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

Pop in for Bubble Trouble at Gateway in Bellport

Watch bubble man Jeff Boyer do amazing stunts and tricks with bubbles, some involving audience participation, when he and his show, Bubble Trouble, stop by the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport for two shows - 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7.  His show includes comedy, music and magic. 
INFO 631-286-1133,

Stargaze the night away

The doors, and the roof, of Southold's Custer Observatory are open at 7 p.m. every Saturday for observing the sky (weather permitting) and the public is welcome. Experienced astronomers operate telescopes and provide tours of the sky. The public is welcome to bring telescopes and swap stories and insights.
ADMISSION $5 suggested donation
INFO 631-765-2626,  

Bay Burger in Sag Harbor gets jazzed

There's jazz in the Hamptons year-round, and it can be heard weekly at The Jam Session, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor. Jazz musicians from down the street, around the region or around the world perform weekly at this East End tradition.
INFO 631-899-3915,


Bethpage Polo at the Park series gets underway

The polo ponies and their riders are back. Bethpage Polo at the Park's outdoor season features cup matches hosted by the Meadowbrook Polo Club Sundays through Oct. 14. Feeling in the pink? Put it on and head over to the field for "Sparkling Rose, Go Pink!" where pink attire is encouraged. Gates open at 2, match begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Bethpage State Park's polo field. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, although there is a concession stand.  
INFO 516-500-7656,
ADMISSION $10 grandstand ($5 field-side parking)

Bethpage Polo at the Park series gets underway

The polo ponies and their riders are back. Bethpage Polo at the Park's outdoor season features cup matches hosted by the Meadowbrook Polo Club Sundays through Oct. 14. Feeling in the pink? Put it on and head over to the field for "Sparkling Rose, Go Pink!" where pink attire is encouraged. Gates open at 2, match begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Bethpage State Park's polo field. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, although there is a concession stand.  
INFO 516-500-7656,
ADMISSION $10 grandstand ($5 field-side parking)

Make the scene at a Woodstock revival

Bands give new life to the music of the famed 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair at this year's Woodstock Revival at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Included in the lineup are Wonderous Stories, Half Step, Jellyband, Milagro and the Dave Diamond Band. You'll find live painting and an art exhibit, along with food and drink vendors and children's activities, noon-7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10; rain or shine.
INFO 631-261-2941,
ADMISSION $40, $10 ages 6-15, free 5 and younger

Learn about maple sugaring

Watch a maple-sugaring demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Smithtown's Hoyt Farm Park Preserve in Commack. Both the American Indian and Colonial techniques will be presented and tips provided on how to make maple syrup from your own maple trees. This 90-minute program will be repeated Sunday, March 11. Reservations are not necessary.
INFO 631-543-7804,  

See Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot at The Paramount

Vocalist Mike DelGuidice heads up his Billy Joel Tribute band and takes Big Shot on a journey, performing a fan-favorite lineup of Joel's music, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at The Paramount in Huntington.
INFO 631-673-7300,

Browse a Valentine's craft fair with jewelry, toys and more

You'll find more than 40 vendors selling hand-made items including jewelry, hair bows, wood crafts and silk items, along with hand-knit scarfs, painted glass and toys at the Lynbrook Valentine Gift and Craft Show, from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the New York Elks Lodge No. 1 in Lynbrook.
INFO 516-644-5615,

Listen to classical music at Bayard arboretum

The Islip Arts Council presents a string of free classical concerts as part of its Winter Concert series. The duo Gemini Journey kicks things off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in the upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River. The series continues through March 25 and includes a Lunar New Year celebration on Feb. 18.
INFO 631-224-5420,
ADMISSION Free tickets will be given out at 12:30 p.m.

Make a splash for Make-A-Wish in Long Beach

Will you take the plunge? The Long Beach Polar Bears continue the tradition of their annual Super Bowl Splash to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Everyone is invited to jump, dive or tip-toe into the frigid Atlantic Ocean. Registration starts at noon for the 1:30 p.m. splash Sunday, Feb. 4, near the boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard.
INFO 516-944-6212,

Focus on Nigerian musician

Some same cast members from the Tony Award-winning Broadway show "Fela" perform in this spinoff, "Fela! The Concert" at the Staller Center for the Arts. The performance focuses on Nigerian musician, political activist and fighter for human rights Fela Kuti, who also was the founding father of Afrobeat, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at SUNY Stony Brook, Nicolls Road.
 INFO 631-632-2787,
ADMISSION $42, ($39 ages 62 and older, $21 ages 12 and younger)

