elmo Makes Music.” WHEN | WHERE 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville INFO 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com ADMISSION $25-$65 ($105 includes a meet and greet)

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Dee Snider charity ride

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider makes his annual
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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider makes his annual motorcycle trek along Ocean Parkway to benefit Long Island Cares. Registration opens at 9 a.m. at Lido Beach Park with kickstands up at 11 for the ride. Nonriders can join the post-cruise festivities around 1 p.m. back at the park that include live music and vendors — plus a nonperishable food drive.  WHEN | WHERE Sunday, Oct. 2, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach INFO 516-582-3663, ext. 104, deesnidersride.com  ADMISSION $35 rider, $25 passenger ($20-$30 advance)

Eric Wilzig of ‘America’s Got Talent’

You might remember Eric Wilzig from a recent
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You might remember Eric Wilzig from a recent appearance as a contestant (season 4) on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” This time the illusionist is part of the Extreme Magic and Thrills stage show at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, along with a knife thrower and sword swallower. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com  ADMISSION $39

José Feliciano

Grammy-winning guitarist and singer José Feliciano, who is
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Grammy-winning guitarist and singer José Feliciano, who is recognized as the first Latin artist to cross over into the English music market, comes to the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. His holiday classic, “Feliz Navidad,” and cover of The Doors’ “Light My Fire” are sure to be in the lineup. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.com  ADMISSION $45

All-breed dog show

This is your chance to see Long Island’s
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This is your chance to see Long Island’s show dogs strut their stuff. The Westbury Kennel Association’s conformation show features more than 100 breeds along with an obedience trial. You’ll also find a “meet the breed” expert explaining the characteristics of the dogs in the rings. Pictured: Kimberly Petts and her German shorthaired pointer, Cheza's Stardust WHEN | WHERE 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay. Rain or shine. INFO 516-922-3541, westburykennelassoc.org ADMISSION $10 ($20 per carload)

Potato Festival

There was a time when potato fields dominated
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There was a time when potato fields dominated Long Island’s farm country. The modern-day Potato Festival celebrates the past with quirky spud-themed fun like a potato peeling race, mashed potato sculpting, potato sack races and Mr. Potato Head decorating. Of course there’ll be a lineup of potato-based food: chips, skins, pancakes and more, along with live music and food trucks. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Long Island Sports Park, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton INFO 631-940-7290, lipotatofest.com  ADMISSION $20, free ages 12 and younger

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Alton Brown

Alton Brown's résumé includes an impressive lineup of
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Alton Brown's résumé includes an impressive lineup of hosting spots on Food Network shows, including “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Good Eats” and “Iron Chef America.” The TV personality comes to Book Revue in Huntington to sign his new book, “EveryDayCook,” consisting of personal recipes that he uses day to day. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington INFO 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com  ADMISSION Free

Irish Day in Long Beach

Irish Heritage Day Parade and Festival Celebrate the
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Irish Heritage Day Parade and Festival Celebrate the Emerald Isle and Irish culture closer to home with a parade complete with bagpipers, marching bands, Irish step dancers and Emerald Societies, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, from Washington Boulevard in Long Beach. It’s followed by a festival of Irish food, Irish clothing, crafts, games, rides and live music. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Beech Street, Long Beach. Rain or shine. INFO 516-398-8643, sbnoah.org ADMISSION Free

Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne headlines Sag Harbor’s American Music Festival
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Joan Osborne headlines Sag Harbor’s American Music Festival with a concert at Old Whalers’ Church at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 ($35-$100). The festival continues Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, with free performances in locations around Sag Harbor including Marine Park, a stage next to the American Hotel, and other restaurants, galleries and retail shops. PHONE 917-715-4116 WEB sagharbormusic.org

Car and plane show

Horsepower meets air power at the American Airpower
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Horsepower meets air power at the American Airpower Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1, when a lineup of Corvettes gets up close to the vintage airplanes for a 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. show. Rain date Oct. 8.  ADMISSION $10 ($5 ages 4-12); $25 show cars, includes museum admission PHONE 631-293-6398 WEB licoa.org 