Hear Motown legends at Molloy College

Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre kicks off Black History Month at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, with the "History of American Rock and Roll Salutes Motown," a concert featuring Motown greats. The Contours will perform their hit, "Do You Love Me," along with the Original Vandellas; and Bobby Brooks Wilson (son of soul music legend Jackie Wilson).
INFO 516-323-4444,

Enjoy Winterfest at Sands Point Preserve

Head inside Sands Point Preserve's Hempstead House for Winterfest, where you'll find a fire blazing in the fireplace along with lots of family-friendly activities, including a winter-themed craft workshop, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.
INFO 516-571-7901,
ADMISSION $20 a carload

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Landmark on Main

A cultural celebration at Landmark on Main Street ushers in the Year of the Dog with performances by the New York Chinese Chorus and Chinese Theatre Works: The Four Treasures, featuring traditional Chinese folk songs, opera and dancing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. During the family-friendly event, you'll also find Chinese crafts and snacks available for purchase.
INFO 516-767-6444,

Watch a Monster Jam battle at the Coliseum

The Zombie, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt Rottweiler and other customized trucks compete for votes from the audience during the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. Fans can get up close to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers during pre-show pit parties ($15) 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday and next Sunday.
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION Tickets from $16; $15 parking 

Will Holtsville Hal predict an early spring?

Will it be more snow and freezing temperatures? Or an early spring? Holtsville Hal, one of LI's famous groundhogs, makes his public prediction at 7:25 a.m. Friday at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center Animal Preserve. Get there around 7 a.m. for a good view.
INFO 631-451-9276,

Bay Burger in Sag Harbor gets jazzed

There's jazz in the Hamptons year-round, and it can be heard weekly at The Jam Session, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor. Jazz musicians from down the street, around the region or around the world perform weekly at this East End tradition.
INFO 631-899-3915,

See model trains travel around indoor tracks

Watch the trains speed around the tracks as part of the TMB Model Train Show's Open House, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Feb. 3-4, at the club's headquarters, 120 Schmitt Blvd. in East Farmingdale. Also check out  "The Soprano" layout that was featured on the HBO special. Children get a chance to interact with it and operate the train by pushing the necessary buttons and switches.
INFO 516-660-8099,

Hear, see and eat at museum's 'Fool the Eye' lecture

The Nassau County Museum of Art's current exhibit, "Fool the Eye," will be food for thought at a Brown Bag Lecture at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1.  Guests are invited to bring a lunch and listen to a talk by museum docent Riva Ettus on the current exhibit of optical illusions and artistic sleight of hand.
INFO 516-484-9338,
ADMISSION $12  includes museum admission  

Participate in a hands-on art program

Participate in a hands-on art program for all ages where you can draw your inspirations from the art on view in the current exhibition, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through March 31, Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor. Studio in the Manes Center.
INFO 516-484-9338,
ADMISSION $12 ($4 ages 4-12) includes museum admission

Nassau Flyers swap planes and hobby equipment

The folks at Nassau Flyers are getting ready for the spring flying weather with their annual Remote Control Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Levittown Hall in Hicksville. Expect buying and selling among members, vendors, hobbyists and hobby shops.
INFO 516-510-7378,
ADMISSION Donation  

See bedtime stories come to life at Landmark on Main

Two classic bunny tales (ones you might read to your children or grandchildren at night) come to life onstage. "Goodnight Moon" and "The Runaway Bunny," geared for ages 2-6, feature onstage performances by the Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia, known for its innovative puppetry and black-light staging, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington.
INFO 516-767-6444,
ADMISSION $25 (free younger than 2)

Run a marathon or half-marathon at Eisenhower Park

This event is the fourth entry in an international runners' quest  to complete seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. The North American leg of the Icebreaker International Marathon and Half Marathon takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, looping around Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The marathon and half-marathon are open to all runners, even those not competing in the "Triple 7 Quest."
INFO Register in advance, 516-349-7646,

Children's artist Laurie Berkner sings her greatest hits

The Paramount in Huntington goes kiddie with an appearance by children's musical artist Laurie Berkner at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Recognized by People magazine as the "queen of children's music," the award-winning artist presents her "Greatest Hits Solo Tour."
INFO 631-673-7300,
ADMISSION $19.50-$87.50  

Arms collectors host a show and sale in Babylon

The first of three annual shows hosted by Amityville's North Eastern Arms Collectors Association is this weekend, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the American Legion Post 94 in Babylon (22 Grove Place). The show and sale will feature items from pre-Civil War to modern times, including muskets, swords, bayonets, medals and insignia.
INFO 631-241-3299,

Yamato Drummers of Japan rock Tilles Center

The sounding of the traditional Taiko drum will be heard at Tilles Center. Using drums weighing up to half a ton, the Yamato Drummers of Japan use the strength of their entire bodies to pound them, paying homage to the art form used in Shinto rituals. The program is 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Tilles Center, LIU Post, Brookville.
INFO 516-299-3100,

Shop for antiques in Melville

The rare, the unusual, the pretty and the quirky will all be available at the Antiques Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington Hotel on Route 110 in Melville. About 75 exhibitors will display paintings, porcelain, silver, furniture, frames, books and more.
INFO 516-868-2751,
ADMISSION $7 (free 12 and younger)  

Learn about dinosaurs at the Children's Museum

Did you know that Long Island once was home to woolly mammoths and iceberg lakes? Visit the newest traveling exhibit at Long Island Children's Museum: "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice," and learn how Long Island was a dinosaur swampland. The exhibit takes visitors back to the Cretaceous Period, where two dinosaur habitats, as well as a field research station, help future paleontologists experiment with materials and digging tools. This immersive exhibit opens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and runs through May 13 in Garden City.
INFO 516-224-5800,
ADMISSION $13 (free ages 11 months and younger)  

Take an evening stroll at Quogue Wildlife Refuge

The trails of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be open for evening walks from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.  Arrive between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. to take a self-guided, evening stroll through the gently lit forest trails. Before or after your walk, warm up by the fireplace in the nature center and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Reservations are required. Parking is limited, and carpooling is encouraged.
INFO 631-653-4771,
ADMISSION $10 ($5 ages 12 and younger)  

Basile the Comedian makes a stop in Port Jeff

Basile the Comedian, who has performed all over the world, pulls into Port Jefferson's Danfords Hotel & Marina to present his "Dysfunctionally Yours World Tour" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. With a nod to his Greek heritage, the Long Island native delivers a blend of improvisation and his own characters. After his 1½-hour show, the party will continue until midnight with a DJ, dancing and a Greek buffet (additional cost). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online only.
INFO 631-928-5200,

Search for shells on Fire Island's barrier beach

 See what the waves and recent weather patterns have washed up on the barrier beach, during a winter shelling trek on Fire Island. Join a park ranger indoors and learn about shells and the marine animals that once inhabited them. After that, head out to find some shells, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 27. Meet at the Fire Island Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center at the end of William Floyd Parkway.
INFO To register, email or call 631-281-3010 (weekends);

Run smarter with LI running club's 14-week program

A 14-week RunSmart training program, conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and finishes April 28 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The program focuses on people who have some running experience and want to train for a long-distance race. Locations rotate among Old Bethpage, Eisenhower Park and Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh.
INFO 516-349-7646,

Hear Blues Traveler at The Paramount

Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper leads the way, as the Grammy-winning rock band continues on its 30th Anniversary Tour  8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, with a stop at The Paramount in Huntington. Hopefully, they'll give you the "Run-Around."
INFO 631-673-7300,
ADMISSION Tickets from $113

Enjoy an automated puppet show at Staller Center

The Imago Theatre presents "La Belle: Lost in the World of the Automaton," set on a 1920s steamship that whirs and whistles onstage at Staller Center. The storyline follows the romance between a coal stoker and a vacationer. The hour-long show features dozens of elaborate puppets (some operated by clockwork mechanics), clown theater, shadow play, movement and music,  starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Stony Brook University.
INFO 631-632-2787,

The Glimmer Twins perform classic Stones tunes

The look, the sound, the swagger -- Rolling Stones tribute band The Glimmer Twins has it all, and it's performing at Riverhead's Suffolk Theater at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.  Doors, bar and restaurant open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Row and cabaret seating is available.
INFO 631-727-4343,
ADMISSION $39-$45  

Bird experts talk about woodpeckers on Long Island

Learn about local woodpeckers that inhabit the forests and woodlands during the "Wonderful World of Woodpeckers" lecture at Wild Birds Unlimited. Birding experts talk about the species that breed on Long Island and those that pass through as migrants, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in Syosset.
INFO 516-226-1780,

Learn about internet safety from an expert

Keep personal information safe from online scammers. The Smithtown Historical Society is bringing in an expert from New York Community Bank (NYCB) to share information on fraud and identify theft at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. The public is invited. Guests will learn how to recognize and protect themselves from fraud and financial abuse and get tips on keeping personal information safe. Registration required. The lecture will be in the Frank Brush Barn (211 Middle Country Rd.) in Smithtown.
INFO 631-265-6768,
ADMISSION Donation  

Massapequa hosts Long Island Music Lover’s Fair

Indulge in music memorabilia from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Long Island Music Lover's Fair in Massapequa. Records, CDs, DVDs, posters and more will be available for purchase.
INFO 973-209-6067,
ADMISSION $5; ($15 early entry, from 8 to 10 a.m.)