Pumpkinfest

Round, ribbed and deep orange — that’s how

Round, ribbed and deep orange — that’s how you’ll find the star attraction at Suffolk County Farm’s Pumpkinfest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, in Yaphank. There’s also a corn maze plus wagon rides, craft and food vendors, and live music. ADMISSION $12 (free younger than 3) PHONE 631-852-4600 WEB ccesuffolk.org

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Parrot Expo

From tiny parrotlets to huge Macaws, this year’s
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From tiny parrotlets to huge Macaws, this year’s Parrot Expo is for the birds. Experts offer information on care, noise and biting issues while vendors sell bird food, gifts and accessories, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Freeport Recreation Center. ADMISSION $8 ($2 ages 2-12) PHONE 631-957-1100 WEB liparrots.org

Diva 5K and half-marathon

The gals are running the glam-way, decked out
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The gals are running the glam-way, decked out in tutus, boas and tiaras. The annual Diva 5K and half-marathon races take over Eisenhower Park in East Meadow beginning at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Expect crowns and glasses of bubbly at the finish line celebration. ADMISSION $65 for the 5K, $110 half-marathon WEB runlikeadiva.com

Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé, often compared to Frank Sinatra, stars
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Michael Bublé, often compared to Frank Sinatra, stars in a documentary about his concert touring and nightly performances. Get a backstage perspective and an intimate look into how his shows come together at “Tour Stop 148,” screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at select movie theaters. ADMISSION $12.50-$16 INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.org

AKC Champion Dog Show

The pros will be doing their thing on
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The pros will be doing their thing on Friday, Sept. 30, but all dogs are welcome at the AKC Champion Dog Show at the Smithtown Historical Society, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, to try out the beginning agility course or scent discrimination challenges. ADMISSION $10 (or $25 per carload) INFO 631-277-2201, suffolkdogclub.com

Robert B. MacKay book signing

Which communities on the North Shore started out
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Which communities on the North Shore started out as “residential parks” in the late 1800s? Learn about the unique beginnings of many now well-known Long Island neighborhoods at an author luncheon narrated by Robert B. MacKay 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Swan Club in Roslyn. Call to reserve. ADMISSION $48 INFO 516-759-8300, goldcoastlibrary.org

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Gladys Knight

Seven-time Grammy-winner and “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight
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Seven-time Grammy-winner and “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight returns to NYCB Theatre at Westbury along with R&B ballad singer Freddie Jackson to perform together at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. ADMISSION $65-$199.50 INFO 800-745-3000, livenation.com

The Long Island Fair

The Long Island Fair at the Old Bethpage
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The Long Island Fair at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration is a must-see for those who have a thing for “the good old days.” See jugglers, lumberjack competitions, mounted drills, puppet shows, singers and dancers, craft demonstrations and the historic village itself. The fair runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2. ADMISSION $12 ($8 ages 5-12); $7 enter before noon Saturday and Sunday INFO 516-572-8400, lifair.org

Maasai tribe of Kenya

Head to the Port Jefferson Village Center from
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Head to the Port Jefferson Village Center from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, to watch four members of the ancient Maasai tribe of Kenya sing, dance and discuss their cultural practices and modern challenges while raising funds to build schools in their homeland. This is a family-friendly event. Pictured: Cicilia Seleyian Koisenke ADMISSION Free INFO 631-835-1520, leavingfootprints.org 

Run to the Lighthouse

To celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial year,
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To celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial year, the Strong Island Running Club is hosting a 5K Run to the Lighthouse from Robert Moses State Park to the historic Fire Island Lighthouse and back to Field 5. WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Ocean Parkway, Fire Island INFO 631-806-4649, strongislandrunningclub.com ADMISSION $30 ($25 advance)

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