The 'Singing Policeman' performs Broadway tunes

Enjoy Broadway favorites performed by Daniel Rodriguez, known as "The Singing Policeman," at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. The tenor will be joined by the South Shore Symphony and Molloy College's Cap 21 Musical Theatre students as he performs selections from "Hit the Deck" and other musicals.
INFO 516-323-4444,

Orangutan expert raises awareness of their plight

Leif Cocks has worked for decades to improve the welfare of "his orange friends" in captivity and in the wild.  The founder of The Orangutan Project and author of "Orangutans: My Cousins, My Friends" is coming to Long Island to raise awareness of their plight. He will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Cold Spring Harbor Library. Reservations are recommended.
INFO  Sachem Library: 631-588-5024, ext. 233,; Cold Spring Harbor Library: 631-692-6820, ext. 200,   

Eat out during winter Restaurant Week

Try a different cuisine or a new restaurant or both during Long Island Restaurant Week from Sunday, Jan. 21, to next Sunday, Jan. 28. Participating restaurants will be offering three-course, fixed-price dinners for $28.95. Choose from Mexican, Indian, French, Portuguese, Cuban and more. On Saturday, Jan. 27, the offer may be available only until 7 p.m.
INFO 631-329-2111,
FEE  $28.95 (plus tax and gratuity) 

Put on a hat and run like crazy

Crazy hats are the theme of this weekend's New York State Parks' Winter Run Series 5k race, and the crazier the better. The next race of the series is 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park. Registration is available online, as well as the day of the race.
INFO 631-269-4333,  

Winter Psychic Fair is in the stars

The winter psychic fair returns to the Lynbrook Elks Lodge (57 Hempstead Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Up to 10 psychics will be available for private readings, and vendors will have jewelry, clothing, crystals, essential oils and more for sale.
INFO 516-465-3565
ADMISSION Free, readings are $35 for 15 minutes, $65 for 30 minutes  

'Romeo and Juliet' dance on the big screen

Head to theaters in Stony Brook, Holtsville, Farmingdale, Hampton Bays and Westbury to see the Bolshoi Ballet present "Romeo and Juliet" on the big screen Sunday, Jan. 21, at 12:55 p.m. Alexei Ratmansky stages the company's premiere of his production, accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev's cinematic score.  Visit the website for theater locations and times.
INFO 855-473-4612, 
ADMISSION $18-$19  

'Next to Normal' comes to Mattituck stage

Mattituck's North Fork Community Theatre presents "Next to Normal," a musical that won multiple Tony Awards in 2009, and deals with bipolarity and its emotional toll on a family. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 Sundays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 4. The Jan. 26 performance is a fundraiser for mental health awareness.  Expect adult themes and language.
INFO 631-298-6328, 

The Brooklyn Bridge performs in Riverhead

The best that could happen would be to see The Brooklyn Bridge Friday, Jan. 19, at Riverhead's Suffolk Theater.  Today's Brooklyn Bridge, with three original members, performs with some members of both the Del-Satins and Long Island's Rhythm Method to sing Brooklyn Bridge's classics like "The Worst That Could Happen" and "Sixteen Candles." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8.
INFO 631-727-4343, 
ADMISSION $49-$59  

Come to a sock hop in Smithtown

There will be poodle skirts and penny loafers aplenty at the Frank Brush Barn in Smithtown for an old-fashioned sock hop hosted by the Smithtown Historical Society at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.  Registration is required
INFO 631-265-6768,
ADMISSION $45 (includes food)

Hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Principal guest conductor and violin soloist Pinchas Zuckerman leads the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at LIU's Tilles Center in Brookville. Go early for the $5 pre-show, "Arts Insider," at 6:45 p.m. for insight into what you'll see and hear at the concert.
INFO 516-299-3100,
ADMISSION $50-$110

Learn about diving around Long Island

The Long Island Divers Association presents its annual film screenings and talk at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hofstra University's Student Center in Hempstead. The program features speakers, including underwater photographers, filmmakers and divers, along with screenings of films about underwater topics ranging from local dive opportunities to diving destinations around the world. LIDA member Barry Lipsky will discuss the reconstruction of the old Ponquogue Bridge, considered one of Long Island's best and most beautiful shore dive sites.  
INFO 631-495-4471,